Nellie Bly Musical Will Sing in MTC Reading Series; Schreck, Mensch, Baker and More Get Voice
By Kenneth Jones
Manhattan Theatre Club announced six new plays and one musical to be presented in its Ernst C. Stiefel "7@7" Reading Series May 3-June 21.
The new slate — featuring Stunt Girl, a new musical about the intrepid New York City reporter Nellie Bly — kicks off May 3 at 7 PM and will be held on select Mondays through June 21 at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).
Several plays developed at 7@7 have gone on to full productions at MTC, including David Auburn's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof, Joe Hortua's Between Us and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Based on a Totally True Story. Other works have had regional exposure.
All readings are free and open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are encouraged. To RSVP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 399-3000 ext. 4163.
The spring 2010 7@7 series includes:
Levenson is a graduate of Brown University and the 2010 Artist-in-Residence at Ars Nova. He is currently working on commissions for the Roundabout, Lincoln Center, and Ars Nova.
Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation was voted one of the top ten plays of 2009 by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Time Out New York. She is a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominee and is working on commissions for Center Theatre Group and Playwrights Horizons.
Watson was one of the writers for the Old Vic Theatre's 24 Hour Plays in 2006 and is currently under commission to the Birmingham Rep and Royal Court Theatre.
Schreck's Creature was recently produced by New Georges and Page 73. Her other plays have been produced or developed by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Soho Rep, The Vineyard Theatre, New Georges and The Foundry.
Kellogg has two Tony nominations for book and lyrics to a musical of Anna Karenina (composer Dan Levine). With composer David Friedman, he created Chasing Nicolette, produced at Westport Playhouse, Prince Music Theatre and Village Theatre; Desperate Measures (NYMF Award, Best Book); and Lincoln in Love.
Trieschmann's work has been produced Off-Broadway at the Women's Project, London's Bush Theatre, Florida Stage, the Summer Play Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival.
Mensch's play Margie & Josephine will be produced at Ars Nova in September. Her other plays include All Hail Hurricane Gordo (Humana Festival, Cleveland Play House), and Len, Asleep in Vinyl (2nd Stage/Uptown Series). She is currently a staff writer on Showtime's "Weeds."
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