Summer Playreadings

2016 Still Life with Barbara Tarbuck and Tanya Verafield

This summer, we’re adding an exciting layer to Theatricum’s “Rise Up” repertory season with free readings of two new plays that explore how choices compelled by extraordinary circumstances can lead us into unknown territory.

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 11 am
    Stop-Motion by Liz Kerin
    Directed by Gloria Iseli – Terra Dray, Dramaturg
After a decade of living in her childhood home caring for her disabled mother, a reclusive animator is forced to look at the fractured pieces of her youth – and the risks of moving forward in life – in the aftermath of a tragic accident.

With Caroline Bloom, Maya Brattkus, Corryn Cummins, D.J. Harner, Jordan Klomp, Christopher Wallinger & Natalie Beisner

It’s 1972 and a young Peace Corps volunteer in Iran finds himself caught up in a cultural whirlwind of danger and forbidden passion. But upon returning to America, he becomes lost between two very different worlds.

With Vaneh Assadourian, Daniel Dorr, Jordana Lilly, Reza Sixo Safai, James Simenc & Nima Jafari

 Playreadings are FREE – Join us for refreshments, meet the artists and become part of the new play process!

Made possible by a generous grant from the Dramatists Guild Fund



Liz Kerin is a graduate of the Dramatic Writing Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has a background in film and TV as well as theater. This past year, Liz was featured on the Tracking Board’s Young and Hungry List as one of the top up-and-coming screenwriters in Hollywood, and her feature screenplay Pyongyang Home Video made the 2016 Hit List. Her plays have been featured at the NY Fringe Festival, the Producer’s Club and 440 Studios in New York; at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Regional Finalist); and with the Athena Cats in Los Angeles.

Gloria Iseli is a writer/director working in LA. Current directing projects include the indie feature The Headless and Red Rhino, a scripted Podcast.

Terra Dray is a LA-based dramaturg, writer and actor. She recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in dramaturgy and acting.

Joanna Garner is a playwright based in Austin, by way of Seattle. Her work has been developed nationally and internationally, including at the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, On the Boards, Kitchen Dog Theater, Great Plains Theatre Conference and with the Rude Mechs, and has been presented at the New York and Hollywood Fringe Festivals. Joanna is also an accomplished musician; her country musical, 100 Heartbreaks, was workshopped in Seattle Rep’s New Play Program and presented at Bumbershoot arts festival. The Orange Garden was a winner of the 2016 Keene Prize for Literature and included on the 2016 Kilroys List.

Rachel Berney Needleman has worked with LA area companies including Antaeus, South Coast Repertory, Skylight Theatre and the Blank Theatre Living Room Series.

Jennie Webb is an independent LA playwright and dramaturg who created and continues to run Seedlings, and also co-founded LA Female Playwrights Initiative.

photos by Kevin Hudnell
photos by Kevin Hudnell