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    WED,  MAR 26 -  WED, APR 2,   



    CLOCKTOWER BUILDING IN LONG ISLAND CITY, 29-27 41st Ave, Long Island City, Queens. Map 

    In collaboration with HOLOCENTER (Center For the Holographic Arts), LPAC kicks off the annual Rough Draft Theater Festival on WORLD THEATER DAY, Thu, Mar 27. Clocktower performances include: DJ BUILT4COLLAPSE; Yoga theatrics from actress April Evans; musical stylings of QUEENIE; social media installations; and pop-up dramas from festival participants. 

    **Light refreshments and cash bar available at the reception. Click to RSVP 


    A window into the creative process, The Rough Draft Festival is a showcase of exciting new work currently under development by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and other companies. Highlighted by performances at the ON-stage theater; interactive Q&A sessions; and online opportunities to engage the artists with social media, The Rough Draft Festival runs Wed, Mar 26 - Tue, Apr 1. Participating artists include: Built for Collapse who Time Out NY called, “An ambitiously subversive young troupe”; Debut readings from LPAC New Play Development Residents; and co-curators Audrey Dimola and Tyler Rivenbark create an immersive theatre experience in site-specific locations throughout the LAGCC campus.


    Wed, Mar 26 

    Built For Collapse Workshop, 230pm, Main Stage Theater 

    Form and Content Energy: What is your relationship to energy? If you are around happier people, are you happier?  Observe how people's energy alters your energy. How do energies play off each other? Study the mechanics of emotion. We will discuss energy on stage through a series of exercises that help explain and shed *light* on the five different bio-energetic structures and their relationship to emotional storytelling through performance.

    New Play Development Reading, 7pm  

    Babies Just Roll by LPAC resident Kathryn Hathaway

    Debut play reading developed over course of '13-'14  


    Thu, Mar 27  

    Built for Collapse Workshop, 1030am, Dance Studio  

    Led by Built for Collapse Artistic Directors, the class is aimed at the full artist (performers, directors, choreographers, writers, designers, and visual artists are welcome). Driven by a spirit of collaboration, we invite participants from all disciplines and backgrounds. BFC will explore their image based approach to devised theater-making, focusing on developing the  tools needed to create original work and applying them to bodies in space.


    New Play Development Reading, 7pm   

    Christina Martinez by Dan McCabe  

    Debut play reading developed over course of '13-'14 season 


    Fri, Mar 28     

    Unstaged: A Playwriting and Performance Experiment, 3-9pm    

    Co-curators Audrey Dimola and Tyler  Rivenbark  


    All day installation blending performance and audience to create immersive theatre in site-specific locations throughout LaGuardia Community College. Join co-curators Audrey Dimola and Tyler  Rivenbark, along with other playwrights and performers as they crack open  the theatrical process and allow the audience to participate. Ten playwrights will be paired with small groups of performers to write, rehearse, and stage individual short plays LIVE on the spot. Each part of  the process will happen before your eyes, inspired by the space, the audience, and random interactions. At any given moment, a play will be written and rehearsed while another will be performed in separate areas of the college. Attendees are invited to migrate from location to location over the course of the free-form event, observing and interacting with the playwrights and performers, helping to mold each new work. In addition, all  of the playwrights will contribute to two communal plays, which will be written and projected in real-time throughout the event. The evening will culminate with a presentation of both communal plays and a celebration of all participants. 


    Sat, Mar 29  

    Built For Collapse, RED WEDNESDAY, Work-in-Progress, 7pm:   

    Against the brutality of time and politics, RED WEDNESDAY seeks to rescue and redefine our civilization's legacy through lens of a family born into revolution. Inspired by the controversial story of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran's Foreign Minister during the 1979 hostage crisis, and written by his great-niece, the production unpacks the core issues at play between Iran, US and global interests, paying special attention to those left to clean up the mess when we blow each other up. Confessions of unrest, reformation, decadence, and loss conspire to provide conclusive evidence of the glamou of an era that is dying and the valor of a new age that is emerging. Ultimately RED WEDNESDAY gives voice to a rising global counterculture, providing a more kaleidoscopic lens through which to view revolution.


     Wed Apr 2 

    Writing Workshop with New Play Development curator Francine Volpe, 230pm.  


    Francine Volpe is a New York City-based playwright, screenwriter and dramaturge. Francine received her B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing. She was later the recipient of a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Fellowship at The Juilliard School where she studied closely with Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang. She has twice received grants from the Lecomte du Nouy Foundation. She teaches screenwriting and playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, Primary Stages in New York, Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles, and privately throughout the country. She is a member of New Dramatists.


    All performances are FREE and followed by Q&A 

     For reservations, please email: rsvp-lpac@lagcc.cuny.edu