Boston Court Pasadena Announces Selections for the 14th Annual New Play Reading Festival July 19 – 28, 2018

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BostonBoston Court Pasadena announced the full details of its 14th annual New Play Reading Festival, July 19 – 28.  Curated by Literary Manager Emilie Beck, in concert with Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, the New Play Reading Festival is a key component of Boston Court Pasadena’s commitment to nurturing playwrights and new work, and continues the company’s core mission of developing and programming works that are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting. This year’s Festival features four female playwrights.

The plays for the 2018 New Play Reading Festival are How the Light Gets In by E.M. Lewis, Pairi Daiza by Nahal Navidar, Ladies by Kit Steinkellner and Drunk at the Base of the Bodhi Tree by Julie Hébert.  Additional finalists were Three Girls Never Learnt the Way Home by Matthew Paul Olmos and The Chinese Lady Performs for Us by Louisa Hill.

“This year, we received 230 submissions for our New Play Reading Festival,” said Boston Court Pasadena’s Literary Manager, Emilie Beck.  “We are thrilled that three of the four playwrights are based in Los Angeles and all four are women. While we read without attention to gender, we were drawn to these voices, which speak to a wide array of underrepresented female experiences.”

Each play will receive a four-day workshop, culminating in final public reading. Since Boston Court Pasadena opened in 2003, the theater has mounted 60 productions, 33 of which have been world premieres – 18 of those world premieres were first discovered as part of the New Play Reading Festival.

In addition to the readings, each Thursday night during the Festival will feature a preview of the coming weekend’s plays, a discussion of what makes a “Boston Court Pasadena play” and an inside look at the play development process. Literary Manager Emilie Beck and Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti will be joined by the festival playwrights for a lively discussion and an audience Q&A.

The New Play Reading Festival is open to the public and free-of-charge, but reservations are recommended.  Information and reservations are available online at bostoncourtpasadena.org, by calling 626-683-6801.  The New Play Reading Festival is supported in part with funds received from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Foundation and the Playhouse District Association.

Performance

Schedule:

Thursday, July 19–7:00pm

Festival Preview

and Playwright

Discussion

A preview of the coming weekend’s plays, a discussion of what makes a “Boston Court Pasadena play” and an inside look at the play development process. Literary Manager Emilie Beck and Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti will be joined by the festival playwrights for a lively discussion and an audience Q&A.

Saturday, July 21–11:00am

How the Light Gets In

Written by E.M. Lewis

Directed by Emilie Beck

A travel writer who never travels. A Japanese architect who can’t figure out how to build a simple tea house. A tattoo artist who refuses to draw on a woman’s skin. And a homeless girl who lives under a weeping willow tree in the Japanese Garden. Four lonely people find each other when one of them falls apart.

Saturday, July 21–2:00pm

Pairi Daiza

Written by Nahal Navidar

Directed by Shishir Kurup

When 24-year-old Iranian Independent-Fighter Zahra learns she is 7 months pregnant in the heat of the Iran-Iraq war, she rejects her maternal instincts and chooses to remain in combat. As her impending due date approaches, Zahra must learn how to deal with the traumas of her past life and open herself up to hope and love.

Thursday, July 26–7:00pm

Festival Preview

and Playwright

Discussion

A preview of the coming weekend’s plays, a discussion of what makes a “Boston Court Pasadena play” and an inside look at the play development process. Literary Manager Emilie Beck and Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti will be joined by the festival playwrights for a lively discussion and an audience Q&A.

Saturday, July 28–11:00am

Ladies

By Kit Steinkellner

Directed by Michael Michetti

Ladies is a fictional account of a year in the life of The Blue Stocking Society, the world’s first major feminist movement in 1750’s London, and explores the tangled knot of electric and jagged relationships that comprise this group. These women are pioneers and revolutionaries, emboldened by the call to arms to be the first of their kind and burdened by the misfortune of being born far ahead of their time.

Saturday, July 28–2:00pm

Drunk at the Base of the Bodhi Tree

By Julie Hébert

Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

A woman with a broken ankle washes up at the base of a Bodhi tree in the foothills of SoCal seemingly out of nowhere. When another woman hiking in on a solitary mission to commune with a dead man encounters this intruder, sparks fly as they navigate the tricky terrain of understanding–until a real brush with danger changes everything once more.            

Tickets and Information:

Boston Court Pasadena

70 N Mentor Ave.

Pasadena, CA 91106

Prices: Free.

Reservations Recommended

Website:

BostonCourtPasadena.org

Phone: 626.683.6801

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