The First Reads Festival is a marathon of readings of full plays written by our playwrights and selected to be a part of The PG Evolution a development process. Scenes from these plays have been featured throughout the Volumes. Prior to this table read all the plays were a part of Required Reading and now we are presenting them to be heard for the first time in full.
Actors from our casting pool have been cast and will sit around a table and read the plays for the benefit of the playwright. The audience will be invited to observe this process and be an active participant by filling out The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionnaire to help the playwright continue to develop their work
1:00 pm The Rule Book Can't Apply by Christopher Buchanan
Fouls are committed … nefarious boys, teen angst and personal drama threaten to unravel the fabric of this closely knit group of young women. Will they rebound for the win or foul out for good?
Featuring: Aja Singletary, Alexandra Bonesho, Josette Murray, Manning Jordan, Marie Elena’ O’Brien, Mischa Goodman, Peyton Edwards
3:00 pm The Giant Hoax- a family musical by Kit Goldstein Grant
Step right up and see the story of Emily, a young scallywag who lands in 1869 and enters a world of imagination, filled with such dubious characters as P. T. Barnum, a shady showman named "Stub," and a petrified prehistoric giant - wearing a top hat.
Featuring: Andrew Glaszek, Anthony Aloise, Claire Shiell, Jackson Perrin, Jayson Kerr, John Prestianni, Karen Elliot, Kirsten Hopkins, Kyle Minshew, Nick Locilento, Priyanka Krisnan
5:00 pm Let There Be Love by Mrinalini Kamath
Featuring: Cait Johnston, David A. Gill, Debargo Sanyal, Joy Jacobs, Paul Peglar, Yvette King
8:00 pm The Walk Up by Emily Comisar
Sometimes you choose the family you choose and sometimes they choose a family for you. Sometimes when there's nothing left to lose, a sledgehammer will be what gets you through.
Featuring: Alex Castro, Brad Makarowski, Carla Briscoe, Catherine Overfelt, Graceann Dorse, Jeanette Bonner, Maya Rosewood, Shane Salk, Todd Butera