DUCK a new play by Jonathan Alexandratos

DUCK a new play by Jonathan Alexandratos

Mission to (dit)Mars is thrilled to kick off this season’s Launch Pad Reading Series with DUCK, a new play by Jonathan Alexandratos.

Teenage Duck Carl Duckett and his father are the only two Ducks living in a town populated entirely by Sheep.  This is what happens when Carl tries to survive that.  The cast includes David Shih, Mariana Newhard, Ava Eisenson, Jennifer Tsay, Scott Pestronk, and Colleen Wilson.  The reading is directed by Laura Pestronk.

Describing the play, Mission to (dit)Mars co-founder Kari Bentley-Quinn says “Jonathan has created a touching, funny, and often heartbreaking tale of childhood friendship, abuse, and resilience.”

Laura Pestronk (co-founder and director) adds “Jonathan creates delicate structures where our deepest fears and anxieties are shown in a gentle light. From the stage directions to the sparse design, we are all allowed to be a little vulnerable and open in the world of Duck.”

“Jonathan’s ability to create a world that feels young and fantastical while grappling with themes of the most intense and adult caliber is a gigantic feat.” adds co-founder Meredith Packer.  “It’s a strong piece that I am proud to present with Mission to Ditmars.”

Jonathan Alexandratos is a current member of the Propulsion Lab, Mission to (dit)Mars’ bi-monthly writers group and currently resides in Astoria.

This free play reading will be held at Long Island City Music Academy on Monday, November 2nd at 7pm.

To attend the free reading, please make a reservation on our website:

LIC Music Academy
44-02-23rd Street Suite # 203 (2rd fl)
Long Island City, New York
E, M, G or 7 to Court Sq.
N, Q to Queensboro Plaza

About the Launch Pad Reading Series

The Launch Pad is a free reading series of new plays by Queens playwrights.  The mission objective of The Launch Pad is to serve as a testing ground for Queens based playwrights who need to hear their plays out loud.  Because Mission to (dit)Mars was co-founded by playwrights and directors, we understand implicitly how to answer those needs.  Through this program, the utmost care is taken to foster a safe and productive environment in order to propel the play forward.


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