Toni Press-Coffman's Touch Gets Reading at NY's SDCF, Aug. 24

News   Toni Press-Coffman's Touch Gets Reading at NY's SDCF, Aug. 24
 
Next up in the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation's ongoing play-reading series, Aug. 24, will be a reading of Toni Press-Coffman's Touch. Jackie Berger directs this tale of a man getting over the murder of his wife. Other plays by Press-Coffman include Stand, which was developed at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference in 1995.

Next up in the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation's ongoing play-reading series, Aug. 24, will be a reading of Toni Press-Coffman's Touch. Jackie Berger directs this tale of a man getting over the murder of his wife. Other plays by Press-Coffman include Stand, which was developed at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference in 1995.

Upcoming staged readings at NY-based SDCF include:

Richard Warren's The Robert Hornblower Story, about the seamy homelife of a highly respected TV journalist. (Sept. 14).

Kim Merrill's Criminal Acts, directed by Jackie Berger. The drama concerns three privileged high school seniors who mug their writing teacher as revenge for a bad grade. (Sept. 28)

Mason Howington's Horror Show, directed by Blake Lawrence. The hostage drama tells of a young, conservative black woman abducted by the son of a KKK leader. (Oct. 12) Glen Berger's The Wooden Breeks, directed by Dan Fields. (Oct. 26)

Eye of the Beholder, written and directed by Henry Fonte, tells the based-on-truth story of a happily married man who takes what he considers innocent photographs of his six-year-old daughter -- only to be branded a child molester. (Nov. 23)

Lisa Hubertson's Sky Fossils directed by Melanie Southerland, in which the mother of a severely deformed child argues with the doctors and insurance agents whose mistakes kept her from being a êet an abortion. (Dec. 14)

For information and reservations (free) to any of these readings at the CAP 21 space, 18 West 18 St., 6th floor, call (212) 302-5359.

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In other SDCF news, the organization will start up its career seminars, Sept. 9, with playwright Craig Lucas interviewing director Michael Mayer (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Side Man).

Sept. 12, Kathleen Marshall, artistic director of City Center's Encores! Series, leads a musical staging workshop.

Sept. 16 brings a seminar with representatives from the William Morris, Joyce Ketay and Helen Merrill agencies.

Sept. 22 will bring a roundtable on the relationshipos between managers, directors, choreographers and producers.

Oct. 3 begins a six-week movement workshop with choreographer Susan Tenney.

Other fall SDCF offerings include an evening on "the making of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, an evening with Moises Kaufman (Gross Indecency), and a director/dramatist exchange.

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The Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation was formed as a branch of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers but is now a separate, though connected, organization with its own board of directors. The organization was formed to foster, promote and develop "the craft and creativity of directors and choreographers."

-- By David Lefkowitz

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