Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights
hosts free playreadings with
entertainment and farm-to-table refreshments.
Sunday, August 25 at 11 am
Three E’S by Jason
directed by Sara Wagner. The Dunn family struggles to
come to terms with middle son Emmett’s injuries after he is
wounded in Iraq. The war comes home in this touching, often
humorous. portrait of perseverance in the face of tragedy.
Sunday, September 1 at 11 am
Ansel Intimacy by
Vincent Delaney, directed by Caitlin Hart. In a possible future, Tate receives
Ansel, a factory-made being with a set of spare organs and
parts, for his sixteenth birthday. We follow their developing
relationship over a lifetime of love and loss.
Topanga Canyon Certified Farmers' Market, both
playreadings feature live entertainment by Seedlings guest
artists: musician and environmental advocate Skylar Funk,
visual artist Zach Brown and videographer Allen
are in the intimate, outdoor S. Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion.
Free; $10 suggested donation.
(310) 455-3723 or
www.theatricum.com. (Donations made in advance reserve
seating and receive program thanks as well as other perks!)
$5 in lot; free
parking on Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
Theatricum Botanicum's Development Series for Playwrights,
enters its 11th year with two new playreadings and
entertainment that will give audiences a taste of the "fresh
face" of Theatricum. This year, two outstanding new works were
selected: Jason Aaron
Goldberg’s The Three E’s will be read on
Sunday, August 25 and
Vincent Delaney’s The Ansel Intimacy on
Sunday, September 1. Playreadings and entertainment begin at 11 am, with farm-fresh goodies from
Topanga Canyon Certified Farmers' Market. Admission is
free; $10 suggested donation.
the playreadings, audiences will enjoy the work of musician and
environmental advocate from
Skylar Funk and
experience the excitement of speed-painting by
Zach Brown. For the
first time, the program also welcomes videographer Allen
playreadings begins August 25 with
Jason Aaron Goldberg's
Three E’s, directed by
Sara Wagner (Moving Arts, EST/LA and Last Frontier Theatre
Conference). The Three
E’s is a story of collateral damage.
The Dunn family learns that their middle son, Emmett, has
sustained gruesome injuries working as a military mechanic in
Iraq. Through drugs, denial and
not-infrequent bouts of laughter, we follow the family as they
struggle to accept that Emmett has become a living casualty of
war. Jason Aaron
Goldberg is a theater and film artist and president of
Original Works Publishing. His play
The Confessions of Deacon
Jim got its start at Seedlings and has gone on to
development at the Pasadena Playhouse, 2012 Great Plains Theatre
Conference and Wordsmyth Theatre in Houston in October, 2013. In September, 2012
Jason directed the inaugural production at the new Art Square
Theatre in downtown Las Vegas, Johnna Adams’
Nurture, which went on
to be named “Best of the Year” by the Las Vegas Weekly.
September 1 is
The Ansel Intimacy,
directed by Caitlin Hart (Producing Co-Artistic Director of The Vagrancy).
The Ansel Intimacy takes place in a future where beings
called “sharers” can be purchased as an assemblage of spare
parts—hearts, spinal cords, the works—for their human owners.
Tate receives his sharer, Ansel, as a present for his sixteenth
birthday and the play charts their developing bond over the
course of seventy-five years. More than a work of science
fiction, the play is an exploration of trust, dependency and the
nature of love. Vincent
Delaney is a Core Alumnus of the
Center and a proud member
of the Seattle Rep Writers Group. His plays have been produced,
commissioned and developed at theaters including the Guthrie,
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival,
Florida Stage, InterAct, the Magic, PlayLabs, Woolly Mammoth,
Pittsburgh Public, the Lark, ACT Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare
guest artist Skylar Funk
is a musician who moved from Seattle
to Los Angeles
to attend Pomona College in 2006, where he studied
He is currently touring with his band Trapdoor Social to
promote an awareness campaign around solar and other renewable
Zach Brown is a
professional artist and illustrator, who also teaches to
students of all ages.
Though his work was featured in galleries and studios
across Ft. Worth
Texas, in 2009 he moved to
Pasadena, where he has continued to work
as a freelance artist and to pursue acting.
studied film at
State, Northridge and has
worked on various projects since graduating in 2011.
He has recently produced a series of promotional videos
for Chez Melange Restaurant in Redondo Beach, CA.
Allen was an acting intern at Theatricum Botanicum last
year and participated in the Seedlings Spring Playreadings.
Seedlings was created by Theatricum playwright-in-residence
Jennie Webb in 2002,
and has established itself as a vital resource for writers
across the country. Run by Jennie Webb along with Seedlings
Producer John Maidman,
the series has been instrumental in the development of over 100
new plays, at least 25 of which have gone on to be published,
win awards and receive major productions. In addition to its
public playreadings, Seedlings recently added new programs for
Botanicum Seedlings Playreadings take place
Sundays at 11 am on August 25
and September 1 in
Theatricum's intimate S. Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion.
Admission to the playreadings is
free and open to the
public; $10 suggested donation.
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
is located at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
in Topanga, midway
between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley.
For further information, the public should call
(310) 455-3723 or visit
www.theatricum.com. The theater is outdoors; in case of
inclement weather, please call for alternate performance times.
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