LAB Regulars Portia, Liza Colon-Zayas, muMs, More Read at Barn Series Festival

News   LAB Regulars Portia, Liza Colon-Zayas, muMs, More Read at Barn Series Festival
Portia, Liza Colon-Zayas, muMs, Chris Messina, Elizabeth Canavan, Yetta Gottesman, Phyllis Sommerville and David Zayas are among the actors taking part in the LAByrinth Theater Company's Barn Series Festival of new works currently playing.

The seventh annual free reading series of new developing works performs at The Public Theater's Shiva Theater through Dec. 20.

The lineup is as follows (all times are 8 PM unless otherwise noted):

  • Becoming Jack by Justin Reinsilber - directed by Elizabeth Canavan (Dec. 2 and 4)
    Chris Chalk, Salvatore Inzerillo, Dina Janis, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Melissa Paladino, Richie Petrocelli, Felix Solis, Ed Vassallo and Aaron Roman Weiner.
  • The Wild Inside by Cusi Cram - directed by Mimi O'Donnell (Dec. 3 and 5)
    Julian Acosta, Carlo Alban, Yetta Gottesman, Salvatore Inzerillo, Florencia Lozano and Paula Pizzi.


  • Penalties & Interest by Rebecca Cohen - directed by Paula Pizzi (Dec. 6 and 9)
    Julian Acosta, Elizabeth Canavan, Yetta Gottesman and Michael Puzzo.
  • Sam's Coming by Kia Corthron - directed by Sarah Sidman (Dec. 7-8)
    Marsha Stephanie Blake, Mariana Carreño, Venida Evans, Russell G. Jones, Angela Lewis, Peter McRobbie, Portia and Phyllis Sommerville.
  • Sweet Storm by Scott Hudson - directed by Padraic Lillis (Dec. 10 and 12)
    Jamie Dunn and Peter Scanavino.
  • Knives & Other Sharp Objects by Raúl Castillo - directed by Felix Solis (Dec. 11 and 13)
    Maggie Bofill, Lydia DeSouza, Sarah Hayon, Nathan LeBronn, Richie Petrocelli, Joselin Reyes, Emilz Rodriguez and Martha Wollner.
  • The Rest of Your Life by Megan Mostyn-Brown - directed by Meredith McDonough (Dec. 14 and 16)
    Chris Chalk, Beth Cole, Alexis Croucher, Ashley Hanna, Felix Solis, Sidney Williams and Portia.
  • The History of Invulnerability by David Bar Katz - directed by John Gould Rubin (Dec. 15 and 19)
    J. Eric Cook, Richie Coster, David Deblinger, Carlee McManus, Chris Messina, Richie Petrocelli, Michael Puzzo, Melissa Ross and Alexa Scott-Flaherty.
  • A View From 151St Street by Bob Glaudini - directed by Peter DuBois (Dec. 17 and 20)
    Gbenga Akkinagbe, Liza Colon-Zayas, Russell G. Jones, Marisa Malone, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Felix Solis, muMs and David Zayas.
  • Untitled - written & directed by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Dec. 18 - 7 and 9 PM)
    No casting announced. Past works featured in the Barn series include Nilo Cruz's Beauty of the Father, Megan Mostyn Brown's The Secret Lives of Losers (Tribeca Theater Festival), Michael Puzzo's The Dirty Talk (New York International Fringe Festival) as well as Stephen Belber's A Small Melodramatic, John Patrick Shanley's Sailor's Song, José Rivera's Massacre (Sing to Your Children) and Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot — the latter four developed into full stagings part of LAB's mainstage.

    The LAB currently enjoys its 15th anniversary season. Next up for the troupe will be Bob Glaudini's Jack Goes Boating (starring Beth Cole, Daphne Rubin-Vega, John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Eric Bogosian's This Is Now! penned with musician-composer Elliott Sharp; as well as developmental productions of Carlo Alban's intríngulis and Andrea Ciannavei's Pretty Chin Up.

    All 2006 LAB Barn readings will perform at the Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street). Required reservations — on a first-come, first-served basis — can be made by calling (212) 513-1012 or emailing For more information, visit

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