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The Spring 2006 Writer/Director’s Forum, a festival of workshop productions of plays featuring new writers and directors, was performed Thursday, May 25 – Sunday, June 25 at The Looking Glass Theatre (422 West 57th Street).   There were no performances the weekend of June 1-4.

The Looking Glass Theatre’s Writer/Director Forum is part of the company’s mission to reflect life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision/aesthetic. The festival is held twice a year at The Looking Glass Theatre. This year’s spring festival features the work of 10 emerging female directors tackling both classic and new works.

Lighting designer for the Spring 2006 Forum was Ryan Metzler. The full performance schedule follows:
Scott Simpson and Tara Henderson in Richard III
Week 1 May 25-28:
Medea by Euripides
Directed by Candace O’Neil Cihocki
Description: A modern and even creepier version of the tragic Greek tale of a woman scorned and the revenge that will be taken. A show not for the faint of heart.

Hollywood Lights by Suzanne Wesley
Directed by Emily Plumb
Violinist: James Honderich
Description: Hollywood Lights is an unpredictable evening where the lines between what we expect from horror, and how we actually experience it, are blurred.

** Week 1 Assistant Director: Maureen Rogalski

Week 2 June 8-11:
Population Growth by Aoise Stratford
Directed by Nikki Rothenberg
Description: Dating is awkward. The exponential growth of the world’s population is really not helping things.

Muncie & Mayhem in "Rats" and "Tea"
by Laylage Courie
Directed by Rose Ginsberg
Description: Two best friends/enemies engage in an impassioned battle of wits and domestic prowess, as they struggle with an infestation of strangely scholarly rodents.

Aquarium by Lila Rose Kaplan
Directed by Aliza Shane
Description: It’s the story of wondrous and strange creatures - a fishy family of high achievers. In here, to keep from drowning in gourmet algae and filtered water, all you can do is write.

** Week 2 Assistant Director: Erin Winebark

Week 3 June 15-18:
Things That Go Hump in the Night
by Peggy Dougherty
Directed by Ain Rashida Sykes
Description: Phyllis just wants her night, but being a single mother, she is torn between the child and the man who makes her feel like a woman.

Richard III by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kelly R.Haydon
Description: Revenge is sweet...and highly entertaining! A ragged band of outlaw thespians gleefully perform the famous hunchback’s violent campaign to win the crown of England.
** Week 3 Assistant Director: Sarah Nerboso

Week 4 June 22-25:
The Patriots by Kate Marks
Directed by Tzipora Kaplan
Description: Peace! Peace! Peace on Earth!  ...or not.

Dick ‘n Spooner by Melissa Fendell
Directed by Jill Landaker
Description: This satire follows the lives of one sitcom-perfect couple’s quest for happiness in the form of eternal popularity.

Swimming in the Ocean by Kato McNickle
Directed by Elizabeth Sturrus
Description: Two sisters struggle against the current that pulls Gai toward the future, Becca to the past. Gai must decide between the love of a simple man or her sister and their childhood memories together.
** Week 4 Assistant Directors: Lisa Kasdan, Laurie Vázquez

Casts Include:
Francile Albright, Satomi Blair, Enid Cortés, Carolyn Demisch, Drummond Doroski, Sofia Dubrawsky, Rob Esris, Leigh Feldpausch, Dain Geist, Lara Gold, Dayna Graber, Robert Grossman, Annette Guarrasi, M. Alan Haley, Tara Henderson, Erinn Holmes, Kelly Hummert, Don Jeanes, Lane Keough, Sarah Kozinn, Margot Littlefield, April Grace Lowe, Lauren Maxwell, Katie Mazzola, Tom McCartan, Carolyn Morrison, Heidi Niedermeyer, Christie Oakes, Glenn Peters*, Kirsta Peterson, Patrick Pizzolorusso, Gretchen Poulos, Candice Renee, Andrew Rothkin, Aaron Sandler, Josh Silverman, Scott Simpson, Frank Tamburin, Shane Wallis, Bradley Wells, Akilah Williams, Lindsay Wolf*, Rob Yang and Nick Zelletz.

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Dain Geist and April Grace Lowe in Medea
Francis Tamburin and Carolyn Demisch in Hollywood Lights
Leigh Feldpausch and Sofia Dubrawsky in Muncie & Mayhem in "Rats" and "Tea"
Dayna Graeber and Margot Littlefield in Population Growth
Akilah Williams and Shane Wallis in Things That Go Hump in the Night