Springboard: A Staged Reading Festival
Springboard features staged reading of new scripts by local writers and work that is under consideration for future production. The Springboard series places a special emphasis on developing directors for new work, nurturing strong relationships between directors and playwrights, and engaging the audience in the process. Springboard is NOT actors standing at music stands. This is staged work that conveys that rare excitement that comes from getting up on stage with little time to prepare. Audience members give feedback and engage in post-show discussions to help local playwrights improve their work.
This season's Springboard line-up is:
October 11, 18
The World's Largest Axe by Claire Robinson May
Computer game programmer Norris joins beautiful toll collector Marigold, pet-cryonicist Angus, and singing widow Violet on a journey through life and death, fantasy and reality - and a road trip to Nackawic, New Brunswick, home of the world's largest axe. When you keep holding on to what you've lost, can you ever really win? Directed by Rebecca Hill.
October 12, 19
Crying for Lions by Andrew Kramer
Rae and Shane are a young couple expecting their first child. When a strange man from Shane's past shows up at their house, a very large and very hungry mountain lion begins to pursue them. Soon, their fears and apprehensions begin to spiral out of control as they learn that sometimes we must act like animals to survive. Directed by Jeremy Lewis.
October 13, 20 (Double Bill)
Rex by Daniel A. Takacs
Oedipus Rex meets Back to the Future! In this dark comedy, a modern-day Oedipus invents a time machine and returns to the 1970's to prevent his father's murder. Will he avert his fate or run headlong into it? Directed by Brian Pedaci.
Angelic Voices In Ritardando by Vickie L. Williams
The spirits of four missing girls rejoice with playful nursery rhymes and sharing their aspirations. Their playful rhymes change to a dramatic songs as they poetically voice how they trusted the wrong person, were perceived the wrong way and became victims. Directed by Joan Yellen Horvitz 2012-2013 Director Fellow Denise Astorino.
October 14, 21
Broken Wings by Stuart Hoffman
A haunting tale of isolation, Broken Wings examines an elderly man with personal demons and a teenage girl with a lot on her mind. This is an account about what can happen when you allow your imagination to take control of your emotions and surroundings, and the lasting toll it can take on one's sanity. Directed by Michael Silverstein.
Research & Development
October 11 - October 21 2012
James Levin Theatre