Seedlings Playreadings

Join us for readings of two new plays about American families confronting their very particular legacies across generations, Sundays July 14 & 21, 2019.

Playreadings are FREE ~ enjoy refreshments and share your thoughts with the artists involved in the development of the plays.

Barbara Tarbuck & Christopher W. Jones in “Still Life” by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich (2016)

Sunday, July 14 at 11am
Sadie’s Day by Danielle DeCrette, directed by Elena Campbell-Martínez

All Sadie wants is to end her day with crab cakes, champagne… and a barbiturate chaser. In this comedy about life and death, three women – with the help of an overextended hospice worker – are forced to look at their choices and expectations as mothers and daughters.

With Bridgette Campbell, Aidan Elyse McCollough, Eve Sigall, Peter James Smith & Annette Davis.

Sunday, July 21 at 11am
The Dog Show by Ivan Faute, directed by Laura Stribling

Seen through a dark but often humorous lens, within The Dog Show is a deeply troubled family whose sins can’t be absolved by confession. How high are the stakes in their game of trading secrets for stories? And when piecing together the past, is there any room for the truth?

With Cathy Carlton, Conor Murphy, Xochitl Romero, Time Winters & Laura Wineland.


Danielle DeCrette earned a B.A. from the Gallatin School at NYU where she concentrated in playwriting and women’s studies and where her short story, “Tossing Daisies,” was chosen for the Gallatin Review. As a playwright, Danielle has attended the Kenyon Playwriting Conference and the Southampton Writer’s Conference, where Sadie’s Day received a laboratory reading under mentor William Carden of NY’s Ensemble Studio Theatre; she has studied with playwrights Lucas Hnath and Winter Miller. Danielle’s writing has been featured in periodicals such as Dance Magazine, the Rockefeller Center magazine, and various infertility blogs on the internet. Danielle currently lives in Harlem, New York, with her husband and three kids.

Elena Campbell-Martínez is a bilingual Mexican-American actor-director who works in TV, film and theater in Los Angeles. The daughter of a Mexican writer, she has directed locally for the Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series and LA Female Playwrights Initiative, as well as the NHMC 2019 Latino Scene Showcase. As an actor, she plays Doña Lupe in Vida on Starz. Recent films include Papi Chulo and Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris.

Ivan Faute’s upcoming projects include a reading of Lost Sock Laundry at Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in New York and a production of his one-woman show On Arriving in London. Past theatrical credits include the City Lit Art of Adaptation Festival winner “Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher,” The Darling Children at NY Fringe, and the Capital Fringe movement piece Life, Death, & Everything In-Between. His plays have been produced in New York, London, Houston and Chicago, and his prose appears in over three dozen journals. His prose was named a finalist for the Calvino Prize; his play Elephant: A Comedy, a finalist for the ATHE Award of Excellence in Playwriting. He is based in New York and Virginia, where he teaches at Christopher Newport University.

Laura Stribling is a director and playwright. She has directed more than 75 plays for companies including Chalk Rep, Blank Theatre, Playwrights Union, Theatre of NOTE, Inkwell Theater and The Road Theatre here in LA; favorites include Henry IV, Part One, Hedda Gabbler, Girl Under Grain and Orpheus Descending. Laura’s plays include Imitation of Falling, Primary Language and If I Fell. She holds an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.

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