Reading Series

THE ENGLISH BRIDE

DT Sheridan, Sevan Greene, Lucille Lichtblau, Dan Lauria, Rachel McKinney, Noel Neeb

Dan Lauria, Rachel McKinney.

Lucille Lichtblau, Rachel McKinney, and Dan Lauria.

Dan Lauria and Rachel McKinney.

Written by: Lucile Lichtblau

Synopsis: “The English Bride” is a roller coaster ride of love, betrayal, and treachery in an effort to discover the truth behind the headlines. Dov, an agent of Mossad, tries to unearth the facts behind a terrorism attack gone awry; while Ali, an Arab Israeli man, and Eileen, an English girl, give differing versions of their involvement. What is fantasy? What is fact?


Biography: Graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and The Yale School of Drama where she received the MCA Fellowship in Playwriting. Winner of the Israel Baran Award and The Susan Glaspell Prize. Winner of Pandora Box Production’s New Play Festival. Chosen for development at The Southern Writers Project of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and nominated for the Weissberger Award, given annually by the Williamstown Theater Festival. AEA and DGA member. Co-director of Plays In Progress in Hudson, NY.

THE MEDEA PROJECT:
A HYPOTHETICAL RETELLING OF A HEINOUS MYTH

Cast: Laurie Birmingham, Larry Loonin, Eric Chase, (directed by) Noel Neeb, Rachel McKinney, Samrat Chakrabarti, Rob Gorden.

Written by: Kristina Leach

Synopsis: What would happen to the Medea myth if it were re-engineered in today's world of cell phones, high-pressure meetings and high-powered divorce lawyers? It is the ultimate story of betrayal and vengeance, resulting in extreme consequences!
 

Biography: Kristina is a mom and a writer. She’s worked in professional theatre for 20 years as a literary associate, playwright, director and teaching artist – in no particular order and usually all at once. She was the recipient of the John Cauble Short Play Award for her play Supernova in Hamlet and was 1st runner up for the David Mark Cohen Award for her play Grasmere, which has been produced all over the place including - New York, Los Angeles, and the U.K. She has recently been commissioned by South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their son and a grumpy dog named Murray.

FRESHLY FALLEN SNOW

Cast: Frank Campanella, Martha Byrne, Sondra James, Rachel McKinney, (directed by) Noel Neeb, Gary Hilborn, Sarah Baskin, Frank De Julio.

Written by: M.E.H. Lewis

Synopsis: Dr. Jane Smith pioneers a controversial new treatment for traumatic memory disorders, a procedure that will "edit" memories. Her reluctant first patient is AJ, a terribly scarred veteran of the Iraq War. The person Dr. Smith most wants to heal is her own mother, a haunted survivor of World War II's Dresden firestorm. For both the mother and AJ, the real source of their pain is long buried memories.
 

Biography: M.E.H. Lewis is an internationally produced playwright who is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, three Ragdale Residencies, the Julie Harris Award, a Tremain Fellowship, the Joseph Jefferson Award, and several times a semi-finalist for the O’Neill. She was a Dramatists Guild Intensive Fellow and is a Resident at Chicago Dramatists, where she also teaches. Her play Thirst (co-authored with Anita Chandwaney) was a top-two honored finalist for the New York Women in the Arts and Theatre Collaboration Award and will be presented this fall at International Women’s Theatre Conference in Stockholm, together with her play Small World.

the things are against us

Laurie Birmingham, Rachel McKinney, Eric Chase, Susan Soon He Stanton, Noel Neeb

Rachel McKinney, Susan Soon He Stanton, Noel Neeb

Written by: Susan Soon He Stanton

Synopsis: Lorca. Two sisters, one claw-foot bathtub, and a young man trying to unearth the dark secrets of his grandfather’s past. All roads lead to a mysterious house with a mind of its own. There are bones in the basement and creaking within. The Spreckle house invites you to spend the night.
 

Biography: Susan Soon He Stanton’s plays include AMERICAN PIG PEN (New Century Theatre Company workshop and Astor Street Oprey New Works Festival), CYGNUS (Inkwell workshop), FURBALL (Second Generation commission), and THE THINGS ARE AGAINST US (Yale’s Carlotta Festival and RoAn workshop). Kumu Kahua produced two of her plays in rep, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JOHN BOY KIHANO? and remounted their production of ART OF PRESERVATION. She was awarded the Hawai’i prize and the Pacific Rim Prize by Kumu Kahua. THE UNDERNEATH, commissioned by Kumu Kahua, originated at the Yale Cabaret, and was workshopped at the Kennedy Center and the Unicorn Theater. Susan was Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s (HTY) resident playwright for their 2010 – 11 season. HTY commissioned her to write NAVIGATOR AND WHERE DO THINGS GO? (multi-writer play). EDIBLE RESTAURANT, a musical with composer Greta Gertler (Joe’s Pub performance), was a commission from New Sounds Theatre. Susan received a feature-film development grant and best screenplay award from the Sloan Foundation. BFA: NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing. MFA: Yale School of Drama. She is a member of SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab and a Lark Van Lier Fellow. She is from Honolulu, Hawai’i.

MOCHA

Cast: Henry Yuk, Rob Gorden, (directed by) Noel Neeb, Fletcher McTaggart, Chris Campbell, Tran T Thuc Hanh, Matthew Waterson, Karen Lee, Mary Ann Stewart, Rachel McKinney, Fletcher McTaggart, Mary Ann Stewart, Georgie Caldwell, Rachel McKinney, (written by) Eleanor Burgess.

Rachel McKinney, Eleanor Burgess, Noel Neeb

Written by: Eleanor Burgess

Synopsis: A film star, Eliot Henessey, arrives in Indonesia with her assistant to adopt a child, attracting the interest of a journalist who questions her motivations, a bureaucrat who hopes to use her to publicize the islands, and a foster father who believes that Eliot’s personal life leaves her little room for a child. Meanwhile Ted and Carol, an infertile couple in the American suburbs, initiate a more normal adoption process, but find that the expense, uncertainty, and invasive examinations reveal rifts in their desires to have a family.
 

Biography: Eleanor Burgess is a playwriting fellow with the Huntington Theatre in Boston and has had readings of her work at the Arcola Theatre in London, the Next Generation Playwriting Contest in New York, Panndora’s Box in Los Angeles and Broad Horizons Theatre Company in New York. She is also a professional screenwriter, with projects currently in development with Act Four Productions and Indiewood Pictures. She is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and a graduate of Yale College, where she worked with the Yale Dramatic Association and co-founded the professional film production group Bulldog Productions. She has taught History, English, Filmmaking, and Creative Writing in Boston, London and New Haven, and this fall is moving to New York to pursue writing full-time.

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