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Ars Nova to Host Reading of THE BIGGEST VALLEY, 1/17

Ars Nova presents, as part of the Out Loud series, a FREE reading of THE BIGGEST VALLEY by A. Zell Williams, directed by Jesse Jou. The cast includes McKinley Belcher, Kaliswa Brewster, Ronald Peet and Sarah Steele.

In California's Central Valley, an over-worked single mother struggles to referee the growing conflict between her pregnant teenage daughter and her rebellious, smart-mouthed son. Though faced with starkly different choices as they enter adulthood, each one grapples with their own search for a place to belong.

A. Zell Williams is the recipient of The Terrence McNally New Play Award, NYU's Goldberg Playwriting Award, The National New Play Network's Smith Prize and the David C. Calicchio Award. He is a member of Ars Nova's Play Group. His plays include The Urban Retreat, Down Past Passyunk, The Audacity, Carroll Gardens and The Biggest Valley.

Jesse Jou is a freelance theater director, primarily of new plays. He was a Fellow of the Drama League's Directors Project, a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a member of The Civilians' R&D Group. MFA, Yale School of Drama. Upcoming: How I Learned to Drive (Asolo Rep/FSU Conservatory).

THE BIGGEST VALLEY will be read on Friday, January 17 at 3:30pm in the Ars Nova Loft. The OUT LOUD Series is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit

Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the Early Stages of their professional careers. Its unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work. For more information on Ars Nova's programs, visit Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

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