The Mark Taper Forum's annual New Works Festival returns for its 15th year with developing plays from Jon Robin Baitz, Chay Yew, Kia Corthron, Jessica Goldberg and Annie Weisman among others. The readings will be held Oct. 10-27 at the Ivy Substation.
Corthron, the author of Seeking the Genesis and Breath, Boom, continues to work on a new piece, now titled Mirror Merge at the Slippery Slope (in 2001, it was Slide Glide — Slippery SlopeTen Unknowns, will have his Chinese Friends, directed by Michael Morris, read Oct. 27. Malaya, a new play by Yew (Red), performs Oct. 18 with Robert Egan at the helm.
Also planned for the festival:
The Gibson Girl by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Diane Rodriguez, Oct. 11
Sex Parasite by Goldberg, directed by Yew, Oct. 12
Mayhem by Kelly Stuart, directed by Egan, Oct. 13
A Totally Meaningful Ritual by Weisman, directed by Loretta Greco, Oct. 19
The Return of the Brain that Wouldn't Die by Ann Stocking, directed by Larry Moss, Oct. 20
4 Days in Red Gulch by Alice Tuan, directed by Diane Paulus, Oct. 23
Catwalk Confidential: Memoirs of a Model by Robyn Peterson, directed by Tony Abatemarco, Oct. 24
Pyretown by John Belluso, directed by Kate Whoriskey, Oct. 25
Solve for X by Judy Soo Hoo, directed by Nancy Keystone, Oct. 26
Arrangements by Ken Weitzman, directed by Mark Rucker, Oct. 27
Tickets are $5. The Ivy Substation is located at 9070 Venice Boulevard in Culver City. For futher information, call (213) 628-2772. — By Christine Ehren