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Toni Seger: New Works 2011

Following up from our standing-room-only New Works night last spring, and coming to yet another art gallery near you is our second Staged Reading event, filled with good writing and acting. This time we feature Toni Seger. Seger is a novelist and the author of The Telefax Trilogy, a satiric series about our overly mechanized lives available at Amazon.

Surrounded by the work of the .NO Gallery's last installment of the North Star Series, New Yorkers have one last chance to catch this comtemporary Norwegian art installation.  The striking red pieces in this intimate spot provide a stimulating background for Seger's cutting, abstract shorts on society--and an intense environment for her commanding realism piece about a family dealing with a common tragedy.

Seger has a Bachelors in Theatre from Ithaca College (BFA ‘69) and a Masters in Educational Administration from Harvard University (EdM ‘74). She has produced, directed and acted in original plays for stage and television and is an award winning film maker with endorsements from Maine Public Broadcasting. Curious Frog will be featuring 3 of Seger's shorts: Yawn, Storyline, and Climbing, and a reading of her play Rope of Sands, in which three family members confront a cycle of a non-communication in the hopes of recovering from tragedy. The evening will include music, wine and refreshments, and a Q&A with Ms. Seger.

New Works 2010

Curious Frog @the Cell is CFTC's latest artistic initiative in collaboration with @ the Cell in Manhattan. As a 'new works' initiative, we invite one established playwright and one early career playwright to have their works presented on the same evening before an audience who are then encouraged to comment on the works and interact with the playwrights and actors in a talkback.

The purpose of the readings first, serves the mission of the company whereby our burgeoning portfolio of immensely talented and culturally underrepresented actors have the opportunity to perform texts and embody significant character roles of uncompromising quality, which would otherwise be inaccessible to them. The readings are also an event where the audience is invited to explore our storytellers' perspectives on human relationships and our rapidly transforming societal and cultural milieu. Through audience interaction, the event seeks to transform and challenge the playwright's perception of representation and in doing so, impact the larger malaise in the performance industry's unwillingness to deviate from customary casting choices.

The playwrights for the New Works Series are invited by the Literary Manager on a purely curatorial basis. We are delighted to announce the playwrights for our inaugural event! On April 6th, 2010 James Farrell (Red & White & Blue, Correspondance, Transplant & Purple Haze) and Kevin Daly (selections from In Kings and Fools) will present their works at the Cell Theatre!

The Important Details:

Where: @ the Cell: 338 West 23rd Street • New York, NY • 10011
When: Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 7 – 10 pm

Playwright Biographies

James Farrell

James Farrell is the author of the plays Here and There; Old Times, Good Times; In the Recovery Lounge; Bing and Walker; Migrant Moon; Donnie; Djibouti; Purple Haze; Kelly, Flying Blind; Correspondence; A Believer in Those Things Which Cannot Be Proven to Be True; Transplant, Black & White & Blue and Velocity of Geography, a full length work in progress.

His plays have been produced at Circle Repertory Company in New York City; South Coast Repertory in Los Angeles; Northlight Theatre in Chicago; The Cleveland Playhouse; Jewish Repertory Theatre in New York City; Seattle Public Theatre; Theatre of the Riverside Church in New York City; City Theatre of Miami; City Playhouse in Los Angeles; Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire; and Stageworks/Hudson Theatre Company in New York. He has been a resident playwright at Circle Repertory Company in New York City and has served as Literary Manager for Circle Repertory and for the New York State Theatre Institute in Albany.

Farrell is the recipient of a Drama League of New York Playwriting Grant and a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Award and has been a writer in residence at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, and the Sundance Playwrights Laboratory.

He has also served as a script reader for the Royal Court Theatre in London and as a juror for the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony for the Arts playwriting jury. He currently teaches Playwriting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program and at the University at Albany/SUNY.

Farrell is the Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director and a Resident Playwright in the Hudson Valley Theatre Collective, a new play development workshop initiative for primarily New York City based playwrights, directors, actors and designers. He is an active member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and is a member playwright at the Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit in New York City.


Kevin Daly

At 27 years of age, Kevin Daly is an Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac University where he teaches in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and is a prolific playwright. He has authored Jimmy Cory, which received a production at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center at Indiana University in 2007, and was runner up for the 2008 David Mark Cohen National Playwrighting Award. In the same year, his play Elsewhere also received a production by Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Both Jimmy Cory and Elsewhere were entered into the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The Starving Lion, was a finalist for the 2009 Julie Harris Playwriting Awards. Daly is the co-author of The Troubles of Romeo and Juliet with Dr. Crystal Brian and Susan Dering. The play is published in the “Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance.” January 2005. His play, In Kings and Fools, initially received a reading at The Manhattan Theatre Club on September 17, 2009.

Daly received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University in 2008. He received his BA in Criminal Justice from Quinnipiac University in 2004. He has traveled extensively in Europe and South America as well as Israel and most of North America. .