The following three scripts were chosen from amongst this year’s submissions (over 100) to be featured in our staged-reading series. Following each staged reading, there will be a guided talk-back with the audience in which the playwright will receive feedback, reactions, and suggestions. The playwrights will then have the opportunity to implement rewrites and changes to their script before regrouping with their cast and crew for a second staged-reading. After the second staged reading, there will be an additional audience talk back(post-show discussion) in which the playwright can see how their changes to the script were received by the audience.
by Julie Zaffarano
Kentucky Lemonade is the story of two sisters, their mother and their aunt, brought together by a death of their father. In the midst of their grief and practical needs to move on, a family secret is revealed that changes how they define themselves.
Death Valley: A Love Story
by Sandra Asher
During their first year together, Carol and David vacation in Death Valley. David experiences symptoms soon diagnosed as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Chemotherapy follows. A bone marrow transplant goes awry, ending his life. Based on Carol’s real journals, this universal story of love, loss, grief, and recovery is poignantly specific.
The Songs My Grandma Sings
by Timothy Huth
On the days leading up to moving the matriarch of their family into a nursing home, Maggie and her transgender son Nick try to reconcile the past with their present. Their nostalgic journey towards acceptance deals with issues of loss, gender orientation, and the inevitability of death.
COFFEE HOUSE READING SERIES
The following selected works were chosen for one-night-only public readings. No tickets necessary. All are welcome!
The Great Room
by Steve Barney
Bob, his wife Maude, daughter Julia and her boyfriend Todd try to develop a suburban residential subdivision on the eve of the 2008 housing crash. Maude, a fundamentalist Christian, excitedly awaits the apocalypse. When everything turns out not as planned, the family tries to pick up the pieces.
by DC Cathro
Chai (his nickname), an African American teen, hates his real name, so his girlfriend raises the money for him to legally change it. Chai’s mother, however, is completely opposed to the idea.
Sandra Asher (Death Valley: A Love Story) plays received an NEA fellowship grant, AATE Distinguished Play Awards (A Woman Called Truth, In the Garden of the Selfish Giant, Jesse and Grace), and the Chorpenning Award for distinguished work. Six are included in Tell Your Story: The Plays and Playwriting of Sandra Fenichel Asher.
Steve Barney (The Great Room) is a Frederick actor, playwright and urban planner. Several of my plays were performed at the FronteraFest fringe theater festival in Austin TX (including three “Best of the Fest” winners), and two of my plays were performed at the FringeNYC festival. Local acting credits include “Greater Tuna” and “Superman.”
DC Cathro (Chai) is a playwright, actor, and director in the Washington DC metropolitan area. His musical “Till,” written with award-winning composer Leo Schwartz, is one of three winners in the 2016 Main Street Musicals Festival, and will receive readings throughout the year in the U.S. and Canada. In 2014, he became the only playwright to have two shows in the Pride Films and Plays Festival in Chicago, IL; “Pen, A Musical” (also written with Schwartz) and “Family Holiday.” DC’s works have been read at theatres and festivals across the U.S., including The William Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick, MD.
Timothy Huth (Songs My Grandma Sings) is a recent graduate of Towson University, is a Baltimore-based playwright. Recent productions include: Sleeping Beauty, cowriter: Grace Kane (Towson University), Going Up? (Green Globe Theatre), After (Towson University), Dracula (Actors Anonymous), Cinderella, cowriter: Grace Kane (Annapolis Opera). Future productions: Sleeping Beauty, cowriter: Grace Kane (Annapolis Opera, January 2017).
Julie Zaffarano (Kentucky Lemonade) is an emerging Philadelphia playwright. Her play, The PlayMakers, was named the 2016 What If? Productions Annual Playwrights Festival Winner and is scheduled to be produced in Charleston, June 2017. Other recent readings: Work in Progress Theatre, Baltimore and “Readings at the Drake” PlayPenn series (Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia).