DVAA is delighted to host Arts and Ecology, Inc. as they present “First Drafts First Impressions” which will showcase works-in-progress, by the two incredibly talented playwrights selected to take part in the 2023 Catskills Creative Residency.
About the Catskills Creative Residency
Working with a director and local actors, the playwrights have spent the week refining their drafts and experimenting with staging, culminating in a community presentation of their plays at the Tusten Theatre.
The staged reading will be followed by a moderated discussion with the playwrights, the director, and the audience, aimed at getting audience feedback, feelings, and impressions. We look forward to a lively conversation with our enthusiastic local audience!
PATTERN RECOGNITION by Julie Marino
Taking its title from the cognitive science term “pattern recognition,” the play examines the human propensity to find and interpret patterns in everyday life — often whether they are there or not. At an art gallery, in an old French chateau, and on a peaceful beach at sunset, our characters encounter phenomena they are convinced are imparting life-changing messages. But heeding those messages and turning them into action can lead to some disappointing and often ridiculous surprises.
About the Playwright
Julie Marino is a playwright living and working in New York City. Her play “Welcome to Paradise” was a semi-finalist at the National Playwrights Conference and had its World Premiere in 2019 at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan. Previous works include “Wildfire Season,” which was presented in workshop form by Pier Studios in New York City, and “Mondo Condo,” a musical comedy about life in a retirement community. In addition to “Pattern Recognition,” Julie is also working on a new comedy entitled “No Pants On.”
SUPERTALL by Mark Steinbach
Supertall follows Tina and Billy, two neurotic real estate agents as they go about their day trying to close a deal at The Park, a midtown highrise. They get stuck in an elevator and their deal falls through then gets revived then falls through roughly 10 times — but business soon becomes secondary to the emotional ups and downs of their increasingly claustrophobic partnership.
About the Playwright
Mark Steinbach is a TV writer and playwright. He wrote for Saturday Night Live for three seasons, where he was nominated for two Emmys. He has also developed TV projects with Universal and Apple and taught television writing at Wellesley College. He lives in Brooklyn with his boyfriend and cat.
Arthur Aulisi, Benno Canner, Patrice Jordan, and Alete Kahn
TICKETS & LOCATION
Performances take place at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge Street in
Tickets $25 suggested donation. Due to mature content, not recommended for kids 12.
This project is made possible in part by a Statewide Community Regrant Program grant, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.