Staged Reading Series
This fall, Spooky Action Theater will be hosting four readings of unseen works from up-and-coming playwrights. Join us on Sunday afternoons this October and November for a special look at hand-selected works submitted to our New Works in Action program.
THE BEHAVIOR OF OTHER ANIMALS
by Mark J. Costello
Sunday, October 20 at 3 PM
Corinth, Mississippi, 1985. The first annual Slugburger Festival approaches but 15-year-old Lyra is more focused on Carl Sagan and the recent launch of the Voyager spacecraft. She searches for a balanced share of grief with her dad after the loss of her mother, and is further vexxed by the attention of Lynx, a boy from school who shares Lyra's love of the cosmos--and, it seems, has a little love left for her, too. Steeped in the humidity of Mississippi in August, The Behavior of Other Animals is an interwoven look at love, loss, and learning to chart a course forward.
by Sara Jean Accuardi
Sunday, October 27 at 3 PM
Randi has lived off the grid with her father for as long as she can remember. She knows better than to question things—at least, until now. THE STORYTELLER is a riff on THE TEMPEST that explores the magic and power of the narratives we create.
by Lyra Yang
Sunday, November 3 at 3 PM
Paper Dream is set in the Angel Island Immigration Detention Center in San Francisco Bay of the 1930s. We follow the journey of four Chinese women: a self-proclaimed aristocrat, her husband’s second wife’s obedient daughter, a working-class mother, and a talented young prostitute as they find themselves trapped like prisoners in a “land of freedom”. Besides fighting against the racist system, the women have to decide whether to treat each other like family or to hold on to antiquated Chinese values and use them for their own benefit. The play explores the “American Dream” through the eyes of these Chinese women--whether to survive by all means or to die in dignity?
New Works in Action presented staged readings and a workshop in September 2018 and March 2019, learn more in past workshops.