When actress Teri Black broke her leg, she couldn’t audition for anything, let alone for The Man Who Came to Dinner. To keep her creative juices flowing, she began readings of plays in her apartment and Break A Leg Productions was born.
Our Mission: Getting New Plays On Their Feet
At Break A Leg Productions, we’re committed to helping playwrights ‘get a leg up’, so to speak, by literally putting new plays on their feet, often for the very first time as part of a variety of reading series. But these aren’t just any old readings. These are fully rehearsed and staged, often with costumes and props, giving playwrights and audiences the opportunity to see new works as they might be presented in full production. Break A Leg follows every performance with a talk back involving playwrights and other invited guests. BAL also presents full productions and in 2021, began a regular series of short video festivals.
Our Vision: Theatre For All
We believe in theatre and dramatic video as invaluable tools to illuminate what all people, no matter one’s origin, life experience, spiritual, sexual or cultural identification, have in common. Through our performances, BAL hopes to bridge the gap that separates people by enabling audiences to recognize and even laugh at the obstacles that divide them. BAL encourages non-traditional casting.
BAL reading series include: The Art Of Science, Historically Speaking, Delicious Comedy and Unexplored Territory. Break A Leg is also home to the One Act Slam, showcasing unpublished short plays as part of an annual competition in which the audience gets to choose their favorite. In addition, we give a nod to published classics, in our Revivals Revisited series. Our short video series include the Love Festival and the Hope Springs Eternal Festival. Read more about our programs HERE.
The generosity of our patrons helps make all of this possible. If your company or organization has a Matching Gift program please let us know.
Tax-deductible donations may be sent to:
Break A Leg Productions
P.O. Box 20503
Dag Hammarskjold Convenience Center
New York, NY 10017
Online donations can be made HERE.
Break A Leg Productions, Inc. is a tax-exempt non-profit organization (501c3, 1995) and is a member of A.R.T./New York (The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York) and TRU (Theater Resources Unlimited).