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The Winter 2006 Writer/Director’s Forum, a festival of workshop productions of plays featuring new writers and directors, runs Thursday, November 30 – Sunday, December 17 at The Looking Glass Theatre.

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 winter festival features the work of six emerging female directors tackling both classic and new works. Throughout the three-week festival, directors will present a wide range of styles, from a new adaptation of Moliére’s
The Misanthrope to a new work by Lauren D. Yee, Danielle Steel Writes Children’s Novels.

Week 1 November 30-December 3:
Hustlers by Lisa Johnson
Directed by Emily Plumb
Featuring: Ryan Garbayo and Christine Grenier
Description: A young prostitute finds solace in weaving dreams for a mentally-challenged boy. Together, they create a fantasy world to escape their desolate lives.
The Slash by Nancy G. McClernan
Directed by Ain Rashida Sykes
Featuring: Kyle Haggerty, Christina Lundy, Kenneth L. Naanep and Simmone Yu
Description: Two Internet friends find solace in the fan fiction they are writing based on their favorite TV Sci-fi. When personal lives distract them from what really matters – the story – will their friendship survive to tell the tale?
* Week 1 Assistant Director: Elizabeth Irwin, Jacquelyn Honeybourne

Week 2 December 7-10:
One Wagon, One Boathouse, One Body. by Mary Flanagan
Directed by Maureen Rogalski
Featuring: Susan Bucci, Laura Harrison, Christine Oakes, Corey Pajka and Aaron Sandler
Description: “A friend will help you move. A really good friend will help you move a body.” - Anonymous
Doing Shakespeare by Dorianne Emmerton
Directed by Rose Ginsberg
Featuring: Shawn Dempewolff, Jane Elliot, Andrew Greer, Amy Klewitz, Kevin P. Smith and Mia Ulibarri
Description: If all the world’s a stage, Benny and Mina just want to hide out in the wings for a while. But when their Shakespearean and sexual fantasies suddenly begin showing up in their apartment, hiding doesn’t seem to be an option anymore….
* Week 2 Assistant Director: Olivia Mora

Week 3 December 14-17:
Danielle Steel Writes Children’s Novels by Lauren D. Yee
Directed by Erin Winebark
Featuring: Giselle D'Souza, Walter Hoffman and Charmaine Reedy
Description: What would happen if the legendary romance “authoress” adopted a twelve-year-old Filipino orphan boy and dabbled in children’s books? The Danielle Steel Children’s Series: “…kids have to learn SOMETIME that life doesn’t always go as planned.”
The Misanthrope by Moliére
Adapted and Directed by Aliza Shane with new translations by Meredith Kaunitz
Featuring: Ayelet Blumberg, Stephanie Bush, Kim Kalish, Ricky Lewis, Stephen McFarland, Julie Nelson, Alana Rader and Bryan Wilson
Description: When popularity is all that matters, honesty isn’t always the best policy. Life is hard… high school is worse.
* Week 3 Assistant Director: Emily Gipson

November 30 – December 17, 2006
SCHEDULE:  Thurs - Sat @ 8PM, Sun @ 5PM
ADDRESS:  422 West 57th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues
SUBWAYS:  A, C, B, D, 1 to 59th/Columbus Circle; N, R, W, Q to 57th/7th
PHONE:  (212) 307-9467
RESERVATION #:  (212) 352-3101 or visit
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The lighting designer for the Winter 2006 Forum is The Looking Glass Theatre lighting designer-in-residence Ryan Metzler. The full performance schedule is as follows: