Staged Reading Series

2010 MFA Playwrights’
Staged Reading Series
February 27 & 28 / March 6 & 7, 2010

Location: Studio W509, One Pace Plaza, 5th Floor
Pace University, New York City
(corner of Park Row & Spruce Street/just east of City Hall Park)


Reservations
  Christina Cigala
   
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CHRISTINA CIGALA - Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 1:00PM

Chloe’s a drag queen. She’s got somebody tied up on her sofa. Also, that boy and that girl keep breakin’ up and yellin’ about it. Cue the music.

TOPPING FROM BELOW
A new full-length musical
Book by Christina Cigala
Music & Lyrics by Amanda Palmer

Directed by Bridget Leak

Setting: New York City. The present.

 
Cast of Characters:
 
Chloe BRAD HARRIS
A JEANNE JOE PERRONE
B TREY TATUM
Manny DARIO TORRES
Narrator CHRISTINA CIGALA

 

  Trey Tatum
   
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TREY TATUM - Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 4:00PM

Refusing to evacuate during an impending hurricane, a family reunion turns into a fight for survival. Waters and tempers rise as three siblings are trapped between long-suppressed memories and the raging storm outside.

MAMA’S LAW
A new full-length play
by Trey Tatum

Directed by Bridget Leak

Setting: July 4th weekend. The present.

 
Cast of Characters:
 
Wayne SHAZ KHAN
Jerry DARIO TORRES
Catherine ASHLEY LOVE
Annie Pearl MELISSA ROSENBERGER
Rebecca HANNAH TIMMONS
Jill ABIGAIL TREUT

 

  Nicholas Priore
   
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NICHOLAS PRIORE - Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 1:00PM

A weary mother attempts to provide her mentally-ill son with a better life by having him cared for by one of his siblings, whose resistance unleashes revelations long kept under the proverbial rug.

BROKEN RECORD
A new full-length play
by Nicholas Priore

Directed by Norma Medina

Setting: The east side of a small city in central New York, 1995, once an Italian-American community.

 
Cast of Characters:
 
Lou CHRIS FERRETTI
Ma NORMA MEDINA
Daniel MARCO AGNOLUCCI
Palma L.B. ROBERTS
Michael LAWRENCE SHARP
Thin Nurse SARAH ANFORA
Sal STEVE NICHOLAS

 

  Chris Pierce
   
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CHRIS PIERCE - Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 4:00PM

A tawdry, insane, phantasmagoric love story, which avoids the question, “Who’s what and what is who, and do they even know?”

BLOOD MOLOTOV
A new full-length play
by Chris Pierce

Directed by Jamie Sellers

Setting: An office reminiscent of 50’s Noir, a strange dungeon-like room.

 
Cast of Characters:
 
MFP (Man From Party) BEAU BURGLUND
Woman SHEREEN MACKLIN
MFO (Man From Outside) SHAZ KHAN
   
Stage Directions: BRANDON STOCK
   
   

 

  LB_Roberts
   
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L.B. ROBERTS - Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 1:00PM

A down-on-his-luck private eye is searching for his next case. Too honest to do dirty cases and too nice to turn down a beautiful woman, he becomes embroiled in a case with more faces than a Picasso painting.

FREEDOM AT BLACKBIRD
A new full-length play
by L.B. Roberts

Directed by Bridget Leak

Time: The 1940’s.

 
Cast of Characters:
 
Frankie Jay Malone MARCO AGNOLUCCI
Rick Hopper DARIO TORRES
Jocelyn Carter TREASURE DAVIDSON
Scarlett Flame ASHLEY LOVE
Jack Fontana TREY TATUM
Gloria Fontana MELINDA GRAHAM RAJ
Eddie “Two Notes” Sharp VIN KRIDAKORN
Sergeant Edwards MARCUS TERRELL SMITH
Lulu SUZANNE DARRELL

 

  Katie Buckels
   
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KATIE BUCKELS - Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 4:00PM

An old family friend arrives at a Christmas Eve party with a suitcase and a buried secret that ignites a struggle between the past and the future.

NEEDLES: A CHRISTMAS PLAY
A new full-length play
by Katie Buckels

Directed by Jamie Sellers

Setting:  The Godfrey house on Christmas Eve during a snowstorm.

 
Cast of Characters:
 
Mrs. Godfrey MELINDA GRAHAM RAJ
Moira Lindy MARIA ROMAN
Mr. Dave Godfrey JASON GREEN
Perry Godfrey  NICHOLAS PRIORE
Gretchen Godfrey ABIGAIL TREUT
   
Stage Directions: ANTHONY COTTO

 

  Christopher Edward Moss
   
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Moss’s Bio

CHRISTOPHER EDWARD MOSS - Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 1:00PM

An Illinois psychologist whose job and marriage are hanging by a thread has to choose between his career and his morals as he is pressured to conduct an unethical study.

REFUTING MILGRAM
A new full-length play
by Christopher Edward Moss

Directed by Jamie Sellers

Setting:  A small state school in a dying town in central Illinois. The start of a new school year, fall 2009.

 
Cast of Characters:
 
Eugene Benskins MICHAEL ALBERT
Claire Balkin TREASURE DAVIDSON
Charles Herzberg YONI BEN-YEHUDA
Rosaline Benskins ASHLEY LOVE
Aaron Benskins LAWRENCE SHARP
Sarah Beavy CHELESE BELMONT
Various Roles
 
ABIGAIL TREUT
Stage Directions:  ALLA ILYSOVA

 

  Carston Turner
   
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CARSTON TURNER - Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 4:00PM

A brother and sister reunite to deal with the death of their father. One daughter on the hunt for a child rapist. One son, a child prodigy pianist comes home after 20 years. A mother, mute for 20 years, holds the answers to the questions they both need to know.

THE FIRST KISS
A new full-length play
by Carston Turner

Directed by Jee Hyun Jung

Setting: A funeral home. The present.

 
Cast of Characters:
 
Caleb   KARREEM WASHINGTON
Portia SHEREEN MACKLIN
Corinth SUZANNE DARRELL
Autumn OSAS IGHODARO
Frances RUBEN L. DEL VALLE, JR.