MTC's "7@7" Reading Series Spotlights Works By Greg Pierce, Ethan Lipton, Ben Ockent, Sharon Kenny and More
By Kenneth Jones
Manhattan Theatre Club will give voice to dramatists Ayad Akhtar, Greg Pierce, Jonathan Caren, Ethan Lipton, Ben Ockrent, Janine Nabers, Sharon Kenny and Rachel Bonds in its spring Ernst C. Stiefel "7@7" Reading Series.
The reading series begins Monday, March 4 at 7 PM. The titles will be read on consecutive Mondays through April 15 at New York City Center - Stage I at 131 W. 55th Street. All readings are free and open to the public, but space is limited and RSVPs are required. To RSVP, click here or call (212) 399-3000 ext. 4163.
Now in its 15th year, this rehearsed reading series is dedicated to the support and development of innovative new work. The Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation has supported Manhattan Theatre Club's reading series since 2006.
Here's the spring 2013 Ernst C. Stiefel "7@7" Reading Series at a glance:
Ayad Akhtar's play Disgraced played at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater (LCT3) in 2012, and will premiere at the Bush Theater in London in May 2013. Disgraced won the Jeff Equity Award for Best New Play in 2012.
Greg Pierce's play Slowgirl was the inaugural production at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater (LCT3). The Landing, his musical written with John Kander, will be produced at the Vineyard Theatre next season.
Jonathan Caren has had his work produced and developed at numerous theatres, including The Roundabout Underground, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Lark, New York Stage and Film, The Keen Company and The Old Globe.
Ethan Lipton's plays include No Place To Go (Joe's Pub); Red-Handed Otter (Cherry Lane); Luther (Clubbed Thumb); Goodbye April, Hello May (HERE); The Barber and The Farmer (3LD); and 100 Aspects of the Moon (The Ohio).
Ben Ockrent is a British writer who writes for television and theatre. His play Honey was nominated for an Olivier Award.
Janine Nabers is a 2012 New York Theatre Workshop playwriting fellow. She is working on commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Berkeley Repertory and is a Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting fellow at Juilliard.
Sharon Kenny is a songwriter who has performed sold out shows at Joe's Pub and Le Poisson Rouge among other venues. She received a MAC nomination for her piece "Leaky Ceiling."
Rachel Bonds is an Affiliated Artist of New Georges, a Member of EST's Youngblood, an Alum of Ars Nova's Play Group, and a recent winner of the 2012 Sam French Short Play Festival.
For more information, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
Several plays developed in "7@7" have gone on to full productions at MTC, including David Auburn's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof, Joe Hortua's Between Us, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Based on a Totally True Story and Molly Smith Metzler's Close Up Space (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist).
"7@7" plays that have been produced elsewhere in New York and around the world include Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Good Boys And True, Heidi Schreck's There Are No More Big Secrets, Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Little Flower of East Orange, Julia Cho's Durango, David Adjmi's Stunning, Naomi Iizuka's Strike-Slip, Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter, Theresa Rebeck's The Scene, Eric Simonson's Fake, Jonathan Caren's The Recommendation, The Civilians' The Great Immensity and Rona Munro's Donny's Brain.
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