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.
By Carlo Alban
Directed by David Anzuelo
Starring Carlo Alban
December 10th and 18th at 8pm
Novelist, sniper, television personality, delinquent youth. Window washer, tourist, Beelzebub, idealist youth. Vigilante, rock star wannabe, minuteman, apolitical youth. Illegal immigrant. These are the people in your neighborhood.
"A SMALL MELODRAMATIC STORY"
By Stephen Belber
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Starring Carlo Alban, Ron Cephas Jones, Chris McGarry and Portia
December 14th and 16th at 8pm
A Small Melodramatic Story is a small, melodramatic story about a woman using her intuition, young Latino men and the Freedom of Information Act to figure out if the person she loves is who he says he is.
Written & Directed by Eric Bogosian
Starring Katie Nehra, Michael Puzzo and Justin Reinsilber
December 5th and 7th at 8pm
In two bare-bones acts, 1+1 tells the story of two men who orbit a young actress, Brianne, as she arrives in Los Angeles and is seduced into heartache, drugs and the internet porn biz.
"CITY OF PALMS"
By Raul Castillo
Directed by Mariana Hellmund
Starring Carlo Alban, Vanessa Aspillaga, Maggie Bofill, Alexis Croucher, Felix Solis and Doug Stender
December 4th and 11th at 8pm
Spawned by the return of a child, turmoil in a South Texas household threatens to bring a family to its knees.
"PRETTY CHIN UP"
By Andrea Ciannavei
Directed by Michele Chivu
Starring Buzz Bovshow, Andrea Ciannavei, Beth Cole, Alexis Croucher and Sal Inzerillo
December 2nd and 3rd at 8pm
What's the difference between an overweight marketing executive selling women's lingerie and diet pills and the starving spokesmodel who peddles the goods for the camera? About 100 pounds.
"ALL THE BAD THINGS"
By Cusi Cram
Directed by Paula Pizzi
Starring Vanessa Aspillaga, Jen Grant, Justin Reinsilber, Phyllis Somerville, Alexa Scott-Flaherty and David Zayas
December 6th and 8th at 8pm
A West Village family is being forced out of their rent-stabilized apartment. Where will they find refuge in a city that is no longer kind to artists, eccentrics and Bohemians?
"THE LITTLE FLOWER OF EAST ORANGE"
Written & Directed by Stephen Adly Guirgis whose past LAB productions include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train, Our Lady of 121st Street.
Starring Elizabeth Canavan, Jeff DeMunn, Richie Petrocelli, Lauren Velez and David Zayas
December 19th at 7pm and 9pm
This piece will include scenes from a new work-in-progress about memory and ghosts.
"NO VIET CONG EVER CALLED ME NIGGER"
Written & Directed by Brett C. Leonard whose past LAB productions include Guinea Pig Solo.
Starring Ron Cephas Jones, Chris Chalk and Trevor Long
December 17th at 7pm and 9pm
A provocative, incendiary exploration of love, sex, race and trying to make ends meet.
"GOING AFTER ALICE"
By Megan Mostyn-Brown
Directed by Chris McGarry who directed John Patrick Shanley's Sailor Song for LAB last season.
Starring Renee Brown, Lauren Hodges, Laura Hughes, Stephen Payne, Portia and Marshall Sharer
December 12th and 13th at 8pm
The already fractured Robertson family is blown apart by grief after their son Sam is killed by a suicide bomber.
"SHE TALKS TO RAINBOWS"
By Michael Puzzo
Directed by Padraic Lillis
Starring Mark Hammer, Sal Inzerillo, Portia and David Zayas.
December 9th and 15th at 8pm
A heartbreaking tale of obsession, repression, depression and too many Midori Sours.