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A Featured Reading benefiting International Association for Suicide Prevention
Margaret Ladd (Past PCTF Award for Outstanding Actress)
Christina Toth (Past PCTF Award for Outstanding Actress)
Teatro Latea @ The Clemente
Thursday, 8/2 @ 7:45PM
Lyle Kessler (Playwright) is the author of the internationally acclaimed Orphans which received two Tony nominations for the Bwy revival starring Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster. Albert Finney won the Olivier Award in London’s West End production. Other actors starring in Orphans have been Al Pacino and Jesse Eisenberg. Other plays include Collision, Rattlestick Theater, The Watering Place, Bwy, Possession and Holy Land, EST, Robbers, American Place, Unlisted, L.A’s Tiffany Theater, The Great Divide, Elephant Theater, L.A. His new play, House on Fire will open at Palm Beach Drama Works this December. Films include Orphans, The Saint of Fort Washington, Gladiator and Touched, co-starring Mr. Kessler. He is a member of the Labyrinth Theater Co. and Actors Studio where he serves as Director of the Playwright/Directors Unit. He was also Artistic Director of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and participated in the Sundance Screenwriter’s Conference in Hungary, working with writers from all over Eastern Europe. Mr. Kessler’s plays have been published by Random House, Grove Press, Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service.
Shira-Lee Shalit (Director) Recent productions include the world premiere of LAByrinth Theater Company’s Devil Of Choice by Maggie Diaz Bofill (Cherry Lane Theatre), Nick and Zoe by Daniel Talbott (IRT Theatre), The Women of Padilla by Tony Meneses (AADA), Fault Lines by Stephen Belber (TBG Theatre), Girls Will Be Girls by Jolie London (NYFringe Festival -Fringe Favorite) and many readings and workshops at The Actors Studio, LaMama, EST, Dixon Place, Nylon Fusion, The Lark, Intar, Barefoot Theatre Co (Associate Artistic Director 2015-17), JPP, NYMadness, HERE and Writers Guild East. Chosen by Steven Spielberg as one of 18 Finalists out of 12,000 directors for his Fox/DreamWorks show- On The Lot, her feature film debut, A-List won the Audience Award at Milan International Film Festival, and Best Comedy at Worldfest Film Festival. Her short film, Full Cycle which she wrote and directed, was a Finalist in the Student Academy Awards. Upcoming in the fall: a production of Jan Rosenberg’s What’s Wrong With You at the Harold Clurman Lab Theatre. A Presidential Scholar of the Arts awardee, Shira-Lee is a proud member of Rising Phoenix Rep, NYWIFT and The Actors Studio Playwright/ Director Unit. She is on faculty at Columbia University and NYU. http://shira-leeshalit.weebly.com/