Boston Court's PLAY/ground Festival Includes Sheila Callaghan and David Wiener

November 17, 2011

Sheila Callaghan and David Wiener
Sheila Callaghan and David Wiener
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The Theatre @ Boston Court announces PLAY/ground, the annual New Play Festival December 10-11, 2011 at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA. Literary Managers Aaron Henne and Emilie Beck, in concert with Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, have selected five plays to be presented as staged readings in the Marjorie Branson Performance Space.

The Theatre @ Boston Court's play festival presents plays that are in keeping with Boston Court's mission, which urges artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on nurturing playwrights and new play development, which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting.

This year's lineup includes Everything You Touch by Sheila Callaghan, Egyptian Song by James Christy Jr., The Golden Dragon by Roland Schimmelpfennig, Cassiopeia by David Wiener and Seven Spots on the Sun by Martin Zimmerman.

Callaghan's Everything You Touch, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, will be read Saturday, December 11 at 11am. Victor is a haute couture fashion designer in the 1970s teetering at the top of his game. Esme, his dramatic protégé and muse, is pushed aside when an ordinary woman with ordinary tastes upends their haute partnership. A generation later, Jess, a woman struggling with a healthy dose of self-loathing, must wrestle her own fashion demons to find her way through a world that wouldn't give her a second look, much less make clothing in her size. Skipping back and forth in time, this is a viciously funny look at the struggle to seek a self that goes beyond skin deep.

Wiener's Cassiopeia, directed by Emilie Beck, will be read Sunday, December 11 at 11am. Cassiopeia is about the curious business of remembering. Quiet, a mathematical prodigy in his later years, and Odetta, a maid from the rural south in the middle of her life, are voices in the wilderness of a society that doesn't quite fit them. As they recount the stories of their disparate but parallel lives, they are united in their common isolation, and their passionate theories about time, space, longing, and desire. Their stories unfold in a delicate tracery of their invisible struggles to find connection, their silent triumphs, and their serendipitous collision in the moment of breaking free.

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