June 21, 2018

Theatricum’s Botanicum Seedlings Presents Two Plays, August 24 and 31



Theatricum’s Botanicum Seedlings Presents Two Plays, August 24 and 31

Joanna Bateman and Taylor Jackson Ross in a Seedlings playreading.

Adding to a summer of Shakespeare at Theatricum, Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights, will present readings of two new plays on Sunday, August 24 and 31, at 11 a.m. The plays proffer the fresh voices of two young playwrights that add an unexpected element to Theatricum Botanicum’s All-Shakespeare Summer Season. Admission is free.

On Sunday, Aug. 24 (11 a.m.), belly wild, sharon rich by Paul Hufker, directed by Jen Bloom, tells the tale of a loud and angry working-class neighborhood in Queens, NY, where a mother's death leaves a hole so huge and awful that the surviving, struggling family members can't manage to navigate it, much less keep things from disappearing into it.

On the following Sunday, August 31 (11 a.m.), Jew Kamp by Stephanie Swirsky, directed by Alan Blumenfeld, presents a darkly comic and dangerously honest look at Jewish teens exploring their history, culture and sexuality while visiting concentration camps in Poland during the day—and hooking up in their hotel rooms at night.


• Paul Hufker is a New York-based playwright with works presented at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Variations Theatre Co, The Drilling Company and other venues. He enters Brookyln College's MFA Playwriting program this fall.

• Stephanie Swirsky's plays have been developed or produced at the Brick Theater, Flea Theater, INTAR Theatre and Luna Stage, among others. Now back in New York, she recently received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC.

• Director Jen Bloom is co-founder of Santa Monica Rep and currently on the faculty at AMDA College and Conservatory of Performing Arts.

• Director Alan Blumenfeld is well known for his work as an actor at Theatricum, A Noise Within and other Los Angeles theaters, and in TV and film.

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, CA 90290. FREE parking on Topanga Canyon Blvd. $5 in lot. In case of inclement weather, please call for alternate performance times. For more information: (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com; facebook.com/theatricum; twitter: @theatricum. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.