THE LIZ SMITH READING SERIES

Celebrating Women's History Month

Liz Smith, a voracious reader, an advocate for Literacy Volunteers, and an avid theatre-goer was a also a great supporter of the Miranda Theatre Company.  "The Grand Dame of Dish" was ever the optimist, and therefore a true believer in the company's mission. Miranda has a long tradition of developing new work by female playwrights, and we are now delighted to have Liz with us in this way, always.

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2020

Due to COVDI 19 The 2020 Liz Smith Reading Series presented three of its five new plays…..What we are now calling
“Act One” of the Series

"Act Two," which will be comprised of readings of Emma Gibson’s Water in My Hands and Lisa Ramirez’s All Fall Down will be rescheduled for some time ….Soon.
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THE GARBOLOGISTS

 

by Lindsay Joelle

directed by Taylor Reynolds

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Jeanne Farmer, Jason Babinsky 

BLOOD

 

by Nambi E. Kelly

directed by Signe Harriday

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Eboni Flowers, Evander Duck Jr, Allie Woods, Jason Bowen

PAPER DREAM

 

by Lyra Yang

directed by Helen Young

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Ashil Lee, Leanne Cabrera

2019

The 2019 Liz Smith Reading brought together five women playwrights sharing their new provocative plays. These women gave us stories of people like us dealing with themes of race, violence against women, outsourcing labor, and the disparity between wealth and happiness. 
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INSIDE

 

by Conchi  León

translated and adapted by Pennell Somsen

directed by Valentina Fratti

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Sophie Parens, Valentina Fratti, Pennell Somsen, Florencia Lozano,

Julia Botero, Conchi León, Pennell Somsen, Valentina Fratti

MOUCHERON

 

by Alexandra Neil

directed by Maria Miles

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Dylan Baker, Sarita Choudhury

Alexandra Neil

Maria Miles

VIRTUE

 

by Emily Bohannon

directed by Valentina Fratti

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Duane Cooper, Paten Hughes, Devin Ilaw

Emily Bohannon, Valentina Fratti

WHAT ARE YOU

WORTH?

 

by Kara Lee Corthron

directed Elena Araoz

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Cynthia Bastidas, Ayesha Gordon, John Concado, Chad Goodridge,

Kara Lee Corthron, Elena Araoz

2018

MENTION MY BEAUTY

 

by Leslie Ayvazian

directed by Martha Banta

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Leslie Ayvazian, Martha Banta

VIRTUE

 

by Emily Bohannon

directed by Valentina Fratti

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Duane Cooper, Paten Hughes, Devin Ilaw

Emily Bohannon, Valentina Fratti

The 2018 Liz Smith Reading was held at the Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center. 
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PRUDENCE

by Caroline Prugh

directed by Bianca Laverne Jones

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top: Caroline Prugh;

bottom L-R: Cherie Danielle, Gillian Glasco

WELCOME TO MATTESTON!

by Inda Craig-Galván

directed by Sherri Eden Barber

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top: Inda Craig-Galván;

bottom L-R: Carl Hendrick Louis

WOMEN OF THE WORLD

by Rebecca Gilman

directed by Valentina Fratti

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L-R: Rebecca Gilman, Kathleen Chalfant

JAZZ

 

by Nambi E. Kelley based on Toni Morrison's novel of the same name

directed by Michele Shay

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top: Nambi E. Kelley; bottom L-R: Jasai Chase Owens, Ayana Workman, Tina Fabrique, Donovan Mitchell, Kristen Browne