Experiments 18: After School Special

June 25


La MaMa Galleria | 47 Great Jones Street

Monday at 7PM

Written by Kyle Therral Wilson
Directed by Illana Stein

After School Special is a tough-hearted comedy about the challenge of giving and receiving help across social, racial, and hierarchical divides. Stewart is finishing up the worst day of her terrible school year as a special ed teacher-in-training in central Los Angeles. It will all be over as soon as she gets through a detention period for her most defiant student, Frankie. Since she wouldn’t let Frankie get on the bus home, he wants her to track down his mother to come get him but she’s nowhere to be found. Meanwhile Stewart’s phone keeps ringing with unwelcome calls from a mysterious figure out of her past. Frankie’s anger and worry over his mother combine with Stewart’s distracted panic to create a volatile, dangerous classroom situation for both of them. 

Stewart - Kim Gambino
Jenkins - Richarda Abrams
Frankie - Jarvis Tomdio
Cantero - Robby Ramos

About The Artists

Kyle Therral Wilson's work has been developed or performed by Great Plains Theatre Conference (2013 and 2017 PlayLabs playwright), The Lark, Theatricum Botanicum, The Blank Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles, Psychic Visions Theatre, Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 Los Angeles, and L.A.'s Homo-Centric. His play YUCCA CORRIDOR was a finalist for the 2018 National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Theatre Center. Kyle devised and produced two plays with his writing collective, Fell Swoop Playwrights. THE LAST TEMPTATION OF PAULA DEEN premiered at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival, and THE MISS JULIE DREAM PROJECT premiered at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe and was remounted at Son of Semele Theater in Los Angeles in September of that year. His monologues were published in 2016's LGBTQ MONOLOGUES THAT ARE ACTUALLY FUNNY, edited by Alisha Gaddis. MFA: Carnegie Mellon University. Member, Dramatists Guild.
Illana Stein is a NYC-based director. Credits include: Theatre for a New Audience: Associate Director on Tamburlaine the Great directed by Michael Boyd and Pericles directed by Trevor Nunn. She has assisted at Signature, Pearl Theatre, and directed for Samuel French OOB Festival, Youngblood-Bloodworks, NYU New Gallatin, New Dramatists, and won a FringeNYC’12 directing award for or what she will by Charly Evon Simpson. Regional assisting credits with ART, OSF, Yale Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, and most recently directed the regional premiere of A Lost Leonardo by David Davalos at Amphibian Stage Productions. She is a recipient of a 2018 Drama League First Draft Residency, in the directing company of New York Madness, League of Professional Theatre Women and member of the LCT Directors Lab (’12). www.illanastein.com--

About Experiments

As the title suggests, The 18th season of Experiments Play Reading Series is focused on playwrights whose work features a dynamic leading character worthy of the "best actress of her generation." Although we are sure Ms.Streep would masterfully bring to life any of these parts, our mission is to select work based on the themes Meryl has championed throughout her career; empathy, diversity and activism. Using these pillars as our guide, each month, La MaMa's Experiments 18 will showcase a play centered around a strong and inspiring lead character who can be of any ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, disability and sexual orientation.
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