Friday, May 20, 2011

"Just A Reading" Continues Through This Weekend

JUST A's much more than just a reading

April 28 - May 15

NEW YORK – Looking Glass Theatre presents Just a Reading, a new play written by Ryan Glass and directed by Chanda Calentine. This current mainstage production runs through Sunday, May 15 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 general admission, $14 students/seniors with valid ID. Group tickets are available; TDF vouchers are also accepted. Running time is approximately 85 minutes without intermission. Looking Glass Theatre is located at 422 West 57th Street, (9th/10th Ave). Via subway: 1, A, C, B, D to 59th/Columbus; N, R, Q to 57th/7th. Via bus: M57, M31 to 9th Ave.

Alan Watson, NYC playwright turned Hollywood golden boy, returns to Looking Glass Theatre to present a reading of his first new play in eight years. But this isn’t the play anyone expected. This is a new script. About them.

Just a Reading is a play about the reading of a play - a play Alan has written to confess his love to his old friend and creative partner May and expose her boyfriend's affair. The guilty lovers seek escape...but the door is locked. And only Alan has the key. Will they read the parts he's written? Will he get the happy ending he's waited so long to hear?

The production features an ensemble cast including Jenn Boehm, Michael Sean Cirelli, Brandon Ferraro,Cas Marino, Alexandra Mingione and Stephen Reich.

Creative team includes: Margaret Christie (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Ryan Metzler (Light Design) and Helen McTernan (Fight Director).

Playwright RYAN GLASS is a poet/musician/teacher from Washington Court House, Ohio- a small town tucked in the middle of several large corn fields. Introduced to the theatre world as a musical director, he has directed music for shows including Cabaret, Godspell, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Grease!. His previously produced original works include Bring It On Home, Inside Outside, Shards Volume 1 and The Sun Also Rises 9-12. Under his musical alias, Slim Dixon, Ryan has performed his original music in all five boroughs, solo and with The Waywords, including a number of Looking Glass Theatre events. As a teacher, Ryan has worked with students ages eight months to 25 years, teaching everything from Music For Aardvarks (Mommy & Me) to high school Job Readiness.

Director CHANDA CALENTINE is a graduate of Ohio University, holding a B.S. in Organizational Communication, with minors in Dance and Theater. Originally from Ohio, Chanda has been active in New York City's theater community as a performer, director, choreographer, teacher and arts administrator. Currently, she serves as the Development Director/ Artistic Associate at Looking Glass Theatre. Previously at Looking Glass, she directed 70 Million Tons, All In My Head (Awarded Best Forum Director), Her Only Customer and The Hope Chest. Other recent NYC directing credits include Bite Your Tongue (IMPACT Theater), In the Beginning, and Shards; Volume 1 (Horse Trade Theater Group). Most recent choreography includes Fate, Fury and Musical Theatre: A Kind of Cabaret...THE REVENGE (Red Room) directed by Amanda Thompson, Are You There Zeus? It's Me, Electra (Bleecker Street Theater) directed by Aliza Shane and Live/Feed (Brooklyn Lyceum) directed by Melanie Armer.

LOOKING GLASS THEATRE - Looking Glass Theatre’s mission is to theatrically and truthfully reflect a female vision on the stage while creating a community of artistic freedom. We fulfill this by presenting female directors' visions of original works or the classics and by staging new plays either written or directed by women. This includes children’s shows and educational programming as well as our semi-annual festival of new works, featuring emerging women playwrights and directors, each season.

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