The Asolo Repertory Theatre will help give life to a new play by Tony Award-winner John Guare during its annual Unplugged series of new play readings.
Guare’s new play “Eddie in the Andes,” is the result of his $30,000 Greenfield Prize commission two years ago. The Greenfield Prize rotates its annual awards among writers, composers and visual artists, giving each recipient two years to create a new piece that will have some sort of premiere in association with a Sarasota arts institution.
Playwright Craig Lucas was the first Greenfield recipient and his play “Love and Irony” had a premiere reading at Asolo Rep in 2010.
Guare is best known for such plays as “The House of Blue Leaves” and “Six Degrees of Separation.” Michael Donald Edwards, the theater’s producing artistic director, will stage the reading that will be presented at 8 p.m. April 18 and 2 p.m. April 19 in the Historic Asolo Theatre in the Ringling Museum Visitor Center, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.
Three other new plays also will get readings in the Asolo Rep rehearsal studio, including the latest from Steven Drukman, who has become something of an annnual presence in the series.
His new play “Marquis Aurelius,” will be presented at 8 p.m. April 27, directed by Greg Leaming, who is curator for the Unplugged series.
Drukman is the author of “The Innocents,” which was featured in the first Unplugged festival and was then produced in a full production the following year. He also was part of last year’s event with “Death of the Author.”
The Unplugged series begins 8 p.m. April 6, with Deborah Zoe Laufer’s “Informed Consent,” based on complaints that Arizona State University ran DNA tests on the Havasupai Indians without telling them how the information might be used.
The series also includes Rogelio Martinez’s “When Tang Met Laika,” at 8 p.m. April 12. The play, which had its world premiere at the Denver Center in 2010, is about an astronaut who falls in love with a female Russian cosmonaut.
The Unplugged series gives audiences a first look at some new work and a chance to comment on what they’ve heard in post-show discussions with the playwright and director.
Asolo Rep Unplugged Series
"Informed Consent" by Deborah Zoe Laufer, 8 p.m. April 6, Rehearsal Studio
"When Tang Met Laika" by Rogelio Martinez, 8 p.m. April 12, Rehearsal Studio
"Marquis Aurelius' by Steven Drukman, 8 p.m. April 27, Rehearsal Studio
"Eddie in the Andes" by John Guare, 8 p.m. April, 2 p.m. April 19. Historic Asolo Theater
Tickets are $7 per show, or $21 for a pass that includes all four shows. For more information: 351-8000; asolorep.org.