Monday, October 28, 2013

THEATRE IN THE LOFT READING OFFERS A LOOK AT GOD, FAITH & REDEMPTION

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MIDTOWN DIRECT REP
proudly presents
A Theatre in the Loft Reading of

LISTEN FOR THE LIGHT
True Faith Always Comes With A Cost
Written by KARA LEE CORTHRON
Starring BRADLEY DEAN, JOANNA YOUNG, and additional MDR MEMBERS
Directed by AMY SALTZ

WHEN: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, AT 7 PM
WHERE:
SOPAC, ONE SOPAC WAY, SOUTH ORANGE, NJ
ADMISSION: $15
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 973.313.ARTS (2787), by visiting www.sopacnow.org, or by CLICKING HERE

MIDTOWN DIRECT REP is pleased to announce a reading of Kara Lee Corthron's (Princess Grace Award-winner) Listen For The Light, directed by Amy Saltz (Almost Maine), as part of Midtown Direct Rep's play development series focuses on new and innovative American theatre: Theatre in the Loft.

TRUE FAITH ALWAYS COMES WITH A COST.

From playwright Kara Lee Corthron (winner of the Princess Grace award and multiple NEA grants) comes a blazingly theatrical look at God, faith and redemption.

It's 1844 and the word of God has been revealed to Joseph Smith, making him a prophet to some and a lightning rod to others. He must fight his inner and outer demons as a free black man with a tragic past questions his faith, and a precocious young woman locked in a room reluctantly awaits word from God.

God is watching and the holiest of holy revelations can happen at any time. So can its opposite.

Following on the heels of MDR's successful development of Rated P (for parenthood), MDR's program, Theatre in the Loft, aims to do the same for other previously unseen material. MDR now presents monthly readings or workshops of new plays and musicals one Sunday night a month at 7 PM in the SOPAC loft. With a cash bar and post show discussions with the casts and creative teams, MDR fosters a fun and collaborative environment to nurture the development of top notch theatre right here at home.

The reading stars Bradley Dean (Evita; A Little Night Music) and Joanna Young (The Drowsy Chaperone; Grease; Rated P), both members of MDR, plus two additional company members.

About Midtown Direct Rep (MDR)
With perhaps more professional theater artists than any suburb of NYC, Maplewood/South Orange (NJ) is “where Broadway comes home to sleep.” MDR, a theatre company created by and for these NJ-based artists, develops and presents relevant, world-class theatre for its community. www.midtowndirectrep.org.

Midtown Direct Rep company members include two- time Tony Winner, Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Nominee, Christiane Noll, and "Law & Order; SVU" regular, Joel de la Fuente, among others. The Company is managed by Co-Artistic Directors Sandy Rustin and Jeremy Dobrish, Managing Director Jeffrey Shubart, and Producing Director Evan Fleischer.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.