Jan 18, 2018
Jan 20, 2018

La MaMa Umbria Playwright Retreat Alumni Readings

La MaMa Umbria Playwright Retreat Alumni Readings 2018
Umbria Program Directors: David Diamond and Adriana Garbagnati
2017 Playwright Retreat Master Artist: Erik Ehn

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Don’t miss readings of new plays by playwrights who honed their craft at the La MaMa Umbria International Playwright Retreats (2017). Meet extraordinary writers from around the world. Each evening, you will hear portions of their plays that are in development.

There will be a 15-minute break between readings to seat each new audience and also a break from 4:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday.


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AND, EVERYONE (A) PART | 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Written by Dana Lam
Directed by Francisco Solorzano
A one-woman monologue on the bitter-sweet, funny-sad turns in a life.

VEDA IN TIME | 7:30 – 8:45 pm
Written by Wendy Schmidt
Directed by Ivette Dumeng
A yoga teacher embarks on a spiritual journey as Pigeon, Fish, & Crow attend her class in the flesh.

BUSTING GHOSTS | 9:00 – 10:00 pm
Written by Peggy Howard Chane
Directed by Nicole Franklin
Two entrepreneurs rocket to fame on the Fortune 500 List once they are killed in a poker game.


6:00 pm - 10:15 pm

(THE PLAY’S) THE THING | 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Written by Michael Landes
Directed by Kristen Keim
An excellent play, well digested in the scenes, set down with as much modesty as cunning.

HIPPOCAMPUS: Seahorse see | 7:15 – 8:30 pm
Written and Directed by Lim Mui
Follow an amnesiac seahorse, Kasey, on a journey towards remembering.

TAR BEACH | 8:45 – 10:15 pm
Written by Tammy Ryan
Directed by Lori Kee
July 1977. Son of Sam is on the loose and two boy-crazy friends hatch a plan to stay out all night.


12:00 pm - 9:15 pm

THE DISSOLVE | 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Written by Tracy Carns
Directed by Shaun Peknic
You’re Jean Seberg, say. A man, Sir, directs you to a jazzy soundtrack. Are you dying, or just breathless?

DOUBLE BILL | 1:30 – 2:10 pm
Written by Lelia TahaBurt
Directed by Susan Tenney
A soundscape of the legacies passed down by an Egyptian-American family.
Written by Erik Champney
Directed by Shaun Peknic
A sexual revolution erupts, and Lance and Edgar fight to save what is left of their broken marriage.

100 AWKWARD WAYS TO BE A PERSON | 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Written by Marianna Staroselsky
Directed by Rory McGregor
A play about the many ways in which it is anxiety-inducing as hell to be a person in the US today.

Written by Barbara Blatner
Directed by Janet Bentley
A surrealistic feminist fairytale about an archetypal Marilyn abandoned in the desert on her birthday.

ALL THE LIGHT IN THE WORLD | 6:45 – 7:30 pm
Written and Directed by Rebecca Rouse
Comfortable houses, rain at night, unexpected pregnancy–a fantasia of unrelenting time. Play ball!

WE’LL MEET AGAIN | 7:45 – 9:15 pm
Written by Glory Kadigan
Directed by Tonya Pinkins
Lost in memories of when he served in Guadalcanal in WW2, Robert faces the regrets of his youth.

La MaMa Umbria International


La MaMa Umbria International provides artists from around the world with residency programs and intensive workshops. For over 25, La MaMa Umbria has fostered cross-cultural and international exchanges and creative collaborations. Hundreds of artists have found Umbria to be a space that is beautiful, spiritually enriching, welcoming, and open to bold artistic experiments.

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