Jan. 16-17: Echo Theater Company's LABFest 2021 free virtual reading festival
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:47 pm EST 01/07/21

The Echo Theater Company presents
free, virtual reading series 'LABFest 2021'

The Echo Theater Company, dedicated to creating new work for the theater, presents LABFest 2021, a virtual reading festival of three new plays by Brian Otaño, Roger Q. Mason and Christopher Sullivan that were developed in the company's 2020 Playwright's LAB.

Jan. 16 and Jan. 17:

• Saturday, Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET: Tara by Brian Otaño; directed by Hannah Wolf; featuring Dana Berger, Leandro Cano, Eileen Galindo, Brian Henderson and Gloria Ines
When 30-year-old Ricky Ramos is named as the first victim of a teacher under investigation for sexual abuse, Ricky's skewed perspective of the relationship is turned upside down and his family is forced to contend with their complicity.

• Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET: CALIFORNIA STORY: A Faustian Preter-Capitalist Scream by Roger Q. Mason, directed by Michael Alvarez
Based on the true story of Afro-Mexican politician and landowner Pío Pico, who attempted to carve a place for himself in 1830s-1860s California during the era of Manifest Destiny, Mason infuses elements of traditional theater, magical realism and physical theater to explore the racial, personal and familial price one pays when buying into majority culture's privilege at the expense of their own integrity.

• Sunday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET: SK8ER BOIZ by Christopher Sullivan; directed by Shaina Rosenthal; featuring Steve Boyer, Eric Neil Gutierrez, Alex Herrald, Anisha Jagannathan and Seth Kirschner
In this darkly comedic play, two teens are forced to hide their romantic relationship amidst the homophobic world of professional skateboarding as they navigate their fluid sexual identities into their adult lives.


Get the Zoom links at www.EchoTheaterCompany.com



Roger Q. Mason (he/they) is an award-winning writer, performer and educator known for using history's lens to highlight the biases that separate rather than unite us. As a playwright, his/their work has been seen on Broadway at Circle in the Square (Circle Reading Series); Off/Off-Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, New Group, the Fire This Time Festival, American Theatre of Actors, Flea Theatre and Access Theater; and regionally at McCarter Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, EST/LA, Son of Semele, and Skylight Theatre. He/they are an honoree of the Kilroys List and the Fire This Time Festival Alumni Spotlight; the recipient of the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award and the Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producers Award; a finalist for the Geffen Writers' Room, Lark Playwright's Week and the Screencraft Play Award; and a semi-finalist for the Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship and Jerome Playwriting Fellowship. Mason's films have screened at Outshine Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival, the Rochester LGBT Film Festival and Revry TV. They've been recognized by the AT&T Film Award and Atlanta International Film Festival. Mason hosts Sister Roger's Gayborhood, a podcast about queer careers and personal journeys, with Lovell Holder. Roger Q. Mason holds degrees from Princeton University, Middlebury College, and Northwestern University.

Brian Otaño an L.A.-based playwright and TV writer originally from New York. Full-length plays include The Dust, Dolores Slayborne, Zero Feet Away and The Dooley Street Trilogy. He also co-wrote You Across From Me, the 42nd Annual Humana Festival PTC show. Brian is currently a staff writer on Last Summer, airing on Freeform and Hulu in 2020. Brian is an alumna of Center Theatre Group L.A. Writers Workshop, Geffen Playhouse Writers Room, Ars Nova Playgroup and Page 73's Interstate 73 Writers Group. He is the recipient of the New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship and the New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellowship. His plays have been developed and workshopped by Roundabout Theatre Company (Roundabout Underground), Atlantic Theater Company (Latino Mixfest), INTAR (American Nightcap), The Parsnip Ship, UCSB Launchpad, LAByrinth, IAMA Theatre Company, Celebration Theatre and SPACE on Ryder Farm. His first short film, Call Me Daddy (directed by Amanda DeSouza), is a two-time award-winner (Best Narrative Short, The Women's Film Festival and Best Comedy at the Official Latino Film Festival). He is currently under commission with IAMA Theater Company and Atlantic Theater Company. Representation: William Morris Endeavor and Grandview Management. Education: BFA, Dramatic Writing (SUNY Purchase).

Christopher Sullivan is a playwright, screenwriter, and director. His work has been seen Off Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Flea Theatre, The Tank, Theatre Row, NYU, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from USC's John Wells Writing for Screen and Television Division, is a former member of the Obie award-winning playwrights group Youngblood, and is a Hudson Memorial Award recipient. His episodic series Guess I'm A Ghost has been seen at festivals around the country and won Best Web Series at the Los Angeles Film Awards.
Link http://www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

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