Staged Play Reading Series
4 plays/4 nights
Performed Martin Luther King Weekend 2019
Due to time, budget, cast, and facility limitations we can only produce a certain number of plays in Mammoth per year but there is so much exciting material out there we want to share with you. So we decided to perform over Martin Luther King Weekend a series of staged readings of modern plays, written in the 21st Century. We will perform four plays over four nights. Many of the plays are award winners and each play has only two to three characters.
A few years ago Susan Dalian directed a staged reading of Gina Gionfriddo’s hilarious and heartwarming play, Rapture Blister Burn. The audience loved it and the actors were able to collaborate creatively without the time commitment of a full production. These staged readings have lighting and sound, props, some costumes and minimal sets. The actors are not yet off-book in the rehearsal process and instead read from the scripts.
Why we chose plays with very small cast was put best by Charles Isherwood of the New York Times: “all that is required to create a potent dramatic event is two characters. Put a pair onstage, and you automatically have a relationship, and from the complicated ways in which two people relate to each other can grow myriad dramatic developments. The people up there will connect or they will conflict, and the result will be any of a number of compelling possibilities: betrayal, conciliation, destruction, erotic attraction.”
With great actors a staged reading can/ feel like the real thing but with an extra element of collaboration as the audience feels a part of the process instead of a witness to the finished product.
About the plays:
ART by Yasmin Reza, Jan. 17th, @ 7pm at The Edison
A man buys a white-on-white painting for an exorbitant price. His friend is horrified. The play is less about the value of art than about the power dynamics of friendship and the difficulty of being truly honest, especially when people really each other. This Tony Award winning comedy has been produced in 45 countries and translated into some 30 languages.
Cast: Kevin Green, Jim Marcotte, Mike Dostrow/ Allison McDonell Page
Venus in Fur by David Ives, Jan. 18th @7pm at The Edison
A huge success on Broadway in 2012, this sexy comedy is a delicious erotic romp exploring power and the destabilizing nature of sexual desire. How do we live responsibly and truthfully? Can we live in the moment and live the trajectory?
Cast: Julia Runcie, Geoff McCave
Heisenberg by Simon Stephens, Jan 19 @7pm at The Edison
She’s a whacky, aggressive American in her 40's. He a standoffish Brit in his 70's. As the Heisenberg uncertainty principle tells us, the position and the velocity of an object cannot be measured, especially when you look at it closely. When these two people collide either something wonderful or terrible will happen...
Cast: Charles Scatolini, Stacy Corless
Ages of The Moon by Sam Shepard, Jan 20 @4pm at The Edison
A poignant and hilarious meditation on aging and loss. This lesser known Shepard play explores the funny ruminations of two old coots as they sit on the front porch getting drunk and awaiting the lunar eclipse. Shepard’s sometimes laconic sometimes hardtack dialogue sets the pace often meandering to women, “which like the moon are distant, desirable and mysterious beyond man’s understanding.” (Variety)
Cast: Kevin Worden, Jeff Frome