The Groaning Board [Staged Reading]
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

By Wendy MacLeod (The House Of Yes)

December 9, 2010

Director: Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Stage Manager: Alex Mark*
Stage Directions: Brielle Silvestri
Featuring: Matt D’Amico*, Richmond Hoxie*, Chris Kipniak*, Susie Pourfar*, Patricia Randell*, Matthew Wilkas*, Gameela Wright*
*appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

In the far-off land of academia, Diane and Jesse arrive at a dessert party only to discover there are no hosts. The kitchen’s a mess, young children have been left to put beans up their nose, a cat-eating dog is on the loose and they’re the only ones there to greet the guests. Maya, a visiting African-American writer, and the party’s nominal honoree, brings a message for Diane about a job in New York. The party ends in disaster, hilarity, and burnt bridges and with Diane’s decision to stay or go.

The Groaning Board had a closed-door reading at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. APAC is presenting the first public reading.

Wendy MacLeod

WENDY MACLEOD’S The House of Yes has been produced at Soho Rep, The Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, The Gate Theater in London, and The Washington Shakespeare Company. It became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey in 1997, earning a Special Jury Award at Sundance. MacLeod’s other plays include: Juvenilia (Playwrights Horizons), The Water Children (Playwrights Horizons; L.A.’s Matrix Theatre), Things Being What They Are (Seattle Rep.; Steppenwolf; Bay Street Theater), and Sin and Schoolgirl Figure (both premiered at The Goodman, Chicago). A New Dramatist alumna and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael playwright-in-residence at her alma mater, Kenyon College, and has been a guest professor at Exeter University in the U.K. and Northwestern University’s film and theater departments.

This program is supported in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Dramatist Guild Fund.

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