SEASON 21 - 2014

2014 PLAY READING SERIES

August 12, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.

MARKED, THE MUSICAL

by Libba Beauchman

directed by Nancy Renee

Stella Adler Theatre

Phenix City, Alabama. 1954. With gambling, flashing lights, liquor and girls, it's reputation as “Sin City” was no exaggeration. But one night changed everything. Through murder, lies, love and hope, Ruth learns the hard way that in Phenix City, no one gets a fair deal. Inspired by actual events, Markedis a musical with a film noir flair that brings this wide open river town and its secrets to the stage.

About the Playwright

 

Elizabeth Beauchamp is a young playwright with several short works that have been performed in the Southern United States, New York and Los Angeles. Her one act "An Idle Fancy" won first place at Towne Street Theatre's 5th Annual 10 Minute Play Festival where she also received the opportunity to have a staged reading of her new musical "Marked." This piece began as a Senior project during Elizabeth's undergraduate studies at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, and was inspired by the infamous history of the nearby river town, Phenix City, Alabama. Elizabeth's composer, Liliya Ugay, is a renowned pianist and also an alumni of Columbus State University. Together, they have crafted this musical since Fall of 2012.

 

 

About the Composer

 

Liliya Ugay is an award-winning pianist and composer whose works have been performed in the Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and the United States. Originally from Uzbekistan, she graduated from the Uspensky Special Music School for gifted children in Tashkent. In 2010, Liliya was awarded the prestigious Woodruff scholarship at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. Presently, Liliya is pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of renowned concert pianist Alexander Kobrin. Among Liliya’s competition prizes are: first place at the National MTNA Young Artist Composition Competition, second prize at the Verfemte Music International Piano Competition (Germany), second prize at the Crystal Camerton Youth Composition Competition (supported by the Union of composers of Russia and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory), the Esta Kirkey award at the 14th International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition, and many more. Currently, Liliya is working with librettist Libba Beaucham on the production of the musical Marked. In fall 2014 Liliya will begin the Masters program in composition at the Yale School of Music.

July 22, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m.

BUBAS & BAREFOOT IN THE STORM

by Barbara White Morgan

directed by Kim Harrington

Stella Adler Theatre

It's the late sixties and passions are fueled by a potentially deadly confrontation between a black revolutionary, a successful black businessman and his socialite wife.

About the Playwright

 

Barbara White-Morgan is a native Angeleno who grew up in the Echo Park district. She started writing plays in the early 1970s when she was accepted into the prestigious Writer's Guild Open Door Writing Program. It was there that she found her voice as a playwright.
 
"I've loved theatre all my life, she says. "Ever since I was nine years old and checked out my first play from the Echo Park Library. There is something about the magic of theatre that has excited and informed me as a creative artist."
 
Barbara received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State Los Angeles and worked for many years as a copywriter for several major retail department stores. In the 1990s, she was the Associate Editor for the Black Traveler Magazine.

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