April 13, 2017 - April 15, 2017

7:00pm, Thu/Fri/Sat, James Levin Theatre

90 min


TEST FLIGHT is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production. TEST FLIGHT provides both local and national artists with the keys to the theatre and the opportunity to co-produce original works-in-progress. TEST FLIGHT encourages risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit towards creating new work while offering artists a structured support system, activating an art-focused environment.

The James Levin Theatre is ADA compliant, featuring a patron elevator and gender neutral, wheelchair accessible restroom.


Written by Mariah Sage and Bruce Seymour.
Directed by Maureen Payne-Hahner.

At a young age, ambitious Anne is willing to pay any price to get ahead. Her mysterious mentor Simone is there to help. Once Anne becomes a mother and a successful physician, Anne must go to greater lengths to hold on to what she has. THE TONGUE THAT TELLS ME SO examines the ethics of protective parenting, modern medicine and virtue tested. This project is being produced by Dawn Landino.

Featuring Linda Manning* and Mariah Sage*
Lighting Designer and Light/Projections Operator: Ben Gantose
Scenic Artwork/Projections Designer: James Gardiner
Sound Designer: James Kosmatka

Mariah Sage (Anne, Co-Author) earned her BFA in drama at NYU/Tisch and her MFA in acting at Brown University/Trinity Rep where she was a Stephen Sondheim Fellow. She has performed with theatres across the nation and in Europe including: The Trinity Rep, The Public Theater, The Cleveland Play House, and The Apollo (Germany). Mariah has taught acting at Brown University, NYU/Tisch, and Quinnipiac University. She served as Director of the Theatre Program at Fairfield University and visiting assistant professor of theatre at Trinity College.   She is the founder of Present & Perform, an audition preparation and private coaching company. Mariah is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The League of Professional Theatre Women, Actors’ Equity Association and founding member of Theatre 4.

Bruce Seymour (Co-Author) is a writer from New Haven, Connecticut.  Bruce studied with Paula Vogel in 2011 at the Yale School of Drama.  In addition he studied writing at The New School in New York City, and at the Wesleyan writer’s conference. His writing appears or is forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail, Pearl and other publications.  Bruce was named a 2015 Business New Haven rising star. He is currently writing in Connecticut and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Maureen Payne Hahner (Director) is an international director whose work has appeared in London, off-Broadway, Chicago, Los Angeles, Vienna, Munich, Zagreb and Bangalore, India. She currently co-develops several new plays with rising playwrights, such as, “The Crowded Hour” by David Mulei. Other upcoming productions include: “Unseen” a new play by Mona Mansour for The Gift Theatre Company (Chicago, 2017) & “Winston & The Duke” a new play by Rory Fellowes (London) Other select directing credits include: Samarthanam School for the Disabled-Bangalore India, USA & London Musical Tour, Performance, Adaptation and Direction.  “A Victorian Eye” a new play by Rory Fellowes, Jermyn Street Theatre, London. “QED” by Peter Parnell, i/a/w Collaboration Theatre, Chicago, IL. “The How and The Why,” by Sarah Treem, ETOPiA productions, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. “Cloud 9” by Caryl Churchill, The Gift Theatre, Chicago (2011), Winner 2012 Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Costumes, for a mid-size Equity theatre. Off-Broadway: “A Number” by Caryl Churchill i/a/w NAATCO at The Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC.  “A Number” by Caryl Churchill i/a/w/ NAATCO, National Asian American Theatre Festival, Los Angeles, CA. “QED” (Chicago Premiere) by Peter Parnell for ETOPiA productions at Northwestern University “Talk Radio” by Eric Bogosian at The Gift Theatre Company, Chicago. “Copenhagen” by Michael Frayn for ETOPiA productions at Northwestern University. “The Countess” (Chicago Premiere) at The Victory Gardens Theatre i/a/w The Gift Theatre Company. (Assistant Director) Summer Cabaret at Yale School of Drama. Directing credits in Europe include: “Copenhagen”(Munich, Vienna, Zagreb) “Sweet Phoebe,” by Michael Gow, “Two Conversations,” “Dark Pony,” “Litko” and “Epilogue” by David Mamet (Munich).  She attended The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago (2001), Founding Ensemble Member of The Gift Theatre, Chicago, Illinois. (2002), New York credits including: Naked Angels Theatre and The Ensemble Studio Theatre. Maureen holds a BA with distinction from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia.

♦denotes Recommended by The Joseph Jefferson Equity Committee, Chicago, Illinois.

*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The goal of Test Flight is to support new work and local/national/international artists.

CPT provides:
– The James Levin Theatre
– Basic production staff, stage management, box office support
– Marketing and advertising support

The artists provide the rest!

The writers, directors, actors and designers selected for Test Flight dedicate themselves to creating new and original work, or stretching their artistic powers by working in new disciplines.


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