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A LAUNCH PAD Preview Production
What Martha Did
by Enid Graham
Directed by Risa Brainin
PERFORMANCES: November 15th – 24th, 2019
Performing Arts Theater
GENERAL Sunday, September 29, 2019
Performing Arts Theater
CALLBACKS: Monday, September 30, 2019
6pm – 11pm
Performing Arts Theater
1ST REHEARSAL: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Typically 20-25 hours per week until tech rehearsals begin. This play will rehearse Monday – Friday between the hours of 6-11 until tech week. There will be some Friday afternoon rehearsals and occasional Saturdays. There are additional hours for techs and dress rehearsals leading to performances including Saturdays and Sundays.
3 units of THTR 49 and/or 149 will be given to cast members.
The current draft of the script is now available on GauchoSpace.
Any full time UCSB student is welcome and encouraged to audition. The audition sign-up list will be posted in the Production Office (TD-W 1600) starting on 9/23/19.
The script is currently available to read on GauchoSpace.
Please read the script carefully so you can use it to pick a short scene or speech from the play to perform. You do not need to memorize this scene, but it should be prepared well. If you choose a scene, you should also choose a partner and prepare together. It is possible to have a partner who is not auditioning for the role that they read in the scene. Selections should be no more than 2-3 minutes. Time your scene please.
Please specify which role you are reading for on the sign-up sheet.
If you have questions or need more information contact Risa Brainin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Martha Did was a finalist for the National Playwrights’ Conference in 2015, a semi-finalist in the American Blues New Play competition in Chicago, and a contributor to the Alma Theatre New Play series in San Francisco.
A gathering to commemorate the twenty-fifth edition of Martha Fisher’s celebrated book of poems brings her fractured family back home – all except Martha herself, who committed suicide soon after the book’s original publication. Haunted by the past and events they can’t explain, her family struggles to move forward. How can they reconcile the Martha who wrote so brilliantly about the joys of living, and the hidden Martha who ended her own life? Into this volatile mix a young stranger arrives, forcing them to resolve the dreams of their youth with the people they have become. What Martha Did is a darkly funny drama about regret, facing the truth, and finding forgiveness.
Enid Graham is a writer and actress living in New York City. Her writing credits include - plays: Ruth, For I Know the Plans I Have For You, Something Unrecognizable, and Pathological Venus (working title) screenplays: Texas, short stories: “Galveston”, “Blind Spot”, “Go Fish” among others. Ruth was included in the 2018 National Playwrights’ Conference at the O’Neill Center, as well as the newTACTics New Play Festival in NYC. She is a founding member of the 72nd Street Gang, a playwrights’ collective in New York City. As an actress, Ms. Graham has numerous Broadway credits including: M Butterfly (2017) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (original Broadway company). Her television and film credits include: Mindhunter, The Sinner, The Red Line, Boardwalk Empire, Grey’s Anatomy, Margaret, Margot at the Wedding and The Glorias (upcoming) among others.
What Martha Did was workshopped in the LAUNCH PAD Summer Reading Series in August 2019. Guest Artists Julie Fishell and Brian Harwell appeared in the reading and we are happy to announce they will reprise their roles and appear side by side our UCSB students this fall. Those roles are:
Mrs. Fisher – a woman in her early seventies, Martha, Sam and Richard’s mother (CAST: Julie Fishell)
Mr. Greene – a man in his eighties, Mrs. Fisher’s lawyer (CAST: Brian Harwell)
AVAILABLE ROLES for UCSB Students:
Karen – a woman in her early forties, was Martha’s best friend
Surrey – a woman in her mid-forties, Martha’s cousin
Sam – a woman in her late thirties, Martha and Richard’s younger sister
Richard – a man in his early forties, Martha and Sam’s brother
Misty – Richard’s wife, mid-thirties
Frank – a man in his late forties, friend of the family
Young Woman – a visitor, early twenties
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Full Course Requirements (.pdf)
- Vickie Scott, Instructor on Record (THTR 29/49/149)
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- Jamie Birkett, Technical Director (Run Crew)
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