The Starr Reading Series is a way for us to expand our community while we celebrate and explore the plays of the city's most exciting playwrights. In four Seasons, we have featured the work of a diverse group of writers at all stages of their careers who are approaching writing for the theater in thrilling and unexpected ways. We are proud to continue to offer this ongoing series to our audiences FREE of charge!
October 16: This Dump is a Dump by Zoe Geltman
Directed by Julia Sirna-Frest
with Corinne Donly, Nikaury Rodriguez, Layla Khoshnoudi
Does everything mean something really big? Or does it mean nothing at all? Or do the things you thought mean nothing actually mean the most? A meditation on anxiety.
October 18: Suicide Forest by Kristine Haruna Lee
Directed by Aya Ogawa
with Ako, Yoshi Amao, Saori Goda, Yuki Kawahisa, Tsukasa Kondo, Jiro Nagahara, Masaya Okubo, Dawn Akemi Saito, James Yaegashi and more!
Projection Design by Stivo Arnoczy
A salaryman goes on a company retreat at Mt. Fuji, when a cruel prank is played on him. He decides to enter Japan's most notorious suicide spot, suicide forest, at the base of the national mountain. Once inside, they say you never find your way out... A nightmare play examining the sickness of a culturally uniform masculinity and the traditionally heroic performance of suicide.
October 23: Thingnesses by Normandy Sherwood
Directed by Mia Rovegno
with Nikki Calonge, Caitlin Saylor Stevens, Danny Manley, Peter Mills Weiss, Johnny Gasper, Maxwell Cosmo Cramer
Thingnesses is a history of the development of a future puppet cult. Male witch games lead to objects manifesting personalities and the attenuation of the human form. This is play about object fetish, a part in an ongoing exploration of the power and danger of the world of things.
October 24: Skinfolk by Jillian Walker
In a rabbit hole in the floor of a jOok joint, SKiNFoLK is a concert-play that explores the manic clash of class + colorism through the semi-fictional ancestry of YOU, ME and AVERY (with special guest appearances from RICHARD NIXON). Based on found documents, mythical light-skinned movie stars, and hair rituals, SKiNFoLK blurs boundaries of selfhood and tinkers with the space between audience and performer to reflect back to US the messiness of American identity and all we reckon with in its wake.
March 5: Some Higher Glimmer In Our Landscape of Flat by Cara Scarmack
Split the world open. Man, isn't perspective everything? A journey play parading us back and forth that double-edged sword of solitude.
March 6: Twenty to Five by Nina Segal
A cheap TV stares mutely in a hotel room as news of Brexit breaks in the early hours; a couple who are not - should not - cannot - be a couple watch, as the image on the screen charts an inevitable decline. Using the language of politics and relationships - which become increasingly difficult to distinguish between - Twenty to Five explores how we negotiate the rules of a union in a world of shifting boundaries and global betrayal, post-fact and post-monogamy.
March 12: 3 Farids by Ramiz Monsef
Farid, Farid, and Farid walk into an audition room. If Farid walks out, who is left? Know your lines, and your place. Bring dates.
March 13: Alabanza by Elisabet Velasquez
The play follows the lives of three Puerto-Rican women living in Bushwick, Brooklyn 1990's-2000 era. Two sisters and their mother navigate through, domestic violence, systematic oppression, sex, teen pregnancy and mental illness. Each woman finds and loses herself in religion and a connection to a spiritual world that promises them each hope and salvation. Each woman tries to find her own identity but somehow ends up in a familiar pattern of abuse and a search for love in all of the wrong places.
Past Participating Playwrights:
Renee Roden, John Budge, Stacey Rose, Brian Lawlor, Julia Jarcho, Jenny Schwartz, Megan Murtha, Jessica Almasy, Mallery Avidon, Clare Barron, Eliza Bent, Frank Boudreaux, William Burke, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Erik Ehn, Ben Gassman, Kathryn Hathaway, Hansol Jung, Paul Ketchum, Maya MacDonald, Christina Masciotti, D.J. Mendel, Gregory S. Moss, Paz Pardo, Jonathan Payne, Max Posner, Chip Rodgers, Normandy Sherwood, Mark Sitko, Ariel Stess, Katie Ka Vang, Leah Nanako Winkler, Moe Yousuf, Phillip Howze, Kate Attwell, Kate Scelsa, Eboni Booth, Karinne Keithley, and Casey Llewellyn