Playwright William Mastrosimone Set for Q&A Following La Strada's OBLIVION

La Strada Ensemble Theater presents a staged reading of OBLIVION -- a full length play by William Mastrosimone -- Saturday, April 16th, 2:00pm, at the Jersey Shore Arts Center's 3rd Floor Theater.

OBLIVION follows the character of Ayr, a high fashion model who seeks the high life, and Phil, her opera composer boyfriend who is as addicted to her as she is addicted to heroin. The reading will conclude with a question and answer with the Emmy Award Winning playwright and screenwriter.

"I read the play four years ago and was blown away," says La Strada's Artistic Director A.J. Ciccotelli. "I couldn't get it out of my mind. Now we have a great cast to bring this play to life. Only a master playwright like Mastrosimone can take a subject normally shied away from into a master class in character, suspense and illumination. It truly is a stunner...but don't expect easy resolutions or answers. This a powerful piece of true American Theater."

William Mastrosimone is a native from Trenton, New Jersey and attended Mason Gross School of the Arts; a part of Rutgers University. His plays include The Woolgether, Extremities, Shivaree, Bang, Bang You're Dead, The Afghan Women, Nanawatai, Sunshine, and Cat's Paw. His screenplays include With Honors, Into the West and the miniseries Sinatra. He won the daytime Emmy for Bang, Bang You're Dead and was nominated for the Prime Time Emmy for Into the West & The Burning Season.

OBLIVION features Doug Bollinger, Daniel Chase, TJ Clark, Casey Conner, Timothy Laurel Harrison, Katelyn Pearce, Franklin Ricart, Jakob Walsh, and Thomas Ryan Ward.

The staged reading of OBLIVION by William Mastrosimone will be presented on Sat. April 16th, 2:00pm, at Jersey Short Arts Center's 3rd Floor Theater -- 66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove NJ -- with a Q&A session with the playwright following. Suggested Donation: $5. Learn more about La Strada at

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