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MAY 2018 SESSION: MOUNTAIN VALLEY PLAYWRIGHTS

May 7, 2018

GIRL WITH A CAMERA
by B.A. Nilsson
directed by Erica Tryon
The Church in Troy, NY (2298 12th St Troy, New York)

You couldn’t miss Ivy Wilmot’s photographs during the late 1970's. Beginning with the candid photos she shot for Harper’s Bazaar, she was celebrated for her celebrity features and covers that also appeared in Interview, W, and Rolling Stone. Told during a gallery opening in Connecticut, Ivy’s has chosen eight photographs to tell her story.  We learn of her fractious relationship with gallery owner Jeanne Morris; with her father, Julius, an optical engineer with a secret government affiliation that Ivy is asked to betray; and FBI agent Lester, whose friendship with Ivy forces him to question his loyalties.

May 14th, 2018

CHECKING OUT
by Richard Lovrich
directed by David Girard
Collar Works (621 River St, Troy, NY 12180)

Checking Out is the story of Edward, a customer attempting to buy a single pair of colorful socks at a strip-mall scaled, discount fashion store. Cashing out is delayed by special offers, overzealous customer service and dire predictions. 

 

LANDSHARKS
by Brian Sheldon
directed by Katie Pedro

We all strive for our version of the American Dream.  How far would you go to get it and what would you do to keep it?


March 2018 Session: Female Playwrights

March 26, 2018

The Charlie Play by Nahal Navidar
Directed by Brenna Geffers
At Collar Works
621 River St, Troy, NY 12180

For as long as Nessa can remember, it’s been her and her dog, Charlie. Charlie, her confidant. Charlie, her best friend. And Charlie is dying. Two weeks away from attaining her MFA in Art, Nessa’s Heart and Mind must find the equilibrium between logic and love and create one last art piece despite Charlie’s rapidly impending death.

Cast of The Charlie Play (In alpha order)

 Charlie Barnett: Heart
*David Kenner: Indra/Dr
*Sade Namei: Nessa
*John Romeo: Charlie
*Vanessa Thorpe: Mind

*Member of Actor's Equity Association

NAHAL NAVIDAR is an Iranian-born dramatist raised in upstate New York. Her work is motivated by the exploration of social issues while employing magical elements to awaken the expanse of human emotion. Nahal’s plays have been developed at Silk Road Rising, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, The Vagrancy Writer’s Group, Rogue Machine Dramaturge’s Table, Coeurage Theatre CoLab Play Development, Pasadena Playhouse, Playwright’s Arena, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Golden Thread Productions, Company of Angel’s New Play Series, The Kennedy Center, and The University at Albany.

March 19th, 2018

Josephine Sunshine and the Energy Facility

by Alli Giguere
Directed by Ethan Botwick
At Scarlet Seven Gallery
137 4th St, Troy, NY 12180

Josephine Sunshine and the Energy Facility is a one-act play about navigating memories and escaping abusive relationships. Jo meets Suz and suddenly realizes the power she has to make her own choices in life. By manipulating others, everyone seems to be able to get what they want.

Cast of Josephine Sunshine and the Energy Facility (In alpha order)
James Carola: Karl
Dana Goodknight:  Jo
Michelle: Amy Kirkpatrick Rosen: Michelle
KD McTeigue: Suz
Lucas Phayre-Gonzalez: Stage Directions

 

ALLISON GIGUERE is a playwright and theatre artist from Upstate New York. Most recently, she self-produced and directed a staged reading of her play, “Molly by the River”. Her short play, “What a Shame”, was produced in showcase at SUNY Purchase. She has worked as a dramaturg on multiple projects, including “Serious Money,” with the Purchase Repertory Theatre. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Playwriting at SUNY Purchase.

 

December 2017 Session: Theatre of Revolt

December 4, 2017

Roan at the Gates
by Christina Gorman
Directed by Yvonne Perry
Starring: Erica Tryon* and Brenny Rabine*

 Artistic Director David Girard, Director Yvonne Perry, Playwright Christina Gorman and Actors Erica Tryon and Brenny Rabine

Artistic Director David Girard, Director Yvonne Perry, Playwright Christina Gorman and Actors Erica Tryon and Brenny Rabine

Would you buy a sofa without consulting your partner? How about a car? Change your job? Could you commit a crime and say nothing? And could you still love your partner if she followed her conscience but kept you in the dark? Nat is an outspoken civil rights attorney. Roan, the quiet one, is an NSA Analyst who isn’t even allowed to tell her wife the location of her next business trip. In this topical and thought-provoking new play, a long-time couple confronts questions about their marriage they never thought to ask as their personal relationship collides with national security

 Brenny Rabine and Erica Tryon in  Roan at the Gates

Brenny Rabine and Erica Tryon in Roan at the Gates

CHRISTINA GORMAN’S plays have been produced and developed at The Public Theater, American Blues Theater, Alley Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Summer Play Festival, Hangar Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Prospect Theatre Company, Samuel French Short Play Festival, New Harmony Project, University of Notre Dame, Theatre Artists Studio, Stageworks/ Hudson, Westport Country Playhouse, Lark Play Development Center, Stella Adler Studios, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Luna Stage, |the claque|, HotINK International Festival, and New York International Fringe Festival.  She is a recipient of TCG’s Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Playwriting Award, Samuel French Short Play Festival Award, New York International Fringe Festival Award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting, and runner up for the Princess Grace Award.  Christina was an inaugural member of The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Ensemble Studio Theatre New Voices Fellow, Stella Adler Studios Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence, Women’s Project Playwright Lab member, and is currently an Artistic Affiliate at American Blues Theater.

*This production was presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association’s Staged Reading Guidelines

 

December 11, 2017

Then Came the Fall
by Nahal Navidar
Directed by David Girard
Starring: *David Kenner, Amy Miyako Williams and Shayne David Cameris

 Actors Amy Miyako Williams and David Kenner (Left to Right)

Actors Amy Miyako Williams and David Kenner (Left to Right)

Indian summer delivers hope and light on a gorgeous morning in Brooklyn Heights. Nasrin, an Iranian-American PhD student, and Donovan, an elevator repairman, plan for a bright future together, but when explosions from the other side of the East River shake their world, the ashes of fear and hatred quietly creep in and haunt Donovan’s mind. In a post 9/11 xenophobic environment where intolerance is the new status-quo, the couple finds themselves questioning if they will survive the fall

NAHAL NAVIDAR is an Iranian-born dramatist raised in upstate New York.  Her work is motivated by the exploration of social issues while employing magical elements to awaken the expanse of human emotion.  Nahal’s plays have been developed at Silk Road Rising, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, The Vagrancy Writer’s Group, Rogue Machine Dramaturge’s Table, Coeurage Theatre CoLab Play Development, Pasadena Playhouse, Playwright’s Arena, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Golden Thread Productions, Company of Angel’s New Play Series, The Kennedy Center, and The University at Albany.

In 2005, Nahal founded the Fabulous Invalid Theatre Company in the Micronesian island Saipan whose mission was to promote the diverse voices of the Marianas.  Nahal’s diverse and multi-cultured background has had the most profound impact on her writing.  As a Middle Eastern artist living in a post 9/11 world, her plays investigate issues of cultural identity and often feature characters who feel misplaced and yearn for a proverbial home.  Nahal received her M.F.A. training at U.S.C.’s School of Dramatic Arts.  She is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America.

*This production was presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association’s Staged Reading Guidelines

December 18, 2017

100 Years
by Richard Dresser
Directed by David Baecker
Starring David Bunce*, Kevin McGuire*, Stephanie Moffett-Hynds, Yvonne Perry*, and Lucas Phayre-Gonzalez

 Actors David Bunce, Yvonne Perry and Kevin McGuire (left to right)

Actors David Bunce, Yvonne Perry and Kevin McGuire (left to right)

 

Set in the not-too-distant future, this new dark comedy confronts today’s most dire global crises with incisive humor and sly wisdom.  In 100 Years Stevie and Joan prepare for what will be a transformative experience. But what will it mean for their life as they know it? And what’s going on with the strange couple living next door?   From the playwright of such funny and topical plays as Rounding Third, Gun-Shy and The Pursuit of Happiness, 100 Years confronts today’s most dire global crises with incisive humor and sly wisdom.

RICHARD DRESSER’S plays have been produced in New York, regional theater, and Europe. They include ROUNDING THIRD, which started in Chicago, appeared off-Broadway and has had hundreds of productions.  It was recently made into a film starring John C. McGinley and Garret Dillahunt for release in 2016.  BELOW THE BELT and GUN-SHY, both started at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving off-Broadway.  BELOW THE BELT was made into the film “Human Error” directed by Robert M. Young which appeared at Sundance.  His trilogy of plays about happiness in America includes AUGUSTA (working class), THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (middle class), and A VIEW OF THE HARBOR (upper class9. Other projects include the book for a musical, JOHNNY BASEBALL (lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale), about the Curse of the Red Sox, which premiered at A.R.T. in Cambridge, and moved on to the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  A new bluegrass ghost musical, THE HOLLER (also with the Reale brothers) was workshopped at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.   He recently finished “PUBLIC SPEAKING:  Three short films starring Treat Williams.”  He has also worked extensively in television.  He created the web series “Life Coach” for AMC starring Cheri Oteri.  He is a former member of New Dramatists and twice attended the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.  He currently teaches at Rutgers and is on the board of the Writers Guild Initiative, which does writing workshops with veterans and caregivers among other groups.

*This production is was presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association’s Staged Reading Guidelines