Reading Series 2012-2013 

Friday, April 26, 2013
3:00 pm

The Belle of Belfast
by Nate Rufus Edelman

In The Belle of Belfast, personal, political and papal agendas conflict in Belfast in 1985. At the height of "the troubles," 17-year-old Anne Malloy turns to the comforts of her parish priest and forces them to re-evaluate the meaning of faith and love in a time of crisis.

Patch Darragh* (The Jammer, Kin), Terry Donnelly* (Donnybrook!, The Shaughraun), Katie Fabel* (Mary Broome, The Shaughraun),  Annie Funke* (If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, SILENCE! The Musical) and Billy Meleady* (The Belle of Belfast (LA production), The Lonesome West). *courtesy of AEA

Nate Rufus Edelman (Playwright) is a writer and director for the stage and screen who divides his time among New York City, Los Angeles and Ireland. His stage plays have been produced and developed at The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre, Firstlook Theatre, the Celtic Arts Centre, FirstStage, EST/LA, Antaeus Theatre Company, Bank of Ireland Theatre, Samuel Beckett Theatre and the Road Theatre. His screenplay, "The Scavengers," was on "The Black List" and is in development.  Nate was educated at University of California, Santa Cruz,Trinity College Dublin and received his MFA at New York University.

Claudia Weill (Director) is a film, television, and theatre director.  After graduating Harvard in 1969 where she majored in History and Literature, she made 30 short films for "Sesame Street" (still on the air) and directed documentaries, notably he Other Half of hte Sky: A China Memoir", with Shirley MacLaine, 1975 (Academy Award Nomination) and "This is the Home of Mrs. Levant Graham" (Kennedy Journalism Award). She produced and directed her first feature, "Girlfriends," in 1979 (with Melanie Mayron, Chris Guest, Bob Balaban and Eli Wallach) which she sold to Warner Bros. after winning multiple awards at Cannes, Filmex and Sundance. Next she directed "It's My Turn" for Columbia Pictures (with Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas and Charles Grodin), winning the Donatello (European Oscar) for Best New Director. Claudia has directed television since 1983, most recently 2nd season of HBO’s "Girls", Episode 6 aka “Boys”. She is also known for multiple episodes of "thirtysomething" (Emmy, Humanitas Awards), "My So-Called Life," "Chicago Hope" (Reynolds Award), "Once and Again" and TV/Cable movies "Johnny Bull" (with Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst and Kathy Bates) and "Face of a Stranger" (with Tyne Daly and Gena Rowlands, who won an Emmy.) As a theatre director, she has worked at Williamstown, The O’Neill, Sundance, ACT, Empty Space, MTC, Circle Rep, EST and the Public Theatre, where she was nominated for the Drama Desk Best Director Award for the premiere of Donald Margulies’ Found A Peanut. Most recently she directed What A Pill (Atik) for the EST Youngbloods and before that, among others- The Belle of Bellfast (Edelman) at EST LA, Memory House (Tolan) with Kathy Baker, End Days (Laufer) with Amy Aquino, Tape (Belber) with Michael Urie, Adam Baum and the Jew Movie (Goldfarb) with Tony Shaloub at The Vineyard Playhouse, Huck and Holden (Rajiv Joseph) at the Black Dahlia, La Bella Famiglia at ACT, Twelfth Night and Act Like A Lady (Harrison) at Antaeus and the West Coast Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner, Doubt with Linda Hunt at the Pasadena Playhouse. She created and teaches the Advanced Directing Class in the Graduate School of Cinema at USC. Other classes she specializes in are Comparative Directing in Film, Television and Theatre, Telling the Story: Staging Actors and Camera (hand on exercises, plus lectures with clips) and Directing for Writers. She has guest taught at Harvard, NYU, Bard and Cal Arts among others and regularly mentors young writers and directors around the country. She serves on the Directors Executive Committee for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and directed several of the “Game Changers” films for the DGA 75th Anniversary. She is preparing a documentary about the Art and Craft of Directing and is producing a New Play Reading Series (January 2014) for The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. 


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, December 14, 2012
2:30 pm

by Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick Fitzgerald's Gibraltar is adapted from James Joyce's Ulysses. At the heart of that masterpiece lies a simple love story. Somewhat tragic, somewhat comic, (and all too human) it is the story of Leopold and Molly Bloom.

Cast: Patrick Fitzgerald* (The Shaughraun, Prisoner of the Crown) and Cara Seymour* (The Freedom of the City, Ecstasy) *courtesy of AEA

Patrick Fitzgerald (playwright) made his New York debut in the Irish Rep's first production and has appeared in numerous productions for the company since. Most recently he played the title role (again) in Charlotte Moore's production of Dion Boucicault's The Shaughraun. He won the Clarence Derwent Award for Hal Prince’s Grandchild of Kings. Other theatre credits include Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy (Obie Award), The Sisters Rosensweig (Lincoln Center and Broadway), Mojo (Atlantic) and A Clockwork Orange (Steppenwolf).


Friday, October 26, 2012
3:00 pm

John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven
Adapted for the stage by Octavio Solis

These are the interweaving stories of the residents of the Pastures of Heaven, a fertile valley ensconced in the mountains just west of Salinas, California. They recount the struggles that people undergo when they force the land they live on, the earth itself, to make their dreams come true, resolve their problems and subdue their inner demons. Only one recently transplanted family, the Munroes, enter into the valley with their eyes open, but at each turn they encounter people who nurse their delusions and thereby suffer for them.

John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven will be read by Carlo Alban* (A Summer Day, “Margaret”), Renata Friedman* (Upright Grand, The K of D), Mahira Kakkar* (Harper Regan, Jesus in India), Kobi Libii* (CQ/CX, Perfect Harmony),  Florencia Lozano* (Red Dog Howls, Dirty Story), Howard McGillin* (The 39 Steps, Irish Rep’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales), Brian McManamon* (It or Her, The Clearing), Drew McVety* (Cyrano De Bergerac, Billy Elliot),  Kellie Overbey* (Rapture, Blister, Burn, Lemon Sky), Jennifer Rau* (Once in a Lifetime, Texas Homos), C.J. Wilson* (Glengarry Glen Ross,The Lady from Dubuque).  *courtesy of AEA

Octavio Solis (Playwright): is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. His works John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, and La Posada Mágica have been mounted at the California Shakespeare Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Theater Center, the Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Shadowlight Productions, the Venture Theatre in Philadelphia, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, the New York Summer Play Festival, Teatro Vista in Chicago, El Teatro Campesino, the Undermain Theatre in Dallas, Thick Description, Campo Santo, the Imua Theatre Company in New York, and Cornerstone Theatre. His collaborative works include Cloudlands, with music by Adam Gwon, Burning Dreams, cowritten with Julie Hebert and Gina Leishman and Shiner, written with Erik Ehn. Solis has received an NEA 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship, the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, a production grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and the National Latino Playwriting Award for 2003. He is the recipient of the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists Residency Grant from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust. He has also just been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship for 2012. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists alum and member of the Dramatists Guild. His new anthology, “The River Plays” has been published by NoPassPort Publishing. He is working on commissions for the Magic Theatre SF and Yale Repertory Theatre.

The 2012-2013 Reading Series is underwritten in part by the members of our Patron's Circle.












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