Our 2013 Year In Review

Our 2013 Year In Review

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A lot can happen in a year, especially in Queens.  Here’s a look back at what we accomplished in 2013:

February 2013

We created The Propulsion Lab Writers Group and announced our inaugural group of writers (Jennifer Lane, Jane Miller, August Schulenburg, Mariah MacCarthy, Courtney Lauria, Kari Bentley-Quinn and Don Nguyen).
(clockwise: Courtney Lauria, Jenny Lane, Mariah MacCarthy, August Schulenburg, Kari Bentely-Quinn, Don Nguyen, and Jane Miller))
(clockwise: Courtney Lauria, Jenny Lane, Mariah MacCarthy, August Schulenburg, Kari Bentely-Quinn, Don Nguyen, and Jane Miller))

April 2013

We continued our Launch Pad Reading Series featuring the brand new play Bridges and Boundaries  by Courtney Lauria!
Also in April, the amazing We Heart Astoria blog named Mission to (dit)Mars one of the finalists in their annual The Best of Astoria Readers Poll!
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May 2013

If you know Mission to (dit)Mars, then you know we love hosting mixers!  In May we held our Spring Fling Mixer at Open Door Restaurant in Long Island City.

June 2013

We followed that up in June with an evening of excerpts from our Propulsion Lab Group (All Systems Go!)

Summer 2013

We didn’t take a break over the summer.  Instead, we launched a summer Mindful Writing Workshop led by Emily Herzlin that took you all over Queens, starting at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, on the subway (N/Q Train!) and concluded at Martha’s Bakery on Ditmars!  Mission Accomplished!
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August 2013

In August we added four new members to the Propulsion Lab (Lisa Huberman, David Lawson, Kristine Reyes, and Tyler Rivenbark).
New Propulsion lab members

October 2013

We wrapped up our Launch Pad Reading Series with a brand new play The Fields of Blue and Glow by August Schulenburg, continuing our mission of not only championing new plays, but also exploring all parts of Queens by presenting the reading in the beautiful carriage house at LIC Bar.

August – December 2013

The Propulsion Lab kept busy throughout the fall working on brand new plays!  We also found time to take a field trip to The Public Theater!
Kevin Christopher Snipes, Public Theater Literary Assistant (who lives in Woodside) hosted a meet and greet with the Propulsion Lab members
Kevin Christopher Snipes, Public Theater Literary Assistant (who lives in Woodside) hosted a meet and greet with the Propulsion Lab members!

You in 2013!

And last but certainly not least, we were proud to feature 23 new Queens artists on our website throughout the year!  You can read up on all of our featured artists here.

Mission to (dit)Mars was created by four people who love Queens and it has been sustained throughout the year by all of you.  Thank you so much for making 2013 such a productive and artistically rewarding year for us.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  We’ve managed to accomplish all of this with very little money.  If you’d like to support us, click here to find out the best way to do so!

Happy New Year and see you in 2014 in Queens!

The Mission to (dit)Mars Team

Kari Bentley-Quinn, Don Nguyen, Meredith Packer and Laura Pestronk

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