A father weaves a magical tale for his daughter to justify his unlicensed plastic surgery practice, tracing the origins of cosmetic surgery to craftsmen in medieval Europe.
The hero of this tale is Gavin, a young orphan rescued from the Ivanhoe Workhouse for Criminally Impoverished Boys when he is apprenticed with the local Nosemaker. Gavin becomes one of the finest surgeons in Vienna, using innovative skin grafting techniques and cutting-edge alchemy, but when he is unable to help a powerful and mutilated knight recently returned from the crusades, he finds his feet over the fire… literally.
Part Monty Python and part Princess Bride with a dash of South Park, this play is comedy at its most deliciously absurd.
BY ROGER CALDERON, DIRECTED BY EMILY SCOTT BANKS
Presenting a first-read of Roger Calderon’s play, Iron Henry, inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Frog-King, or Iron Henry.” Revolving around a grieving royal courtier who must find a way to move forward after his best friend’s disappearance.
Take My Milk for Gall
BY LEELA VELAUTHAM, DIRECTED BY ILLANA STEIN
Presenting a first-read of Leela Velautham’s play, Take My Milk for Gall, a prequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, charting the breakdown of the Macbeths’ relationship as they fail to produce an heir.