Each month, we invite writers, actors and directors to our home to socialize, drink wine, read scripts and brain storm next projects.
For the company, it's a pressure-free way to connect with other artists, foster creativity and plan future programming.
For writers wishing to bring new work or works in progress, it's an opportunity to hear their pages aloud in a relaxed environment.
For actors and directors, it's a chance to meet fellow creatives and discuss possible collaborations.
We hope you'll join us.
Here's a little bit about the writers we featured in November. We are busy planning our January series, so stay tuned for details!
About Philip D'Gracie
Philip D’Gracie is an actor and native New Yorker. Credits include: Waiting For Lefty, Italian American Reconciliation and the award winning independent feature Real With Me, directed by Carl Ford. Philip has also worked behind the camera, assisting on the critically acclaimed documentary, Beneath The Olive Tree, narrated by Olympia Dukakis. While continuing his acting studies at Atlantic Acting School and Upright Citizens Brigade, Philip began to write Stepping Into Greatness, a feature length script about his life growing up in Brooklyn. Stepping Into Greatness is a poignant reminder the special bond Philip shared with his father, whom he lost in December 2017.
About Jacqueline O'Kelly
Jacqueline O'Kelly is a theater and film actress living and working in New York City. She received her acting training from the Beverly Hills Playhouse under the direction of Robert Zimmerman and Peter Allas in San Francisco, and currently at the New York branch with Neal Matarazzo. NY credits include: Talent is Sexy (Players Theatre) and The House of Blue Leaves (as Bunny). While living in San Francisco, she frequently performed with the Firescape Theatre, in the roles of Brenda in Four Dogs and a Bone, Maggie in Reunion Special, Tammy in The Last Barbecue, and Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest. Jacqueline has also starred in several feature films, most recently as a sorority queen in Guys at Parties Like It. Jacqueline is also the founder of Golden Girl Granola, a thriving family business based in Massachusetts.
About Phoebe Garcia Pearl
Phoebe is an LA native. She attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and then moved cross country to attend The Boston Conservatory on scholarship, majoring in dance. She became a Radio City Rockette at the age of 19 and danced for the company for 7 seasons. She also performed across the country in the national tour of Dirty Dancing as the dance captain and understudy for the leads. In the last couple of years, she has redirected her career to focus on TV and Film. This past year she booked a recurring character on HBO's The Deuce and finished production on Stage V, a film she wrote, directed and starred in, and is now playing the film festival circuit. Most recently, she appeared in New York City Center’s production of Evita.
Past lineups include:
•Stepping Into Greatness by Philip D'Gracie (full length screenplay)
•Preserve by Phoebe Garcia Pearl (micro-short)
•The Sock Game by Jacqueline O'Kelly (one act)
•Your Hearts Desire by Rich Orloff (full length play)
•Pumpkin Spice Latte Anonymous by Desi Waters (short screenplay)
•Love Quest by Steve McGraw (full length play)
•Smashing The Urn by Andy Cooper Leary (one act)
•The Critique by Jack Landon (micro short)
•We are Not Unspectacular Things by Bixby Elliot (www.bixbyelliot.com) (full length play)
•Aquamarine by Bixby Elliot (short screenplay adapted from a play)
•Varsity Lock In by Aaron Murtagh (short screenplay)
•The Night Before by Sean Hoagland (micro short)
•Eternal by Sean Hoagland (micro short)
•The Proteus Factor by Brian Trent (www.briantrent.com) (feature length screenplay)
•2020: A Fantasy by Raven Petretti (full length play)
•A Very Irish Killing by Derek Murphy (full length play)
•The Love Parts by Derek Murphy (web series)
•Good Job by Lowell Byers (https://www.lowellbyers.net) (short screenplay /possible pilot for web series)
•The Magic Number by Risa Mickenberg (www.risamickenberg.com) (feature screenplay)
•An Ending by Traci Parks (full length play)
We take a very short script (2-4 pages max) and shoot it on a zero budget. Similar to our monthly reading series, it is an opportunity for talented creatives to come together, pool their talents and create exciting new work.
Two criminals sit down to hear the review of their most recent bank heist.
Written by: Jack Landon
Directed by: Jack Landon
Starring: Neal Matarazzo, Regina Gibson & Rafael Pacheco
Three rebels prepare to commit
a horrific act to incite a second American civil war.
Written by: Sean Hoagland
Directed by: Phoebe Garcia Pearl
Starring: Hannah Beck, Blake Merriman & Sean Hoagland
Danny and The Deep Blue Sea
Off-Broadway, The Davenport Theatre
Directed by Helen Hayes nominated Peter Allas
Starring Hannah Beck and Jonathan Crimeni
Private Industry Reading
Featuring: Laura Esterman, Austin Pendleton, Robert LuPone, Hannah Beck, Sean Patrick Folster, and JJ Pyle
AN ENDING by Traci Parks
An Ending is a darkly comic, female-driven story about complicated family dynamics. Vera Gold, an elderly psychoanalyst, is not well. As she fights for her life, her agoraphobic husband (Sid) prepares for her death; her troubled middle-aged son (Kenny) angles to move back home; and her daughter (Nina), a single mother, struggles to stay financially afloat while navigating the family she’s worked hard to leave behind. Set in the suburbs of New York during the last months of a long, difficult marriage, An Ending explores the ties that both bind and fracture a family in crisis.