Jump-Start is Medicine Show's yearly series of staged readings of new works. Each rehearses 3-4 times and performs twice. This is a hands-on experience for the writers, who are present for at least one rehearsal & both performances so they can answer questions & make changes. Staging is anything actors can do script in hand, so writers experience their work both visually and aurally. Directors & actors can stretch without full-performance pressure.

We welcome submissions of new work throughout the year.
Send either by USPS to Medicine Show, 549 West 52 St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019, or via email to medicineshow@medicineshowtheatre.org.

 
Disconnections
Joel Shatzky
 
 
The Fate of Orpheus
Patrick Mullowney
 
 
Dark Matter
David Nieves
 
 
Luddite
Howard Pflanzer
 
 
Down the Rushy Glen
Katherine Burger
 
 
Snippets
Bill Poznansky


 
Gulliver at Home
Alan Lefcowitz
 
 
Ballbreaker  and Henry's Happiness
John Gruen
 
 
Long Time Coming and Bar Scene
Brian Murphy
 
 
Contagious Knives
Joyelle McSweeney
 
 
The Status Seekers
Kathleen Ossip
 
 
Restoration: Vienna 1938
Joel Shatzky
 
 
Blue Hour
Doris Schwerin


 
NOTE: These works were chosen for their attempts to re-formulate the definition of theatre.
 
 
The Kentucky Tragedy
Dennis Kelly Higgins
 
 
A Day in the Life of a Hindu God
David Elyha
 
 
Poetry Class with Serial Killer
Howard Pflanzer
 
 
Hallie
Susan Quinn & Dan Jacobs
 
 
Tierra del Fuego & Try a Little Tenderness
John Gruen
 
 
33 & 1/3 Cornelia St.
Alvin Eng
 
 
Princess Labam
Nishi Rajan


 
Let Them Tweet Cake
David Curran, dir. B. Vann
 
 
Gandhi, Dalits and Me
Rao Rampilla, dir. O. Conant
 
 
Beatles' Ex-Wives' Reunion
Nada Gordon, dir. N. Potter
 
 
A Change of Heart, So to Speak
Kitty Chen, dir. D. Gild
 
 
Hotel 70 Overview Terrace
Elinor Amlen, dir. Deloss Brown
 
 
Billy Blythe
Bonnie Montgomery, dir. Z. James


5/5 & 5/6
Living with History: Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir
Howard Pflanzer
 
6/23 & 6/24
Cable from Gibraltar
Daniel Meltzer
 
6/30 & 7/1
The King and the Fool
Alexander Borshchagovsky, translated by F. D. Reeve
 
 
 
(US Premiere) (first English-language performance)


12/27 & 12/28
Anne Frank
Meyer Levin (N.Y. Premiere)


 
Cleopatra Backstage
George Crowley
 
 
The Sheik
Deloss Brown
 
 
Three One-Acts
John Gruen
 
 
The Importance of Being
Brian Murphy
 
 
On the Border
Howard Pflanzer
 
 
Horowitz: The Acrobat at Rest
Stellios Manolakakis
(full production, winner Jump-Start competition, 2005-06)
 
 
The Theory of Color
Lella Heins
(full production, winner Jump-Start competition, 2005-06)


 
Heretic Love
Amanda Ifrah, Mike Dressel, Julia A. Granacki
 
 
Theory of Color
Lella Heins
 
 
The Silence of Birds
David Nugent
 
 
Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi
Marcus Gardley
 
 
The Horowitz Paraphrases
Stelios Manolakakis
 
 
Pilgrimage
Elinor Amlen
(full production)
 


 
The Mouth Plays
Tom Savage
 
 
The People Impeach the Bushes
Arthur Sainer
 
 
Kamala
Vijay Tandulkar
 


 
Klara's Boy
Elinor Amlen
 
 
The Blessings of Chairman Moo
Kitty Chen
 
 
Your Town
Walter Corwin
 
 
Faces in My Fist
Lisa McCree
 


 
Karma Bookshop
written by Filip Marinovich
 
 
Lion Taming in Miami
written by Lella Heins
 
 
Martyrs, Victims, Fighters and Thieves: the Myth of the Model Minority
written by I-Jong Lin
 


 
Jersey Nights
Howard Pflanzer
(world premiere)
 
 
The Grand Unification Theory
I-Jong Lin
(world premiere)