Cardboard Box is excited to present two new works by local playwrights.  These pieces are early in development and you will have the opportunity to hear them first in our Night of Staged Readings this Friday and Saturday.  Both plays will be read both nights:

Nature’s Mistakes by Julie Jigour
Directed by Maren Lovgren and Lauren Baines

Tight on cash, Jack and Mary Rowley sell their younger daughter to Maximillian’s Museum of Nature’s Mistakes, the freak show visiting town. As their older daughter questions her sister’s disappearance, a conniving doctor reenters the Rowleys’ lives, a prostitute seeks revenge, and a church zealot attempts to bring down the show. Yet the showman keeps selling stories to draw people into the tent, where the reality may be less grotesque than what exists outside.

All That Grows: A contemporary folk musical
by Molly Murphy and Dani Lencioni
Directed by Rachel Winfield

The Acalanes. A desolate mountain range void of water and color where the community has no ambition but survival.  Avian and his sister Emmalyn struggle to find meaning to their dreams, and perhaps escape.

A Night of Staged Readings:
Two New Works by Local Playwrights
Friday, May 11 & Saturday, May 12, 2012
7:30pm both nights (doors open 7pm)
Mature Content
Tickets: Pay-what-you-can at the door.
You can reserve seats by emailing
Venue:  KALEID Gallery – 88 South 4th St., San Jose, CA 95112

What Is A Staged Reading, You Ask?
Staged readings are stripped down dramatic readings of plays that aid playwrights in the development of new work.  Actors rehearse the plays but do not learn full blocking (the spacing and movement on stage).  When they perform in the staged readings, they typically are still “on book” (they have the script in hand) and they are not fully costumed.  This low-tech staging offers playwrights a chance to give their new work legs and see how it stands in a performance, affording them invaluable insight as they continue developing the work.  For actors, staged readings are unique opportunities to work directly with a playwright in the development of these new works.  And, for an audience, besides having the opportunity to be among the first people to hear a new play and to see into the creative process, you also play a role in the development of the new work through your very presence.

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