Holding Up the World
1:30pm @ Herb Garden (176 E 111th St)
Nora Sørena Casey (playwright) Nora’s plays include Take the Car (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Brooklyn College), The Nature Room (Columbia New Plays Festival), Resistance Training (Women-In-Theatre Festival), Waiting (Columbia Stages), Dreams of Malinche (Everyday Inferno), and Not Afraid (PowerOut). Her play False Stars premiered at the Corkscrew Festival in a “fast-paced, heartfelt and precise” (Stagebuddy) production that was “packed with young talent” (New York Times). A frequent collaborator with The Motor Company, Nora’s site-specific works include Derek and the Sheep, Intimate Bar Plays, and Absolutely Somewhere.
Gineiris Garcia (director) is a New York-based freelance director. Recently, she has assisted directors Jackson Gay on Transfers by Lucy Thurber at MCC Theater and Awoye Timpo on The Homecoming Queen by Ngozi Anyanwu at Atlantic Theater Company. She has participated in MCC’s FreshPlay Festival, Developing Artists’ Rebel Verses Youth Arts Festival, The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, The Motor Company’s Communal Spaces Festival and the MCC Theater PlayLab series. Currently, she is assisting director Saheem Ali on Fireflies by Donja R. Love at Atlantic Theater Company. She received her BA in Theater Studies from Yale University in 2016.
2:30pm @ Tiffany Family Garden (431 E 114th St)
Catherine Weingarten (playwright) is a recent graduate of Ohio University’s MFA in playwriting program. She is a Philly native and NYC based playwright and comedian. She has received commissions from Piper Theater Productions and Bloomsburg University, and has developed plays with Wide Eyed Productions and PlayGround Experiment. Her summer camp play Are You Ready to Get PAMPERED!? was part of Dixon Place’s Bingo Lounge and had a reading at 59E59 with Less Than Rent. Her play A Roller Rink Temptation appeared at the NOLA Fringe and received a production in May 2018 with The Dare Tactic, and Karate Hottie was a semi-finalist for ATHE Excellence in Playwriting Award. Her short plays have been developed with Ugly Rhino, Fresh Fruit Festival, Abingdon Playwrights Group and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, where she was named a National Semi-Finalist for “Pineapple Upside Down Cake.” She has been involved with Abingdon Playwrights Group as well as New Perspective’s Women’s Work Short Play Lab. She is the recipient of the Scott McPherson Award.
Charles Quittner (director) is a shuga pie supreme from Miami, Florida facilitating theatre as a director and producer. Directing: TOXIC IF SWALLOWED (Irondale, Ars Nova, AmericanAF, The Gay Center) , It’s Cymbeline 🤷(The Brick), Everyday Afroplay (JACK), Bottom of the Scrum (Dixon Place), He Hurt Himself in His Confusion (Jack, Exponential Festival), Medea TragiQuilt (Fresh Ground Pepper, Club Cumming). Producing: The Dudleys, Spaceman, (Loading Dock Theatre), Good Girl Gone Bad (HERE), SipFest (Wild Project), Their food tastes better when they see us starving (The Brick). He is a cofounder of Shuga Pie Supreme, Director of Forklift Reading Series @ Loading Dock Theatre & a 2018 Drama League resident artist. charlesquittner.com
For the Love of Natalie Wood
3pm @ Rodale Pleasant Park Community Garden (437 E 114th St)
Matt Barbot (playwright) is a writer from Brooklyn, NY. His play El Coquí Espectácular and the Bottle of Doom – which was a finalist in the 2013 Repertorio Español Nuestras Voces competition and recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Darrel Ayers Award for Outstanding Student-Written Play for Young Audiences, as well as the Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award for Outstanding Play Written by a Student of Latino/Hispanic Heritage – received its world premiere at Two River Theater in January of 2018. His play Infallibility was produced as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, where it was named one of Indie Theater Now’s Best of FringeNYC 2013. Princess Clara of Loisaida was a finalist for the Latinx Theatre Commons’ 2018 Carnaval of New Latinx Work, as well as for the 2018 Columbia@Roundabout New Play Series. Saints Go Marching was a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Recently, his short play “A List of Some Shit I’ve Killed” was published as part of the Red Bull Theater’s anthology Red Bull Shorts Volume III. Additionally, Matt has worked with comic book creator Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez as an editor and co-writer for Darryl Makes Comics’ DMC, as well as Somos Arte’s La Borinqueña. Matt received his MFA from Columbia University.
Dalia Sevilla (director) is a director, performer, and lighting designer. She is graduate of the Vocal Performance program at NYU Steinhardt 2016. She is the founder of the NYU Classical Voice Club through which she produced and directed four operas: Bastien und Bastienne, Hänsel und Gretel, The Portrait of Manon and Riders to the Sea Le Mariage aux Lanternes, and Daphnis et Chloè. She has also assistant directed The Dialogue of the Carmelites as well as directed five opera scenes at the Harrower Music Festival. Her performance credits include Cavalerria Rusticana, A Body in the Allegheny Valley (Lana) Twelfth Night (Malvolio), 4@15, First Stages, Pulsing and Shaking and New Student Cabaret. Other credits include Carmina Burana at Charles University in Prague. Her lighting design credits include Arts for All’s production of Jack vs Rapunzel, New Student Cabaret 2016-18, Players Club’s production of A Little Night Music, Classical Voice Club’s production of Le Mariage aux Lanternes, Daphnis et Chloè, Riders to the Sea, and Hänsel und Gretel, as well as numerous recitals. She has also assisted in many productions around NYC including The New York Pops concerts at Carnegie Hall, Blueprint Specials, Fairytale Christmas, and The Dudleys!.
Me Gusta Así
4pm @ The Home Depot Children’s Garden (421 E 117th St)
David M. de León (playwright) is a writer, poet, academic, and theater artist. This is his third time working with Communal Spaces. Credits include Clickbait, The Odyssey Project; Play, or, The Bacchants; and Gwen Wins! A Tale of the Gwenpocalypse, as well as poetry and short stories published in various places. He is a third-generation Puerto Rican whose grandparents grew up in El Barrio. Currently he is a PhD candidate in English at Yale. http://davidmdeleon.com
Lillian Meredith (director) is a theater artist from NYC focused primarily on creating and developing new and site-responsive plays. She has developed new plays with playwrights, directors, and devising ensembles for a variety of companies and venues, including Theatre for a New Audience, Soho Rep, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, Dixon Place, Culture Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Columbia University, UglyRhino, Galapagos Art Space, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Festival, among many others. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Motor Company and a founding member of The Living Room (#liberated at ANT FEST 2015 and IRT 3B Development Series 2016). She is also a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the inaugural Clubbed Thumb Director’s Fellowship, and the director of the West Kortright Centre’s Shakespeare in the Valley teen theater program. Proud alumna: Vassar College, National Theater Institute, Brooklyn College (MFA expected 2019). http://www.lillianmeredith.com