(Play) writes of summer

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The Lulubird Project is partnering with Questionable Theatrics to bring a marvelous group of local playwrights together for a two-night play reading soirée at Theater 29. The playwrights are in charge of choosing, casting, and directing each play that will be featured on the stage. Join us for some playwright-run summer fun!

Admission is FREE. But reservations are needed for each night, and there are a limited number of seats available.  Get tickets here.

*Doors will open at 6:30 PM followed by staged readings at 7 PM

MONDAY JUNE 24TH

  • A 10-15 minute reading from a new play by John Ashton

  • A reading of a new full-length play by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill 

TUESDAY JUNE 25TH

  • 10 - 15 minute readings from new plays by featured playwrights Colette Mazunik, Frank Oteri, Tami Canaday, Jeff Neuman and Sean Michael Cummings.


THE PLAYWRIGHTS & PLAYS

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REBECCA GORMAN O’NEILL

One of Us is Lying: A retired couple who have been isolated from society by the government (as all retired people are) must navigate the unexpected intrusion of a stranger, who destroys the stable reality they have carefully built for themselve

BIO: An Ohio native, Rebecca started writing plays at Dartmouth College. After earning her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Rebecca’s original plays have been produced across the United States and in Canada, and her plays through Eldridge Publishing, Next Stage Press, and Dramatic Publishing. Rebecca is a Professor of English and Department Chair at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches playwriting, screenwriting, cinema studies, and the graphic novel.

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JOHN ASHTON

Before You Go: Act I Scene 1 of a full-length about three adult siblings who find themselves together for the first time in five years, and try to sort out some serious unfinished business.

BIO: John C. Ashton wrote his first play, a skit really, for Jazz-Poetry Night at St. Louis U. High, about 55 years ago. It was about a young man learning to love the machine he worked with. He has since written half a dozen or so comedy murder mysteries and other plays, most notably Murder Most Fowl, (co-authored with Bob Wells), which ran intermittently for more than two decades at the Avenue Theater and other venues, and Mystery of the Rainbow Diamond, commissioned and produced by the Arvada Center. Before You Go is John’s second piece to be read at Theater 29. The first was Suspicious Activities, a political satire/farce. Thanks and kudos to Lisa Wagner Erickson and the whole Theater 29 family for becoming a major force for original works in a town teeming with writers ready to go.

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COLETTE MAZUNIK

A Danger to Yourself and Others: When a man with social anxiety tries to rob a gas station, what could possibly go wrong?

BIO: Colette Mazunik is a Denver-based writer. She received her MFA in Playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School and her plays and films have been developed and produced at festivals, theatres, and schools across the country and internationally. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. This year, she is honored to be part of the inaugural cohort of writers in The Playwrights' Group at DCPA. Find her scripts at newplayexchange.org.

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SEAN MICHAEL CUMMINGS

How to Disembowel Your Friends: Sean and Mike are here at your summer camp, and they want you to give up your organs. Based on true events.

BIO: Sean Michael Cummings is a playwright and actor born and raised in Colorado. His plays have been performed in theatres and festivals across across the country; including Bite-Size: An Evening of Microtheatre produced by The Denver Center for Performing Arts. Sean is currently playing Silvius in As You Like It at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. In 2014, Sean's life was saved by a live organ transplant from theatre artist Mike Largent, the inspiration for and other reader of this piece.

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TAMI CANADAY

Tiny Little: A diminutive maiden meets a king in a bar.

BIO: Tami Canaday’s plays have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. Her literary work has been featured in The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, The Good Ear Review, Young Women’s Monologs from Contemporary Plays, and Singular Voices. Her plays have been performed across the country on stages including the Left Theatre, Changing Scene, Luminous Group Theatre, Source Theatre Company, and the Producer’s Club. She was dramaturge and contributing writer for Bingo Boyz: Columbine, which received the Denver Post’s Ovation Award for best new work. Count Down to Zero Theatre commissioned and produced her play, Uncle Rooster.

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FRANK OTERI

Always With a Bang: An afterlife conversation filled with secrets, suits and revelations.

BIO: After four years of service in the U.S. Army, Frank A. Oteri relocated from Connecticut to Colorado to begin his life outside of the military. Upon receiving his Mass Communications degree with a minor in creative writing, Mr. Oteri moved to Denver in 2007 and began writing for the Department of Energy’s WINDExchange program where he continues to work in support of wind energy education and outreach. In 2008, his first play, Edgar, was performed by Brooks Center Arts as a part of the company’s In the City production. Two years later his play, Intimate Information was produced by Vintage Theatre as part of the theatre’s A Very Dark Holiday Playwright Festivus. In 2013, Mr. Oteri was selected to participate in Horse and Cart Theatre’s PlayOffs finishing in the final six out of sixteen contestants. The following year, Tales from the Peacetime Army, was a semi-finalist in the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s nuVoices play festival and a finalist at the Edge Theatre’s On the Edge: A Festival of New Plays.

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JEFF NEUMAN

Discreet 44: "Same Time Next Year" meets Grindr when two married men begin an affair that brings them together each month at a mid-range hotel that caters to business travelers.

BIO: Jeffrey Neuman is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed at theaters and festivals across the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. His plays have been produced and/or developed by Emerging Artists Theatre Company, Denver Center Theater Company, Edinburgh Fringe, Edge Theater Company, FUSION Theatre Company and the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, among many others. His first publication, Modern Goddesses: Two Short Plays of Mythic Proportions, is available for licensing and performance from JAC Publishing & Promotions. Jeffrey is a 2012 Heideman Award Finalist, cofounder of Colorado’s Rough Draught Playwrights, Director of Literary Development for Benchmark Theatre, an inaugural fellow in the Denver Center Theatre Company's Playwrights' Group, and an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America. www.theaterbyjeff.com.

Lisa Erickson