These plays were presented as part of the TimePieces Play Reading Series during the 2014-15 season:

by Anna Ziegler
directed by Damon Kiely

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7 pm

1968. A child is born. A terrible accident occurs. Desperate parents turn to a famed doctor for help. The story that follows is a heartbreaking tale of nature, nurture and the indefinable things that make us who we are.

Featuring Dana Black, Lawrence Grimm, Rob Fagin, Kat McDonnell and Bret Tuomi.

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by Lauren Yee
directed by Lavina Jadhwani

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7 pm

“Yee’s ambitious drama … moves between the physical and the supernatural realms and between cultures … a smart and sassy play.” – Star Tribune

For Lia and her ghetto wannabe brother Pao, being the only Hmong kids in town is tough. It’s even tougher when that town happens to be in outstate Minnesota. And when a stranger’s arrival in the midst of hunting season threatens their tenuous existence, Lia finds herself caught between her family and her dreams in this modern-day midwestern folktale about a Hmong American family and the tenuous bonds that tie us together. From playwright Lauren Yee, whose play Samsara premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in February 2015.

The Tiger Among Us is an interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking look at the immigrant experience in a typical American family.” – Cherry and Spoon

Featuring Libby Conkle, Joseph Foronda, Kroydell Galima, Lawrence Grimm and Melissa Kong.

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by Shannon Pritchard
directed by Marti Lyons

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7 pm

This reading of Practice Babies was presented in partnership with Northwestern University’s MFA in Writing for the Stage + Screen program.

A story about the challenges of femininity, feminism, and family. Twenty-two year old Eglantine O’Malley is a promising undergraduate studying psychology at Cornell University in 1966. She is also one of three “mothers” to six-month old Adam Domecon (short for Domestic Economy), a “practice baby.” From the 1920s to the 1970s, practice babies, mostly children of unwed mothers, were loaned by local orphanages to prestigious colleges for their home economics programs. In campus apartments, young women would care for these practice children, learning homemaking as a science. A budding feminist, Eglantine has no patience for domesticity in general and children in particular. But as the semester progresses, Eglantine must confront the development of attachment between herself, Adam, and her classmates. As the emotional consequences of the class manifest, Eglantine must make a choice about Adam’s future, which is as uncertain as her own.

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by Nikkole Salter
directed by Tyla Abercrumbie

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7 pm

2001. The Davis family meets for what should be a fun holiday season in their native Tulsa, Oklahoma. But when Lois insists the family join a class-action law suit for reparations, old family wounds are ripped open and we discover that the government isn’t the only one being asked to apologize. 80 years after the Tulsa Race Riots, this play explores the complexity of inherited wounds, the nature of apology and the possibility of reconciliation.

Featuring Velma Austin, Tiffany Yvonne Cox, Shane’sia Davis, Brian Keys, TimeLine Company Member Mildred Marie Langford, Clifton Robinson and Alfred H. Wilson.