TRU's 13th Annual TRU VOICES NEW PLAYS READING SERIES Begins 6/9
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2014 Play Reading Series on Monday, June 9, Monday, June 16, and Monday, June 23 at 7pm at the Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, NYC. Tickets are free and may be reserved by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com or phoning the TRU message line at 212-714-7628. For more information visit http://truonline.org/TRUPlays.htm.
Each reading will be followed by a reception and "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented.
Monday, June 9, 7pm: Good to Go by Craig Garcia, produced by Tim O'Brien
Good To Go is about a young man who is building a life - he's married, an Iraq war vet - who finds he only has a short time to live. Basic civil laws and morality start to loosen their grip on him. He decides this moment is his opportunity to rectify a crime. To right a wrong. The play challenges us to question: What would you do when the rules are suddenly re-written? Can a life be given a second chance? Even a life about to end?
Tony Speciale - director. Tony is the founder of Plastic Theater - conceiving, co-authoring and directing the world premiere of Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company - Drama Desk Nominee for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Director). Tony is the former Associate Artistic Director at Classic Stage Company where he staged A Midsummer Night's Dream featuring Bebe Neuwirth, Christina Ricci and Taylor Mac. Craig Garcia - writer. Craig worked as a screenwriter and script doctor on films that include Empire starring John Leguizamo and Peter Sarsgaard. In theater, he worked with Tim O'Brien as producer on Off-Broadway plays Never Swim Alone and See Bob Run. He helped develop the script for How To Act Around Cops which won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Tim O'Brien - producer. Tim is a creative producer focused on producing dramatic works for the stage. Productions include the Off-Broadway plays Never Swim Alone (SoHo Playhouse), See Bob Run (Rattlestick Theater). Tim was production consultant for How To Act Around Cops (SoHo Theater, London) and Producers Associate for Matt and Ben (PS 122). He has worked with the New York Fringe Festival as a judge for the Fringe Excellence Awards.
Actors: Susan Louise O'Conner - Broadway: Blithe Spirt (Dir: Michael Blakemore; Theater World Award winner, Dorothy Loudon Broadway Debut Fellowship, Outer Circle Critics Nomination) Off-Broadway Credits include: Medicine Showdown, Why We Left Brooklyn, Getting the Business, Bodega Bay (AB*IE - Outstanding Actress), Getting the Business, Getting the Business, Never Swim Alone, Take (NY Fringe Best Actor Award), See Bob Run. Regional Credits include: God of Carnage (Cincinnati Playhouse and St. Louis Rep), What the Butler Saw (Huntington Theater), Wonder of the World (Barrington Stage), The Good Counselor (Premiere Stages). Film and Television appearances include "Law & Order" and "Boardwalk Empire".
Roderick Hill - He can currently be seen in the world premiere of Lydia Diamond's new play Smart People at the Huntington Theater in Boston. Broadway credits include Butley, directed by Nicholas Martin, and Elton John's Lestat. Off Broadway credits include Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company), Mary Broome, The Return Of The Prodigal (Mint Theater), Trans-Euro Express (Irish Arts Center), The Irish Curse (SoHo Playhouse), and Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company/Theatre for A New Audience). Regional credits include productions at Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Huntington, PlayMaker's Rep, Round House Theatre, New York Stage & Film, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theater Festival and Shakespeare & Company. Film and television appearances include the upcoming release Run All Night, The Heart Machine, Song One, King Kelly, Kinsey, Playdate, Life is what happens..., Cosa Bella, "The Newsroom," "Louie", "Person Of Interest," "The Good Wife", "Law & Order," "I Just Want My Pants Back," "Chappelle's Show," and "Strangers With Candy." Mr. Hill is a graduate of The Juilliard School and The Interlochen Arts Academy.
Jen Taher Some favorite projects: Wilde/Kane and Immersion @ (NYTW, Emerging director fellow showing), Yvette and the Wild Shame, Signature Theater, Asking for Trouble, EST, Flying Snakes in 3D and Dead People both at the Ice Factory at the Ohio Theater, 9 to 5 - a drag queen version at the Castro Theater, San Francisco, National and International Tour of Chuck Mee's Bobrauschenbergamerica with the SitiCo, La Femme est Morte at PS122 & The Edinburgh Fringe (Best Acting Ensemble Stage Award 2008) Film & TV: Bloody Mary's (Discovery ID), I am a Big Ball of Sadness (Manhattan Short Winner, 2013, New York Int'l Film Festival official selection)
Monday, June 16, 7pm: The Empty Nesters, by Garret Jon Groenveld, produced by Molly Morris, directed by Martin Platt
When Greg and Frances drop their youngest child off at college in Arizona, they take a little vacation to the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon West on their way back to Los Angeles. Faced with the prospect of an empty home, these helicopter parents are faced with the question, "What do you want to be when they grow up?" A light drama exploring that unspoken period between when your kids leave and before you become grandparents.
Monday, June 23, 7pm: Vacancies, by Jonathan Ehrlich, produced by Dolly Williams and Kevin Lambert, directed by Kevin Lambert
Mistaken identities, a captivating stranger, and long-lived deceptions set the carefully planned wedding of Jacob and Kate spinning in unexpected new directions. When their rehearsal dinner veers off course, Jacob finds himself becoming an escort for the evening, forcing Kate to seek answers to questions she had blissfully been avoiding. But when lies are finally cast aside, the truth leaves emotional vacancies that can't always be filled with love.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-one year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.
TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and "Speed Dating" as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.
The Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center, is a 175-seat acoustically-sound concert hall located at 55 Lexington Avenue. The audience uses the entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves. With near-perfect acoustics, it is a true gem. The NY Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini called the Engelman Recital Hall "a perfect hall for chamber music (4/29/06)."
Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens and Council Member Christine Quinn; The Montage Foundation, as well as support from the Friar's National Foundation Association.