10 OUT OF 12
by Anne Washburn
Monday, August 31, 7 pm on Zoom
Featuring Li-Leng Au, Sumi Narendran Cardinale, Jeremy Cole, Courtney Johnson, Michael Kelly, Ben Knoll, Devon LaBelle, Justin P. Lopez, Katy Mlodzik, Salim Razawi, Mike Reynolds, LaMont Ridgell, Kristin Smith, and Laurie Strawn
Directed by Marilyn Langbehn
Tickets: Free (suggested donation $10)
ABOUT THE PLAY
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to tech. Around you, a company of 14 is engaged in the very peculiar—and peculiarly impossible—task of making a new play. You’ll have a seat next to the sound designer as he mixes cues. You’ll eavesdrop on backstage gossip as it happens over headset. You’ll watch the director struggle to contain the uncontainable.
CCCT is pleased to welcome you to this most unusual behind-the-scenes look at the making of a play, and even more pleased to introduce you to some of the real-life crew members who make up the ace creative team here at the theatre. This will be a reading like no other; be there and go behind the curtain with us to the world the audience never gets to see!
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Anne Washburn was born in Berkeley, California, where her exposure to theatre was limited to seeing local school productions and acting in productions at her high school. She admits that she was not very good but that she enjoyed it immensely, and in the meantime, she wrote poetry. Washburn attended Reed College, where she had no intentions at all to continue with theatre, but a boy she liked was directing and producing an original play for her senior thesis. Washburn was cast and knew that theatre was what she needed to do, so she promptly changed her major and discovered her passion for playwriting.
After college, Washburn moved to Seattle, Washington, and worked several temp jobs but had a hard time writing. She applied to graduate programs but was rejected. Washburn began to write radio plays and found some success in doing so. After some time, she decided to once again try her hand at applying to graduate schools, and she was accepted into the New York University dramatic writing program.
Seen as one of the foremost contemporary experimental playwrights, Washburn, whose plays have been produced at venues such as the Vineyard Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre, and the American Repertory Theatre, among others, is best known for her Drama League nominated 2012 play Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, which explores what could happen to popular culture after modern civilization. The characters in Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play have all survived some sort of nuclear apocalypse and bide their time attempting to recount “Cape Feare,” an episode of the animated sitcom The Simpsons. Eventually, “Cape Feare” and other Simpsons episodes become widespread cultural phenomena and ultimately begin to carry religious meaning for the “post-electric” human race.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Marilyn Langbehn is beginning her eighth season at CCCT. Productions for the company include Bright Star, All the Way, Ragtime, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Cabaret, The Sound of Music, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised], the world premiere of The Lost Years, and The Mountaintop, both of which began their lives at CCCT as part of the Reading Stage series. Her widely-acclaimed production of August: Osage County received Best Production and Best Director nods at the inaugural TBA Awards in 2014. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has directed numerous productions including the West Coast premiere of Race by David Mamet (Best Director, The Inlander), Rabbit Hole (“Top Ten Bay Area Productions of the Year”, Theater Dogs), Driving Miss Daisy (“Top Ten Bay Area Productions of the Year”, Contra Costa Times), the San Francisco premiere of Superior Donuts, the Bay Area premieres of Frost/ Nixon and Looking for Normal, Kiss Me Kate, The Woman in Black, Shadowlands, Jesus Christ Superstar, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? More info: marilynlangbehn.net
ABOUT READING STAGE
CCCT is pleased to announce the return of its popular Reading Stage, this time as a Zoom series for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Begun in 2015, Reading Stage offers an opportunity for audiences to focus on hearing some of the most thrilling works in contemporary theatre. Each new theatrical project begins at some point with a “table read” as the actors and creative team get together and read the script which forms the basis for the work they’ll do to bring a text to life. Reading Stage brings some of the best actors and riveting scripts together to create an unforgettable evening of theatre.
Reading Stage is underwritten, in part, through the generous contributions of Marcia and Joe Grossman, Gary Langbehn and Jerry Power, and Debbie Chinn.
This post was written by CCCT