OFF THE MAP
"With disasters and tragedies headlining the news, Eunice and Arlen retreat to the desert, stockpiling SPAM and water, preparing for the end of the world. Their grandson soon arrives from New York in the hope of convincing them that civilization is not on the verge of collapse. But when they witness a plane crash Eunice's doomsday prophecies seem to be coming true."
READING: Thursday, June 27 @ 7pm
Todd Goodlett is a screenwriter and a playwright. His plays have been developed and produced at the Moving Arts Theater in Los Angeles, the Diversionary Theatre in San Diego, and The Complex in Hollywood. His play, The Zapruder Film, was presented at the 2010 New American Playwrights Project at the Tony award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has been a finalist for the Austin Film Festival, Amazon Studios, and the Nicholl Fellowships in km, ,Screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Todd is a graduate of Texas Tech University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the prestigious UCLA School of Theatre, Film, & Television’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. He is proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
"After years in a barren, and decaying marriage, Joe Buckman suspects that his wife, Kim, may be keeping a life and death secret. Unsatisfied with Kim’s explanations, and untrusting of her intentions, Joe, a demolition worker in New York City, is pushed to physical and emotional extremes to get at the truth of the matter before it’s too late. On the other hand, Kim, an unfulfilled hairdresser, has long suspected her husband of harboring a shattering secret of his own, and if the truth is to be told – she will pull no punches to insure that it is an all or nothing proposition. As one volatile night of revelation gives way to what seems like an irreparable heartbreak of day, Joe and Kim discover that they may have just one last chance to salvage their long discarded dream of a happily ever after."
READING: Friday, June 28 @ 7pm
JIM LUNSFORD is a highly prolific, award-winning writer, whose plays have been produced, workshopped, and developed in New York at The Public Theatre, The Cherry Pit, The Goldberg Theatre, Expanded Arts Theatre, NYU, Adlephi University and The Kennedy Center ACTF. In Los Angeles, his plays have been produced by The NOHO Arts Center, The Attic Theatre, The Gardner Stages, Theatre Encino, and The Knightsbridge Theatre, among others. In 2010, his short film, The Wish, was produced by Stonestreet Studios and shot on location in New York City. His play FEED was nominated for three LA Weekly awards and was held over for an extended run in Los Angeles. FRAY, was a 2010 finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s Playwright Conference. Other produced works include, Facing the Calm, The Apple Orchard, and Flying Fish, among others. Jim was a semi-finalist for the Disney/ABC writers Fellowship, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from California State University, Northridge, and Master of Arts Degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s TISCH School of the Arts where he was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship from 2008 through 2010. While in New York he was mentored by, Marsha Norman, Oskar Eustis, Diana Son, Suzan-Lori Parks, Rinne Groff, George Malko and Edward Albee. Before starting work as a full-time writer, Jim worked as an actor on stage and on television, and as a Sign Language Interpreter. Jim currently resides in Los Angles where he most recently finished a play commission for NOHO ACE – a devised theatre project with a cast of ten women, entitled, X. He is also developing an original cable series, Life Between Hope and Mercy, and working on a blog (http://comingclean2013.blogspot.com/) and subsequent book, Coming Clean: Confessions of an HIV+ Dad, chronicling his very personal, challenging, and joyful journey to fatherhood.
THE DRAPER'S EYE
"The Draper's Eye is a chilling tale of obsession focused around Spindles Fabric Shop where women appear to be vanishing into folds that lead through unseen dimensions to a parallel universe. A violinist and a former physics prodigy attempt to unravel the mystery while falling desperately in love. As their diligence leads to new discoveries, the existence of the entire material world may be in peril."
READING: Saturday, June 29 @ 7pm
Fengar Gael’s plays include Drink Me, The Orchid Lover, The Usher’s Ball, The Spell Caster, Touch of Rapture, The Cantor’s Tale, and The Judas Tree. She has had workshops and productions at the InterAct Theatre of Philadelphia, New Jersey Repertory, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, the Sundance Institute, The New York Stage and Film Company, South Coast Repertory, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Salt Lake Acting Company, the Moxie Theatre of San Diego, The Kitchen Dog Theatre of Dallas, The Seanachai Theatre of Chicago, The Botanicum Seedlings of Topanga Canyon, and in New York City: MultiStages, the Abingdon Theatre, CAP 21, the Flux Theatre Ensemble, and Playwrights Gallery. She is a recipient of the Craig Noel Award for Devil Dog Six, the Playwrights First Award for Opaline, as well as commissions from South Coast Repertory; the InterAct Theatre and New Jersey Repertory (through the National New Play Network); and a playwriting fellowship from the California Arts Council. Most recently, Morphogenesis was produced by the League of Professional Theatre Women; The Gallerist at the Rorschach Theatre of Washington, D. C.; Devil Dog Six at the Venus Theatre in Laurel, Maryland, The Buttonhole Bandit at the Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and The Island of No Tomorrows was co-produced by the MultiStages and the Interart Development Theatre in New York. This forthcoming September, Gift of Forgotten Tongues will be produced at the Venus Theatre; Beggar at the Feast will be given a reading at Metro Nashville Parks Theatre Reading Series; The Last Lot will be read at the Julia Miles Reading Series; and Tales of the Windship will be produced at the Santa Sabina College in Sydney, Australia, Ms. Gael is a current writer-in-residence at the Collaborative Arts Project 21 in New York, working on a musical, Soul on Vinyl, with the composer, Dennis McCarthy. Her website is www.fengar.com.
Adam Esquenazi Douglas
TANGO THROUGH THE REVOLUTION
"In a small city in Cuba, on the night of their honeymoon, newlyweds Violeta and Moises Esquenazi begin their married life at the moment Castro is poised to take over the country. As the revolution shifts from a minor movement to a new, brutal way of life, this once simple couple is forced to reevaluate what morality and decency means in a world compromised by broken promises and fading music. Will this couple still be able to dance every night or will they become yet more victims to the terror that irrevocably transformed Cuba and its people?"
READING: Sunday, June 30 @ 3pm
Adam Esquenazi Douglas was born in Texas, grew up in Arkansas, and was raised by a Jewish man and a Cuban woman, and, somehow, he doesn’t have an accent. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas’ MFA Playwriting program, and ran away to Brooklyn shortly thereafter. While at the University of Arkansas, Adam was fortunate to have his work regularly produced through the school and independently. University of Arkansas credits include "Form", "How to Survive the End of the World", "Three of a Kind", "Go to Hell", "Supermen", "Murder and the English Gentleman", and others. He was a winner in the 2009 "Your 8X10 Goes Here" 10-Minute Play Contest held by The Art Studio, Inc. in Beaumont, Texas for his play "Stand Up". He was a quadruple finalist (a first in Region 6 history) in the 2011 Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Amarillo, Texas, with his two plays "The Weird Sisters" and "Forgotten Gifts" in the 10-minute division and his two plays "Hamlet" and "Oscar Goes to..." in the one-act division. His play, “Tango Through the Revolution” was a finalist in the 2011 MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition through Repertorio Espanol in New York City and was a selected play for the 2012 Texas State University Black and Latino Playwrights Festival in San Marcos, Texas. He has been selected twice for the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in New York City, once in 2012 for his play "Suicide Notes" and again in 2013 for his play "The Last Day of Oscar Wilde's Life." "The Last Day of Oscar Wilde's Life" received third place in the short play category for DUTF that year. His monologue "Game Over" was a featured play in the 2013 Simian Showcase produced by Monkeyman Productions in Toronto, Canada. His play "Supermen" was a selected play in the 2013 Great Plains Theater Conference and was presented in Omaha, Nebraska. His short play "Another Castle" was produced as part of the Shotz series produced by Amios Productions in New York City. His plays "The Weird Sisters", "Splitting Adams, or Self-Indulgent Schlock, or How to Kill Yourself and Walk Away", "Hamlet", and "Not Holding It In" were all produced by The Nagoya International School in Japan.
He currently lives in Brooklyn where he drinks far too much coffee.
New American Voices Play Reading Series
is presented at
800 Aurora Street
(between 25 & 26 Streets
in the Heights)
Houston, Texas 77009
All Readings are FREE and open to the public.
Seating is limited, and on a first-come-first-served basis.