Launch Pad Reading Series

Artwork for All Systems Go: Mission 3

All Systems Go: Mission 3 – Monday, June 22nd!!

Cast of All Systems Go: Mission 3
Cast of All Systems Go: Mission 3

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Mission To (dit)Mars is pleased to present our final Launch Pad event of the season!

ALL SYSTEMS GO: MISSION 3, is an evening of excerpts from nine brand new plays by the Queens based writers group The Propulsion Lab.  Participating Queens based playwrights for this event are Amy Witting, Mac Rogers, Tori Keenan-Zelt, Jonathan Alexandratos, Mrinalini Kamath, Elizabeth Seldin, Lisa Huberman, Kristine M. Reyes, and Tyler Rivenbark.

 

In talking about this year’s lineup, Mission to (dit)Mars co-founder Meredith Packer says “I am proud that with our third All Systems Go!, Mission to Ditmars continues to bring the highest level of theater development to the Queens community.”

Co-founder Kari Bentley-Quinn adds “This is one of the strongest sets of plays we have seen in the Lab so far, with work that is fresh and, at times, truly groundbreaking.”

“We’re so excited to present all of the plays together in one night as our most diverse and bounteous All Systems Go! ever!” adds co-founder Laura Pestronk.

On the rise of new work in Queens, co-founder Don Nguyen explains “The breadth and scope of stories being told in the lab is truly remarkable.  Equally remarkable are the sheer number of writers, directors and actors who have all come together to work on these plays, which is a great indicator that Queens is becoming a hotbed for new work.”

The cast includes Hayley Treider, Dina Comolli, Jessica Cannizarro, Ava Eisenson, Elizabeth Seldin, Tara Pacheco, Gwen Sisco, Sara Thigpen, Wynne Anders, Aaron Kapner, David Shih, Tom McCormick, Anthony Fazio, and Sean Williams.

The evening is directed by Dev Bondarin, Jordana Williams, Aimee Todoroff, Christine Zagrobelny and Laura Pestronk.

The evening will include excerpts from the following nine new plays:

BRIGHT ANGEL QUADRANGLE by Mac Rogers: A horror story about love at first sight. A contentedly married woman finds her life turned upside-down one evening when she falls instantly in love with her friend’s new boyfriend.

WHAT HAUNTS YOU by Elizabeth Seldin: Theater ghosts in a theater. Having feelings. Feeling things.

THE SUCK by Tyler Rivenbark: Stephen Ajax is a Kid. Stephen Ajax is a Son. Stephen Ajax is a Boyfriend. Stephen Ajax is a New Father. Stephen Ajax is a Marine. Stephen Ajax is a Fragment.

DUCK 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.

ELEVEN SHADES OF BLUE by Amy E. Witting: Four women from different times touch the sky, swim with the fish, and experience the details of a timeless Coney Island.

THE NEW DEAL by Mrinalini Kamath:  In the United States in the not-too-distant future, a violent act causes a state government to re-think capital punishment with a profit-bearing alternative.

EGGS ON ICE by Kristine M. Reyes: At Eggs On Ice, freezing your eggs has never been more convenient, affordable — or fabulous! Hit the snooze button on your biological clock while you focus on your career, and let us take care of the rest. Your future’s safe with us, ladies — we’ll make sure of that.

AIR SPACE by Tori Keenan-Zelt: When Mack and Babs lost their house, they moved secretly into the wall… from which they watch as Glory and Kyle try to flip it. A surreal comedy about inventing home, managing family, and what we hold onto when nothing we do is enough.

PERSEPHONE by Lisa Huberman: A contemporary take on the Persephone myth set on an organic farm in California, in which a teenage girl attempts to assert her own identity separate from her loving but controlling Earth goddess of a mother.

This free play reading will be held at the Astoria Performing Arts Center at 30-44 Crescent Street in Astoria, Queens on Monday, June 22nd at 7pm.

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

Monday, June 22nd 7 pm

Astoria Performing Arts Center
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent St. (at 30th Rd)
Astoria, NY 11102

Directions: Take the N/Q to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave toward the Trade Fair Supermarket, continue past Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens. Turn left on Crescent Street, then right on 30th Rd. The entrance is the second set of red doors on your left
Cast and directors to be announced shortly.

Please RSVP! This is usually our best attended event of the season and we would not want you to miss it.

There will be a reception to follow at a location to be determined. Please join us for a drink or two after the show!

We’re so excited to share this great work with all of you, and celebrate the end of our season.

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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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Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists is thrilled to continue our popular Launch Pad Reading Series with The Hydra, a new play by Tyler Rivenbark.

An amalgamation of Greek and American folk tales, The Hydra finds Stephen Ajax – an Iraq war veteran – in a netherworld inhabited by Gods, Goddesses, and puppets. In this new and strange environment, Ajax is forced to face the aftermath of his former life.

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Tyler Rivenbark – taken at Martha’s Bakery in Astoria

Describing the play, Mission to (dit)Mars co-founder Kari Bentley-Quinn says “The Hydra is a play of great vision, boldness, and imagination. It is very exciting to see another full length play that was developed in the Propulsion Lab make it all the way to Launch Pad, and hopefully will have a bigger life beyond that.”

Meredith Packer (co-founder) adds “I am really excited to be putting this piece up on it’s feet. It is by far the most challenging play we have done for our reading series. Tyler paints a beautiful and terrifying world in The Hydra.”

“The Hydra is sheer poetry and color and emotion, it is at once the nakedness of life and a loud carnival of music and blinding light” adds co-founder Laura Pestronk. “Even Tyler’s stage directions buzz with tension and the poetry of loneliness.”

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

The cast includes Temesgen Tocruray, David Shih, Sarah Burkhalter, Elizabeth Seldin, Ashley Awusie, Megan Lee, and Mark Drum. The reading is directed by Aimee Todoroff (All Systems Go: 2)

This free play reading will be held at The Secret Theatre located at 4402 23rd Street in Long Island City on Monday, March 30th at 8pm.

To attend the free reading, please make a reservation.

The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd St, Long Island City
E, M, G to Court Sq.
7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave or 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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Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists is thrilled to continue our popular Launch Pad Reading Series with Lily in Love, a new play by Kristine M. Reyes.

In Lily in Love, Lily is a good Catholic Filipina daughter who’s always known exactly what to do with her life — until she falls in love with a woman. Lily’s life just got complicated.

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Playwright Kristine M. Reyes

Describing the play, Mission to (dit)Mars co-founder Kari Bentley-Quinn says “With Lily in Love, Kristine gives us an intelligent and empathic insight on sexuality and family. It is an engaging and modern work that will make the audience feel close to the story.”

Meredith Packer (co-founder) adds “Kristine’s ability to take harsh truths about family and acceptance and allow the audience to feel both the weight of sadness and the relief of laughter in the situations presented is a gift for all who see her work come to life.”

“There are times in everyone’s life when a romantic partner has to interact with the in-laws and Kristine creates immediately recognizable moments of both discomfort and familiarity” adds co-founder Laura Pestronk.  “We’re transported back to those uncomfortable moments we all know…when we regressed back to our own childhood interactions with our parents.”

Kristine Reyes was recently accepted into the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program and is a current member of the Propulsion Lab, Mission to (dit)Mars’ bi-monthly writers group. Kristine currently resides in Astoria.

The cast includes Mia Katigbak (Good Person of Szechwan), Christine Lee (Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love), Krystal Seli, Sarah Matteucci (Sex with Robots), and Johnny Lin.  The reading is directed by Colette Robert (EST, All Systems Go: 2)

This free play reading will be held at The Secret Theatre located at 4402 23rd Street in Long Island City on Monday, February 16th at 8pm.

To attend the free reading, please make a reservation on our website: http://missiontoditmars.com/reservations/

The Secret Theatre

4402 23rd St, Long Island City

E, M, G to Court Sq.

7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave or 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.

Mission to (dit)Mars is thrilled to kick off their Launch Pad Reading Series with Sex and Charitable Giving, a new play by Lisa Huberman.

Sex and Charitable Giving is set in a tiny Queens apartment where Natasha and Ankit embark on a BDSM journey together. When they decide to sponsor a little girl in Nepal to help out Natasha’s roommate Marcy, the couple find themselves confronting uncomfortable truths and pushing boundaries that go beyond sexual role play.

The cast includesRaja Burrows, Kristan Kelly Brown, Jen Ring, Aaliyah Habeeb and stage directions by Kate Lydic.  The reading will be directed by David Ledoux

This free play reading will be held at The Secret Theatre located at 4402 23rd Street in Long Island City on Monday, November 10th at 8pm.

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

The Secret Theatre

4402 23rd St, Long Island City
E, M, G to Court Sq.
7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave or 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.

Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists, is thrilled to announce The 2014-2015 Launch Pad Reading Series.

This year’s lineup will include full length plays by Lisa Huberman, Kristine M. Reyes, and Tyler Rivenbark.  All three playwrights are members of The Propulsion Lab, a bi-weekly Queens based writers group that meets at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City.

The Propulsion Lab is a bi-weekly writers group that develops and nurtures new plays by Queens based playwrights.  The Launch Pad reading series is a natural progression in developing new work by giving selected playwrights a public reading of their full length play.

Misison to (dit)Mars co-founder Laura Pestronk discusses the common themes of each play “These plays all involve an absolutely major change in one or more characters’ former way of living or lifestyle.”

Don Nguyen, another co-founder, adds “What’s especially exciting is how vastly different each play is in tone and premise, and yet each manages to intersect this common theme in such an emotional and immediate way.”

Pestronk elaborates “Lily in Love deals with a woman who has never been in love with a woman before but now is committed to being with one for the rest of her life, The Hydra features Ajax, who finds himself completely changed and barely able to cope with life after serving in Iraq. Sex and Charitable Giving finds a couple pushing sexual boundaries way beyond anything they’ve done before. “

The three full length plays for the 2014-2015 Launch Pad Reading Series are:

Sex and Charitable Giving

By Lisa Huberman
November 10, 2014

In a tiny Queens apartment, Natasha and Ankit embark on a BDSM journey together. When they decide to sponsor a little girl in Nepal to help out Natasha’s roommate Marcy, the couple find themselves confronting uncomfortable truths and pushing boundaries that go beyond sexual role play.

 

Lily in Love

By Kristine M. Reyes
February 16, 2015

Lily is a good Catholic Filipina daughter who’s always known exactly what to do with her life — until she falls in love with a woman. Lily’s life just got complicated.

 

The Hydra

By Tyler Rivenbark
March 30, 2015

Through an amalgamation of Greek and American folk tales, The Hydra finds Iraq War Veteran, Stephen Ajax, in a netherworld inhabited by Gods, Goddesses, and puppets forced to face the aftermath of his former life.

This free play reading series will be held at The Secret Theatre located at 4402 23rd Street in Long Island City.  For more information, please visit missiontoditmars.com

 

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June 30th @7pm!

ALL SYSTEMS GO: MISSION 2 is an evening of excerpts from five brand new plays by the Queens based writers group The Propulsion Lab.  Participating Queens based playwrights for this event are Lisa Huberman, Kristine M. Reyes, Tyler Rivenbark, Mariah MacCarthy, and Don Nguyen.

The cast includes Matthew Park, David Shih, Jenni Putney, Alexandra O’Daly, Tom Coiner, Margaret Hee, Megan Lee, Paula Galloway, Lori Parquet, Bryant Carroll, Siho Ellsmore, Katie Consamus, Jesse Geguzis, Turna Mete, Kristan Brown, Jen Ring, Raja Burrows and Elizabeth Seldin.

The evening is directed by Kel Haney, Colette Robert, Aimee Todoroff, Christopher Diercksen and Kristin McCarthy Parker.

Click here for the full color program!

A reception will be held following the event, where beer and wine can be purchased.

Excerpts will appear from the following five new plays:

Lily in Love
by Kristine M. Reyes
directed by Colette Robert

Lily is a good Catholic Filipina daughter who’s always known exactly what to do with her life — until she falls in love with a woman. Lily’s life just got complicated.

You Like It
by Mariah MacCarthy
directed by Kel Haney

Ganymede is “new in town,” and Orlando won’t shut up about his ex-girl Rosalind.  Secrets, gender, forbidden love: this bromance is about to get real.  A queer riff on a classic.

The Hydra
by Tyler Rivenbark
directed by Aimee Todoroff

Through an amalgamation of Greek and American folk tales, The Hydra finds Iraq War Veteran, Stephen Ajax, in a netherworld inhabited by Gods, Goddesses, and puppets to face the aftermath of his former life.

Sex and Charitable Giving
by Lisa Huberman
directed by Christopher Diercksen

In a tiny Queens apartment, Natasha and Ankit embark on a BDSM journey together. When they decide to sponsor a little girl in Nepal to help out Natasha’s roommate Marcy, the couple find themselves confronting uncomfortable truths and pushing boundaries that go beyond sexual role play.

Hello, from the Children of Planet Earth
by Don Nguyen
directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker

On the eve of the spacecraft Voyager 1’s crossover into interstellar space, William gets a phone call that will possibly change his life forever.

This free play reading will be held at The Secret Theatre located at 4402 23rd Street in Long Island City on Monday, June 30th at 7pm.

To attend the free reading, please make a reservation on our website: http://missiontoditmars.wordpress.com/reservations/

The Secret Theater
4402 23rd St, Long Island City
E, M, G to Court Sq.
7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave or Court Sq.
N, Q to Queensboro Plaza

The Playwrights

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Lisa Huberman (Woodside) Lisa’s work includes Egyptology (developed under the mentorship of Lee Blessing and a nominee for a National New Play Network award), Under the Rainbow (Regional Winner in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award), Health Nuts (Semi-Finalist for the Little Fish Theatre Pick of the Vine Competition, produced by the Panic Room Playwrights), Life Play (Secret Theatre’s Act One: One Act Festival), Sub-Prime (KNOW Theatre Playwrights and Artists Festival), High and Uptight (Mile Square Theatre’s 7th Inning Stretch Festival) and Heart/Succor (La Petite Morgue’s inaugural Fresh Blood Series).  She has participated in the One Minute Play Festival, Pussyfest, and Monologues and Madness.  Under the RainbowHigh and Uptight, and Egyptology are available for purchase and download at The Monologues Database.  A member of The Dramatists Guild, Drawing Board, The Panic Room Playwrights, Lisa is also an Artistic Associate for La Petite Morgue.  She has attended playwriting workshops at Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive and Chicago Dramatists.  She received her BA in Theatre Performance from Bradley University and her MFA in Playwriting from Rutgers University, where she currently teaches freshman composition.  Lisa was raised by vegetarians in Ohio and also maintains the food blog, Sometimes A Vegan.

Mariah MacCarthy (Astoria) Mariah MacCarthy’s work has been presented and developed at Rattlestick, Primary Stages, EST/Youngblood, Culture Project, New Dramatists, La MaMa, HERE Arts Center, The Brick, Atlantic Stage 2, Bowery Poetry Club, Jimmy’s No. 43, Theater for the New City, Players Theatre, site-specifically around New York, and in Austin, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Baltimore, South Carolina, and Fringe NYC. Plays include You Like It (dev. EST/Youngblood), The Hazards of Loving While Broken (dev. Mission to (dit)Mars, HUB-BUB, and Filling the Well), Safeword (dev. Flux Theatre Ensemble and Kid Brooklyn Productions), Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Baby to Gay People (dev. Bughouse SPIN, Sparking Fuse/Pull Together Productions, and FTW), Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year Reunion (Caps Lock), Magic Trick (Fringe NYC), The Foreplay Play (two NYIT Award nominations: Outstanding Production and Outstanding Full-Length Script), Lysistrata Rape Play (dev. The Theatre Project and FTW), Ampersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story (winner of 20 Looking Glass Forum Awards and FringeNYC “Outstanding Performance”), The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret (“f*cking brilliant” -Kate Bornstein; productions across America) and A Man of His Word (winner, California Young Playwrights Contest; dev. New Dramatists). Winner of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award and the Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, 2012 nytheatre.com “Person of the Year,” Executive Artistic Director and founder of Caps Lock Theatre, Associate Artistic Director of the Brick, curator of Pussyfest and Sex With Robots, Filling the Well resident artist, San Diego native, Skidmore graduate, and a member of Youngblood, the Propulsion Lab, and Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

Don Nguyen (Long Island City) Full-length plays include Sound (Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2014, Playwrights Realm Fellowship), Red Flamboyant (Ojai Playwrights Conference 2011, nomination – L. Arnold Weissberger Award 2011, finalist O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Cherry Lane Mentors Project nomination, Woodward International Playwriting Prize), The Man From Saigon (Reading – Naked Angels, 2012 New York Stage and Film Founders Award, Nomination – L. Arnold Weissberger Award 2012), The Commencement of William Tan (NYSAF Residency, 2G Jumpstart Commission), Three To Beam Up (The Shelterbelt Theatre, Nebraska Arts Grant recipient).  Don is a member of the New York Public Theater’s 2008 Inaugural Emerging Writers Group, The Civilians R & D Group, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Mission to (dit)mars co-founder and volunteer at The 52nd Street Project.

Kristine M. Reyes (Astoria) is a playwright raised and based in New York City. Her plays include the full-length Queen for a Day(Diverse City Theater Company’s First Draft Fellowship); one-acts Quarter Century BabySomething Blue (both produced at Diverse City Theater Company) and Lola Luning’s First Steps (commissioned and produced by Women of Color Productions); and the ten-minute pieces Balikbayan Birthday (Leviathan Lab) and Ready, Aim…Fire! (ESPA at Primary Stages; published on Indie Theater Now).  Kristine is a Playwright Associate at Diverse City Theater Company, and a founding member and former co-director of the Leviathan Lab Asian American Women Writers Workshop. She was a 2012 Mary Louise Rockwell Scholar at The Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) at Primary Stages, and has also studied at Ensemble Studio Theatre. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Tyler Rivenbark (Sunnyside) Tyler was born and raised in Warsaw, North Carolina, and is now based out of Sunnyside, NY. He is a graduate of the Queens College, CUNY, MFA program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation with a focus in Playwriting.  Select plays include Monosyllabic (Mellow Pages), (Silence) (Dixon Place and Artists’ Bloc), Inside the Rain (Dixon Place), Frogs; or How to Fail at Business (Left Hip), How they Played Games and Fell in Love (Abingdon Theatre) and Joe (Short Play Lab). In 2012 he received a commission from the Poetry Society of America to adapt Rita Dove’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Thomas and Beulah for the stage. In 2011 he founded the Oh, Bernice! reading series in Queens. He was a 2009 writer-in-residency at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, a residency he now oversees. He is currently an English professor at Queens College, CUNY. He is also a member of the Dramatist Guild. And when not making theatre, he can be found around the city making music.

The Directors

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Kel Haney (Astoria) Recent directing credits include Jonathan Caren’s THE RECOMMENDATION (The Flea), Jessica Dickey’s ROW AFTER ROW,Rachel Bonds’ LITTLE ROCK (both at Williamstown Theatre Festival),Nathan Leigh (music & lyrics) & Kyle Jarrow’s (book, music & lyrics) THE CONSEQUENCES (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre – world premiere) & Edith Freni’s EL FUEGO (Partial Comfort Productions). Kel has also directed and developed new work at Ars Nova, Atlantic Acting School, Desipina & Company, Dixon Place, The Directors Company, Cherry Lane Theatre,  Emerging Artists Theatre,Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood, Keen Company, The Lark, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, New Georges, NY Fringe Festival, Premiere Stages, Rattlestick, Rising Phoenix,Studio 42, United Solo Festival, Vampire Cowboys, Westport Country Playhouse, 3 Graces  & the 52nd Street Project.

Kristin McCarthy Parker (Astoria) is a Queens-based director and sometimes actor. Her directing work includes Bears (59E59), kumrads won’t (FringeNYC), All’s Well That Ends Well (Mad and Merry), and the upcoming spoof Hold on to your butts: the Jerassic Parque Experience. She has developed a variety of new work with Amios’ Shotz! (penned by Mat Smart, Sevan K. Greene, Lindsay Joy, and others) and assisted under Ed Iskandar (The Mysteries), Michael Greif, Trip Cullman, Wendy Goldberg, and Jenn Thompson. Kristin is a graduate of The University of Evansville.

Aimee Todoroff is the Artistic Director of Elephant Run District, and indie theatre company based in NYC, where she helmed the popular Brecht in the Park, the Stampede Lab Series and American Gun Show, among others. She has directed at Primary Stages, The Living Theatre, HERE Arts Center, 59E59, The Metropolitan Theatre Company and others, and has directed the premieres of works by Cusi Cram, Daisy Foote and Chris Harcum, including Green, We Haven’t Told Anyone About This Yet and Rabbit Island, a Backstage Magazine’s Critic’s Pick and a “best of” the 2012 Frigid Festival.  Recently, Aimee served as the Assistant Director under John Rando for David Ives’ new play The Heir Apparent at Classic Stage Company. Aimee received her MFA from Southampton Arts. www.aimeetodoroff.org

Colette Robert is a Los Angeles native currently living and working in New York.  Recent directing credits include: Something Like Loneliness (EST Marathon), when last we flew (Diversionary Theatre, FringeNYC, GLAAD Media Award), Barriers (Desipina/HERE), Pluck & Tenacity (Samuel French Festival Winner) andStockton (EST Unfiltered).  Colette is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Old Vic/New Voices Network, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and was the Public Theater’s 2009 Van Lier Directing Fellow. She has developed new work with Naked Angels, The 52nd Street Project, New Georges, Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Old Vic, Ma-Yi, 2g, Vineyard Arts Project, NYTW, and Sundance Theatre Lab. M.A., RADA and King’s College, London. B.A., Yale University. www.coletterobert.com

Christopher Diercksen (Astoria)

 

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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Mission To (dit)Mars is pleased to present in our second reading of the season

The Hazards of Loving While Broken

By Mariah MacCarthy

Directed By Jordana Williams

Featuring Jesse Geguzis, Diana Oh, and Kristen Vaughan

Mel loves Kerry’s son, who happens to be dead now. When Mel goes to stay with Kerry in her beautiful beach house, past and present loves collide. Can love emerge from grief? Or do broken people just break each other further?

Tuesday, March 25th @7 pm
Location: The Secret Theatre – The Little Secret

4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, New York

We are very excited to bring you a play by another one of our incredibly talented Propulsion Lab members! It’s a new work that we’re really excited to share with the Queens community. And by then let’s hope New York is shaking off the last of it’s winter doldrums and maybe, maybe Spring is showing up to the show.

Please RSVP – we expect this one to fill up quickly.  Please let us know how many seats you need. This event is 100% free to the public – just the way we like it!

About The Secret Theatre
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The Secret Theatre hosts theatre, musicals, dance, music, opera, film, video, classes, rehearsals, art openings, parties, film festivals and more.  They produce both in house, co-produce and accept rental submissions.
Both of their current spaces are available for hire for rehearsals and performances – for more information on the venue, please visit The Secret Theatre.

Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists, presents the fourth in a series of free play readings as part of the 2013/2014 LAUNCH PAD Reading Series.

THE FIELDS OF BLUE AND GLOW, a new play by August Schulenburg will be directed by Heather Cohn and features David Shih and Jordan Mahome.

The play follows Jon, a wildly successful author of horror fiction, called (to his dismay) the “Asian American Stephen King”. One dark and stormy night, Jon’s friend Daryn, who disappeared for a few years, comes knocking on his door. The Fields of Blue and Glow is a ghost story which tackles the themes of childhood, growing up, and the power of crossing over into something new.

This free play reading will be held at LIC Bar in the Carriage House located at 45-58 Vernon Blvd in Long Island City on +Tuesday, October 29th +at 7pm.

To attend the free reading, please make a reservation on our website:http://missiontoditmars.wordpress.com/reservations/

LIC Bar

45-58 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City

E, M, G to Court Sq.

7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave or Court Sq.

N, Q to Queensboro Plaza

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ALL SYSTEMS GO!

An Evening of Excerpts from the Propulsion Lab Plays

By Kari Bentley-Quinn, Jennifer Lane, Courtney Lauria, Mariah MacCarthy, Jane Miller, Don Nguyen, and August Schulenberg

Directed by Christopher Diercksen, Dev Bondarin and Don Nguyen

Featuring Samantha Rosentrater, Shaun Fauntleroy, Natalie Kim, Katrina Day, Samantha Walsh, Stuart Luth, Gus Schulenburg, Jason Liebman, Alexandra O’Daly, Sol Marina Crespo, Curry Whitmire and David Shih.

Our seven members of the Propulsion lab writers group have been hard at work on their new plays and they’re excited to share some excerpts with you.

June 24, 2013 @7pm

The Chain Theatre
http://chain-theatre.org/
21-28 45th Rd, Long Island City
E, M, G to Court Sq.
7 to Court Sq.
N, Q to Queensboro Plaza

The event is free.

A reception will be held in the lobby of the Chain Theatre immediately following the reading.  Please join us for complimentary wine.  Beer and snacks can also be purchased.

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BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES

By Courtney Lauria

Directed by Tamara Fisch

Featuring Emily Simoness, Samantha Rosentrater, and Eric Clem

 

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April 1, 2013 @7pm

The Chain Theatre
21-28 45th Rd, Long Island City, NY

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In a brick house in Astoria, Queens, shadowed by the RFK bridge, a young woman is sorting her emotions. In jars. Literally. Claire’s phobias have gotten the best of her for long enough, and the way she is living doesn’t feel like living at all.  Bridges and Boundaries charts Claire’s quest to overcome her road blocks, and create a future she actually wants to feel.  This crafted tale explores love, trust, and issues that aren’t just water under the bridge.