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Sunday, August 23

The Storm Trilogy
by Jason Maghanoy


2:30pm K (or the girl with the plastic rose)

In K, a 12-year-old wakes up in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina and tries to escape to find her family. Once she comes to terms with her family’s fate, she realizes that the refugees in the Superdome are now her new family and she must save them.

Directed by Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.

Featuring:
Donna Acquavella, Phoebe Brown, Helen Clark, Delly Fears, Jeffrey Guyton*,
Donovan Lockett, Nilka Joaqin-Santali, Alexander Thomas*, and Eric Worthington


5:00pm Throat

A team contracted to clean up a government-sanctioned trailer park for the storm-displaced begins to fall apart amid drug addiction, loss, greed…and several vicious dogs.

Directed by Sam Buggeln

Featuring:
Rudy Gerson, Elizabeth Mozer*, Jelani Pitcher, Eric Schaum, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.*, and Sylvie Yntema


7:30pm  Heart

A young woman returns to New Orleans and discovers her home has been destroyed by the Hurricane. As she pines for the return of her absent brother, she watches as people help each other clean their houses and restore their lives. What can come out of the wreckage?

Directed by Ross Haarstad

Featuring:
Sherron Brown, Ralph Lawrence Jr., Jelani Pitcher, Alexander Thomas*, and Irving Torres


 Tuesday, August 25

When the Sky Falls
by Yvette Jamuna Sirker

7:00pm

Based on Ms. Sirker’s personal experience surviving Hurricane Katrina, When the Sky Falls follows a small neighborhood through the innocent days just before Katrina and the harrowing time after the sky fell. It is a story of surviving epic loss and our collective need for stories in doing so.

Directed by Dean Robinson

Featuring:

Holly Adams, Marissa Biondello, Sherron Brown, Clayton Dubin,
Fiorella Fernandez, Effie Johnson*, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.*, and Jacob White*

* Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association


 All readings take place at Cinemapolis120 East Green St, Ithaca NY 14850

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS

Jason Maghanoy

Jason Maghanoy - head shotJason Maghanoy is a professional playwright represented by Great North Artists. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, was a member of the Banff Playwrights Colony, and was a finalist for the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Fellowship at Juilliard in 2011. He has been a member of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, a Finalist for the Urjo Kareda Residency Grant, a Finalist for the Soulpepper Academy, Playwright-In-Residence at Cahoots Theatre Company, Playwright-In-Residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, and is the current Playwright-In-Residence at Young People’s Theatre. Jason has received grants for his work from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts, and his plays have been presented and produced in Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, New York City and Japan. Since graduating from the National Theatre School his work has been featured as part of the Montreal Fringe Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, Wildside Theatre Festival, Next Stage Theatre Festival, and SummerWorks Performance Festival. His play Throat received second place in the Uprising National Playwriting Competition; his play Hangman won the 2011 Write-On-Q Playwriting Competition in Quebec; and Heart won the 2013 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest in New York City. Jason’s plays Gas and Dust were published by Scirocco Drama, and his play The Corner was published in The Canadian Theatre Review.

Yvette "Jamuna" Sirker

Y. Jamuna Sirker playwright (2) (1)Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker, MFA ~~ A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Sirker is a playwright, director, producer, choreographer and teaching artist.  Her plays have been presented Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, in regional theaters, colleges and universities across the USA including:  Berkshire Theatre Group, Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, Epic Theater Center Sunshine Series, MultiStages Theater, The Drilling Company, Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, WAM Theater, Whitney Center for the Arts, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Proctor’s Theater,  Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Enchanted Circle Theater,  Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Zhoux Zhoux Theatre, Town Players of Pittsfield, Stanford University, Berkshire Community College, Dillard University, Delgado Community College and Russell Sage College.   Plays include: When the Sky Falls, (working title:  Hell and High Water), Pink Collar Crime, And Momma Said, Speakeasy and Troubled Waters.  One-acts: Crossing the Line, Ardhi’s Revenge, Mr. Madoff Meets the Crawfish Queen and Hypatia’s Last Supper.   Awards include:  Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting, winner MultiStages Theatre’s New Works Contest, finalist Lark Play Development Center’s Playwright’s Week 2012, three National Endowment for the Arts Play Development Grants, and three Arts Council of New Orleans development grants.  Artist Residencies include: Santa Fe Arts Institute, A Studio in the Woods, Montalvo Arts Center, Dillard University, Womyn Weaving Worlds Bi-Lingual Collective, Enchanted Circle Theater.  Professional memberships: Dramatist Guild of America, Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Berkshire Film and Media Commission, Massachusetts Teacher’s Association, Community College Council.   Ms. Sirker serves as Adjunct Professor of Communications and Theater for Berkshire Community College, as Writing and Media Specialist for Pittsfield (MA) Public Schools and as Teaching Artist for Enchanted Circle Theater.  She is the founding Director of Education for R.O.P.E. World.   Ms. Sirker holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University, an M.F.A. in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program and an Honors in Dance degree from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

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