New Play Development Series: Backstage Fairytale
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As the fourth installment of the 2022 New Play Development Series, Aria Creative Productions will present a staged reading of "Backstage Fairytale" by Michael John McGoldrick. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Alamo City Studios. Jade Esteban Estrada will direct. Alamo City Studios is located at 1113 Houston Street in San Antonio, Texas. Seating is limited. Face masks are recommended. General admission tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online through Brown Paper Tickets.
The purpose of the New Play Development Series is to give playwrights an opportunity to further develop new works.
Each official selection of the series will receive two rehearsals before the staged reading and an audience feedback session.
Backstage Fairytale is the story of Adam, an aspiring playwright, who visits his former lover, Celeste, now a successful New York actor. Adam reveals that hes written a play about their relationship and asks her to read it. Though hesitant at first, she agrees when he grants her veto power to stop its production if she feels the play isnt truthful. The pair meets two days later. Celeste objects to her portrayal; they then discuss the play and the failure of their relationship. Adam confesses he wrote the play to win her back. Will the couple reunite and will Celeste give her blessing to the plays production?
Michael John McGoldrick is a New Jersey-based playwright. His play Wolf and Badger was produced by The Main Street Players in Miami last year. His play Allies was selected for residency at The New Jersey PlayLab in 2020. His plays have been finalists/winners in competitions sponsored by Trustus Theatre, Alleyway Theater, Playhouse on the Square, City Theater and others.
I once wanted to write a play about Noel Coward that I ended up not writing, said McGoldrick in a statement regarding his inspiration for writing the play. But my research into Cowards life prompted me to ask a set of intriguing questions: how does the artifice of theater relate to the real-life circumstances of the people who create it? Why do creative people bother to create at all? This became the soil where Backstage Fairytale eventually took root.
I'm overjoyed to be working with Jade Esteban Estrada and the rest of the team at Aria Creative Productions, McGoldrick stated. I'm very intrigued to see how this innovative company will place its own unique stamp on my play.
The reading will feature Amy Abrigo as Celeste and Julio Alberto Sepulveda as Adam. Melissa Martinez will be the stage directions reader.
Alamo City Studios (View)
1113-C East Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|