As Off-Broadway's Primary Stages gears up for its final show of the season -- Daisy Foote's When They Speak Of Rita -- the company also casts an eye towards future seasons with a two-week reading series titled "First Run." Among the playwrights represented with new works are Daniel Goldfarb and Jessica Goldberg, with directors to include David Warren, Cliff Goodwin, Dion Graham, Seth Gordon and Julie Boyd.
Formed in 1996, the New American Writers Group gives playwrights six weeks to meet and revise their new plays in this workshop series. As director Gordon said in a statement, "It allows us to use our experience to serve emerging playwrights, while also keeping in touch with the voices of the upcoming generation of artists."
Concluding the series, April 22-23, is Trashed by Jessica Goldberg (The Hologram Theory), directed by Seth Gordon, with Jen McGuire, Hamish Linklater, Chris Messina, Heather Goldenhirsh, Reed Birney and Julie Boyd.
The series began April 10 with Goldfarb’s Dulce de Leche and continued April 13-14 with January, directed by Cliff Goodwin, Los Angeles, April 15-16, by Julian Sheppard, Trust, April 17-18 by Janet Reed Ahearn, and Rhythm, I Was Sayin’, April 20-21, by Bruce Faulk.
Tickets to the First Run series are free, no reservations necessary. For information call (212) 333-4052. -- By David Lefkowitz