Magic In Rough Spaces: Digital Performances on June 6 and 7, 2020

June 7, 2020: Three Readings at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm 

This year’s Magic in Rough Spaces New Play Lab is going virtual! Join Rorschach Theatre on June 7, 2020 for three online readings of brand new work.

The readings are free but consider supporting the artists by making a contribution to Rorschach Theatre here.


by Jason Grote
Directed by Catherine Tripp

“I don’t think there’s a name for it. But I think it’s —
A radical form of empathy. The most radical I can think of.
We’re literally dying from our inability to empathize.”

A woman nurses a goat to save the earth, as her boyfriend navigates a complex relationship with his terminally ill stepfather. An infinite cornfield has settled in her Brooklyn apartment. Together they search for connection in a broken world. A surreal and emotionally grounded story that looks at a society teetering on the brink of extinction and asks: what is to be done?


by Kate Attwell
Directed by Dustin Wills

“What if, what if death wasn’t like,
A psychological thriller, a horror,
That’s what I’m saying
What if it really is just,
Just people still being here. And not being here.
But absolutely not not being here.”

A high school boy is dead. His friends find a haven in the girls’ bathroom. As the weeks go by, their dark explorations inch ever closer to the thin veil between this world and the next. Where do the dead go and who goes with them?


by Stephen Spotswood
Directed by Cara Gabriel

“Somewhere out there. In the dark. There’s a wolf. This terrible beast. I can hear him. Can you hear him? He’s so hungry. He’s swallowing the stars, one by one.”

Astrophysicist, atheist, and uber-geek Naomi is just weeks away from the birth of her first child. The baby’s father, still floating unaware in outer space, may not make it back in time…or at all. Straddling the line between high science and modern myth, this play explores what it means to face the end of the world as you know it.