On May 13, 2019 I produced a one-day workshop of my office farce The Bigsley Project with the goal of getting this spectacularly ridiculous physical comedy out from behind the music stands and up on its feet. Mikaela Kafka directed, and Jason Faust, Jack Flatley, Osborn Focht, Catherine Gasta, Kendra Holloway, and Joelle Zazz tackled the text. Check out the Blog and the Gallery for more information.
I got to be a fly on the wall in Pat Golden’s directing class at HB Studio on May 6. She’s using the text of 2Y20M and it was fascinating to see all the different approaches students were taking and watching Pat guide them according to their skill level and ambition. The class showcase is May 20!
TheaterLab is booked for The Bigsley Project workshop! It is going to be a day.
Possession was a semi-finalist for the Premiere Stages at Kean festival! Here’s what they have to say about the play:
“Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University, is pleased to recognize “Possession” by Catherine Castellani as a semifinalist for the 2019 Premiere Play Festival. “Possession” rose through a competitive selection process conducted by Premiere staff and a panel of outside theatre professionals to become one of 23 semifinalists out of 659 submissions. The panel was particularly impressed by the play’s exploration of a timely and important question: what does it truly mean to be nostalgic for a past era? The play’s arc feels both heartbreaking and utterly inevitable. Our congratulations and thanks to Catherine.”
It's a new theater season! Come kick it off at Bonnie Vee on Monday, September 24, 2018 in their lovely backyard. You'll run into old friends and colleagues and make new ones. Want to be included in the program of what everybody's got coming up (or just finished)? Shoot me an email (see the Contact page) and let me know.
Thanks to Annie McCain Engman for the invitation to share an excerpt from Possession at The Parlour Salon on Governors Island, August 3, 2018. The Salon was held in the historic Nolan #17, the Audobon Society house. Perfect setting for Possession!
I am thrilled to announce that 2Y20M (Two Years Twenty Minutes) has been awarded an HB Residency! I'll be developing the play at HB Studios from May 30 through July 22, 2018, with public readings on July 21 and 22. I've previously shown an early excerpt at Dixon Place in The Lounge, and The Nora Salon hosted a reading of Act One. At HB, I'll get the time and space to spread out with the whoooooole enchilada, and I cannot wait.
I'm going to Valdez, Alaska for the 26th Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference. They'll be reading my play In Search of Lost Time (inspired by Proust's masterwork, but considerably shorter). That will leave just two states out of 50 yet to visit (Maine & Arkansas).
Possession is a semi-finalist for the first Forward Flux play commission. I love their ambition to get timely work on stage... on time.
Naked Angels Tuesday@9 comes to Miami! And so did the first 10 pages of The Bigsley Project on February 27, 2018. If you're an actor or writer in Miami, check it out!
THANK YOU everyone who came out to Dixon Place on February 7, and everyone who participated in the Mardi Gras Tuesdays@9 read from The Bigsley Project on February 13.
Coming up! Possession will have an excerpt reading at Dixon Place in The Lounge on Wednesday, February 7. More details to come, but pencil it in, because they make a super ginger Dark & Stormy that will fix whatever ails you:
Dixon Place presents an excerpted reading of
a work in progress by Catherine Castellani
7 p.m., Wednesday, February 7
161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets
in The Lounge
The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during and after the show.
Bar proceeds directly support DP’s artists and mission.
That means: Come Early! and Stay Late!
The Bigsley Project is a Finalist (in *lots* of good company) for Boomerang Theatre Company's First Flight New Play Festival!
WORK will be performed at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, MS in the Hines Hall Auditorium on October 19th, 21st, and 22nd.
Actors! The second ten pages of The Bigsley Project will be read at Naked Angel's Tuesdays at 9:00 on October 3rd. Casting begins at 8:30. Would love to see you there!
2Y20M gets another outing on June 9, 2017 courtesy of The Nora Salon, a project of Nora's Playhouse.
Possession by Catherine Castellani was a Finalist for the 2017-2018 Marion International Fellowship.
WORK is published in Smith & Kraus's Best 10-Minute Plays 2016.
The second blog in my series What IS a Feminist Play, Anyway? is up at HowlRound.
Thank you to the League of Professional Theatre Women. What IS a Feminist Play, Anyway? is now up at WIT Online!
The first blog in my series What IS a Feminist Play, Anyway? is published at HowlRound.
Shelter in Place (an episode of the Siren Call web series) will be shooting this August on Shelter Island! Want to be part of the production? You can donate here.
Join Chudeau Productions on July 11, 2016 at 7 p.m. in ESPA Studio B (307 W 38th Street, 15th floor) for a free reading of five episodes of upcoming webseries Siren Call (written by Catherine Castellani, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, Erica Jensen, Martha Pichey, and Piper Werle). After the reading, join us for a reception.
Shelter in Place by Catherine Castellani Strong by Shuan Bennet Fauntleroy I See You by Erica Jenson
Inside Out by Martha Pichey Veronica by Piper Werl
Make a reservation to the June 28 Dixon Place reading of 2Y20M here.
Dixon Place presents... On Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m., Dixon Place will be presenting a 30-minute segment from my play-in-progress 2Y20M (Two Years Twenty Minutes). In 1991 a crew of eight were sealed into Biosphere 2 to conduct the largest closed-system experiment ever devised or attempted. Two years and twenty minutes later they emerged: skinny, triumphant, controversial, celebrated, and maligned. This is one story of their before, during, and after and what it meant for conducting science on a grand scale. Tessa Borbridge, McKenna Cox, Stephen Dexter*, Lori Gardner*, Dean Imperial, David Meyers, Jason Nuzzo*, Bernard J. Tarver*, Jessica L. Vera*, and Jenny Zerke will be reading a 30-minute excerpt. (Yes, that’s a cast of ten.) Come hear about the adventures of the Biospherians and have a beverage with us in The Lounge!
This originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of The Dramatist. If you're a DG member, you can link to the whole issue (it's excellent) here.
I interviewed Broadway choreographer Patricia Wilcox for the League of Professional Women in Theatre. See it here.
HowlRound published my response-to-the-response to the Jubilee parity project here.
On November 14, 2014, Going to Tahiti Productions presented the first public reading of The Mongoose and the Cobra.
Going to Tahiti Productions presents
The Mongoose and the Cobra
by Catherine Castellani
Maggie and Ram reunite. It won't work. And it won't end.
Directed by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The Little Secret at The Secret Theatre
44 02 23rd Street
Long Island City, Queens
$5 suggested donation
Running time: 85 minutes without an intermission.
Join us for reception (complimentary wine and snacks ) after the reading.
*Actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association