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Reading Series 2011-2012

All Readings are FREE, but reservations are requested. Please call 212-727-2737 to RSVP.
All readings are on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage, unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, June 29, 2012
3:00 pm
W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre

The Birds
by Conor McPherson
adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier
directed by Henry Wishcamper

In Conor McPherson's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's The Birds, strangers Nat and Diane take refuge in an isolated, abandoned house from the unnerving masses of birds that attack everyone around them. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace: there’s no electricity, little food and the birds always return. And they worry about a nearby neighbor, who may or may not still be alive and watching them. Soon another refugee, the young, attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world but her presence also brings discord. The uncertain survival of the three becomes even more doubtful when paranoia creeps into their little refuge, adding an internal threat to match the external threat of the birds.

The cast of The Birds is: with Michael Cerveris* (Evita, In The Next Room or the vibrator play), Reyna de Courcy* (Burning, Orange, Hat & Grace), Jonathan Hogan* (Molly Sweeney at The Irish Rep, Book of Days) and Tonya Pinkins* (Storefront Church, Milk Like Sugar).

Conor McPherson (Playwright) was born in Dublin in 1971. He attended University College Dublin where he began to write and direct. His stage plays include Rum & Vodka, The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas, The Weir, Dublin Carol, Port Authority, Shining City, The Seafarer and The Veil. Awards for his plays include the Laurence Olivier Award, Three Tony Award nominations, The Evening Standard Award, Critics’ Circle Award, Meyer-Whitworth Award and The George Devine Award. The first production of his adaptation of The Birds took place at the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 2009. The Guthrie Theater produced The Birds earlier this year under the direction of Henry Wishcamper.


Friday, March 30, 2012
3:00 pm

16 Possible Glimpses
by Marina Carr

16 Possible Glimpses flashes through the life of Chekhov, the master story-teller, master playwright, doctor, lover, brother, son. A kaleidoscope of dialogues and images – tea and vodka, petal-filled gardens, oceans of champagne, a black monk travelling through time – reveal a life in which eternity is the only thing worth talking about. A poetic imagining of the life of a brilliant man. (courtesy of Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival)

The cast of 16 Possible Glimpses is: Bianca Amato (The Broken Heart, Arcadia), Rachel Botchan (The Philanderer, The Bald Soprano), Alex Draper (A Map of Virtue, Terrorism), Roberta Maxwell (The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters), Brian McManamon (It or Her, "Gossip Girl"), Drew McVety (Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George), Rocco Sisto (Seminar, Measure for Measure), David Sitler (Beyond The Horizon, Frost/Nixon), Vanessa Wasche (The Pillowbook, Motherf**ker with the Hat).

Marina Carr (Playwright): Born in 1964, Marina Carr was brought up in Co. Offaly. She graduated from University College, Dublin in 1987. Plays for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin include 16 Possible Glimpses, Marble, Ullaloo, The Mai, Portia Coughlan, By the Bog of Cats, Ariel, and Meat and Salt. Other plays include Phaedra Backwards (McCarter), On Raftery's Hill (Druid/Royal Court), Low in the Dark (Project Arts Centre), Woman and Scarecrow (Royal Court), The Cordelia Dream (RSC) and The Giant Blue Hand (The Ark). Marina has been awarded The Puterbaugh Fellowship for 2012 by The University of Oklahoma as part of the Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture, this year devoted to her work. Other awards include The Macaulay Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also held the Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova. She was the 1932 fellow at Princeton for 2008. She is an honorary professor at Trinity College Dublin and has just been awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater. A member of Aosdána, Marina lives in Kerry with her husband and four children.


 

Friday, February 24, 2012
3:00 pm

By the Bog of Cats
by Marina Carr

By the Bog of Cats is set in the mysterious landscape of the bogs of rural Ireland. The play tells the story of Hester Swane, an Irish traveller with a deep and unearthly connection to her land. Tormented by the memory of a mother who deserted her, Hester is once again betrayed, this time by the father of her child, the man she loves. On the brink of despair, she embarks on a terrible journey of vengeance as the secrets of her tangled history are revealed.

By the Bog of Cats premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 1998. It was revived at Wyndham's Theatre, London in November 2004.

By The Bog of Cats will be read by Bianca Amato* (The Broken Heart, The Coast of Utopia), Mark Blum* (We Live Here, After the Revolution), Dashiell Eaves* (A Behanding in Spokane, Killers and Other Family), Michelle Hurst* (The Story, “Sherrybaby”), Mia Katigbak* (Futura, Blind Mouth Singing), Louisa Krause* (“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” In A Dark Dark House), Dan McCabe* (Sons of the Prophet, Len Asleep On Vinyl), Marissa O’Donnell* (“Peace, Love & Misunderstanding,” Shrek The Musical), Gordana Rashovich* (Road To Mecca, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore), and David Sitler* (Beyond The Horizon, An Inspector Calls) *courtesy of AEA

Marina Carr (Playwright): Born in 1964, Marina Carr was brought up in Co. Offaly. She graduated from University College, Dublin in 1987. Plays for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin include 16 Possible Glimpses, Marble, Ullaloo, The Mai, Portia Coughlan, By the Bog of Cats, Ariel, and Meat and Salt. Other plays include Phaedra Backwards (McCarter), On Raftery's Hill (Druid/Royal Court), Low in the Dark (Project Arts Centre), Woman and Scarecrow (Royal Court), The Cordelia Dream (RSC) and The Giant Blue Hand (The Ark). Marina has been awarded The Puterbaugh Fellowship for 2012 by The University of Oklahoma as part of the Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture, this year devoted to her work. Other awards include The Macaulay Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also held the Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova. She was the 1932 fellow at Princeton for 2008. She is an honorary professor at Trinity College Dublin and has just been awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater. A member of Aosdána, Marina lives in Kerry with her husband and four children.


 

Friday, December 16, 2011
3:00 pm

Coleslaw and Coconut Cream Pie
by Lans Traverse

In Coleslaw and Coconut Cream Pie, two sisters, battling different kinds of addictive and destructive behavior, try to care for their ailing mother while negotiating the financial and emotional devastation of their family.

The cast for Coleslaw and Coconut Cream Pie is Lynn Cohen (Three Sisters, Chasing Manet, "Sex and the City"), Rebecca Henderson (Autumn Sonata, The Collection and A Kind of Alaska) and Heather Raffo (Nine Parts of Desire, Palace of the End).

Lans Traverse (playwright): Born in New Jersey. School years were divided between Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. Studied acting in the USA at Northwestern University, followed by the American Academy in New York City. From there, won a scholarship to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Coleslaw and Coconut Cream Pie, the first of four plays, was a Finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference and a Runner-Up in the 2010 Eileen Heckart Playwriting competition in Columbus Ohio, where it was given a staged reading. It has also had a staged reading in the UK at York’s Theatre Royal and will receive its London premiere in the autumn at Theatre 503. The second play, The Kiss of the Sun for Pardon, was a Finalist for the Verity Bargate Award at London’s Soho Theatre and was work-shopped there last October. Driftwood, a Finalist at both New York’s Summer Play Festival and the Great Plains Conference, had its World Premier in April 2010 at Houston’s Main Street Theatre. A screenplay adaptation of the same received the John Muir Gold Award at the 2010 Yosemite International Film Festival. Little Bethlehem is the fourth and most recent play. Just completed.


Friday, October 21, 2011
3:00 pm

Rebel in the Soul
by Larry Kirwan

directed by Charlotte Moore

Rebel in the Soul deals with the confrontation in 1951 between Dr. Noel Browne, Minister for Health in the Irish Government, and Dr. John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin over Browne’s Mother and Child Health Scheme. Browne's family had been ravaged by tuberculosis and the 35 year-old Minister had already set in motion policies that would eventually eradicate the disease from Ireland. He next planned to give free pre-natal and health care to Irish women and their children. Young, arrogant and passionate, he arrives at the Episcopal Palace for his final meeting with the Archbishop. Both men and the destiny of Ireland will be changed by the events of the evening.

Rebel in the Soul will be read by Reed Birney* (Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, A Small Fire) and Rob Campbell* (Titus Andronicus, "Rabbit Hole"). *Courtesy AEA
 
Larry Kirwan (playwright) has written two novels, Liverpool Fantasy and Rockin’ The Bronx, a memoir Green Suede Shoes, and Mad Angels a collection of plays. He has recorded thirteen CDs for Black 47 along with two solo efforts. The band has performed almost 2500 gigs in the US, Europe and South America and appeared on all the major TV shows including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Night with Conan O’Brien." He hosts and produces "Celtic Crush" for SiriusXM Satellite Radio and writes a weekly column for the Irish Echo.

The 2011 Reading Series is underwritten in part by Alexis Doyle and the members of our Patron's Circle.

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