Spring Reading Series

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  • Family Series
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March 18-May 13, 2017

All readings are free of charge, but reservations are encouraged.

For reservations, call our Box Office at 718.760.0064

From left to right: Nadita Shenoy, Yilong Liu, and Lauren Yee

Queens Theatre’s 2017 New American Voices Spring Reading Series


by Nandita Shenoy
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8pm

This charming and insightful character study follows the intersection of six classmates’ lives at their 25th high school reunion in upstate New York.  While each returns for different reasons, they all discover that sometimes you really can’t go home again - even if you never left. 


June is The First Fall 
by Yilong Liu
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8pm

Inspired by a portrait of Afong Moy, the first female Chinese immigrant to the United States, this play explores love, loss, and the power of our memories. When a breakup brings back a painful past, a Chinese American gay man returns home to Hawaii, where he must confront his sister, his father, and himself about a dark family history that reopens old wounds.


song of summer
by Lauren Yee
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8pm

When Robbie goes AWOL on the eve of the biggest concert of his life, his producer tracks the pop star down at his former piano teacher’s home. But what is he in search of and will he find it? A new play about the danger of success and the impossibility of family.

About New American Voices

New American Voices (NAV), (formerly The Immigrant Voices Project), Queens Theatre's renowned new play development program, presents works by writers who represent the rich cultural diversity of the evolving populations of the borough of Queens, New York City and the United States.  Since its inception in 2002, approximately one hundred new works have received Play Readings, Showcases and Full Productions on Queens Theatre's three stages. Audiences have the unique opportunity to participate directly in the development process in post-show discussions with the playwrights, directors and actors.

Many writers whose early drafts or premiere productions of their work were presented through NAV have gone on to prominent careers in theatre, including Kristoffer Diaz, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in 2010, Heather Raffo, the Lucille Lortel Award-winning Iraqi American playwright and actress, and Rajiv Joseph, whose play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo which premiered at Queens Theatre in 2007, opened on Broadway in 2011.