THE FREE READING SERIES
FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Polished Pieces by Laurie Scalf Scoggins
The Black Buzzard at 1624 Market Street (Street parking or $5.00 in the lot right next the Buzzard)
7:30 pm start
Join us for our first reading of the 2019 season and our season announcement party.
Directed by Bettina Mueller-Tuescher
Starring Laura Ione, Damon Guerrasio, Dana Hart Lubeck, Jeff Jesmer, and Veronica Straight Lingo
Twin sisters Amy and Lucy always dreamed they would have kids. We follow both of their stories through trial and error as Amy and her husband Rob try to adopt a child to achieve their goal of having the family they always wanted, while Lucy and her husband Tony struggle to come to terms with finding out if they even can conceive their own child. This story tests relationships between husband and wife, siblings and friends.
Reservations required 720-583-3975
Admission is free but we ask you purchase something from the venue as they are giving us the space for free! The Black Buzzard has an amazing menu so come early and grab dinner.
LAURIE SCALF SCOGGINS
Published plays include Held, published by Scriptsforstage.co.uk, with a Workshop Production in 2018 at Miners Alley Playhouse. Unpublished plays includes Polished Pieces, Hold The Phone, and Temper. Laurie Scoggins received a Bachelors of Art in Theater from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and continues her playwriting education at the Denver Center for Performing Arts .
A California native, Bettina graduated from Chapman University in Southern California in 2015 with a degree in Theatre Studies. Before settling in Denver in early 2017 to purse a career in theatre, she spent time traveling and doing work exchange around California, Iceland, England, and Ireland. Bettina spends her days working as the Operations Manager for Atlas Geotechnical, a geotechnical engineering company where she runs the internal aspects of the business, while she simultaneously pursues opportunities in theatre. A passionate director and dramaturg, Bettina has a special interest in new play development, and theatre that helps us question ourselves and understand others. At And Toto too, Bettina helps read and filter scripts submissions.
Laura Ione (Amy)
Laura is very proud to lend her voice to this new work. She spends most of her time in the voice- over world, so she's thrilled to see a live audience and experience the energy of the room. Thanks for supporting new plays & And Toto too! Many thanks to Susan for continuing to cherish and lift up the voices of women and big thanks to Laurie for sharing this important story.
Dana Hart Lubeck (Lucy)
Dana has recently returned to Denver after living in New York City. She has performed in New York, on tour and regionally as well as in film, television and commercials. Most recently, Dana performed Off-Broadway in a new play, Bee. Before that, she directed and performed in And The World Goes Round at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge. Denver credits include; A Piece of My Heart, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Graduate, Carrie, Threepenny Opera, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Jacques Brel is Alive…, and London Suite. Some of her New York/tour credits include South Pacific, the premiere of The Man in the Iron Mask, Fiorello, Spike Heels and Proof. In addition to traditional theatre, Dana has worked in devised theatre collaborating with such companies as The Tectonic Theatre Project, the SITI Company and the Meredith Monk Repertory. Dana holds an MFA in acting and a Bachelor’s degree in musical theatre.
Damon Guerrasio (Rob)
This is Damon Guerrasio’s first production with And Toto too. Other credits include A Christmas Carol (Theatreworks); Shakespeare in Love (CSFAC); Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever (Arvada Center); Water by the Spoonful (Curious Theatre); Beau Jest, Red Hot and Cole, All My Sons (Cherry Creek Theatre); The Fantasticks! (Midtown Arts Center); Annie, Spamalot, Shrek the Musical (Breckenridge Backstage Theatre); The Music Man, Boeing Boeing, Completely Hollywood Abridged (Littleton Town Hall Arts Center); Love Child, Minimum Wage, Complete World of Sports Abridged (Avenue Theater). He currently can be seen in Lost In Yonkers at Miners Alley Playhouse.
Jeff Jesmer (Tony)
Jeff is very pleased to be collaborating with fellow artists on this adventure. He is a local actor who has enjoyed playing some great roles around Denver. From John Proctor in The Crucible to Kolenkhov in You Can’t Take it With You, he very much enjoys being on stage and bringing life to characters. Jeff is also a set builder and designer who has worked from Steamboat Opera all the way down to Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre in Trinidad, CO. He would like to thank you for supporting live theatre and to tell Julie and their fur babies that he has all the love anyone could ever hope for.
Veronica Straight Lingo (Stacey, Morgan, Kate, Voice Over, Sarah, Jenny)
Veronica Straight-Lingo is honored to be joining the cast for this reading of Polished Pieces. Veronica is an actor/director/improviser in the Denver area, and was last seen in Vintage Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play. You can next catch her in The Mrs. Wheatland Pageant, an all new, hilarious play premiering at Theatre 29 (at 29th and Sheridan), and you can catch her weekly on Metro Arts Friday afternoons at 3 on KGNU, 88.5 FM/1390 AM.