These plays were presented as part of the TimePieces Play Reading Series during the 2015-16 season:

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by Don Nguyen
directed by Nick Bowling

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7 pm

Mrs. Hue lives in present day Vietnam with a small group of women who are all living with HIV/AIDS. Bricks smash the windows of her small house. The locals fear they will be infected by the women. Mrs. Hue is forced to seek help from a stubborn government official to protect and support her group. Unlikely heroes emerge both in this world and the next as these poor women reach new heights of courage.

Featuring Christine Bunuan, Cheryl Hamada, Deanna Myers, Janelle Villas and Norman Yap.

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by Jack Thorne
directed by TimeLine Associate Artist Eva Breneman

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7 pm

“Urgent, edgy and inspiring … but the best thing about [Hope] is that it resonantly lives up to its title.”
– The Guardian

“It’s hard not to be moved by this valuable and timely new play.”
– The Telegraph

How do you save 22 million pounds? Mark and Hilary, the leaders of a small city council are about to find out. Set in a working-class British town where the Labour council must cut £22 million from its budget, this topical new play from London’s Royal Court Theatre shows the impossibility of the situation. As fighting erupts among pragmatic leaders, thwarted idealists and everyone in between, the big question remains: What can be done?

Featuring Behzad Dabu, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Lily Mojekwu, Steven Pringle, Mark Richard, Karen Janes Woditsch, Arya Daire, Charlotte Ellison, Cale Manning, Seamus McMahon and Toya Turner.

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by Moira Buffini
directed by Vanessa Stalling

Monday, June 27, 2016 at 7 pm

“A clever, mischievous pleasure with the sharp teeth of kicked corgi.”
– Metro

“Irresistibly mischievous.”
– The Independent

Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher, two enduring icons born in the same year. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Moira Buffini’s celebrated new comedy speculates on what the world’s most powerful women really talked about behind closed palace doors.

Following its sell-out success at London’s Tricycle Theatre, where it first premiered in 2014 and won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Handbagged transferred to the West End for a 4-month season, playing to packed houses and enjoying sensational reviews.