Raven Theatre to Present workshop of Eric Lane's FLOATING, 11/4-6
Raven Theatre's new play development series, called [Working Title], will present a fully staged workshop production of Floating, by New York-based playwright Eric Lane, Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Floating was named finalist at PlayPenn's New Play Conference, Multi-Stages New Works Contest and Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Curtain times for all three performances will be 7:30 pm. Rachel Edwards Harvith will direct.
Floating focuses on three American families: a Jewish family, an African-American family and a young married couple. Each faces a pivotal moment - a young man searches for his long-lost father; a dancer visits his aging parents; and a couple navigates a life-changing loss. Lyrical and theatrical, heartbreaking and funny, the play is ultimately about discovering moments of floating joy.
Raven's [Working Title] New Play Development Series, which began in 1992, fosters and presents new voices of the American stage with fully rehearsed, fully-staged presentations of new plays to the general public for three nights. There are moderated post show discussions after each performance. Our [Working Title] Series provides the company with the opportunity to incubate new plays, while offering an invaluable laboratory for playwrights, directors and actors to experiment with and showcase new plays.
Eric Lane's plays have been published and performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe and China. Plays include Ride (Dramatists Play Service), Times of War (Dramatic Publishing), Heart of the City Dancing on Checkers' Grave (Playscripts), and Early Morning (Best American Short Plays). Filming O'Keeffe recently premiered at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Floating was a PlayPenn finalist. With Nina Shengold, Eric has co-edited 13 contemporary play anthologies for Penguin and Vintage Books, earning a Lambda Literary Award nomination. He wrote and produced the award-winning short films First Breath and Cater-Waiter, which he also directed. Eric has won a Writer's Guild Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award and the La MaMa Playwright Award. Fellowships include Yaddo, VCCA and St. James Cavalier in Malta. He is an honors graduate oF Brown University.
Rachel Edwards Harvith will direct a cast including Alison Estep, Willie Goodson, Tamarus Harvell, Erica Hernandez, Jann Iaco, Ron Quade, Josh Volkers and David Weiss. Hana Rickert will be stage manager.