SEEING JERUSALEM Continues Hangar Theatre's Pilot Reading Series, 4/23

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The Hangar Theatre's Pilot Reading Series in NYC continues with a reading of Seeing Jerusalem, a new play by Seth Greenland. The reading is Monday, April 23rd at 7 pm at One on One Studios, 34 West 27th Street, 11th floor (between Broadway and Sixth Avenue). The reading will be directed by Roger Danforth.

Jewish New Yorker Will Solomon is spending a Midwestern Christmas with his wife's WASP in-laws. The holiday cheer is flowing, the entire family is fighting, and now Will is hearing voices telling him "The Revelation is nigh." It's enough to send a man on a trip to Jerusalem in a last-ditch attempt to salvage a faltering marriage. Through their struggles in the ancient city, the couple's journey becomes far more meaningful and surprising than they ever expected – especially when your in-laws tag along. A wonderful comedy about the very human need to find love and faith in our lives – plus a few nice gifts for the folks back home!

The cast of Seeing Jerusalem features Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Sesame Street, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) Tony Nominee Erin Dilly (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Boys from Syracuse), Lianne Kressin (Project Shaw), Brad Oscar (The Addams Family, The Producers) and Richard Topol (The Normal Heart, The Merchant of Venice). Admission to Seeing Jerusalem is free and open to the public. Seatingis limited. RSVP to: hangarpilotreadingsnyc@gmail.com.

The Hangar Pilot Reading Series, held every month in Manhattan, offers new and established playwrights a chance to work on their new plays with Hangar alumni, directors, and actors. Notable artists who have participated in the Reading Series include Kristoffer Diaz (Pulitzer finalist, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), director & Hangar alum Lisa Peterson, & Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange & American Idiot).

The Hangar Theatre is committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities. Visit our website at www.hangartheatre.org.

Seth Greenland (Playwright) Seth Greenland is a writer, playwright, and screenwriter. The Bones, his debut novel, was published by Bloomsbury in 2005 and has been translated into French. Movie rights were optioned by Sony. His second novel, Shining City, was published by Bloomsbury in 2008 and has been translated into French, Dutch, Italian and Chinese. Movie rights have been purchased by Warner Brothers and the project is currently in active development. The Angry Buddhist, his forthcoming novel, will be published in 2012. A new short story, Bad Night in Hyannisport, will appear in the anthology Cape Cod Noir, published by Akashic.

His play, Jungle Rot, was the recipient of the Kennedy Center/American Express Fund for New American Plays Award and the American Theatre Critics Association Award. It was published by Dramatists Play Service and anthologized in Best American Plays, 1995-1996. His other produced plays include Seeing Jerusalem, a finalist for the Critics Award, Red Memories and Girls In Movies. Television credits include a two-year stint as a writer/producer on the Emmy-nominated HBO series Big Love. Mr. Greenland was one of the original bloggers on the Huffington Post. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, Written By, and the literary journals Black Clock and the Southern California Review and the anthology The Devil's Punchbowl. His writing has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. He has taught at the UCLA Writers Program, and guest lectured at NYU, USC, and UC-Riverside. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Susan Kaiser Greenland and their two children.

Roger Danforth (Director) Roger Danforth has extensive credits as a producer, director, educator and arts administrator. Since 1996 he has been the artistic director of the Drama League Directors Project, the country's foremost career development program for directors, which was honored with the Theatre Museum's 2006 Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education.

Previously, Danforth spent seven years at The Cleveland Play House as associate producer and literary manager, and as acting artistic director for the 1994-95 season. He created their new play development series (garnering three awards from AT&T On Stage and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays), and in 1995 he directed the world premiere of Jungle Rot by Seth Greenland which received the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Citation and was published in The Best Plays of 1995-1996. In addition to many productions at The Play house, other regional work includes the Kennedy Center, Florida Studio Theatre, Capital Rep, InterAct Theatre, the National Showcase of New Plays, Two River Theatre Company, Capital Rep and several productions for the Berkshire Theatre Festival. His New York directing credits include productions for Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival, Blue Heron Theatre, Circle Rep, Westbeth Theatre Center, Urban Stages and Galt MacDermot's musical The Human Comedy for the York Theatre Company. As a producer he has been on the artistic staffs of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals, the WPA Theatre, Manhattan Ensemble Theater and Urban Stages.

Danforth has taught and done guest artist residencies at numerous colleges, and is currently on the directing faculty of Marymount Manhattan College and is the directing mentor of the O'Neill Theater Center's National Puppetry Conference. He also served as a theatre panel adjudicator for the Michigan and Pennsylvania Arts Councils. Danforth holds an MFA in Directing from the School of Theatre at Florida State University and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Peter Flynn (Hangar Theatre Artistic Director) Peter is currently the Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York, where he most recently directed the world premiere of Tim Pinckney's play Ever So Humble starring Andréa Burns. Other Hangar credits include directing Tony nominee Emily Skinner in Dirty Blonde, Natascia Diaz as Aldonza in Man of LaMancha, and Wally Dunn in David Mamet's November. Broadway credits: Actors' Fund concerts of On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie, Chess with Josh Groban & Adam Pascal, and Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg, Andrea Martin, & Jane Krakowski. Off-Broadway credits: Lee Blessing's Two Rooms - Lion Theatre, Henry & Mudge, & Junie B. Jones (nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards including Best Musical), and Rhapsody in Seth - Actors' Playhouse starring Seth Rudetsky. Regional credits: Barrio Grrrl! - Kennedy Center, Sleuth & Man of LaMancha (Carbonell Award, best director) - Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, Guys and Dolls - Engeman Theater, Gypsy - St. Louis MUNY (starring Karen Mason), The Piano Lesson and The Crucible - Tampa Performing Arts Center, A Child's Christmas in Wales - National Theatre of the Deaf. As a writer, Peter is the author of Lily, a musical adaptation of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth written with writing partner, composer/lyricist Brooks Ashmanskas. They are currently under commission at the Huntington Theatre writing the musical adaptation of For Love of the Game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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