Epic Theatre's Free Reading Series Launches May 28 with Mahida's Extra Key To Heaven

News   Epic Theatre's Free Reading Series Launches May 28 with Mahida's Extra Key To Heaven Five new plays and two new musicals comprise Epic Theatre Ensemble's fifth annual Sunshine Series 2009, which nurtures political works.
Michele Pawk
Michele Pawk

The free staged readings begin May 28 at the East 13th Street Theatre, where Epic is currently presenting Vern Thiessen's A More Perfect Union. The premiere offering, at 7 PM, is Russell Davis' Mahida's Extra Key To Heaven. Directed by Will Pomerantz, the cast features Amir Arison, Roxanna Hope, Michele Pawk and James Wallert.

The remainder of the Sunshine Series offerings follow:

In the Crossing
June 4 at 3 PM
By Leila Buck
Directed by Shana Gold
Cast: Leila Buck

A Night in Seville
June 8 at 7 PM; June 9 at 2 PM
A rock-us adaptation of Pierre Corneille's "The Cid"
Book, music and lyrics by James Wallert
Directed by Ron Russell
Musical direction by Brian J. Nash
Cast: Shawn Elliott, Suzanne Grodner, Chris Hoch, Rachael Holmes, Jacob Ming-Trent

Hell & High Water
June 10 at 7 PM
By Yvette Sirker
Directed by Daniella Topol
Cast: Todd D'Amour, Danyon Davis, Harriett D. Foy, Yvette Ganier, Jordan Mahomes, Nat McIntyre, Vernice Miller, Kate Pazakis, Sarah Simmons

Home Front
June 11 at 7 PM
By Warren Leight
Directed by Evan Yionoulis
Dramaturgy by Len Berkman
Cast: Billy Eugene Jones, Keith Nobbs, Halley Pfeiffer

East of Berlin
June 14 at 3 PM
By Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Sara Botsford
Cast to be announced

This Side Of Paradise
June 15 at 7 PM; June 16 at 2 PM
Book by Nancy Harrow & Will Pomerantz
Music and lyrics by Nancy Harrow
Directed by Will Pomerantz
Musical direction by Russ Kassoff
Cast: Stephen Bel Davies, Abe Goldfarb, Michael Sean Lewis, Garret Long, Maureen Mueller, Jenny Powers

The East 13th Street Theatre is located in Manhattan at 136 East 13th Street, between 3rd & 4th Avenues. All readings are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made via email at EpicTheatreCtr@aol.com or by calling (212) 239-1770.