NOTE: THIS MONTH’S READING IS AT ACT THEATRE IN THE LALIE
About the Play:
Nearly two decades has passed since Claire Zimmer had her breakthrough performance in a science-fiction blockbuster. Since then, her movie career has practically faded into obscurity and Claire has recently spent her life caring for her ailing mother in Prospect Cove; her hometown on the Oregon Coast, much different from the bright lights of Hollywood. However, the bite of the acting bug has not quite gone away for Claire. She decides to audition and gets the role of Amanda in Prospect Cove’s summer theatre production of Noel Coward’s Private
Lives. Soon, Claire discovers doing community theatre in her supposed quiet, serene hometown can be quite crazy and full of drama offstage, mostly initiated by a bombastic fellow and local acting big-fish-in-a-small-pond who plays Elyot to her Amanda. Despite a green room in full supply of Prospect Cove delicious saltwater taffy, Claire soon wonders if she will make it to that Opening Night curtain call in this behind-the-scenes comedy.
About the Playwright:
Jim Moran received his MFA in Playwriting from UNLV where his thesis play Emerald Eagle premiered at Nevada Conservatory Theatre. Shortly after, his play Martian Manhunter Lives was seen Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center and he obtained a PONY Fellowship nomination from the LARK Play Development Center. Since returning to his native city of Seattle, Eclectic Theater has premiered three of his plays including September Skies (“…the writing is taut, witty, and true…a study in how desperately we flail for what we want during these few short years we call life” – Seattle Weekly) and Across A Little Red Marker (…a frisky and entertaining piece of work” – The Stranger) to critical acclaim. His work has also been presented in Seattle at 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Northwest Playwrights Alliance’s Double Shot Festival, The Schoolyard at the Re-Bar, and Sandbox Radio Live. He also served as the assistant to Tony Award-Winning playwright Terrence McNally for the book of Catch Me If You Can, the Musical when it debuted at 5th Avenue Theatre. Finally, he is a current card-carrying member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
About the Director:
Richard Ziman is an actor/ director who has made Seattle his home since 2001. Along with his wife Leslie Law, he is creator/producer of Sandbox Radio Live, and is a founding member of The Endangered Species Project, the monthly reading series for the ACT Lab. He has acted for Intiman, The Rep, 5th Ave, Seattle Shakespeare, The Village, and Most recently for ACT in Bethany, directed by John Langs. he has directed locally for ESP, The One Minute Play Festival(with Bryan Willis) 14/48, and in 2016 he will be directing the Seattle premier of R. Hamilton Wright’s play Greensward, for MAP theatre.