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Step 3 of The PG Evolution: First Reads Festival

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

First Reads Festival #4 November 11, 2017

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Sex, lies, blackmail, and loss bleed together in this gripping political tragedy where one teen's struggle with purpose and identity serves as both a currency and a curse.

Featuring: Brad Makarowski, David Michael Kirby, John Racioppo, Karina Richardson, Kirsten Hopkins, Manning Jordan, Starr Kirkland, Ysabel Jasa



Girl meets boy. Girl loses boy. Girl and boy find a hot body. Love, death, and Hellcats collide in this dark romantic comedy set in a magical New York City.

Featuring: Charlie Wilson, Diana Cherkas, Marie Elena' O'Brien, Mike Lesser

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In a quintessential south Texas border town, sibling rivalry, past indiscretions and devastating loss ignite in high caliber drama, between the new owner of the family gun shop, and the ones that stayed behind.

Featuring: Andrew Griffin, Bryn Packard, Jacqui Rêgo, Jessica Vera, Julia Botero, Maria Peyramaure

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Passion! Deception! MURDER? In the sleepy hamlet of Noble Bay, California circa 1960, divorcee Lanie Fairchild lives, loves...and endures! This is TOMORROW WE LOVE, a gender-bending melodramatic homage to the classic romantic films of the mid-century!

Featuring: Cait Cortelyou, Chase Naylor, Jimmy Moon, Kyle Minshew, Nick Matthews, Spencer Aste, Stacey Raymond

First Reads Festival #3 , July 8, 2017


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


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


Let There Be Love by Mrinalini Kamath

Featuring: Cait Johnston, David A. Gill, Debargo Sanyal, Joy Jacobs, Paul Peglar, Yvette King


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

First Reads Festival #2  March 7, 2017


Boxthorn by Jim Cairl

Would you...  Would you do it over...Would you do it over if... Would you do it over if you had the chance to do it over?

Featuring: Alex Castro, Bryn Packard, Marie Elena’ O’Brien, Paul Pakler


Guru by Jessica Luck

If Meg spends 8 weeks with Kendra, and Kendra is 20 points from passing, how many Youtube videos will Lindsee have to post in order to lose 3 pounds? The formulas that you may need to answer some questions are found at the end of the examination. 

Featuring: Ashley Jackson, Cait Johnston, Christine Redhead, Cotton Wright

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Why Us? by Brad Makarowski

It may not be the first time someone fell in love, but it may be the first time Frank and Izzy fell in love.  And god only knows if the things that pop into their lives are a miracle, dumb luck or something they may forget.

Featuring: Alexandra Bonesho, David Michael Kirby, Don Castro, John Raccioppo, John Robert Tillotson, Sharlene Hartman 


Members of the Choir by Evan Edwards

You're invited to a surprise party! Where: Tyler's apartment When: New Year's Eve Dress Code: A thick skin and a sense of humor  No need for gifts. That's been taken care of...

Featuring: Andrew Glaszek, Anthony Aloise, Brian Childers, Charlie Wilson,  David A. Gill,  Hakim Canter McMillian, Jayson Kerr, Jonas Cohen, Nick Ortiz, Roy Flores

First Reads Festival #1 November 5, 2016



An American mother desperate to connect with her son meets a Chinese gamer struggling to vanquish her demons. It's only a video game. But who is playing?

Featured Actors:  Bryn Packard, Christopher Buchanan, Fenton Li, Jackson Perrin, John Roque, Nancy Nagrant, Nina Covelesky, Siho Elsmore,Tim Torre, Ysabel Jasa



Amy, who's this nice lady, hires this actor guy, Matt, to give her lessons to help her talk good at her daughter's fancy wedding. And it's funny and sad and yinz'll cry like whenever the Steelers finally got one for the thumb.     So, yeah, see it, n'at.

Featured Actors: Diane Quinn, Paul Pakler, Marie Elena' O'Brien, Thea Brooks



IRREGULARS by David A. Gill

ir·reg·u·lar: 1.  not even or balanced in shape or arrangement.*
 (*see also the Horne-Piccolo  Family of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn)

Featured Actors: Evan Edwards, Joan Wool Rubinstein, Joe Ford, Hakim McMillan, Kim Reinle, Marie Elena' O'Brien, Todd Butera



HOME TO THE SEA by Jonathan Calindas

Mark is teaching a computer to think. Margaret is living with dementia. Ellie is just trying to make sense of it all.  A meditation. 

Featured Actors: Alex Castro, David Michael Kirby, David Meyers, John Racioppo, Rhonda Dodd, Roy Flores, Tamara Torres



Ann is a survivor. But will the transplanted cells that saved her ultimately destroy her second chance at life? 

Featured Actors: Ashley "Ajax" Jackson, Heidi Armbruster, Jeaniene Green, Sue Berch