La Mama Umbria Reading Series 2020

March 13 - March 15, 2020

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM LA MAMA

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, all public events and performances of shows at La MaMa are suspended as of Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice. Ticket buyers will be contacted as soon as possible with more information.

La MaMa and CultureHub have closed this weekend’s interactive exhibition, Re-Fest, to the public and instead the event will be live-streamed all weekend. La MaMa will be providing online streaming of other select productions and events, and more details will be available shortly.


The playwrights of the 2019 La MaMa Umbria Playwright Retreat will present fourteen new plays in thirteen staged readings. The 2019 retreat was led by master playwright Lisa Kron, two-time Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, with the theme of the Biblical story of Exodus. Schedule of readings is listed below:

Friday, March 13th 

4:15 PM -- "Dead Reckoning" by Lezlie Wade

Summary: 
When 12 year old Betty Klenk sees the portrait of Amelia Earhart on the cover of the 1933 February edition of Town & Country magazine, she is forever changed. Told in the vein of a song cycle, Dead Reckoning follows a hero’s obsession with flying and a young girl’s obsession with her hero until the startling moments of Amelia’s final flight. 
Cast: 
Chorus: Sara Shahnazarian 
Amelia: Laura Larson
Chorus:  Aisha Jarvis*
Betty: Kelsey Falconer*
Chorus: Alicia Barban*
*Courtesy of Actors Equity
Creative Team: 
Directed by: Zoya Kachadurian 
Run Time: 
50 Minutes

6:00 PM -- "The Exodus of Bea (QEV), Act One" by Annie LaRussa and Elliot Kreloff

Summary:
When five very persuasive and historical women visit Bea on this night different than all other nights, truths are exposed through the ritual of a women's seder. 
Cast:
Kate Fuglei*
Lynne Halliday*
Lea McKenna-Garcia*
Mary Monahan
Shauna Pinkett
Emily Zacharias*
*Courtesy of Actors Equity
Creative Team:
Directed by Annie Larussa
Run Time:
50 Minutes

7:30 PM -- "All the Wild Horses" by Glory Kadigan

Summary:
Karen the sister of the King, otherwise known as the President, otherwise known as the Pharaoh and otherwise known as our Supreme Ruler; flees to the middle of the country to live a life of seclusion away from the publicity surrounding her brother. She is pursued by her mother Mary who desperately hopes to find a reconciliation between the two siblings.
Cast: 
Mary: Sachi Parker
Karen: Sara Koviak*
Catori: Lydia Gaston*
Jasmine: Laura Johnston*
Celeste: Isra Elsalihie* 
AJ: Will Serri
* Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity
Creative Team:
Directed by: Lu Bellini
Run Time: 
85 Minutes

Saturday, March 14th

12:45 PM -- "FAULTLINE" by Bob Rossi

Summary:
A family drama that chronicles the dysfunction of the Stefano Family. As they gather for the wake of their patriarch, Jimmy Steffano, long held anxieties, resentments, and lies are exposed.
Cast:
Ian Lithgow*
Darrie Lawrence*
Philip O'Gorman*
Stevie Stern*
*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity
Creative Team:
Directed by Tom Lazarus
Run Time:
60 Minutes

2:30 PM -- "The Biddy Contract" by Ann Mary Mullane

Summary:
Margaret Frances Rafferty is a young Irish immigrant who comes to New York City to work for a wealthy family.
Cast:
Konrad Custer*
Tyler Gardella
Michael Gnat*
Maura Huelbig
James B. Kennedy
Elda Luisi*
Jeanne Lauren Smith*
Jenna Vezina
*Courtesy of Actors Equity
Creative Team:
Directed by Susan Tenney+
+ Courtesy of SDC
Run Time:
60 Minutes

 4:00 PM -- "Alone With Nina Simone" by Debra Khan-Bey

Summary:
The Highs and lows of Nina Simone. The Music, The Mental Illness, The Loneliness, The Revolutionary, The Racism, The Abuse. How much can one take before one breaks?
Cast:
Nina Simone: Debra Khan-Bey
Narrator:  PJ Johnnie Jr.
Creative Team:
Directed by Joan Kane
Run Time:
60 Minutes

5:30 PM -- "Footprints Disappear in the Desert" by Sol Ji Kim

Summary:
Hee-Seok has been living in New York fo 6 years. He had an odd dream where he was a butterfly following a Boy’s journey in a magical desert. It was when the Boy lost his only family, and when he wandered in endless desert trying to find himself. He encountered a pyramid, a half-bird man, and a girl with her sheep. While it is not sure if it was a dream or not, it tells a mythical story about “self”. 
Cast:
Amelia Bethel
Ned Checketts
Joanna Eisenberg
Kyrie Ellison
Rebecca Geminn
Lou Hagen
Jinho Woo
Creative Team:
Directed by Sol Ji Kim
Run Time:
45 Minutes

6:30 PM -- "27 MOTHS" by Tracy Carns

Summary:
A doomsday device has passed over, and a new messiah has emerged--a charismatic teenager called Justine. She conjures visions of desert journeys to dazzle the masses, but how far must she go to convince her brother that she’s The Real Thing? 27 Moths is an atomic dream play that explores what it takes to reawaken belief when the world is burning.
Cast:
Montana Lampert Hoover *
Finn Kilgore *
Sharlee J. Taylor *
John Racioppo 
Lizzy Lincoln
*Courtesy of Actors Equity
Creative Team:
Directed by Ran Xia
Run Time:
75 Minutes

Sunday, March 15th

1:00 PM -- "Exodus" by Lisa Erica James

Summary:
Cast: 
Charles Everett
Carmen Gill
Kailah S. King
Geany Masai
Issa Best
Laura Johnston
Paule Aboite
Creative Team:
Directed by Irina Abraham
Production Stage Manager: Cordelia Senie
Run Time:
55 Minutes

 2:30 PM -- "Bru" by Karen Kufilk

Summary:
What happens when two women, two thousand years apart struggle to be seen, heard and understood?
Cast:
Creative Team: 
Directed by Amy Coleman
And "Girl on a Dirt Pile" by Susan McCully
Summary:
A feminist deconstruction of the "Rape of Persephone". 
Cast:
Demeter: Jolee Cohen
Persephone: Maria Marsalis
Hecate: Shubhangi Kuchibhotla
Creative Team:
Directed by Eve Muson
Run Time:
30 Minutes per piece (60 Minutes in total)

4:00 PM -- "Let's Go With Avaaz" by Michael Shayan

Run Time:
85 Minutes

6:30 PM -- "EXODUS REDUX" by Peggy Howard Chane 

Summary:
God commands the actor playing Moses “Lead the exodus from earth’s war and corruption to the promise land”….. All aboard!
Cast:
Ian Gould*
Brian Linden*
Sachi Parker
Cynthia Straus*
Alexandra Taylor
Katie Vincent
*Courtesy of Actors Equity
Creative Team:
Directed by Katrin Hilbe+
+ SDC
Run Time:
35 Minutes

7:30 PM -- "The Prophet, Elijah" by Rafi Abramowitz

Summary:
A slave-owning Jewish family hosts a Passover Seder during the American Civil-War. 
Cast:
Tamar Lowenthal: Alexandra Salter
Samson Lowenthal: Eli Rosen
Miriam Lowenthal: Jessical DiSalvo*
Judah Lowenthal: Ben Swimmer*
June: Christine Smith*
Elliot: Roland Sands
Jefferson Clinton-Howell: Matthew Sievers
Elijah: Manny Houston*
Senator Benjamin Moses: Theodore Bouloukos*
Narrator: Michelle Miller
*Courtesy of Actors Equity 
Creative Team:
Directed by Glenn Girón
Run Time: 
90 Minutes