2017 Burdick Reading Series


 

Be among the first to see the most recent works from around the country, presented in a script-in-hand workshop production in Bowne's Lab. The reading series facilitates an exciting exchange between playwright and audience. This year we have chosen plays that will spark your imagination and celebrate the new American play.

The Richard & Betty Burdick Reading Series performance schedule:
Louie Louie and La Dolce Vita by Frank Higgins / April 30 at 3:00pm
Honor Killing by Sarah Bierstock / May 7 at 3:00pm
Sofonisba by Callie Kimball / May 14 at 3:00pm

These readings are complimentary to attend, but require advance reservations. To reserve your seats today, click the links above! Seats may also be reserved by calling the box office at (941) 366-9000.


 

Louie Louie and La Dolce Vita by Frank Higgins / April 30 at 3:00pm

1966, Washington, D.C. Louie, a white F.B.I. audiologist, and Thalia, an African American store clerk, both love foreign films. Despite their growing infatuation, they struggle to contend with a country that has only just begun to accept their love, as well as the looming specter of Louie’s boss, J. Edgar Hoover. This tragi-comedy asks us to think about what it means to be a hero, and what it is about the silver screen that frightens and moves us to this day.

Frank Higgins is the author of Black Pearl Sings! and The Sweet By ‘n’ By, the latter produced with Tony-winner Blythe Danner and then future Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow. Black Pearl Sings! was produced at FST in 2009 and went on to become one of the most produced plays in the country. His plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French and Dramatic Publishing Company. Scenes from his play Gunplay were read on Capitol Hill prior to Congress passing the Brady Bill. He lives in Kansas City.


These readings are complimentary to attend, but require advance reservations. To reserve your seats today, click the link above. Seats may also be reserved by calling the box office at (941) 366-9000.


 

Honor Killing by Sarah Bierstock / May 7 at 3:00pm

Allisyn Davis, an American reporter for the NY Times, heads to Pakistan to cover the honour killing of a young woman. De­nied entrance she conducts her investigation remotely. Cultural collisions, candid interviews, and dangerous encounters cause her to re-examine her past - asking questions about forgiveness, self-worth, and justice.

Sarah Bierstock Sarah's first play, Honor Killing, is the Runner up for The Woodward International Playwriting Prize and the Bridge Initiative Playwriting Contest, is a Semi-Finalist for the 2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Ashland New Play Festival, Premier Stages Play Festival, PlayPenn New Play Development Conference, and was Semi-Finalist for 2016 Eugene O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference. Honor Killing, will be presented this April as part of the Reading Series at Athena Theater (Denver, CO). Sarah is a proud member of AEA/SAG-AFTRA.  www.sarahbierstock.com


These readings are complimentary to attend, but require advance reservations. To reserve your seats today, click the link above. Seats may also be reserved by calling the box office at (941) 366-9000.


 

Sofonisba by Callie Kimball / May 14 at 3:00pm

Sofonisba Anguissola served in the Spanish Court under King Phillip II and Queen Isabel for 20 years. Initially commissioned by the Pope to paint a single portrait of the young Queen, she quickly became the most sought after painter in the Spanish court, responsible for all of the royal commissions during her time there. In this play Kimball explores the loving, sisterly relationship of Sofonisba and Queen Isabel, as well as the challenges Sofonisba faced as a woman in a man’s career.


Callie Kimball earned her MFA at Hunter College, under Tina Howe. Her plays have been produced and developed in New York, Chicago, LA, DC, at Team Awesome Robot, Halcyon Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Drama League, The Brick Theater, Project Y Theatre, Absolute Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, The Kennedy Center, Mad Horse Theatre, and elsewhere. She’s received a MacDowell Fellowship, a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprenticeship, a Ludwig Vogelstein grant, and the Rita & Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award two years in a row. Her play Sofonisba won the Clauder Gold Prize, was a finalist for the O’Neill, a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award, and was included on The Kilroys’ 2016 List.


These readings are complimentary to attend, but require advance reservations. To reserve your seats today, click the link above. Seats may also be reserved by calling the box office at (941) 366-9000.