Natalie Venetia Belcon, Joe Cassidy, Jenn Colella, Tyler Jones, Marissa O’Donnell Are Part of Aug. 19 Free Reading of First Love

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19 Aug 2013

Jenn Colella
Jenn Colella

A free reading of Alex Rubin’s First Love, the last of three plays Aaron Grant Theatrical is presenting this summer as part of a new developmental reading series, is offered Aug. 19.

Co-produced with Big Vision Empty Wallet, the reading is being held in midtown Manhattan at 4 PM.

Andy Sandberg directs a cast that includes Natalie Venetia Belcon, Joe Cassidy, Jenn Colella, Tyler Jones, Marissa O’Donnell, Connie Ray and Bill Youmans.

First Love, according to press notes, "follows the love story of Dan and Mandy, high school sweethearts who are still deeply in love after thirty years. But the seed of their romance just may be their undoing, and the secrets they keep could bring the entire nation to their doorstep."

“We’re so excited to be presenting Alex Rubin’s First Love as part of Big Vision Empty Wallet’s 2013 Playwriting Fellowship,” said Dani Faith Leonard, owner of Big Vision Empty Wallet, in an earlier statement. “Alex is a fantastic, hardworking playwright and truly represents the spirit of our company.”

This reading is open to the public. RSVP by e-mailing Due to limited capacity, there will be no admittance without written confirmation.


Cast entirely by Daryl Eisenberg Casting, the series is meant to "foster new works by matching directors and casts with new plays at different stages of the development process."

“The approach to each show is different,” said Grant, who opened Aaron Grant Theatrical, Inc. in January. “I want this to be an annual series, a new play incubator, where artists can hear their work out loud and discover what works and what doesn’t work. You can only develop a show in a vacuum for so long.”