Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ethan Hawke Joins Humungous List of Stars in LAByrinth Staged Readings Series

B A R N S E R I E S, OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 15, 2008


LAByrinth Theater Company (John Ortiz, Artistic Director; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Co-Artistic Director; John Gould Rubin, Co-Artistic & Executive Director) opens its fall season with the first of two annual festivals of free staged readings, the Barn Series (October 23 – November 15, 2008). Ethan Hawke joins the previously announced roster of performers that includes LAB members Eric Bogosian, Elizabeth Canavan, Max Casella, John Doman, Kevin Geer, Didi O'Connell, John Ortiz, Portia, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Michael Stuhlbarg, Yul Vázquez, and David Zayas, among others.

LAByrinth Theater Company began its 17th Season in July, when its members work-shopped thirty seven new plays during the two-week Summer Intensive, at Bennington College in Vermont. LAB Company Members and invited guests attend this annual retreat to explore new ideas with total freedom in a supportive environment. Twelve of these plays are now being presented to the public as staged readings in LAByrinth's ninth annual Barn Series festival. A full schedule follows.

Staged readings represent the second step in LAB's play development process, allowing artists to assess how audiences connect with their work, and letting them shape and refine the text in preparation for production. The festival allows audiences to see exciting new work, to engage in LAB's development process by giving feedback to the artists, and to catch an early glimpse of future productions.

All readings are FREE and open to the public, and take place at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street). Reservations are not necessary and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis each night. Patrons should arrive at the theater 1/2 hour before the performance they would like to attend.

The roster of playwrights includes Stephen Belber, Maggie Bofill, Raúl Castillo, Andrea Ciannavei, Cusi Cram, Stephen Adly Guirgis, David Bar Katz, Megan Mostyn-Brown, Mel Nieves, Melissa Ross, Jonathan Smit, and Adam Szymkowicz with guest directors Damon Arrington, Carolyn Cantor, Michele Chivu, Scott Illingworth, Ethan McSweeny, Mimi O’Donnell, John Ortiz, John Gould Rubin, and Felix Solis.

The company of performers includes Betsy Aidem, Carlo Alban, Vanessa Aspillaga, Brian Avers, Maggie Bofill, Eric Bogosian, Elizabeth Canavan, Monique Carboni, Max Casella, Raúl Castillo, Maria Cellario, Beth Cole, J. Eric Cook, Cusi Cram, Alexis Croucher, David Deblinger, John Doman, Jamie Dunn, Kat Foster, Kevin Geer, Charles Goforth, Yetta Gottesman, Dion Graham, Gerardo Guidino, Sarah Nina Hayon, Ethan Hawke, Laura Heisler, Greg Keller, Mike Kelley, Ken King, Angela Lewis, Florencia Lozano, Sandie Luna, Megan Mostyn-Brown, Nyambi Nyambi, Didi O'Connell, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Wilemina Olivia-Garcia, John Ortiz, Melissa Paladino, Gina Maria Paoli, Richard Petrocelli, Paula Pizzi, Portia, Michael Puzzo, Justin Reinsilber, Joselin Reyes, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Andy Scully, Maureen Sebastian, Felix Solis, Matt Stadelman, Michael Stuhlbarg, Gregg Sulzer, Ed Vassallo, Yul Vázquez, Aaron Roman Weiner, Elanna White, Sidney Williams, and David Zayas.

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