Spring 2008 Reading Series
Produced by Jan Carty Marsh and Sara Staley
For All The Babies’ Fathers
By Molly Rhodes*
Directed by Laley Lippard
For All The Babies’ Fathers follows the story of
Henry, a middle-aged man who discovers his ex-girlfriend is expecting a
child he doesn’t want. Henry doesn’t know how to face and accept what’s
happened and who he has become. His journey to find answers brings him
up against a world that also struggles to face and accept him.
Molly Rhodes’ play For All the Babies’ Fathers
had its first staged reading at Magic Theatre, where Molly coordinates
the literary committee and oversees the development of dramaturgy for
Magic’s productions. Molly’s play Your Money Is Safe was
developed in the 2006 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Molly received the
2007 PlayGround Fellowship, to create and develop her play The
Singularity of We as part of their 2008 Best of Festival.
* TBA 2008 Up and Coming Playwright
Brothers and Blood
By Stephen Halasz
Directed by Jon Wai‑keung Lowe
Nick, a young grand prix motorcycle racer, has been
badly injured in an accident. Now he wants to make a comeback. Nick’s
brother, a manager at Nick’s corporate sponsor, thinks Nick is a
self-destructive prima donna. The corporation just thinks he’s crazy.
Along with an unconventional psychologist unwittingly appointed by the
corporation, Nick’s family and colleagues grapple with issues of
loyalty, mortality, and how to live a meaningful life in this original
play by San Francisco playwright Stephen Halasz.
Stephen Halasz is a former working cowboy, motorcycle
racer, climber and pilot. He now spends his free time writing and
surfing waves not over knee high. Stephen keeps the wolf from the door
by laboring as general counsel at Synergenics, LLC, which finances and
operates a portfolio of biotechnology companies.
The Trinity Test
By Carolina Rojas Moretti
After waking up from a suicide attempt, Paloma
understands that she has been given a second chance at life. Without
another thought, she embarks on a search that leads her to an
undistinguished small town, where she hopes she’ll be able to right all
her countless wrongs. She instead finds herself in an act so
unspeakable that she is left to assume only one thing...
Carolina Rojas Moretti has been an actor in Bay Area
theatre for over six years. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of
The Lighthouse Troupe, a social outreach group that offers
improvisation workshops locally and internationally. She holds a BA in
Spanish Literature from the University of California, Irvine.
By Richard Ciccarone
1983 is the journey backwards of a man who has made
a complete mess of his life through a series of terrible choices, all
of which lead him to live on the grounds of a Renaissance Fair well
past the period of a person’s life when that can be “cool.” Peter is
jettisoned back to 1983 so that he can warn his younger, more innocent
self of the dangers of life. Peter the Younger realizes, much to his
disappointment, that his Elder self is just not very bright and has
made decisions even the dumbest among us would have avoided. Can his
younger self help Peter the Elder become a better person and eventually
stop living in the past?
Richard Ciccarone has written in numerous mediums
ranging from copywriting for Nike, Hewlett Packard and Sony to the
short-lived children’s television series “You Can Kids” which was
promptly sold to a Mexican television production company and renamed
“Tu Puedes.” Richard wrote and directed his first play The
American Gallery which premiered in San Francisco and was then
produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a frequent contributor
to Theatre Bay Area Magazine and has had several humorous fiction
pieces published in various magazines around the country. Richard is
currently the writer and producer of Funny But Mean, a sketch comedy
group that appears both in New York and San Francisco.
By Beth Soloway
Directed by Andy Hamner
G.M. records her life on catalog cards. She keeps
the cards locked in a large wooden library catalog. Her partner Jason
resents her secrecy. An afternoon visit from Jason’s aunt and her new
partner, evolves into an epiphany about trust, not just for G.M., but
Beth Soloway started writing plays out of her concern
with the lack of good women’s stage roles. At San Francisco State
University where she received a Masters in English with an emphasis in
Creative Writing, she won the prestigious Lawrence and Lee Playwriting
Award for her stage play Breathing. Her novel, The Great
Deception, won Southwest Writers Contest 2004 in the History,
Romance and Western novel categories.
By Morgan Ludlow
Directed by Marilyn Langbehn
It’s 1852 and San Francisco is in the throes of Gold
Fever. Billy, a naive prospector, is trying to make his fortune. In a
city of 50,000 men all clobbering each other to get ahead, how does a
young man on his own survive? By becoming a woman of course!
Morgan has had plays performed or read at the Eureka
Theatre, the Exit Theatre, the Off Market Theatre in San Francisco,
City Lights Theatre in San Jose, Gaia Performing Arts Center in
Berkeley, Ross Valley Players in Marin County, The Pegasus Theatre in
Monte Rio and at the Interborough Rep in New York City. He most
recently served as the Producing Director for the Playwrights’ Center
of San Francisco. Morgan has taught acting and playwriting for the
University of Utah’s Theatre School for Youth. He is a member of
Theatre Bay Area, The Play Cafe and The Dramatists Guild of America.