Jenn Colella, Joe Cassidy, Natalie Venetia Belcon & More Set for Aaron Grant Theatrical's FIRST LOVE Reading Tomorrow

By: Aug. 18, 2013
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Big Vision Empty Wallet has announced the cast for the reading of Alex Rubin's "First Love," co-produced as the last of three plays Aaron Grant Theatrical is presenting this summer, as part of a new developmental reading series.

Directed by Andy Sandberg, Rubin's dark romance features Natalie Venetia Belcon, Joe Cassidy, Jenn Colella, Tyler Jones, Marissa O'Donnell, Connie Ray, and Bill Youmans. The reading takes place in midtown on Monday August 19, at 4pm.

"First Love" follows the love story of Dan and Mandy, high school sweethearts who are still deeply in love after thirty years. But the seed of their romance just may be their undoing, and the secrets they keep could bring the entire nation to their doorstep.

The play's first developmental reading, a part of Big Vision's Playwriting Fellowship, was also directed by Sandberg.

"We're so excited to be presenting Alex Rubin's "First Love" as part of Big Vision Empty Wallet's 2013 Playwriting Fellowship," says Dani Faith Leonard, owner of Big Vision Empty Wallet. "Alex is a fantastic, hardworking playwright and truly represents the spirit of our company."

This reading is open to the public. RSVP by e-mailing Due to limited capacity, there will be no admittance without written confirmation.

The third play in the series, "First Love," was preceded by Erik Shapiro 's comedy "You're Really Not Helping" (July 29) and Ben Andron's new comedy "The Legend of Bobby Stone and the Good Feeling Hat," which was seen on July 1.

Cast entirely by Daryl Eisenberg Casting, the series is meant to foster new works by matching directors and casts with new plays at different stages of the development process.

"The approach to each show is different," says Grant, who opened Aaron Grant Theatrical, Inc. in January. "I want this to be an annual series, a new play incubator, where artists can hear their work out loud and discover what works and what doesn't work. You can only develop a show in a vacuum for so long."


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