January 14 - February 4, 2017
Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake | 302 S. Hicks Street
Coffee & bites starting at 11:30am
Readings begin at 12:00pm

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Sunday, January 14th
JUMP
By Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by Kasual Owens-Fields
Featuring: Adam Howard, Danielle Lenee, Kishia Nixon & Steven Wright
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Jump is about flickering lights, vapes that fall from the sky, old homes, and a young woman who finds solace on a bridge.

Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright, teacher, performer, and poet in New York City. Her plays include Hottentotted (The Tank 2017; ANT Fest 2016 at Ars Nova), Jump (National Showcase of New Plays 2017; 2017 MFA Playwright's Workshop at The Kennedy Center with NNPN), Scratching the Surface (Kilroys List 2017 Honorable Mention; New Group/No Limits Reading Series), who we let in (2015 Princess Grace Award Semifinalist), Happy Anniversary (2015 Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival Semifinalist), or what she will (FringeNYC 2012), While We Wait, and more.  Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Flea, The Brick, The Tank, HERE, and others. She is currently a member of SPACE on Ryder Farm's 2017 Working Farm and the 17/18 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers' Group. Charly is an alum of the Obie Award-winning group Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, Fresh Ground Pepper's 2015 PlayGround PlayGroup, Pipeline Theatre Company's 2017 PlayLab, and The Tank's 2015-2016 TV Writing Group. She was a 2016 Resident Artist at SPACE on Ryder Farm and was a 2013-2014 Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theatre. She is also a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.


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Sunday, January 28th
WAR PLAY
By JC Lee
Directed by Kevin Glaccum
Featuring: Ashton Carter & Jenson Titus Lavallee
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Pookie Goes Grenading (2012) and television writer JC Lee (ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder", HBO's "Looking") re-imagines the close relationship between Achilles and Patroclus in a poetic, radical and shockingly funny light.

JC Lee writes for theatre, film and television. His play Luce received its world premiere in 2013 at Lincoln Center Theatre and is currently being adapted into a movie starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer. Other plays have been staged and developed throughout the United States at venues including Center Theatre Group, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Magic Theatre, Azuka Theatre and many others. He's received commissions and/or fellowships from the Old Globe, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, South Coast Repertory, Playwright’s Realm and the National New Play Network. His television credits include ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder,” and both “Looking” and “Girls” on HBO, where he’s developing a television show based on The Song Machine by John Seabrook. He’s currently working on the film adaptation of The Nutcracker for Warner Brothers with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. JC is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and The Juilliard School.


Sunday, February 4th
BERSERKER
By Bruce Walsh
Directed by Kevin Glaccum
Featuring: Jake Blouch, D'Arcy Dersham, Damien FiguerasBi Jean Ngo
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When an idealistic teacher falls in love with a voice emanating from a security camera mounted deep in the wilderness, he leaves his partner, child and students in pursuit of his new obsession. In order to get closer to his muse, he must embark on a new career in her workplace - a tech company specializing in virtual "NatureScapes." There he discovers the true face of his passions, not in the beautiful woman he imagines, but in what he fears might be lurking in the forest surrounding his office.

Bruce Walsh's fascination with sacredness infuses all of his writing, but not in the ways people sometimes expect. He has no interest in prescribing moral codes. His characters are bold, queer, angry, ridiculous, joyous, deeply sexual beings. Bruce writes most often about people he encountered in many day jobs, working for companies like UPS, Trader Joe’s, a porn video warehouse (seriously), and a slew of downsizing newspapers. He is endlessly enthralled by those that seek the “courage to be” – a sacred meaning or purpose – even amidst a culture and economy with very little capacity to foster those needs. Recent honors include: The Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award, Seven Devils Playwrights’ Conference (finalist), Heideman Award (finalist), and the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission (semi-finalist). In May of 2017 he received an MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University. His full-length play, Berserker, was presented last summer at the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop.


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