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Playwright: Catherine Castellani
The Bigsley Project
Wed., Apr. 24, 2013  /   7:30pm
The Little Theater
(aka Centenary Theater - 400 Jefferson Street)
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Business, ‘busy-ness’ and baloney are the makings of off-beat comedy in The Bigsley Project, by Catherine Castellani, in the third presentation of the Centenary Stage Company’s annual Women Playwrights Series (WPS) in Hackettstown on Wednesday, Apr 24 at 7:30 PM. A comedy about a boutique firm and the cast of characters that come with it, The Bigsley Project follows the adventures and struggles of the staff as they fight to keep the doors of the company open, with final pitch for the company that is anything but PowerPoint. The Bigsley Project will be performed in the Centenary Stage Company’s Little Theatre (400 Jefferson Street), and will be followed by a talk-back with the playwright and cast, with light refreshments.

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   Catherine Castellani
 
 

About the Playwright
Catherine Castellani is a playwright who writes comedies about work, love, work, ambition, work, and the terrors of spelling in the English language. She is an active member of Abingdon Theatre Company’s playwrights group, and the Dramatists Guild. When she can spare time from work, she works at wonderful places like the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation.

Her short work includes Teammies (aWe Creative PlayFun 2012), The Thirteenth Floor (aWe Creative PlayFun 2012), Mercurial (staged reading to benefit Abingdon Theatre Company, 2010); the Heidman finalists WORK (Actors Theatre of Louisville The Tens Apprentice Festival 2006, City Shorts at Miami’s City Theatre 2006, and the Obsessions and Compulsions Festival, Chicago 2007), Gestation, and Organization Man. Full-lengths include Profit (Eclectic Theatre Company, Los Angeles, 1999), Ashira 69: Superheroines Collide (House of Candles, New York, 1997; LaTea, New York, 1998; Sacred Fools’ Crime Scene Series, Los Angeles, 1998-1999), and The Overheard Music (benefit reading for National Audio Theatre Festival, New York, 2002). She also writes for radio (Marlboro Angel, KOPN 1995 and Rain WBGO 2000) and Theatre for Young Audiences (ThereIs No E in Ski and The Silent Ones, Turtle Shell Productions 8-Minute Madness Festival, New York, 2011), and a monologue from The Permian Extinction in the upcoming Applause publication "Monologues for Kids."Catherine is a member of The Dramatists Guild and is represented by Anne Reingold, The Marton Agency.

About the Women Playwrights Series 2013
The 2013 WPS will offer three new plays presented in rehearsed staged readings on Wednesday evenings in April, which will also include "Can't Complain" by Christine Evans (Apr 17), and The Bigsley Project by Catherine Castellani (Apr 24). A free writing workshop will be offered on Saturday, April 6, led by Lucile Lichtblau, author of the 2011 Susan Glaspell Prize winner "The English Bride". Registration for the writing workshop is through the CSC administrative offices at 908 979 0900.

Now in its 21st year, the CSC Women Playwrights series, led by Catherine Rust, is dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theater today. The WPS offers emerging playwrights a chance to work with professional directors and actors in a short rehearsal period, followed by a staged reading of the work in front of a live audience, with audience feedback and discussion. Each presentation features refreshments for all, and lively "talk-backs" with the playwright and cast following the performance. The Series features the finalists in the Centenary Stage Company Susan Glaspell contest, which offers the winner further development support worth $30,000 in a full production on the CSC professional Equity main-stage, as well as a cash payment to the author.

Centenary Stage Company is an affiliate member of the National New Play Network (based in Washington, D.C.), and participates in the "Extended Life" and "Rolling World Premiere" programs, designed to give playwrights larger exposure and sustained life throughout the country in their first year of production.

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Location
The Little Theater (aka Centenary Theater) on the campus of Centenary College. Directions

Tickets
Admission to the The Bigsley Project is by donation and reservations are requested. For reservations and information contact the Centenary Stage Company at 908-979-0900 or see our Women Playwrights Series page. Also, on our Web site, patrons may purchase tickets for the World Premiere of The English Bride by Lucile Lichtblau, a play which received development in the 2011 WPS series, and won the Susan Glaspell Award for best new play that year. The English Bride runs in full production at the Lackland Center through April 21st , and will be followed by its New York run at 59E59 Theatre in October, 2013.

It's Not Just For Women!

More About Women Playwrights Series
Women Playwrights Series (WPS)The CSC Women Playwrights Series is dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theater today. The Series offers emerging playwrights a chance to work with professional directors and actors in a short rehearsal period, followed by a staged reading of the work in front of a live audience, with audience feedback and discussion.

Each presentation features:

  • Staged reading of the work
  • Lively "talk-backs" with the playwright and cast following the performance
  • Refreshments for all

Now celebrating its 21th year, the Series features the finalists in the Centenary Stage Company Susan Glaspell contest, which offers the winner further development support worth $30,000 in a full production on the CSC professional Equity main-stage, as well as a cash payment to the author.

Also see our new WPS Photo Gallery.
 
                                               Return to main 2013 Women Playwrights Series page
 
The Playwright Series at CSC is made possible through the visionary support of The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and CSC members and sponsors.

 

 

                   

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