Reading Stage presents HOW TO PRAY

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by Michelle Carter

directed by Marilyn Langbehn

One Night Only: Monday, November 8, 7 pm PDT on Zoom

Tickets: Free (suggested donation $10)

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FAITH: Kim Donovan

MAN 1: Tim Holt Jones

MAN 2: Tim Garcia



KIM DONOVAN (Faith)(she/her) is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC—which served as her creative home for many years before moving to the Bay Area to work for Pixar. Kim is now an independent Casting Director (KSDCasting) and Voice Over Coach/Director. As a Voice Over Artist, Kim works for Pixar, Leviathan Audio Productions, Kuku Studios, Netflix, Playboy, and others. She produced the award-winning HorRomCom “Bitten” for BestBadDog Films and the documentary “Snow Day—Life, Death, and Skiing”, both currently on Amazon Prime. As an actress, Kim has appeared locally with Altarena in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (B’way World Best Actress Award); All the Way, Ripcord, and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play for CCCT; dirty butterfly for Anton’s Well (TBA Nom); Stage Kiss for TOOTCO; and Four Men in Paris for Plethos, among others.

TIM HOLT JONES (Man 1)(he/him) is happy to return to CCCT, having appeared most recently in Our Town. Other work with CCCT includes August: Osage County; To Kill a Mockingbird; You Can’t Take It with You; Cabaret; and several Reading Stage offerings. For the Eugene O’Neill Foundation Tim was in both a stage and film version of O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon. Other Bay Area theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard and Woman in Mind, both at Town Hall; Three Sisters and Book of Days at the Douglas Morrisson, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Aluminous Collective), The Laramie Project (Masquers Playhouse), Of Mice and Men and A Streetcar Named Desire (Role Players Ensemble), Annie and West Side Story at Berkeley Playhouse, 1776 for Contra Costa Musical Theatre, and Bright Shining Sea with PlayGround.

TIM GARCIA (MAN 2)(he/him) is thrilled to join CCCT’s Reading Stage production of Michelle Carter’s HOW TO PRAY. He was recently back on stage in The Pear Theatre and Perspective Theatre Company’s co-production of SOMEWHERE by Marisela Treviño Orta. He has performed with multiple Bay Area companies including Theatre Rhinoceros (THE NORMAL HEART), The Custom Made Theatre Company (GOOD. BETTER. BEST. BESTED and HOW THE WORLD BEGAN, earning a Principal Actor in a Play BATCC nomination), Left Coast Theatre Company (THE LARAMIE PROJECT and  TWISTED HITCHCOCK), Brava Theatre Center (GHOST LIMB), Santa Clara Players (THE GLASS MENAGERIE), Douglas Morrison Theatre (DRACULA), Boxcar Theatre (THE SPEAKEASY), and Foothill Conservatory (ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES). He has also performed at City Lights Theatre Company, Z Below, BAPF, and SBMT. He studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and San José State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Theatre with emphases in Acting, Writing & Research. He also recently joined The Pear Theatre as Marketing Director.


Faith has never wanted children. And so when her brother asked her to be a gestational surrogate, she decided she’d be the perfect carrier–“none of the waxy buildup.” Little did Faith know that once she finally–after many months of tests and attempted blastocyst transfers–became pregnant, her brother would joyfully announce that his marriage is over and his wife has moved to Rome.

As Faith weighs the decision, now hers alone, as to what to do about the pregnancy, her cat loses no opportunity to express his despair that she has taken in a dog. Faith seeks the counsel of a fairly random lover, his small son, and a transgendered karaoke singer who volunteers at the charity Faith manages. The play explores the practical, emotional, and spiritual issues that arise as she wrestles with the reality of this pregnancy.

HOW TO PRAY received the PEN USA Literary Award in Drama / Susan Glaspell Award, and the PEN USA / Centenary Theater Company in 2014.


MICHELLE CARTER is a two-time recipient of the PEN USA Award in Drama. She has also received the Susan Glaspell Award, the Ebell Playwright Prize, the PEN West Award, Backstage West’s Garland Award, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, and a Kesselring Prize nomination. She’s held residencies at the Berkeley Repertory Theater (Ground Floor), the Donmar Warehouse in London, the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, and the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown. Her plays have been produced and developed at the Moscow Art Theater, the Donmar Warehouse, the Playwrights Horizons / Clubbed Thumb SuperLab, Arcola Theatre, Centenary Stage Company, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Shotgun Players, Aurora Theatre, Magic Theatre, Symmetry Theatre, Just Theater, Crowded Fire, AlterTheater, the New York Summer Play Festival, and the Grimeborn Opera Festival in London. Music theater and dance theater projects include DREAMSPIEL, a Ukulele Opera (libretto, lyrics) with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Arcola Theatre, London; AFTER ALL, Part I, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has published plays with Dramatic Publishing, many short stories and essays, and a novel with Penguin Books. Michelle is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.


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