Two New Plays from One Great New Voice

On March 3 and 4 enter a world of corporate greed, lost obsessions, sex shops, and more with the Actors Studio Drama School Staged Reading Series.

The Actors Studio Drama School (ASDS) invites you to attend the 2012 Graduating MFA Playwrights’ Staged Reading Series featuring two new plays from one great new voice. Sean Michael Welch, the only graduating playwright in this year’s MFA program, brings his words to the stage this season, with readings directed and performed by his ASDS classmates.

Welch was awarded the 1999 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival John Cauble Short Play Award for Earl the Vampire, and won the 2000 KC/ACTF Region III Ten-Minute Play Competition for Charleston’s Finger. Past productions of his work include Slab, Try Not to Step on the Naked Man, Rise Up You Bloody Animals, and Boise, Idaho.

On Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. stop by the Black Box Studio Theater for a reading of Welch’s Inventory, a story about a man tracking down a lost obsession: a woman he worked with at a sex shop twenty years ago.

“It’s more of a memory play,” says Welch about Inventory. “Where a man tries to find out what happened to a woman that he was in love with twenty years later, enlisting the help of a friend—a police officer—to help him find her. In the meantime, you see the progression of events that happened twenty years ago.”

Looking for something right out of today’s headlines? Then perhaps Welch’s corporate tale, Murdertown, is more to your taste. On Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. listen and watch as the students of the ASDS graduating class tell the story of corporation’s desire to turn Flint, Michigan into the world’s largest amusement park.

Murdertown is kind of an experimental piece. The action of the play happens in what appears to be two separate plays and it’s conjoined thematically—on one end being more satirical and dark and the other being more realistic and gritty,” Welch explains.

“We’re experimenting with a form and I think it’s turned out really well and I’m anxious to see how it plays out in front of an audience.”

For more information on the years Staged Reading Series or to RSVP, please e-mail ASDSReadings@pace.edu or call (212) 501- 2177.