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Mission to (dit)Mars is excited to announce the selection of three new members to the 2016-2018 Propulsion Lab, a Queens based writers group serving emerging playwrights from the borough.  In addition to the new lab members, three returning members have been named Writers in Residence and two have been named Orbiting Artists.  

The three new Propulsion Lab members are Nat Cassidy (Astoria), Jason Tseng (Long Island City) and Ray Yamanouchi (Astoria).   For the Propulsion Lab, each playwright will focus on writing a new full-length play over the course of the year.  The new members were selected by Mission to (dit)Mars co-founders Kari Bentley-Quinn, Don Nguyen, Meredith Packer and Laura Pestronk.  The writers group meets bi-monthly in Queens.     

In addition to the new lab members, Mission to (dit)Mars has named Lisa Huberman (Woodside), Kristine M. Reyes (Astoria) and Tyler Rivenbark (Sunnyside) as our Writers in Residence and Mac Rogers (Astoria) and Tori Keenan-Zelt are our newly created Orbiting Artists.  Returning Propulsion Lab members are Jonathan Alexandratos (Astoria), Scott Casper (Astoria), Mrinalini Kamath (Astoria), and Amy Witting (Sunnyside).

On what excites her about the new members, Kari Bentley-Quinn explains “Each has a distinct voice and point of view, not to mention a ton of talent, and all three are a wonderful addition to our already exciting and diverse group of talented playwrights.”  

Laura Pestronk adds “The talent pouring forth from the new labbers blew us all away, and we’re so happy to get to work with such diverse and lively new voices!”

Commenting on the returning lab members, Meredith Packer states “It’s such a privilege to meet with this group of writers each year. I am so excited to get in the room with our familiar and fresh faces and see what worlds we will explore together this year.”

The Propulsion Lab was created to meet the needs of like-minded theater artists who wanted to have a way of developing new work locally in Queens on an on-going basis.  In addition to bi-monthly meetings, the lab will include industry meet and greets with Artistic Directors and Literary Managers, three Launch Pad readings of full length plays, and All Systems Go! 5, an evening of excerpts from the new Propulsion Lab plays.

Writers in Residence positions are a way to address the growing needs of certain lab members who have been with us for some time by offering additional developmental support custom tailored to them. In exchange, our writers in residence act as artistic associates on Mission to (dit)Mars’ behalf and help our organization in certain capacities, such as reading script submissions.

Orbiting Artists are informal positions that allow current lab members whose availability has changed due to unforeseen reasons the chance to continue participating in the Propulsion Lab on a limited basis.

 

BIOS OF THE NEW PROPULSION LAB MEMBERS

Nat Cassidy (Astoria)

Nat Cassidy is an award-winning writer, actor, director, and musician.  He’s appeared in television shows such as “The Following” (Fox), “The Affair” (Showtime), “Red Oaks” (Amazon) “High Maintenance” (HBO), as well as numerous productions and workshops both Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. Nat’s plays have been nominated for a combined total of 17 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including 3 times for Outstanding Full-Length Script (which he won in 2009, and in 2011 for Outstanding Solo Performance). His work has been seen throughout the country and is published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, NYTE, Applause Books, and Indie Theatre Now (where he is a bestselling playwright). In 2012 Nat was commissioned by The Kennedy Center to write the libretto for a world-premiere opera; and in 2014 his play Any Day Now was chosen to be part of Primary Stages’ ESPADrills (The Duke Theatre, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel). He’s an inductee in the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame, an NYTheatre Person of the Year, and was a finalist for the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. www.natcassidy.com

Ray Yamanouchi (Astoria)

Ray Yamanouchi is a Hunter College graduate with a degree in film and theatre. He has written numerous short plays and four full-length plays (Mercy Killing Kids, It’s Our Kitchen, Tha Chink-Mart, and Impact) which have been workshopped all across NYC. Tha Chink-Mart was a semi-finalist for the 2016/17 New Dramatists Princess Grace Award. He is a member of Working Title Theatre Co. Playwrights Collective (wttheatre.com) and currently works at the Lucille Lortel Theatre when he isn’t at the local bar.

Jason Tseng (Long Island City) makes plays, comics, illustrations, and games — mostly about queer people and people of color. Most recently, his play Rizing received its world-premier in New York City with Flux Theatre Ensemble. His work has been featured in GeeksOut’s LGBT comics anthology Power, Sub Rosa magazine, and Nonprofit Quarterly. He also produces the podcasts Play x Play –featuring the best plays you’ve never heard of– and Queer and Present Danger, a queer nerd pop culture podcast. Find more at JasonTseng.com.

To view bios on all our Propulsion Lab members, please visit: http://missiontoditmars.com/2014/08/25/the-2014-2015-propulsion-lab/

Made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Kari Bentley-Quinn

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Kari Bentley-Quinn

Neighborhood: Astoria/Woodside
Website: http://kbquinn.wordpress.com/

Kari Bentley-Quinn is a playwright based in New York City, originally from the little coast town of Stratford, CT. Her plays have been presented at or developed with Lark Play Development Center, The Brick Theater, The Secret Theatre, Artemisia Theater, The One Minute Play Festival,  Lesser America, Caps Lock Theater, Effable Arts,  Packawallop Productions,  The Access Theater, FringeNYC, the Play Development Collective, and more.

Kari’s full length plays include The Permanent Night (2008 FringeNYC award winner), Paper Cranes (Packawallop Productions),The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens (The Secret Theatre New Voices Project), The Ocean Thought Nothing (2014 O’Neill Conference Finalist), Prepared(PlayPenn semi finalist) and The Worst Mother in the World.

Kari has been a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Playwrights Realm, and the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, as well as being a nominee for the Doric Wilson Playwriting Award. Kari has an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly. At Hunter, she was the 2015 recipient of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Don Nguyen

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Don Nguyen

Neighborhood: Long Island City
Website: thenuge.com and sadplaywright.com

Don Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and currently resides in Astoria, Queens. Don studied theatre at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he served as the Artistic Director of the Shelterbelt Theatre in Omaha from 1999-2003.

Full length plays include: RED FLAMBOYANT (World Premiere – Firebone Theatre Company 2015, 2015 GAP Prize Winner, Ojai Playwrights Conference, finalist – O’Neill NPC), SOUND (Azeotrope/ACT, BAPF,  Playwrights Realm Fellowship, finalist – Princess Grace Award), THE COMMENCEMENT OF WILLIAM TAN (Yale Cabaret, NYSAF), THE MAN FROM SAIGON (NYSAF, Naked Angels), THE SUPREME LEADER and HELLO, FROM THE CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH.  Don’s work has been developed or produced at The Public Theater, The Flea, Ojai Playwrights Conference, New York Stage & Film, Naked Angels, Naked Radio, The Civilians, Ma-Yi Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Joe’s Pub, The 52nd Street Project, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Tofte Lake.  Don is the recipient of the 2015 GAP Prize from the Aurora Theatre and New York Stage & Film Founder’s award and has been a finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Princess Grace Award, Woodward International Playwriting Prize, and New Dramatists.  Nominations include: the Laurents/Hatcher award and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award.  Don is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group, The Civilians inaugural R&D Group, the 52nd Street Project, and a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens based theatre arts collective.  For more information, please visit: thenuge.com

His one-act play The Harlequin Maneuvre was a finalist in the Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festival (2004) and was published in The Best of The Strawberry One-Act Festival, Volume 1. It has subsequently been produced in New York, Nebraska, and Canada.

Other one act plays include Fat Ugly Vampire (Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY), The Imaginary Association of Flight Attendants (Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY),Love 160 (The Pack Lounge Series 3, Robert Moss Theater, NY),The Dragon Lord and the Fairy Queen (commissioned by The Lincoln Community Playhouse), A Decision of Extraordinary Magnitude, and a collection of eight Halloween plays: Bloodsucker, The Woman in the Blue Dress, Iron Chef: Battle of the Global Cuisine, Cooking with Julia, Soulmates, Torture, Survivor Down Under, and The Deadly Seduction, which were all produced by The Shelterbelt Theatre.

Other short plays and monologues include The Rocket Boys (52nd Street Project), Sexual Chocolate (The Secret Theatre, Long Island City), Girl Reflected and Look, A Lion (Emerging Writers Retreat, Public Theater).

Other writing credits include The Living Newspaper Workshop where he wrote several one acts and a webisode.  In July 2011, The Living Newspaper was invited by Liz Engelman and the Jerome Foundation to spend a weeklong residency at Tofte Lake Center in Minnesota to develop a play about overpopulation.

Don spent a week at a writers retreat at the Vineyard Arts Project in the summer of 2010, where he developed The Imaginary Association of Flight Attendants and The Man from Saigon.

Don is a member of the New York Public Theater’s 2008 Inaugural Emerging Writers GroupThe Civilians R & D Group and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.  He frequently volunteers at The 52nd Street Project.  Don is also the creator of sadplaywright.com, an online photo gallery of his sad playwright friends.

Click here to view my list of plays.

Meredith Packer

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Meredtih Packer

Neighborhood: Astoria

Meredith Packer is a New England transplant who graduated with a BA in Theater from Wagner College in 2005. In 2006, she co-founded Amsterdam Artists, LTD with whom she helped produce & direct two successful productions before parting ways in 2008. She has also produced and directed with the Effable Arts, LTD. She has had brief stints with NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice and with the technical team at New World Stages and AML entertainment. While an artistic nomad, she has made a home in Astoria for the last 5 years.

Laura Pestronk

Neighborhood: Sunnyside

Laura Pestronk is an actor and director born and raised in New York City. She has lived all over Manhattan and grew up on the Upper East Side. She has since enjoyed living in both Astoria and Long Island City, and now happily resides in beautiful Sunnyside, Queens.

 Laura’s directing credits include Feedback by Jane Miller (Squeaky Bicycle Productions), Booze In the Boroughs by Penny Jackson (FACT), 200 Mystical Fictions by Debra Siegel (NY Fringe), Opening Night by Zach Rothman-Hicks (Where Eagles Dare), Jump! by Josh Sohn (Strawberry Festival- Best Play),  Unblessed by Kari Bentley Quinn (Packawallop).  Assistant directing credits include Marea(Packawallop- dir. Scott Ebersold) and Cardboard Box (Looking Glass- dir. Toby Bercovici).

Acting credits include The Tupperware Convention by Anna Governali , The Women’s Project by Mariana Newhard, Retrospective by Chris Van Strander,  Notes Between Us by Samantha Lee Manas, Kicked by Eljon Wardally. Laura’s one woman show, Interesting Topics In Significant Similitude Starring Cindy Cinnamon performed at Downtown Art and NYU. 

For the past 3 years, Laura has directed Broadway charity concerts raising money for the Humane Society and the Canned Food Drive. Both the annual Broadway Meows and Broadway Can concerts are written and composed by Seth Bisen-Hersh and perform at Don’t Tell Mama.

Laura received her BFA in Drama and Psychology from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She studied at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, concentrating in directing and acting. Laura is coordinator and member of the Pack- a collaborative group of writers, directors and actors. She is a founding member of Mission to ditMARS, a theater and arts collective based in Queens.

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As we are going into our fourth (!) season, we continue to grow and expand as an organization. With that growth and expansion comes the need to raise some funds. For the past three years, we have been so fortunate to have most of our resources donated. As Queens becomes an artistic center, those free/cheap resources are becoming more scarce. We want to keep our programs FREE for artists and the community. So, we are pleased to announce we are holding our very first fundraiser – kindly hosted by our friends at Sek’end Sun!

TICKET PRICES:
-Full Speed Ahead ticket ($20 online, $25 at door, cash only) – 2 drink tickets and 5 raffle tickets
-Warp Speed Ahead ticket ($40 online, $45 at door, cash only) – 4 drink tickets and 10 raffle tickets!
-Raffle and Support – $15 online – 5 raffle tickets and our heartfelt thanks!

Drink tickets included in admission get you well drinks, beer and wine ALL NIGHT LONG!

Raffle items include (More coming!)
-Tickets to Lincoln Center!
-Prints of photographs by talented artists!
-Naming rights to a character in Kari Bentley-Quinn’s next play!
-Gift certificates to local Queens businesses!
-Private acting coaching by Elizabeth Seldin
AND MORE!

Support ongoing arts in Queens by purchasing your ticket now!

Co-founder Laura Pestronk peeking through one of the sculptures

Poetry in Stone
A Day of Writing at the Noguchi Museum

with Emily Herzlin and Mission to (dit)Mars
Sunday August 23rd
1-4:30pm

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Rd, New York, NY 11106

Thank you to everyone who attended!  If you missed it, here’s a great blog post by co-founder Laura Pestronk about her day at the Noguchi Mindful Writing workshop.

And here are some photos from our day:

Writers of all genres and experience levels welcome. Composers, dancers, performers, and visual artists are also welcome to attend.

The Noguchi Museum is one of our borough’s magical spaces. The space, designed by the late Japanese-American sculpture artist Isamu Noguchi, includes an open-air sculpture garden and several galleries, each with its own feel and family of Noguchi sculptures. The works of art and the spaces in the museum are mysterious, evocative, and playful. In short: this is an awesome place to spend a day creating.

The workshop will begin with a brief contemplative exercise to open up the senses, and will continue with a silent walking meditation around the galleries of the museum, followed by writing prompts and discussion to get the ideas flowing. Participants will then have time to explore the museum independently and create writing about or inspired by specific works of art. The workshop will conclude with a sharing circle where writers can share their work from the day aloud.

Please arrive at 12:50pm and meet us at the entrance. We will enter the museum as a group at 1pm. Bring something to write with and on. $20 total- $10 museum admission and $10 for the class.

Here are some photos from All Systems Go: Mission 3

Artwork for All Systems Go: Mission 3

All Systems Go: Mission 3 – Monday, June 22nd!!

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Cast of All Systems Go: Mission 3

Click here to view photos from our event!

Mission To (dit)Mars is pleased to present our final Launch Pad event of the season!

ALL SYSTEMS GO: MISSION 3, is an evening of excerpts from nine brand new plays by the Queens based writers group The Propulsion Lab.  Participating Queens based playwrights for this event are Amy Witting, Mac Rogers, Tori Keenan-Zelt, Jonathan Alexandratos, Mrinalini Kamath, Elizabeth Seldin, Lisa Huberman, Kristine M. Reyes, and Tyler Rivenbark.

 

In talking about this year’s lineup, Mission to (dit)Mars co-founder Meredith Packer says “I am proud that with our third All Systems Go!, Mission to Ditmars continues to bring the highest level of theater development to the Queens community.”

Co-founder Kari Bentley-Quinn adds “This is one of the strongest sets of plays we have seen in the Lab so far, with work that is fresh and, at times, truly groundbreaking.”

“We’re so excited to present all of the plays together in one night as our most diverse and bounteous All Systems Go! ever!” adds co-founder Laura Pestronk.

On the rise of new work in Queens, co-founder Don Nguyen explains “The breadth and scope of stories being told in the lab is truly remarkable.  Equally remarkable are the sheer number of writers, directors and actors who have all come together to work on these plays, which is a great indicator that Queens is becoming a hotbed for new work.”

The cast includes Hayley Treider, Dina Comolli, Jessica Cannizarro, Ava Eisenson, Elizabeth Seldin, Tara Pacheco, Gwen Sisco, Sara Thigpen, Wynne Anders, Aaron Kapner, David Shih, Tom McCormick, Anthony Fazio, and Sean Williams.

The evening is directed by Dev Bondarin, Jordana Williams, Aimee Todoroff, Christine Zagrobelny and Laura Pestronk.

The evening will include excerpts from the following nine new plays:

BRIGHT ANGEL QUADRANGLE by Mac Rogers: A horror story about love at first sight. A contentedly married woman finds her life turned upside-down one evening when she falls instantly in love with her friend’s new boyfriend.

WHAT HAUNTS YOU by Elizabeth Seldin: Theater ghosts in a theater. Having feelings. Feeling things.

THE SUCK by Tyler Rivenbark: Stephen Ajax is a Kid. Stephen Ajax is a Son. Stephen Ajax is a Boyfriend. Stephen Ajax is a New Father. Stephen Ajax is a Marine. Stephen Ajax is a Fragment.

DUCK by Jonathan Alexandratos: Teenage Duck Carl Duckett and his father are the only two Ducks living in a town populated entirely by Sheep.  This is what happens when Carl tries to survive that.

ELEVEN SHADES OF BLUE by Amy E. Witting: Four women from different times touch the sky, swim with the fish, and experience the details of a timeless Coney Island.

THE NEW DEAL by Mrinalini Kamath:  In the United States in the not-too-distant future, a violent act causes a state government to re-think capital punishment with a profit-bearing alternative.

EGGS ON ICE by Kristine M. Reyes: At Eggs On Ice, freezing your eggs has never been more convenient, affordable — or fabulous! Hit the snooze button on your biological clock while you focus on your career, and let us take care of the rest. Your future’s safe with us, ladies — we’ll make sure of that.

AIR SPACE by Tori Keenan-Zelt: When Mack and Babs lost their house, they moved secretly into the wall… from which they watch as Glory and Kyle try to flip it. A surreal comedy about inventing home, managing family, and what we hold onto when nothing we do is enough.

PERSEPHONE by Lisa Huberman: A contemporary take on the Persephone myth set on an organic farm in California, in which a teenage girl attempts to assert her own identity separate from her loving but controlling Earth goddess of a mother.

This free play reading will be held at the Astoria Performing Arts Center at 30-44 Crescent Street in Astoria, Queens on Monday, June 22nd at 7pm.

To attend the reading, please make a reservation on our website.

Monday, June 22nd 7 pm

Astoria Performing Arts Center
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent St. (at 30th Rd)
Astoria, NY 11102

Directions: Take the N/Q to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave toward the Trade Fair Supermarket, continue past Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens. Turn left on Crescent Street, then right on 30th Rd. The entrance is the second set of red doors on your left
Cast and directors to be announced shortly.

Please RSVP! This is usually our best attended event of the season and we would not want you to miss it.

There will be a reception to follow at a location to be determined. Please join us for a drink or two after the show!

We’re so excited to share this great work with all of you, and celebrate the end of our season.

Also – we are now on Instagram! Please follow us: @missiontoditmars. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook if you weren’t already.

About the Launch Pad Reading Series

The Launch Pad is a free reading series of new plays by Queens playwrights.  The mission objective of The Launch Pad is to serve as a testing ground for Queens based playwrights who need to hear their plays out loud.  Because Mission to (dit)Mars was co-founded by playwrights and directors, we understand implicitly how to answer those needs.  Through this program, the utmost care is taken to foster a safe and productive environment in order to propel the play forward.

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Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists is thrilled to continue our popular Launch Pad Reading Series with The Hydra, a new play by Tyler Rivenbark.

An amalgamation of Greek and American folk tales, The Hydra finds Stephen Ajax – an Iraq war veteran – in a netherworld inhabited by Gods, Goddesses, and puppets. In this new and strange environment, Ajax is forced to face the aftermath of his former life.

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Tyler Rivenbark – taken at Martha’s Bakery in Astoria

Describing the play, Mission to (dit)Mars co-founder Kari Bentley-Quinn says “The Hydra is a play of great vision, boldness, and imagination. It is very exciting to see another full length play that was developed in the Propulsion Lab make it all the way to Launch Pad, and hopefully will have a bigger life beyond that.”

Meredith Packer (co-founder) adds “I am really excited to be putting this piece up on it’s feet. It is by far the most challenging play we have done for our reading series. Tyler paints a beautiful and terrifying world in The Hydra.”

“The Hydra is sheer poetry and color and emotion, it is at once the nakedness of life and a loud carnival of music and blinding light” adds co-founder Laura Pestronk. “Even Tyler’s stage directions buzz with tension and the poetry of loneliness.”

Tyler Rivenbark is a current member of the Propulsion Lab, Mission to (dit)Mars’ bi-monthly writers group and currently resides in Sunnyside.

The cast includes Temesgen Tocruray, David Shih, Sarah Burkhalter, Elizabeth Seldin, Ashley Awusie, Megan Lee, and Mark Drum. The reading is directed by Aimee Todoroff (All Systems Go: 2)

This free play reading will be held at The Secret Theatre located at 4402 23rd Street in Long Island City on Monday, March 30th at 8pm.

To attend the free reading, please make a reservation.

The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd St, Long Island City
E, M, G to Court Sq.
7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave or Court Sq.
N, Q to Queensboro Plaza

About the Launch Pad Reading Series
The Launch Pad is a free reading series of new plays by Queens playwrights. The mission objective of The Launch Pad is to serve as a testing ground for Queens based playwrights who need to hear their plays out loud. Because Mission to (dit)Mars was co-founded by playwrights and directors, we understand implicitly how to answer those needs. Through this program, the utmost care is taken to foster a safe and productive environment in order to propel the play forward.

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Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists is thrilled to continue our popular Launch Pad Reading Series with Lily in Love, a new play by Kristine M. Reyes.

In Lily in Love, Lily is a good Catholic Filipina daughter who’s always known exactly what to do with her life — until she falls in love with a woman. Lily’s life just got complicated.

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Playwright Kristine M. Reyes

Describing the play, Mission to (dit)Mars co-founder Kari Bentley-Quinn says “With Lily in Love, Kristine gives us an intelligent and empathic insight on sexuality and family. It is an engaging and modern work that will make the audience feel close to the story.”

Meredith Packer (co-founder) adds “Kristine’s ability to take harsh truths about family and acceptance and allow the audience to feel both the weight of sadness and the relief of laughter in the situations presented is a gift for all who see her work come to life.”

“There are times in everyone’s life when a romantic partner has to interact with the in-laws and Kristine creates immediately recognizable moments of both discomfort and familiarity” adds co-founder Laura Pestronk.  “We’re transported back to those uncomfortable moments we all know…when we regressed back to our own childhood interactions with our parents.”

Kristine Reyes was recently accepted into the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program and is a current member of the Propulsion Lab, Mission to (dit)Mars’ bi-monthly writers group. Kristine currently resides in Astoria.

The cast includes Mia Katigbak (Good Person of Szechwan), Christine Lee (Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love), Krystal Seli, Sarah Matteucci (Sex with Robots), and Johnny Lin.  The reading is directed by Colette Robert (EST, All Systems Go: 2)

This free play reading will be held at The Secret Theatre located at 4402 23rd Street in Long Island City on Monday, February 16th at 8pm.

To attend the free reading, please make a reservation on our website: http://missiontoditmars.com/reservations/

The Secret Theatre

4402 23rd St, Long Island City

E, M, G to Court Sq.

7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave or Court Sq.

N, Q to Queensboro Plaza

About the Launch Pad Reading Series

The Launch Pad is a free reading series of new plays by Queens playwrights.  The mission objective of The Launch Pad is to serve as a testing ground for Queens based playwrights who need to hear their plays out loud.  Because Mission to (dit)Mars was co-founded by playwrights and directors, we understand implicitly how to answer those needs.  Through this program, the utmost care is taken to foster a safe and productive environment in order to propel the play forward.

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A lot can happen in a year, especially in Queens.  Here’s a look back at what we accomplished in 2014:

March 2014

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In March we featured a sold out Launch Pad reading of Mariah MacCarthy’s newest play THE HAZARDS OF LOVING WHILE BROKEN.

June 2014

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Following up our successful ALL SYSTEMS GO! Launch Pad Reading of excerpts from our Propulsion Lab, we launched ALL SYSTEMS GO! Mission 2.

JULY 2014

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We continued our popular mindful writing series (lead by Emily Herzlin) with POETRY IN STONE at the Noguchi museum in Astoria.

August 2014

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After taking the summer to read script submissions, we announced the newest members of the Propulsion Lab, our largest to date!

September 2014

It wouldn’t be Mission to (dit)Mars without a mixer!  This year we held our fall mixer at Judy & Punch in Astoria!
A new year also means a new website!

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November 2014

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We kicked off our 2014-2015 Launch Pad reading series with Lisa Huberman’s new play SEX AND CHARITABLE GIVING which she developed in our Propulsion Lab writers group.

December 2014

prop-lab-end-of-2014We closed out the year with the Propulsion Lab final meeting of 2014 and holiday party.

And last but certainly not least, we continue to feature 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 2014 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 2015 in Queens!

The Mission to (dit)Mars Team

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

Mission to (dit)Mars is thrilled to kick off their Launch Pad Reading Series with Sex and Charitable Giving, a new play by Lisa Huberman.

Sex and Charitable Giving is set in a tiny Queens apartment where Natasha and Ankit embark on a BDSM journey together. When they decide to sponsor a little girl in Nepal to help out Natasha’s roommate Marcy, the couple find themselves confronting uncomfortable truths and pushing boundaries that go beyond sexual role play.

The cast includesRaja Burrows, Kristan Kelly Brown, Jen Ring, Aaliyah Habeeb and stage directions by Kate Lydic.  The reading will be directed by David Ledoux

This free play reading will be held at The Secret Theatre located at 4402 23rd Street in Long Island City on Monday, November 10th at 8pm.

To attend the free reading, please make a reservation on our website.

The Secret Theatre

4402 23rd St, Long Island City
E, M, G to Court Sq.
7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave or Court Sq.
N, Q to Queensboro Plaza

About the Launch Pad Reading Series

The Launch Pad is a free reading series of new plays by Queens playwrights.  The mission objective of The Launch Pad is to serve as a testing ground for Queens based playwrights who need to hear their plays out loud.  Because Mission to (dit)Mars was co-founded by playwrights and directors, we understand implicitly how to answer those needs.  Through this program, the utmost care is taken to foster a safe and productive environment in order to propel the play forward.