This marks the second year of our New Year New Play Development Project.
We received more than twice the number of new-work submissions as last year — from area playwrights and playwrights as far away as Scotland! A team of four evaluated all the submissions, and we are delighted to announce that the play selected to be read at our January 25 New Year New Play Salon is Stacy D. Flood’s The Pleasure & Sorrow of Your Company.
The Pleasure & Sorrow of Your Company examines the effects of drone warfare both at home and abroad. The drama unfolds as the tapestry of one couple’s relationship unravels and a crucial mistake renders lives in jeopardy.
An initial draft of this work was created during an extension of the ACT Theatre Intermediate Playwriting group led by Stephanie Timm.
Stacy D. Flood’s work has appeared at ACT Theatre, in SOMA Magazine, Seattle Weekly, three Seattle Fringe productions, and Starbucks’ The Way I See It campaign. He has served as a lecturer at San Francisco State University — from which he earned an MA in English, an MFA in Creative Writing, and a Clark/Gross Novel Writing Award. He also has been awarded both a Getty Fellowship to the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a Gregory Capasso Award in Fiction from the University at Buffalo. Furthermore, I have been an artist-in-residence at the Haut de Fee Centre in France, La Serrania in Mallorca, and The Millay Colony of the Arts in New York. He had a short piece in SnowGlobed 2014 at Theater Schmeater.
Ethan: Trevor Young Marston
Melissa: Sara Kaus
Specialist Rachel Troy: Erin Pike
Tim/James: Henry James Walker
Gretchen: Emily Jo Testa
Air Force Colonel/Specialist Rogers: Joseph Lavy
Sergeant Dawson/Colonel Williams: Natural Israel
Helen: Annie Paladino
Stage Directions: Jesson Mata
ABOUT THE SUNDAY SALONS
APL casts actors to read classic and/or provocative plays we want to engage as thinking artists but aren’t likely to bring to stage in full production. Anyone interested in the play or its context can join us. Each Salon is a unique, dynamic assembly of artists, intellectuals, provocateurs, friends, and family. We read, drink, eat, and — with minimal moderation — let discussion go where it will.
Salons are potluck. Please bring a dish and/or drink to share. Theme according to the play… or not!
FOR YOUR COMFORT
Seating is ample, but feel free to bring a cushion if you prefer the (hardwood) floor.
Our location has a lot of stairs to navigate (15 just to enter) and, unfortunately, no current access options to avoid them.
4:00pm Arrivals. Mingling and food/drinks.
5:15-5:30pm Reading begins, to be followed by discussion.
10:00pm End time is a best guess. Leave when you need to; we allow the discussion to run its course.
NOTE TO OUR ACTORS WHO ARE READING
We will distribute the play digitally. Please bring your own printed copy or a device to view the file. Wifi onsite.