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New York, NY (October 15, 2019) –New York Stage and Film is thrilled to announce the upcoming line-up for their fall programming including the 2019 NYC Reading Series and a special panel discussion. New York Stage and Film’s NYC Programming serves artists through the course of the full calendar year, and throughout the life cycle of their projects. Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting www.NewYorkStageAndFilm.org/NYCProgramming.

The 2019 NYC Reading Series, held at The Glicker-Milstein Theater at The Diana Center at Barnard College (3009 Broadway, at 117th Street), was kicked off by a reading of Senator Bill Bradley’s Moving Forward. Upcoming in the 2019 NYC Reading Series:

Tent Revival
by Majkin Holmquist
directed by Teddy Bergman
Monday, October 28 at 7:00pm

The story of Ida, a young woman on the road with her parents as they preach the good word during the faith-healing revivalist tradition of the mid-20th century. While they spread miracles from one small Kansas town to another, Ida wrestles with doubt and struggles to find her own voice on the wide midwestern plains.

Mother of Exiles
by Jessica Huang
Monday, November 4 at 7:00pm

In 1898 California, a pregnant Eddie Loi faces deportation. In 1998 Miami, her grandson Braulio decides who stays and who goes. In 2098 somewhere on the ocean, their descendants sail toward a new country, fleeing climate crisis. Mother of Exiles follows the Loi family’s journey through America across 200 year, as they are ushered along by the spirits of their ancestors.

The Lost Or, How To Just B
by Keelay Gipson
directed by Rad Pereira
Monday, November 18 at 7:00pm

The Lost Or, How To Just B is story a Black boy trying to find his wings when the world tells him he has none. And Love. Told through hip hop and spoken word, we follow B as he discovers himself, through the city that raised him and the city he has never known.

Added to the fall programming this year is a special panel presented in collaboration with New York Theater Salon, held at the DGF Music Hall (356 West 40th Street, 2nd Floor):

New York Theater Salon
In collaboration with
New York Stage and Film
Portraits of Religion in Modern Theatre

There are an estimated 4,200 religions worldwide, and although American theater focuses on telling stories about followers of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, some important questions are to be asked. What kind of portrayals are we making in our theater stories, and are these holding truthful to realities of the people who follow them? While some playwrights choose to ridicule organized religion, others seem to focus on one specific belief or perspective of that belief.

Join us for our November panel where will explore the ways various religions are portrayed on stage, and hopefully draw closer to what it means to represent religious faith, its doctrines, and their followers on the theatrical stage.

Panelists will include:
Majkin Holmquist
(More to be announced)
DATE: Friday, November 22nd, 2019
PLACE: DGF Music Hall, 356 West 40th Street, 2nd floor
TIME: 7PM-8:30PM
(snacks and beverage will be provided)

NOTE: Seating is extremely limited. The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NYTheatreSalon/).
RSVP at our Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/35noBpl


Senator William W. Bradley (Playwright, Moving Forward) is a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC. From 2001-2004, he acted as chief outside advisor to McKinsey & Company’s nonprofit practice. He was a Senior Advisor and Vice Chairman of the International Council of JP Morgan & Co., Inc. from 1997-1999. During that time, he also worked as an essayist for CBS evening news and was a visiting professor at Stanford University, University of Notre Dame and the University of Maryland. Senator Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979-1997 representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967-1977 during which time they won 2 NBA championships. In 1982, he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Senator Bradley holds a BA degree in American History from Princeton University and an MA degree from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has authored seven books on American politics, culture and economy, including his latest book We Can All Do Better. Currently, Senator Bradley hosts “American Voices,” a weekly show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio that highlights the remarkable accomplishments of Americans both famous and unknown.

Majkin Holmquist (Playwright, Tent Revival) is a playwright originally from the Smoky Valley region in central Kansas where she was co-founder of The Next Stage Theatre Company. Her plays include The Vegetable Man, Tent Revival, Quickmatch, The Dog Pack Play, Stargazers, and Skinflint. Other credits include The Quonsets (co-written with Alex Lubischer, Yale Cabaret), Broken Melodies (WVIT Women in Theatre Festival), and Styx Songs (contributing writer, Yale Cabaret). She has taught at the O’Neill Playwriting Program at New Haven’s Cooperative Arts High School and at the Yale School of Drama. She holds a BA in Secondary English Education from Bethany College and an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.

Teddy Bergman (Director, Tent Revival) is a Drama Desk nominated director, producer, and actor. As the Artistic Director of Woodshed Collective, he has co-conceived and directed many productions including the critically acclaimed Empire Travel Agency (NYTimes Critics Pick, TimeOutNY Critic’s Pick, Guardian’s Ten Best of the Year) and the award-winning hit immersive musical KPOP (Lucille Lortel Winner for Outstanding Musical, Richard Rodgers Award Winner from the American Academy of Arts and Letters). His work as a director has also been seen at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theater Club, Ars Nova, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Edinburg Fringe Festival, Portland Center Stage, Columbia University, Primary Stages, The Vineyard Arts Project, Space on Ryder Farm, Clubbed Thumb, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. He is currently under commission from the Public Theater and is directing Canadian pop duo’s Tegan and Sara’s fall tour.  As an actor his theater work includes: the Tony Award Winning play Peter And The Starcatcher (original Broadway cast), Philip Goes Forth (The Mint), Sex Lives of Our Parents (2nd Stage), Peter and the Starcatcher (NYTW), Seven Minutes in Heaven (HERE), Hell House (St. Ann’s), I.E. (The Flea Theater). Regionally, Teddy has performed at Bay Street Theater, Williamstown, The Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage and more. His film work includes Wolves, Listen Up Philip, Fading Gigolo, Hairbrained, Julie and Julia, Little Big League, and Honeymoon in Vegas. TV work includes: a major recurring role on Amazon Studios’s “Good Girls Revolt,” “The Affair,” “Law and Order: SVU,” and more.

Jessica Huang‘s (Playwright, Mother of Exiles) work includes The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin (History Theatre commission/premiere, 2017 Kilroy’s List, 2018 Barry and Bernice Stavis Award), Purple Cloud (Mu Performing Arts premiere), and Transmissions in Advance of the Second Great Dying (Mixed Blood Theater commission). She has commissions with Manhattan Theatre Club, TimeLine Theatre Company, Audible, Theater Masters, History Theatre, and Theater Mu. Her work has been developed, commissioned, and/or produced by Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, The New Group, New York Stage and Film, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Museum of American Art, Yellow Earth Theatre and many more. She is a MacDowell Fellow; two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow; and Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow; and has received awards from the Sloan Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council/McKnight. Jessica co-founded and co-directs Other Tiger Productions, a theatrical production company with a mission to pursue multidisciplinary collaborations, intentional inclusivity and a re-examination of traditional theater practices. She has been a member of the Civilians R&D Group, and is a member of Two River Theater Emerging Playwrights Group, Ars Nova Play Group, Page 73’s Interstate 73, and is the 2019 resident playwright at Chance Theater. She attends the Playwrights Program at Juilliard.

Tyne Rafaeli (Director, Mother of Exiles) is a New York based director of new plays, classics and musicals. Recent productions include Sylvia Khoury’s POWER STRIP at LCT3 and SELLING KABUL at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ming Peiffer’s USUAL GIRLS at Roundabout Theater Company (NY Times Critics’ Pick), Craig Lucas’ I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU at Playwrights Horizons (NY Times Critics’ Pick), Martyna Majok’s IRONBOUND and the world premieres of Anna Ziegler’s ACTUALLY and Amanda Peet’s OUR VERY OWN CARLIN MCCULLOUGH at The Geffen Playhouse, and Michael Yates Crowley’s THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN at The Playwrights Realm. Her work has also been seen at La Jolla Playhouse, Classic Stage Company, Cal Shakes, Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Two River Theater, PlayMakers Rep, New York Stage & Film, Goodspeed, Juilliard, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Tyne is a 2016-18 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theater and received the 2014 SDC Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classic Direction. Upcoming projects include SELLING KABUL at Playwrights Horizons.

Keelay Gipson (Playwright, The Lost Or, How To Just B) is an Activist, Professor, and award-winning Playwright whose plays include imagine sisyphus happy (Finalist; Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; P73 Summer Residency at Yale University), #NewSlaves (Finalist; Princess Grace Award, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils Playwright Conference), CRH, or the placenta play (Semi-Finalist; The O’Neill, Bay Area Playwrights Conference, AADA Main Stage Live!), Nigger/Faggot (Downtown Urban Theater Festival), The Lost, Or How to Just Be, What I Tell You in the Dark (Premiere Stages Finalist), and Mary/Stuart, a dramatic queering of friedrich schiller’s classic play (BAM Next Wave Festival, partnership with Wendy’s Subway and Lambda Literary). He is the recipient of New York Stage and Film’s Founders’ Award, the Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists, as well as writing fellowships with Lambda Literary, The Amoralists, Page 73, Dramatist Guild Foundation and Playwrights’ Realm. He has held residencies with the MacDowell Colony, New York Stage and Film, the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of New York, and the Administration of Children’s Services of the City of New York. His work has been seen/developed at Victory Gardens, the Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, HERE Arts Center, The Theater at Alvin Ailey, Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory, Pace University, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, The University of Houston, The National Black Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theater, The Fire This Time Festival, Classical Theater of Harlem, and New York Theatre Workshop.

Rad Pereira (Director, The Lost Or, How To Just B) is a proud immigrant from Brazil. Rad is a transdisciplinary artist/ healer/ New World builder/ activist/ educator based in Lenape land (Brooklyn). Their work has been supported by over 50 cultural institutions around the World including National Black Theatre, The Public Theater, MITU580, La Mama etc., Shakespeare Theatre in DC, A Blade of Grass, Abrons Arts Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, NYTW, Abrons Arts Center, Lincoln Center, The Bushwick Starr, Target Margin, Ars Nova. Rad has spoken at the United Nations, Queens Museum, Working Woman of Color Conference, Dance/NYC symposium, Culture/Shift, Rio de Janeiro Museum www.RadPlanet.org



New York Stage and Film (Christopher Burney, Artistic Director; Thomas Pearson, Executive Director; Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang, Producing Directors) is a not-for-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development of new works for theater and film. Since 1985, New York Stage and Film has played a significant role in the development of new plays, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures, and established itself as a vital cultural institution for residents of the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan region www.newyorkstageandfilm.org.

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