36 Reasons to Love Theater

For the next month, The Actors Studio Drama School gives you 36 reasons to love theater as the students in this year’s graduating class bring to life their hard work and talent in the fourth annual Repertory Season.

This March, The Actors Studio Drama School kicks off its annual Repertory Season, five weeks of theater designed to introduce graduating students to the public in professional productions of the work they have created during their three years of study. This year’s crop of graduating students—comprising 36 actors and directors, and one playwright—bring you more than a month of exciting and challenging theater, featuring selected scenes from the work of legendary playwrights Anton Chekhov, Noel Coward, Mel Brooks, and more.

Productions take place:
March 28–April 28, 2012
Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

For a full list of this year’s performances, visit www.pace.edu/ASDSrep.

Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are recommended. For reservations please call (212) 501-2099 or e-mail: ASDSRep@pace.edu

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.