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LAByrinth Theater Company Presents Their 19th Annual Barn Series

LAByrinth Theater Company Presents Their 19th Annual Barn Series
LAByrinth Theater Company (Artistic Director John Ortiz, Executive Director Rachel Shuey) is pleased to announce the selections for their 19th Annual Barn Series, the award-winning company’s developmental play reading series. This year’s series features ten new plays written and directed by LAB company members. All readings are free and open to the public, and run from January 11-20, 2019 at Cherry Lane Theatre, where LAByrinth is the Company in Residence. Reservations will open to the public on January 2, 2019.
The Barn Series continues LAByrinth’s tradition of creating, developing, and producing the work of its company members. LAB’s 2019 summer production at Cherry Lane will be a fully-staged World Premiere of one of the works presented in this Barn Series, the title of which will be announced in March.
“We’re thrilled to announce a wildly diverse lineup of ten original plays at LAByrinth’s 19th annual Barn Series Festival. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year than presenting a wide array of inspired work—from LAB vets such as Stephen Adly Guirgis and Liz Canavan to an exciting group of young artists from our education program to everything in between,” says Artistic Director John Ortiz. “This free reading series is an integral part of our play development process, and it’s a privilege to share it with our community.”
LAByrinth’s new Executive Director, Rachel Shuey, believes that the Barn Series is a critical step in LAByrinth’s play development process. “I am excited for the public to bear witness to our company members’ incredible work. Each piece has its finger on the pulse of our society in a deeply nuanced and important way,” says Shuey.
For complete Barn Series information, visit
Dates: January 11-20, 2018
Price: FREE
Time: All readings begin at 7pm
Location: Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014
Friday, January 11: Remember Me When You Come into Your Kingdom by Padraic Lillis
Saturday, January 12: Nimbus in a Tin Can by Scott Hudson
Sunday, January 13:  The Idea of Me by Kristina Poe
Monday, January 14: Milk and Gall by Mathilde Dratwa
Tuesday, January 15: Children in Cages: an evening to celebrate the next generation of Artivists, written and developed by the LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble & Developing Artists with LAByrinth Theater Company members Liza Colón-Zayas, Jill DeArmon, and Daphne Rubin-Vega
Wednesday, January 16: Rivers of January by Ben Snyder
Thursday, January 17: Ladies in Waiting by Elizabeth Canavan
Friday, January 18: Papo by Brett C. Leonard
Saturday, January 19: The Red Gene by Mariana Carreño King
Sunday, January 20: Three Untitled Plays by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Elizabeth Canavan (Ladies in Waiting) Member of LAByrinth Theater Company since 1993. She Originated the role of Detective Audrey O’Connor in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Between Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic Theater and 2nd Stage). Some LAB shows include: Devil of Choice by Maggie Bofill, The Little Flower of East Orange, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped the “A” Train (all by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Film: 1 Mile to You, Father’s Day. Television credits: “Younger,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” “Sex and The City.” Liz is also a member of the Actor’s Studio.
Liza Colón-Zayas (Children in Cages) is an original member of LAByrinth Theater Company, where she originated roles in many critically acclaimed productions like In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Our Lady of 121st Street, and The Little Flower of East Orange, by LAB member Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. She appeared in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes, winning an HOLA Award. She received Lucille Lortel nominations for Living Out by Lisa Loomer and Mary Jane by Amy Herzig, finally winning one for Pulitzer-winner Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Some screen appearances include “Bull” [CBS], “Titans” [WB], “Law & Order: SVU” [NBC], “Blue Bloods” [CBS], “Unforgettable” [A&E], “Nurse Jackie” [HBO], “Dexter” [Showtime]. She can be seen in a recurring role on the new series “David Makes Man” [OWN], the new pilot “Proven Innocent” [FOX], and in the film Woman in the Window opposite Amy Adams.
Jill DeArmon (Children in Cages) is a proud member of LAByrinth Theater company and serves as Artistic Director for Developing Artists. Developing Artists is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for teens to reach their full potential through a practical application of the performing arts. We are uncensored voices and activists relentlessly working towards social change.
Mathilde Dratwa (Milk and Gall) is a Dramatist Guild Foundation Playwriting Fellow, a member of Dorset Theater Festival’s Women Artists Writing Group, a two-time Pulitzer Center grant recipient and a former member of New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program. Her plays include Milk and Gall (Great Plains Theater Conference, Jane Chambers Award Finalist, Theatre503 International Playwrighting Award Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist), A Play About David Mamet Writing A Play About Harvey Weinstein, and the one-act Escape From Garden Grove (Last Frontier Theater Conference, Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition Finalist). Ten years ago, she was a LAByrinth apprentice.
Stephen Adly Guirgis (Three Untitled Plays) Playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. As a playwright, credits include Jesus Hopped the A Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Little Flower of East Orange, The Motherfucker with the Hat, and Between Riverside and Crazy, which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Television writing credits include “NYPD Blue” and “The Get Down.”
Scott Hudson (Nimbus in a Tin Can) originated roles in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Our Lady of 121st Street directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julia Cho’s BFE directed by Gordon Edelstein at Playwright’s Horizons and Robert Glaudini’s Dutch Heart of Man directed by Charles Goforth at The Public. Playwright of Sweet Storm, produced by LAByrinth and Alchemy Theater Companies, directed by Padraic Lillis, published through Dramatists Play Services. Directed original production of John Patrick Shanley’s short one act, Banshee at The New Ohio Theatre. Recipient of the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award. Associate Professor and Director of Acting at Shenandoah University Conservatory.
Mariana Carreño King’s (The Red Gene) plays include Miss 744890 (Winner, MetLife Nuestras Voces; American Playwrights Project in Italy); Dance for a Dollar (a dance-theatre collaboration, Miracle Theatre); Ofelia’s Lovers (Mabou Mines Residencies); Rare Encounters, Darkroom, The Wake and Fool’s Journey (Intar’s NewWorksLabs); and Adela (Autonomous University of Queretaro), among others. Mariana is also a stage director, part of the Advisory Committee for The Lark Play Development Center US/Mexico Exchange, member of LAByrinth Theatre Company, and alumna, Hispanic Playwrights in Residence Lab (HPRL) at Intar. Mariana is currently pursuing her MFA in dramatic writing at USC.
Brett C Leonard (Papo) has been a member of LAByrinth since 2003. Some plays include Guinea Pig Solo, The Long Red Road, Roger and Vanessa, Unconditional, Ninth and Joanie, Snapshot, What I’m Looking For, Harold’s Harem, The Corridor and Fly Me to The Moon: Bruce Leonard – Warts & All.
Padraic Lillis (Remember Me When You Come into Your Kingdom) This past fall was The Humana Visiting Scholar and Artist in Residence at Centre College.  His plays have been produced across the country and are published with Dramatists Play Services. He has been awarded the NY I.T. Award for Outstanding Director and Overall Excellence in Directing from NY International Fringe Festival. His film Hand Over Hand, which he wrote and directed, was awarded Best Short Film at the Milan International Film Festival. Padraic is the Founding Artistic Director of The Farm Theater, resident dramaturg for Compass Needle, a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, and a lifelong Yankee fan.
Kristina Poe (The Idea of Me) spent the first twenty years of her career managing theater, including a seven-year stint as company manager for LAByrinth. Her first play,Love Sick, was produced in both L.A. (extended twice, and named one of the Top Ten Reviewed plays) and NYC (workshop) and is published by Dramatists Play Service; other plays include The Restlessness of Desire (a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Conference); Victory Girls; currently at work on King Stag and a TV Pilot (“Every Inch a King”). She attended UNC School of the Arts, is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company and The Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Workshop.
Daphne Rubin-Vega (Children in Cages) A LAB member since ’93, Ms. Rubin-Vega is perhaps best known for the roles she originated, including Mimi (Rent) and Conchita (Anna in the Tropics), both Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway shows for which she was nominated for the Tony award. She has since originated countless roles, including Dolores in Aaron Mark’s Empanada Loca, Rahmi (Karen Hartman’s Gum), Sofia (Nilo Cruz’ Two Sisters and a Piano), Canary Mary (Suzan-Lori Parks’ Fucking A; Lucille Lortel nom.), Lucy (Jack Goes Boating; Lortel nom.) and, most recently, the role of Beatriz in Quiara Alegria Hudes and Erin McKeown’s Miss You Like Hell. Broadway revivals include A Streetcar Named Desire as Stella, The Rocky Horror Show as Magenta, and Les Miserables as Fantine. Selected film credits include: Wild Things (Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actress) Flawless, Sex and the City, and Fall to Rise, as well as reprising her role in Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s film directorial debut of Jack Goes Boating. She was a member of the girl group Pajama Party, whose single “Yo No Se” was number one on the Billboard dance charts. In 1997, Rubin-Vega cut her first album of original music, “Souvenirs,” on the subsequently defunct Mercury label and in 2006 she produced, performed, and primarily wrote “Redemption Songs” (Sh-K- Boom). Daphne has contributed to various musical projects, including her notorious version of “Feliz Navidad” for Broadway Cares and her club smash cover of “Rocketman.”
Ben Snyder (Rivers of January) is a playwright and filmmaker. His plays have been produced at P.S. 122, The Vineyard Theater, Crossroads Theatre, The Apollo Theater, New York Stage and Film, HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and featured in the anthology, “Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater,” University of Michigan Press. He is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company. Ben’s feature film, 11:55, is currently streaming on Showtime. He was the writer for the Sundance award-winning documentary The Wolfpack. Ben teaches screenwriting at Brooklyn College. More about his work can be found at
LAByrinth Theater Company, founded in 1992 as The Latino Actors Base, was created to deliberately interrupt the racial status quo by giving voice to artists of color and reflecting a world where color is the norm and not the exception. LAByrinth Theater Company is a diverse, impassioned, tightly knit ensemble of multicultural artists that empowers individuals and builds community by creating member driven, incendiary, new works of theater.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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