Artists from last night's Director-Driven plays!

Our night of Director-Driven work was a success!  We had a full house last night and congratulate directors Anita Gonzalez, Melissa Moschitto, and Jenna Worsham on their wonderful work.

“Now, get out there and give sexual favors for money, goddammit!” is what I just heard coming from the theater…Jocelyn Bioh’s BESTIES must be in tech.

The Salon isn’t over yet!  Tonight, playwrights, directors, and actors come together in our 7 Will Work For ____. Plays!  Back in early March, we asked Jocelyn Bioh, Bekah Brunstetter, Ed Cardona, Jr., Tim J. Lord, Rehana Lew Mirza, Matthew Paul Olmos, and Crystal Skillman to write a short play answering the prompt, Will Work For _____.  We then cast an ensemble of 15 actors – Claudia Acosta, Kate Benson, Philip Callen, Jasmine Cephas-Jones, Jorge Cordova, McKenzie Frye, Brian Hastert, Bianca Jones, Bruce Lemon, Jr., Maria-Christina Oliveras, Flor De Liz Perez, Emily Perkins, Jerry Richardson & Rachel Rusch!

 Then, at our opening night party on Monday, 7 brave directors put their names in a bowl…and were each randomly assigned to a play, given 6 hours of rehearsal time this week, and a culminating performance – TONIGHT AT 7PM AT THE JUNE HAVOC THEATRE!  We’re very excited to see what directors Isobel Bruce, Illana Stein, Daniela Thome, Shana Solomon, Tracy Francis, Elisabeth Southerland, and Elizabeth Flax came up with this week!

Please make sure to RSVP if you’re planning to attend tonight – and if you get on the waiting list, don’t be discouraged!  We were able to get everyone in last night and are confident that we can do the same this evening!

Visit our website or check us out on Facebook for info on how to RSVP.

By Jocelyn Bioh
Sheila has always pushed her best friend Genevieve into doing some crazy stunts with her. This time, she may have pushed Genevieve a little too far. 

By Bekah Brunstetter
Bee isn’t your normal sixth grader. She spends most of her time looking for a poem about her long lost Dad in her belly button. Her teacher encourages this, her mother resents this. But what will she really find inside of her? A glimpse into the complicated relationship between parent, teacher and child in the public school system. 

By Ed Cardona Jr.
What would you be willing to leave behind for the good of a friend or a stranger? Three co-workers waiting to punch-in challenge each other on the virtues of time management, spatial existence and generosity when confronted by the unknown. 

By Tim J. Lord
It’s a hard thing getting by in the Twenty-Teens! So when Dawn discovers a mysterious piece of paper at her dead end job, gets fired, and gets placed on a government watchlist, it sets in motion a series of events that will bring her into contact with the ubiquitous Agent Rollins from the Department of the Interior— Just whose side is he on? And where is Dawn going to live now that she can’t pay the rent? All these questions will be asked (and maybe answered?) in “Bureau of Land Management!”

By Rehana Lew Mirza
Douglas enters the unemployment office hungry for work, but after endless hours waiting, now he’s hungry for justice. And also just generally hungry. 

By Matthew Paul Olmos
A guilt-ridden father tries to connect to his daughter back through the stretches of time. And with a gun.

By Crystal Skillman
As students protest their high school being “turned around” by Bloomberg, two teachers let loose in a teacher’s lunchroom trying to find a way to move on. 

See you tonight at the Salon!  And join us afterwards for a closing celebration in the lounge!

Melissa Moschitto and The Anthropologists premiere THE LECTURE tomorrow night at the Salon!

Reeling with inspiration from last night’s panel (a million thank-you’s to Judith Malina, Judith Sloan, Mallory Catlett, and Morgan Jenness – and  Michael Premo, we missed you, but since you were arrested protesting and all, I guess we have to forgive you), it’s with pleasure that we premiere 3 socially conscious pieces at tomorrow’s Night of Director-Driven Work!  If you plan to attend, please make sure to RSVP – we are already almost at capacity! 

 For a taste of what you’ll see tomorrow night, keep reading!  Co-Curator Dina Vovsi interviews THE LECTURE’s director, Melissa Moschitto, about her piece as well as her company, The Anthropologists.

Melissa Moschitto, The Anthropologists

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A Q&A with one of tonight’s Activism in the Arts panelists, Judith Sloan!

After last night’s informative panel on directing, producing, and surviving in New York, we are extremely excited to return to the theater tonight for our Activism in the Arts panel, featuring Judith Malina (Living Theater), Morgan Jenness, Michael Premo (Housing is a Human Right), Judith Sloan (Earsay), and Mallory Catlett (City Council Project).  Join us at 7pm at the June Havoc Theatre and check out our Q&A below with panelist Judith Sloan, Co-Founder of Earsay!

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Directors Salon Kick-Off Party

On Monday night we celebrated the start of the Directors Salon with a party complete with actors, directors, designers, chocolate covered pretzels, and dark bottles of Brooklyn Brewery beer. 

As per tradition, seven directors wrote their names on slips of paper and dropped them into a metal bowl to enter to develop one of seven plays, picked at random, which will compose our upcoming week of theater.

The plays all come from one common prompt: “Will Work For _____”. The seven playwrights include Jocelyn Bioh, Bekah Brunstetter, Ed Cardona, Jr., Tim J. Lord, Rehana Lew Mirza, Matthew Paul Olmos, and Crystal Skillman! All these plays look at the struggles of the working class and are all imbued with individual triumphs and disappointments.

Join us for more exciting events for the Directors Salon this week including:

-The Directors Q&A Panel at 7pm on Wednesday, April 18th

-The Arts Activist Panel at 7pm on Thursday,  April 19th

-A Night of Director Driven Work at 7pm on Saturday, April 21st


_Will Work For ______ 7 New Plays! at 7pm on Sunday, April 22nd

Please join us to enjoy these incredible new plays by fascinating emerging directors!

Q&A with Pregones Theater’s Alvan Colón Lespier, one of tonight’s panelists!

Our directors are in rehearsal during the day, but we at the Salon are making sure to bring you events every night!  Tonight, join us for our Artistic Director/Producer/Union Panel to hear from Kate Loewald (The Play Company), Peter Dubois (Huntington Theatre), Stephanie Ybarra (Public Theater), Alvan Colón Lespier (Pregones Theater), and Ellen Rusconi (SDC).

Check out our Q&A with Alvan Colón Lespier (Associate Artistic Director, Pregones Theater) below!

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Meet Public Theater’s Artistic Associate Stephanie Ybarra, one of tomorrow’s panelists!


The 7 chosen directors of the Will Work For ____ plays plus Luke, Dina, Nicole, and Rebecca

Last night’s opening night kick-off party was a success!  More importantly, our 7 Will Work For _____ plays have directors!  While they’re rehearsing and getting a great show together for Sunday night, we have two panels this week that you should definitely attend.  Our popular Agent/Artistic Director/Producer/Union Panel is back – check out our Q&A below with Stephanie Ybarra (Artistic Associate, Public Theater, Former Producing Director, Playwrights Realm), and make sure to attend the panel on Wednesday, April 18 at 7pm at the June Havoc Theater!  Other panelists include Peter Dubois (Huntington Theatre Company), Kate Loewald (The Play Company), Alvan Colon Lespier (Pregones Theater), and more!

Producer Stephanie Ybarra

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A Q&A with Tim J. Lord, playwright of BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, premiering at this year’s Salon!

It’s almost the weekend, so we wanted to share another one of our playwrights with you, Tim J. Lord, before you shut down your office computer (or wipe down the bar.  Or tutor that child.  Or finish focusing that light, in Tim’s case!  We at the Working Theater Directors Salon are multi-talented folk).  Tim tells Luke about how his short play for the Salon, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, turns our prompt Will Work For ____ into “Will work [to] oppose blind progress” and how he feels his job as a writer is to engage with the world around us.

Tim J. Lord

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Meet Anita Gonzalez, director of Liverpool Trading New York at this year’s Salon!

Fresh from our first meeting with our three wonderfully talented directors who premiere their own original director-driven pieces on Saturday, April 21st, we wanted to share another glimpse of what you’re going to see next week!  Co-Curator Nicole A. Watson asks director Anita Gonzalez about her piece at the Salon, Liverpool Trading <–> New York, what inspires her, and what advice she has for emerging directors.

Anita Gonzalez

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