Christina Masciotti grew up in Reading, the southeastern Pennsylvania city where she has set many of her plays. Since moving to New York, she has worked with The New Group and the New York City Players, and her work has been presented at venues in New York, Pennsylvania, and Athens.
On August 4, Judith Shakespeare Companys gender-reverse Two Gentlemen of Verona will open at TBG Theatre at 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan. Its been six years since this dedicated and forward-thinking company has given us a full-length Shakespearean production, and no one is happier than this former NYC thespian that JSC is producing again.
On a warm day in June, in an overheated rehearsal studio in Bushwick, peppered with sawdust on the floor and punctuated by garage door openings and exitings, an experiment in theater is underway. Stage left sit Athena, Poseidon, and Zeus with a MacBook on their desk, calling the shots for the now immortal mortals, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus, and other beings from a tale that has been passed down through the millennia.
Playwright Marcus Gardley is no stranger to the Mississippi. I remember sitting with him on the rivers banks in the Twin Cities three years ago, when he was amazed how the gently flowing water almost couldnt be heard.