SERIES A

July 21st - September 1st, 2017

 

PLAYING GOD

By ALAN ZWEIBEL

Directed by MARIA MILEAF+

With BILL BUELL*, FLORA DIAZ*, DANA WATKINS*, and WELKER WHITE*

Unhappy that a brazen doctor changed the due date of a pregnant woman's baby because he's going on vacation, God decides to pay him a visit to put him in his place.

 

jack

By MELISSA ROSS

Directed by MIMI O'DONNELL

With QUINCY DUNN-BAKER*, and CLAIRE KARPEN*

Maggie and George and Jack have been inseparable best friends since college.  But when Maggie and George divorce, Jack is the only thing holding them together.  Until suddenly he isn’t…A play about growing up, growing apart, and letting go of your first love.

 

ACOLYTE

By GRAHAM MOORE

Directed by ALEXANDER DINELARIS

With ORLAGH CASSIDY*, TED KOCH*, SAM LILJA*, and BRONTË ENGLAND-NELSON*

 A young, married couple who are devotees of Ayn Rand find themselves in over their heads when one of her weekly Saturday night discourses on philosophy takes a surprisingly personal turn.

SERIES B

July 29th - September 2nd, 2017

 

break point

Written and Directed by NEIL LABUTE+

With JOHN GARRETT GREER*, and KEILYN DURREL JONES*

Two world-class tennis players meet on the eve of their historic semi-final match at the French Open. Soon their causal camaraderie morphs into an elusive game of cat-and-mouse. Is it just a case of psychological warfare or is something darker going? Break Point is a funny yet sobering take of masculinity, competition, sportsmanship and the great American drive to succeed.

 

A WOMAN

By CHRIS CRAGIN-DAY

Directed by KEL HANEY

With MARK BOYETT*, and JENNIFER IKEDA*

Kim’s church doesn’t allow women to be elders. For nine years she’s tried to get a woman on her Church's body of elders and for nine years she’s failed. This year, though, she’s not taking “no” for an answer – regardless of the cost. But when the newly appointed pastor decides to call her bluff, Kim must decide what’s most important to her as a Christian, as a progressive and as a woman.

 

WEDDING BASH

By LINDSEY KRAFT & ANDREW LEEDS

Directed by J.J. KANDEL

With GEORGIA XIMENES LIFSHER*, DONOVAN MITCHELL*, RACHEL NAPOLEON*, and ANDY POWERS

When a newly married couple invites their two friends over for a post wedding rehash, things get tense when it becomes clear that maybe people didn't love the wedding as much as they said they did.

 

2017 PLAYWRIGHTS

 

CHRIS CRAGIN-DAY

Chris Cragin-Day

Chris Cragin-Day

Chris Cragin-Day is an alumna of The Public's Emerging Writer's Group and The O'Neill Theater Center. Upcoming 2017 productions include her play Foster Mom at Premiere Stages, her musical The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph's Baby (co-written with Don Chaffer) at River and Rail Theater in Knoxville, and a national tour of her play Martin Luther on Trialdeveloped with Max McLean.  Past Productions in NYC include Martin Luther on Trial (off-Broadway, also played in DC), Son of a Gun (co-written with Don Chaffer) at Joe's Pub and The Beckett by Firebone Theatre, Emily by Firebone Theatre, and The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph's Baby at the NYC Fringe. Her play, The River Nunwas presented in the 2009 Spotlight Series at The Public Theatre. Premiere Stages recently awarded Foster Mom their New Play Festival Award. Chris received her MFA in Theater from Baylor. She teaches playwriting at The King's College, NYC, and lives in Weehawken, NJ with her husband, Steve Day, and two children, Kansas and Noah.

 

NEIL LABUTE

Neil LaBute

Neil LaBute

His films include: In The Company Of MenYour Friends and NeighborsNurse BettyPossessionThe Shape Of Things (a film adaptation of his play by the same title); The Wicker ManLakeview TerraceDeath At A Funeral; Some Velvet Morning and Dirty Weekend. LaBute's television work includes: Bash: latter-day plays (Showtime); Full Circle (DTV); 10 X 10 (DTV); Billy & Billie (DTV) and Van Helsing (SYFY). LaBute’s plays include Filthy Talk For Troubled TimesBashlatter-day playsThe Shape Of ThingsThe Mercy SeatThe Distance From HereAutobahnFat PigSome Girl(s)This Is How It Goes; In A Dark Dark HouseWrecksReasons to be PrettyThe Break Of NoonIn a ForestDark and Deep, Lovely Head; Reasons to be Happy; Things We Said TodayThe Money ShotThe Way We Get  By; All The Ways To Say I Love YouHow To Fight Loneliness and the upcoming Reasons To Be Pretty Happy. LaBute has also adapted DraculaWoyzeckMiss Julie, Antigone and Uncle Vanya for the stage. Seconds Of Pleasurea collection of his short fiction, was published by Grove Atlantic.

 

LINDSEY KRAFT & ANDREW LEEDS

Lindsey Kraft & Andrew Leeds

Lindsey Kraft & Andrew Leeds

Are Los Angeles-based writers, directors, and actors.  Their play, wedding bash, was a winner of the 2016 Samuel French Short Play Festival. This year they collaborated on a pilot for NBC.  Andrew also previously wrote and produced the pilots Brenda Forever and Rex is Not Your Lawyer for NBC.

As an actor, Lindsey is one of the leads of the upcoming CBS sitcom By the Book and currently recurs on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.  Other television: Getting On, Veep, Modern Family, Suits, NCIS, The Newsroom.

Andrew has appeared on stage in Falsettos (Broadway), Teddy & Alice (Broadway), and Les Miserables (National Tour).  On screen, he was a series regular on ABC’s Cristela and recurred as the villain Pelant on Bones.  Other television: Veep, Modern Family, The Great Indoors, American Horror Story, Shameless.  Film: Office Christmas Party.  Andrew is a member of The Groundlings Main Company.

 

GRAHAM MOORE

Graham Moore

Graham Moore

Is a New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. His screenplay for The Imitation Game (2014) won the Academy Award and Writer’s Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. His novels, The Last Days of Night (2016) and The Sherlockian (2010), have been published in 24 countries and translated into 19 languages. The Last Days of Night was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Graham lives in Los Angeles.

 

MELISSA ROSS

Melissa Ross

Melissa Ross

Plays include Thinner Than Water, A Life Extra Ordinary, Nice Girl, An Entomologist’s Love Story and Of Good Stock. Thinner Than Water and Nice Girl were both originally produced by Labyrinth Theater Company. Thinner Than Water is included in the anthology “New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2011” by Smith and Kraus. Nice Girl was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize and is in Applause’s  “Best Plays of 2015.”  Of Good Stock received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory as a part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival followed by a subsequent production at Manhattan Theater Club.  A Life Extra Ordinary premiered with The Gift Theater Fall of 2016. An Entomologist’s Love Story was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Commission and will premiere at The San Francisco Playhouse Spring of 2018. Melissa’s plays have been developed with The Amoralists, The Cherry Lane Theater, Colt Coeur, Dorset Theater Festival, The Gift Theatre, Iama Theatre Company, The Juilliard School, Labyrinth Theater Company, LCT3, Manhattan Theater Club, Montana Rep, New York Stage and Film, The New Group, South Coast Repertory, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and the TheatreWorks Palo Alto New Works Festival. She is twice commissioned by both South Coast Repertory and Manhattan Theater Club.  Melissa is a graduate of Bennington College and the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program at The Juilliard School, a two-time winner of the Le Comte de Nouy Prize, and a proud member of Labyrinth Theater Company.

 

ALAN ZWEIBEL

Alan Zweibel Photo: Millburn-Short Hills/Summit Magazine/Greg Pallante

Alan Zweibel

Photo: Millburn-Short Hills/Summit Magazine/Greg Pallante

An original Saturday Night Live writer, Alan has won five Emmy awards for his work in television which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm. A frequent guest on late night talk shows, Alan collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play 700 Sundays, Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me, and the off-Broadway plays Happy (“Summer Shorts” 2010), Pine Cone Moment ("Summer Shorts" 2014) Comic Dialogue, Between Cars, and Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy which he adapted from his best-selling book. Alan wrote the Thurber Prize winning novel The Other Shulman, the popular children’s book Our Tree Named Steve and, most recently, a parody of the Haggadah titled “For This We Left Egypt?” with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach. Alan’s humor has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed page and MAD Magazine.  He received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.  But the production Alan is most proud of is the family he’s co-produced with his wife Robin; their children Adam, Lindsay and Sari; and their grandchildren Zachary, Alexis, Jordan, Kylie and Sydney.


+ The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.

+ The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.

* These actors appear courtesy of ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION

* These actors appear courtesy of ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION