Catlin, who has been seen on screen in "White Oleander" and "The Practice," has titled his new work Sea of Terror. The dark comedy concerns a couple who has invited friends for a quick drink. According to production notes, "All must go well with this social occasion, for if the host disappoints, they will drown in a 'sea of terror.'" The reading's cast will also feature Paul Schulze and Amy Scribner; Craig Carlisle will direct. In addition to The Sisters Rosensweig, Julie Dretzin has been seen onstage in Joe Fearless at the Atlantic Theater Company. Her screen credits include "Six Feet Under," "ER" and "Bamboozled."
Actor/playwright Sam Catlin has also written the screenplay "The Great New Wonderful" and "This Might Hurt"; the latter was performed at the HBO Workspace in Los Angeles and PSNBC in New York.
Readings of the new play will be held on Jan. 6 and 7, 2004, at 8 PM. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call (212) 977-1700. The Ars Nova Theater is located in Manhattan at 511 West 54th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.