Mission to (dit)Mars is thrilled to continue the Launch Pad reading series with FIDDLERS, a new play by Lisa Huberman and directed by Aimee Todoroff.  This free reading will be performed on Monday, February 4th at 7pm at The Broom Tree Theatre located at 23-35 Broadway in Astoria, NY.

Lisa Huberman (photo credit: Jody Christopherson)

FIDDLERS is about Ava, a left-wing anti-Occupation activist who thinks she has a clear sense of her identity as a secular American Jew. But when she brings her non-Jewish boyfriend home at the anniversary of her mother’s death, she is forced to confront her own biases, insecurities, and inherited traumas.

On why she wrote Fiddlers, playwright Lisa Huberman explains “Fiddlers is a way for me to work through my own complicated feelings about Israel, which is especially challenging with the rise of anti-semitism over the last few years. Regardless of political affiliation, most Jews I know are living in this constant state of trauma over how to best keep our communities safe, and I want to give voice to those anxieties.“

On what she hopes the audience will take away from Fiddlers, Lisa offers “I think if my plays fit into a genre it’s “awkward intersectionality”: people who attempt to connect over cultural differences, but find it incredibly hard and end up screwing up a lot. I hope my play will help encourage people to lean into their own discomfort a bit more when confronting their own blind-spots and biases.”

The evening is presented by Mission to (dit)Mars co-founders Kari Bentley-Quinn, Don Nguyen, Meredith Packer, and Laura Pestronk.

To attend the reading, please make a reservation here.

The Broom Tree Theater at

Astoria First Presbyterian
23-35 Broadway,
Astoria, NY 11106

Directions: Take the N/W to 36th ave or 30th ave (Broadway station is currently closed).

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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