La MaMa Umbria Playwright Retreat Alumni Readings

January 18 - January 20, 2018


47 Great Jones St.

Thursday: 6PM to 10PM; Friday: 6PM to 10:15PM; Saturday: 12PM to 9:15PM

La MaMa Umbria Playwright Retreat Alumni Readings 2018
Umbria Program Directors: David Diamond and Adriana Garbagnati
2017 Playwright Retreat Master Artist: Erik Ehn

Don't miss readings of new plays by playwrights who honed their craft at the La MaMa Umbria International Playwright Retreats (2017). Meet extraordinary writers from around the world. Each evening, you will hear portions of their plays that are in development.
There will be a 15-minute break between readings to seat each new audience and also a break from 4:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday.

Thursday, January 18th Readings Schedule

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AND, EVERYONE (A) PART | 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Written by Dana Lam
Directed by Francisco Solorzano
A one-woman monologue on the bitter-sweet, funny-sad turns in a life.

VEDA IN TIME | 7:30 - 8:45 pm
Written by Wendy Schmidt
Directed by Ivette Dumeng
A yoga teacher embarks on a spiritual journey as Pigeon, Fish, & Crow attend her class in the flesh.

BUSTING GHOSTS | 9:00 - 10:00 pm
Written by Peggy Howard Chane
Directed by Nicole Franklin
Two entrepreneurs rocket to fame on the Fortune 500 List once they are killed in a poker game.

Friday, January 19th Readings Schedule

6:00 pm - 10:15 pm

(THE PLAY’S) THE THING | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Written by Michael Landes
Directed by Kristen Keim
An excellent play, well digested in the scenes, set down with as much modesty as cunning.
HIPPOCAMPUS: Seahorse see | 7:15 - 8:30 pm
Written and Directed by Lim Mui
Follow an amnesiac seahorse, Kasey, on a journey towards remembering.
TAR BEACH | 8:45 - 10:15 pm
Written by Tammy Ryan
Directed by Lori Kee
July 1977. Son of Sam is on the loose and two boy-crazy friends hatch a plan to stay out all night.

Saturday, January 20th Readings Schedule

12:00 pm - 9:15 pm

THE DISSOLVE | 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Written by Tracy Carns
Directed by Shaun Peknic
You're Jean Seberg, say. A man, Sir, directs you to a jazzy soundtrack. Are you dying, or just breathless?
DOUBLE BILL | 1:30 - 2:10 pm
Written by Lelia TahaBurt
Directed by Susan Tenney
A soundscape of the legacies passed down by an Egyptian-American family.
Written by Erik Champney
Directed by Shaun Peknic
A sexual revolution erupts, and Lance and Edgar fight to save what is left of their broken marriage.
100 AWKWARD WAYS TO BE A PERSON | 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Written by Marianna Staroselsky
Directed by Rory McGregor
A play about the many ways in which it is anxiety-inducing as hell to be a person in the US today.
Written by Barbara Blatner
Directed by Janet Bentley
A surrealistic feminist fairytale about an archetypal Marilyn abandoned in the desert on her birthday.
ALL THE LIGHT IN THE WORLD | 6:45 - 7:30 pm
Written and Directed by Rebecca Rouse
Comfortable houses, rain at night, unexpected pregnancy--a fantasia of unrelenting time. Play ball!
WE'LL MEET AGAIN | 7:45 - 9:15 pm
Written by Glory Kadigan
Directed by Tonya Pinkins
Lost in memories of when he served in Guadalcanal in WW2, Robert faces the regrets of his youth.

About La MaMa Umbria

Every summer La MaMa Umbria hosts artist residencies, and organizes workshops led by internationally renowned art professionals whose work is impacting the contemporary landscape of performative arts. Immersed in the creative, natural and regenerative environment of Umbria, culturally diverse artists live together while working on productions or participating in workshops to develop their artistic skills. In the past 24 years, La MaMa Umbria’s activities have included the presentation of over thirty theatre productions as well as workshops, art exhibitions, and conferences.
La Mama Umbria International is a non-profit cultural center and artist residence founded in 1990 by legendary theatre pioneer, Ellen Stewart. Dedicated to artistic experimentation, research, and learning, La MaMa Umbria is a place where artists from around the world meet to create, and to share work and ideas. Housed in a 700 year old monastery just outside Spoleto, Italy, the center is less than two hours from Rome.
La MaMa Spoleto Open, the official fringe of Spoleto’s Festival de Due Mondi is produced by La MaMa Umbria International in association with Cittá di Spoleto and Regione Spoleto and features the work of emerging and established international and local artists.