Staged Reading Series

Earlier this season:

Wolf at the Door – June 28, 2017

written by Richard Dresser
Directed by Joe Cacaci

There’s a new landlord who’s promising to make the building great again. But what about the people in rent controlled apartments who have started to disappear and isn’t building security just a little over the top? Tina thinks it’s time to form a Tenants Association and fight back before it’s too late. Will they hang together or hang separately?

Richard Dresser’s plays have been produced in New York, regional theater, and Europe. They include ROUNDING THIRD, BELOW THE BELT, TROUBLE COMETH, and many others. Plays developed at BPL include 100 YEARS, CLOSURE, and three monologues filmed as PUBLIC SPEAKING with Treat Williams. He wrote the book for the musical JOHNNY BASEBALL and a new bluegrass ghost musical, THE HOLLER. Both appeared at the Williamstown Theater Festival with music by Rob and Willie Reale. He is on the board of the Writers Guild Initiative, which does writing workshops with veterans and caregivers among other groups.

Reel to Reel – July 12, 2017

By John Kolvenbach
Directed by Jim Frangione

A story of a fifty-five year marriage told through everyday sentiments of recorded conversations, arguments and household noises. A collage of love, aging, death and intimacy.

John Kolvenbach (Playwright) West End: Love Song (Olivier nomination for Best New Comedy, directed by John Crowley) and On an Average Day (with Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan, also directed by Mr. Crowley). Love Song premiered at Steppenwolf in 2006, directed by Austin Pendelton, and has been produced in New York, Zurich, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul, and Rome, with over fifty productions in the U.S. Average Day has been produced in Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, and in Chicago and Los Angeles by Route 66. Goldfish premiered at South Coast Repertory, then at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, directed by Loretta Greco. The play was performed in repertory with Mrs. Whitney, which was directed by the author.  Most recently, Sister Play received its premiere at the Magic and at The Harbor Stage Company, with both productions directed by the author. Other plays include Fabuloso (premiered at WHAT; subsequent productions in San Juan and Zurich, in Spanish and Swiss German), Bank Job (Amphibian Stages), and Marriage Play or Half ‘n Half ‘n Half (Merrimack Rep). After being developed here at BPL, Reel to Reel will premiere at the Magic in the 2017-18 season.

Wednesday – July 26, 2017

Eight Nights

written by Jennifer Maisel
Directed by Matthew Penn

The lives that inhabit an apartment from 1949 to 2016. A young refugee woman finally free to start anew in the United States confronts the past that haunts her. How much can she move forward without forgetting those she loved? Is history always doomed to repeat itself? Or do you need to voice the darkness to move into the light?

JENNIFER MAISEL’s Pen West Literary Award finalist There or Here was workshopped at PlayPenn before its critically acclaimed run at New York’s Hypothetical Theatre and is slated for a London premiere. Her The Last Seder premiered Off-Broadway after productions in Chicago, D.C. and LA. Plays include Goody Fucking Two Shoes (ATL’s Humana Festival), birds (Rorschach Theatre), Eden (Theatre of NOTE, Original Works Publishing) and Match (UArts New Play Festival, Berkshire Playwrights Lab). Awards: Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award, Charlotte Woolard and Roger L. Stevens awards;  SCR’s California Playwrights Competition; three time PEN West Literary Award finalist; five time Heideman Award finalist, STAGES International finalist. Her #Sandy ran in Moving Arts’ The Car Plays at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center and LiveGirls! in Seattle. She was commissioned by Chalk Rep for her If You Lived Here I Would Be Home By Now for their site-specific Flash Festival in the fall of 2014.

Jennifer received an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan foundation commission for Out of Orbit, developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Gulfshore New Play Festival, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab and Cal Tech; Out of Orbit  won the Stanley Award for Drama, made the 2016 Kilroy List for best unproduced plays by women and trans writers, and won the 2017/18 Woodward/Newman Drama award. Out of Orbit will premiere at Williamston Theatre and be produced by Bloomington Playwrights Project in 2018.

Jennifer’s @thespeedofJake was Kilroy-nominated in 2015 and premiered with Playwrights’ Arena in Los Angeles before being named a finalist for the Pen West Literary Award.

Jennifer also writes for film and television; her Prodigal Son, was produced by Mar Vista Entertainment starring Virginia Madsen and she recently sold an original pilot with MomentumTV.  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA Project,  DogEar Playwrights Collective, Playwrights Union and the WGA.