ANNUAL SUMMER READING SERIES
We are excited to announce the four plays we have chosen for this years Summer Reading Series. This year’s theme is 'United on Stage', a celebration of inclusivity and diversity that reflects the cultural melting pot that is both America and Australia today. This annual community event is also a way for us to connect with local and international writers, actors, and other theatre practitioners, and to develop new audiences – all while enjoying some great Australian wine, courtesy of Penfolds. The readings will take place every Monday in June at 8pm at the Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Avenue, and are presented by the Australian Consulate General of Los Angeles. Admission is always free.
The Summer Reading Series is part of our development process for future productions. Previous themes have included 'Stage to Screen' (great plays that have inspired films) and 'Works by Women' (plays by Australian female writers presented on the U.S. stage for the first time). Last season’s main stage productions of Speaking In Tongues and Ruben Guthrie were both developed in the reading series.
written by Mary Anne Butler
Monday 5th June 2017 @ 8pm
Directed by Leah Patterson
Featuring Tasha Ames, Chantelle James & Luke McKenzie
A car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife. A woman miscarrying her first-born child. ‘Broken’ entwines the stories of three complex lives as they unfold on a single fateful night in the heart of the Northern Territory’s desert country. When you find yourself empty, how do you start again?
written by Josh Sakariassen
Monday 12th June 2017 @ 8pm
Directed by Gia Carides
Featuring David Franklin, Laurence Fuller, Lucy Green, Beejan Land & Roxane Wilson
A conflicted, young farmer battles with his desire to leave his isolated family farm to pursue higher education in Adelaide, and his sense of duty to continue working his father's drought ridden cattle ranch. A breakout from a nearby processing center unexpectedly brings a young refugee into his life. Can he escape the past that threatens to keep him trapped?
KEEPING IN TOUCH
written by Adolfo Cruzado
Monday 19th June 2017 @ 8pm
Directed by Diana C. Zollicoffer
Featuring Matthew Yang King & Lee Sherman
Anna and Tom meet at university in the late 80's. They fall in and out of love...and become friends for life. Over three decades their communication evolves along with their friendship from hand written love notes to social media posts. Their enduring connection is filled with shared triumphs, tragedies, humor and heart. They keep in touch by mapping out the complicated contours of their intimacies and love for each other.
written by Christine Evans
Monday 26th June 2017 @ 8pm
Directed by Jonny Pasvolsky
Featuring Melissa Bickerton, Gia Carides, Annabel Marshall-Roth, Mark Neal & Seth Russell
As coral reefs bleach white across the Great Barrier Reef and the oceans heat up, a young marine scientist fights to save the oceans - but first, she has to save her mother's hair salon business from a dangerous land shark.