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Labyrinth Theater Company Free Staged Readings

New York, NY (October 24, 2008) LAByrinth Theater Company (John Ortiz, Artistic Director; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Co-Artistic Director; John Gould Rubin, Co-Artistic & Executive Director) opens its fall season with the first of two annual festivals of free staged readings, the Barn Series (October 23 November 15, 2008). Ethan Hawke joins the previously announced roster of performers that includes LAB members Eric Bogosian, Elizabeth Canavan, Max Casella, John Doman, Kevin Geer, Didi O'Connell, John Ortiz, Portia, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Michael Stuhlbarg, Yul Vzquez, and David Zayas, among others.

Staged readings represent the second step in LAB's play development process, allowing artists to assess how audiences connect with their work, and letting them shape and refine the text in preparation for production. The festival allows audiences to see exciting new work, to engage in LAB's development process by giving feedback to the artists, and to catch an early glimpse of future productions.

All readings are FREE and open to the public, and take place at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street). Reservations are not necessary and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis each night. Patrons should arrive at the theater 1/2 hour before the performance they would like to attend.

The roster of playwrights includes Stephen Belber, Maggie Bofill, Ral Castillo, Andrea Ciannavei, Cusi Cram, Stephen Adly Guirgis, David Bar Katz, Megan Mostyn-Brown, Mel Nieves, Melissa Ross, Jonathan Smit, and Adam Szymkowicz with guest directors Damon Arrington, Carolyn Cantor, Michele Chivu, Scott Illingworth, Ethan McSweeny, Mimi O'Donnell, John Ortiz, John Gould Rubin, and Felix Solis.

Open:   10/23/08
Close:   11/15/08

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Objects Are Closer Than They Appear
By Megan Mostyn-Brown
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
October 23 & 24 at 8pm

The April Hour
By Jonathan Smit
Directed by Scott Illingworth
October 25 & 26 at 8pm

Night Train
By Mel Nieves
Directed by Felix Solis
October 27 & November 3 at 8pm
7 Captiva Road
By Andrea Ciannavei
Directed by Michele Chivu
October 28 & 29 at 8pm

By Adam Szymkowicz
Directed by Damon Arrington
October 30 & November 6 at 8pm

A Life Time Burning
By Cusi Cram
Directed by Ethan McSweeney
October 31 & November 5 at 8pm
Bus Accident Play
By Ral Castillo
Directed by John Ortiz
November 1 & 2 at 8pm

Theater:   Pulblic Theater
Address:   425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY
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