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We are proud to announce our Spring 2017 Mini-Conference!

March 19-20, 2017
URBN Center Black Box Theatre at Drexel University, 3401 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA

Want to join us for one of our  FREE public readings? Reservations are open now!

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by Mickey Fisher

Director: Seth Gordon
Dramaturg: Michele Volansky
Associate Producers: Gayle and David Smith
Tom Teti, Kim Carson, Molly Ward
In cooperation with Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

READING: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 7:30pm

A terminally ill woman volunteers for an experimental procedure that would allow her memories and personality to live on in a perfect biological clone.  As she and her "replica" undergo a series of tests to determine the success of the procedure, she uncovers startling revelations about her life and inevitable death.  Replica is a sci-fi thriller that tackles the complex moral and ethical questions we may soon be facing and asks the fundamental question: “What does it mean to be human?"

Mickey Fisher is the creator of the CBS television series EXTANT, starring Halle Berry and Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg.  After attending the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music for Musical Theater, Mickey began working as a writer/actor/director for stock and regional theaters like Jenny Wiley Theatre in Kentucky and Wagon Wheel Theatre in Indiana.  After several years writing and producing original theatrical works in New York he made his first feature film THE KING OF IRON TOWN.  After a few more micro-budget features he made his way to Los Angeles where he sold his pilot for EXTANT, which ran for two seasons.  He was a writer on the series MARS for NatGeo and is currently writing for THE STRAIN on FX.


Welcome to Fear City

by Kara Lee Corthron

Director: Elena Araoz
Dramaturg: Michele Volansky
 Aaron Bell, Abdul Sesay, Taysha Canales, Kimberly Fairbanks, Brandon Pierce, Lindsay Smiling
In cooperation with Contemporary American Theatre Festival 

READING: Monday, March 20, 2017 7:30pm

It is July 1977 and the South Bronx is HOT: from a heat wave, from this new thing that would come to be known as “hip-hop,” and from an astounding number of fires burning the borough to the ground. E, a young African-American man, dreams of being a poet, but unemployment, a raging fiscal crisis, and a family on the brink of disaster drive him to ask a dangerous question: Can you love your ‘hood if you take part in its destruction? Welcome to Fear City is about a community trying to get by in the midst of crime, social apathy, poverty, and a whole new artform that’s about to electrify the world.

Kara Lee Corthrons plays include AliceGraceAnon (New Georges), Holly Down in Heaven (Forum Theatre, DC), Listen for the Light (Know Theatre, Cincinnati 2017), Etched in Skin on a Sunlit Night (PlayPenn, InterAct, Philadelphia),and Welcome to Fear City (Kilroys 2016). She’s the author of the young-adult novel, The Truth of Right Now, Simon & Schuster 2017. Awards: proud member of New Dramatists, 2012-2014 Women’s Project Time-Warner Fellowship, Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Princess Grace Award, two NEA grants, Helen Merrill Award, Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize (three-time recipient), four MacDowell fellowships, residencies at Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Skriðuklaustur (Iceland), Hawthornden (Scotland), and the Millay Colony. TV: NBC’s Kings (2008-2009). Juilliard alumna.



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