In the summer of 2014, DRT presented a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit (www.mondosummit.com). The series was received with such enthusiasm, that we plan to return to MONDO every summer with our Monologues@MONDO series.
Watch this space for new dates and titles during the summer of 2017.
Here is what our Summer 2016 Monologues looked like
Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm
American Fiesta by Steven Tomlinson
Originally staged at the Vineyard Theater, the play counts as its themes the current ruptures in American civic life and politics; the psychological roots of consumer choice; the neuroscience of desire; gay marriage; the greater meaning of eBay; the search for human fraternity, neighborhood, community; the perils of focus grouping; and the sorrows of family life. And, oh yes, collecting Fiestaware.
Winner of the American Theatre Critics Association's 2006 Osborn Award for Best Play by an Emerging Playwright, Curtain Up called the play “interesting and intelligent.”
Featuring: Scott McGowan
Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck
“And then I realize, in this sort of strange, hallucinatory moment, that the bug guy is looking kind of good, and the things he's saying about bugs are really kind of fascinating and it is then that I realized that maybe it has been too long since I've been on a date.” So confesses a single mother and self-described restaurant idiot-savant in this thoroughly charming and slyly sweet one-woman play by the author of The Understudy and Seminar.
This idiosyncratic journey of self-discovery involving the Romanian mob, a Buddhist rainstorm, a teenage daughter, shoes, and a few very bad dates enjoyed an extended run Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons starring Julie White.
Featuring: Nicole Callender
Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm
I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers by John Logan
For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers' clients were the biggest names in show business: Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O'Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse…If her clients were the talk of the town, she was the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now, you're invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell you.
"A delectable soufflé of a solo show…The tightly closed doors of the Beverly Hills aerie in which Mengers held court are being thrown open, and for the price of a ticket we all get to feel a little twinkly for a night. It's a heady sensation, thanks to the buoyant, witty writing of Mr. Logan…" —NY Times.
Featuring: Laura Ekstrand
Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Jenny Keeps Talking by Richard Greenberg
In three monologues, one actress plays three women. First we meet Jenny, an established left-wing columnist whose newspaper is in the throes of a takeover. In the second monologue, we meet Jenny's ne'er-do-well sister, Claudia, an Upper West Side bohemian and failed opera singer whose life has been a string of get-rich-quick schemes and disastrous sublets. In the play's last scene, the women's grandmother speaks to us about her secret plans for her granddaughters. The doorbell rings, and all three are about to get together for a bumpy evening of settling their scores.
A touching but wickedly funny one-woman show about the feud between two widely different sisters and the grandmother who has to reconcile them in the end.…a minimalist Sisters Rosensweig…vintage Greenberg." —NY Newsday
Featuring: Harriett Trangucci