A staged reading presented by Permafrost Theatre Collective
Directed by Christina Rose Ashby
A troubled young man enters a mental hospital shortly after attempting suicide; he longs to die but his fellow patients turn him toward life again. A story about anguish, brokenness, healing and hope.
Michael John McGoldrick’s play The Moment After was a National Finalist in the Gary Garrison MFA Ten-Minute Play Competition sponsored by KCACTF in April 2018. This same play was also accepted into the Theater Masters National MFA Playwriting Festival and premiered in New York in May 2018. His one-act play The New Pasteur was awarded “Best Overall Play” in Acadia University’s 26th Annual MiniFest. His full-length play Wolf and Badger was a finalist in the 2018 Trustus Theatre Playwrights Festival. His play Children of Philadelphia was a finalist in the 2015 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition sponsored by the Alleyway Theater in Buffalo. His play By the Shores of Alluvtoomey was a finalist in Playhouse on the Square’s NewWorks@TheWorks 2nd Annual Playwriting Competition. His 10-minute play The Chinese Life Force was a People’s Choice Winner (Black Show) in the 12th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto, Canada. His other plays have received staged readings from New Jersey Repertory Company, The Monarch Theater, Sundog Theater, Strange Dog Theater, Now and Then Creative Company, The Jersey City Theater Center and The Theater Project. He is a member of the American Renaissance Theater Company in Manhattan. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University in May 2018.
Featuring: Alana, Alison Reader, Kitty Mortland, Mae Cutrona, Melissa Mowry, Mike Newman, Samantha E. Turlington, Thomas Burns Scully
In the first of our staged reading series, Permafrost Theatre Collective presented this new full length play by Los Angeles playwright, Anna Fox. The goal of the reading series is to provide a safe and constructive space for playwrights to workshop their latest piece.
When Lais, a Brazilian teenager, goes missing from an American summer program and leaves a mysterious abstract painting in the trash, a frantic search ensues that calls question to the ways in which we communicate and how we deal with mental health, not to mention what everyone on staff was really doing last night.
Anna Fox is an alliterative amalgamation of performer/poet/playwright and aspiring astrologer. Her work has been seen at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Sam French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, Fusion Theater Company, Live Girls! Theatre, Theater Masters National MFA Playwriting Competition, Tongue in Cheek Theatre, Stage Left Theater in Spokane, Wide Eyed Productions, The Midwest Dramatists Conference, Fresh Produced LA, and Free Fall Baltimore. Her play ALASKA IN THE SUMMERTIME is featured on soundplay.media’s Bare Wire Theater Podcast, and some of her short plays are published by Samuel French, The Dionysian and Bare Fiction Literary Magazine. She has been a MacDowell Fellow, in residence at The Cabins in Norfolk, CT, and partaken in Pataphysics workshops at The Flea. She is currently compiling an anthology of astrologically-themed plays entitled Retrograde. BS Skidmore College. MFA UCLA. www.annapfox.com.
In September 2018, the collective received a week long residency on Governor’s Island through the Rising Sun Performance Company. The collective was able to enjoy a full time rehearsal experience far away from distraction. The script was expanded to include more stories from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” Segments from the workshop production were broken apart to create a more cohesive narrative. Four more performers were added to the collective. They brought new perspectives and skill sets that made the production richer. While the workshop production was set in a round, the residency transformed the show into an immersive experience. The actors were able to lead the audience on a physical journey through Wonderland and helped them discover the wonders and terrors that it held.
What I.F. began its early stages of development in November of 2017. Director Christina Rose Ashby assembled and led a small group of actors in exploration of stories from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” They were joined in rehearsals by Thomas Burns Scully, who created the original music. The text was explored through dynamic movement, music, and rhythm-based exercises. The themes of childhood loneliness and loss were discovered and also explored.
During April of 2018, the collective worked directly with the text to create a coherent story. Each performer was challenged to bring a piece of text that resonated with them to rehearsal. They were to explain why that particular passage was important and express how they would like to tell it. Each piece explored a sense of curiosity and fear about growing up and finding oneself in a mysterious world. The rehearsals led to a workshop performance held at the Alchemical Theater Laboratory. The collective performed to a near sold out crowd and received thoughtful and encouraging feedback.