Our Programs

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One of the most commonly suggested ideas at our inaguaral mixer was “start a reading series of new plays”. From our subsequent meetings and discussions, The Launchpad was born. The Launchpad is going to be a series of new play readings by writers currently residing in Queens. We are really excited to be bringing new plays to the Queens community. We are doing one reading in 2012 and are still reviewing submissions for the 2013 series. Yeah! Here is the info – please SAVE THE DATE!

Mission to (dit)Mars presents…
THE LAUNCH PAD
Readings of New Plays by Queens Playwrights

THE BURNING BRAND

A play by Jennifer Lane
Directed by Robin PatersonMonday, October 15th at 7 pmWith Ginger Grace, Jaime Lincoln, Brandon Nagle, Kendall Rileigh, Jennifer Laine Williams, and Monica WycheThe Grey family home rests on burning land, filling its rooms with poisonous gas and its gardens with rising steam. When Lumen returns to the house to convince the rest of her family to move out, she begins to unearth an array of startling family secrets that threaten to pull her back in to a life she struggled to leave behind.

The Chain Theatre

21-28 45th Rd, Long Island City
E, M, G to Court Sq.
7 to Court Sq.
N, Q to Queensboro PlazaThe event is free, but please RSVP to missiontoditmars@gmail.com.  Space is limited! And don’t worry, we’re going out drinking after.

Post-Launch Party Details:
9pm-ish (or how quickly your legs can take you)
The Creek and The Cave
10-93 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

The Chain Theatre, established in 2012, is a black box events venue in Long Island City, NY. The Chain believes in providing a space for artists to produce work and hone their craft. With fully equipped performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, and reading areas, the Chain serves as a home for multi-disciplinary work.  For information on renting and/or producing at The Chain, please contact us a: rentals@chaintheatre.org.

JENNIFER LANE
Jennifer is an Astoria-based writer from Troy, Michigan. Her work has been presented at or developed by the terraNOVA Collective, Sightline Theatre Company, Artistic New Directions, IRT, The Bridge Theatre Company, the New Ohio Theatre, 3LD Art & Technology Center, the Gene Frankel Theatre, Theatre 54, Manhattan Shakespeare Theatre, The Washington Rogues, Gorilla Tango Theatre and Columbia Stages.

Her work includes Harlowe (developed under the mentorship of Sarah Ruhl, winner of the Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum, and a finalist for the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange); Psychomachia (recipient of the Gatsby Grant); The Seer and the Witch (developed in the Groundbreakers Playwriting Group at terraNOVA); The Would-Be Room (performed in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C.);Convergence (premiered as part of the soloNOVA Festival); The Burning Brand; and Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner? Her ten minute pieces A Fever in the Feast and Uriel’s Garden were both workshopped with Anne Bogart. Fever…, as well as another short play, PIN, was workshopped at Ensemble Studio Theatre in early 2011.

Currently, Jennifer is the Administrative Director for the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Literary Manager for the Astoria Performing Arts Center. MFA: Columbia University; BA: Sarah Lawrence College. For more information, please visit jennifer-lane.net.

ROBIN A. PATERSON
Robin’s international career spans more than 150 productions. Active in the creation of new plays as a director, designer and producer, he has collaborated on more than 50 premieres. Based in New York, Robin’s work has also been featured in Berlin, Cairo, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. New York directing credits include the premiere of TWO-MAN KIDNAPPING RULE by Joseph Gallo (New Ohio Theatre); the premiere of PSYCHOMACHIA by Jenny Lane (Artistic New Directions); the premiere of STRESS POSITIONS by Daniel Sweren-Becker (SoHo Playhouse); the premiere of STAR SONG by Joseph Gallo (Artistic New Directions); the premiere of FALLOUT by Michael Blumberg (Manhattan Repertory); the premiere of WARNING: ADULT CONTENT by Joseph Gallo (Shetler Studios TDG); the American premiere of HUMANS ANONYMOUS by Kate Hewlett (Bridge Theatre Company); the premiere of ZARATHUSTRA SAID SOME THINGS, NO? by Trevor Ferguson (Infinitheatre); the premiere of MAKING MARILYN by Ken Cameron (Bridge Theatre Company); and a revival of PLUNGE by Christopher Kyle (Bridge Theatre Company). Robin is a frequent guest director at the Dramatic Writing Dept. at New York University, and is an active member of the Actors Studio Playwright-Director Workshop. Since September 2006,Robin has been the Managing Artistic Director of SHETLER STUDIOS & THEATRES. For more information please visit www.robin-a-paterson.com


Please make sure to visit our website – www.missiontoditmars.com – there are plenty of pictures from the mixer up, and we’ve also started to populate our Artist Directory. If you want to be included, please fill out this form and email us your headshot. Wooo! Also, don’t forget to like our Facebook page – we need some more “likes”. Please feel free to use our Facebook wall for shameless self promotion of all shapes and sizes (as long as the event/artist is based in Queens!).

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Our intrepid guests who braved the rain.
Our intrepid guests who braved the rain.

Mission to (dit)Mars has officially started!  We had our first mixer last night and it was a rousing success!  Thanks to everyone who braved the weather to join us on this special night for us.   We had representatives from the Queens City Council, The Chocolate Factory and Flux Theatre Ensemble, as well as many others.   Stay tuned for more exciting news.  Until then, enjoy some photos from our mixer last night:

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***Please note venue change ***

Our first mixer will be held at Alewife in Long Island City
Our first mixer will be held at Alewife in Long Island City

We are pleased to announce the location for our VERY FIRST Mission to ditMARS event! Please join us for cocktails, conversation and FUN on Wednesday, August 15th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Alewife in Long Island City!

YEAH! We’re super grateful to this venue for hosting us, and the location couldn’t be more convenient. If you think you can make it, please RSVP to missiontoditmars@gmail.com (but if you decide to come at the last minute, don’t worry – there’s not a limit!). The party will be held in the upstairs lounge area. This is a very informal gathering – if you can come for the whole thing, great. If you want to stop by later, great. If you can only stay 15 minutes, that’s fine too! We just want to meet you!

Mission to ditMARS – Blast Off!
Wednesday, August 15th
6:30 – 9:30 PM
Alewife
5-14 51st Avenue (7 train to Vernon Jackson stop)
Long Island City
Delicious craft beers on tap and full bar available! Some appetizers will be provided! Upstairs lounge area!
RSVP: missiontoditmars@gmail.com
There will also be a Facebook invite – please go and “like” our page for all the latest updates!
As we mentioned, please bring your creative ideas and brain power to discuss the following ideas with us and your fellow artists:
  • Forming a “connective tissue” of Queens based artists; a living, breathing collective for idea sharing and inspiration
  • Space sharing and space donation for people to work (theaters, church basements, apartments, etc.)
  • Ideas for meetings and groups (do you want a writers group? A monthly meeting of dancers? An improv group?)
  • Ideas for other forms of art other than theater (including dance, music, and visual art)
  • Site-specific theatrical events
  • Ideas for fun “teambuilding” events (i.e. Art-based pub crawls, more mixers, etc.)
  • Anything you want!

Hope the summer is treating you well and we look so forward to seeing you soon!!

Cheers!

Mission to ditMARS
Kari Bentley-Quinn
Don Nguyen
Meredith Packer
Laura Pestronk