A free public reading of “Sycamore” by Sarah Sander

Join us on Monday, February 15 for a free reading of Sycamore
by Sarah Sander
In this new play, Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in a midwestern suburb. Celia is 18, a high school senior who is involved in cheerleading and the drama club. Henry is 16, gay, and is active in mathletics. Both Celia and Henry become romantically interested in their new next-door neighbor John, who recently moved to their town from Los Angeles with his single mom Jocelyn. This is not the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals – their first competition over a boy resulted in incidents which had damaging and lasting impacts on each of them. Will trouble strike again as the two vie for John’s affections? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry’s parents, David and Louise, face stress in their marriage due to David’s reduction in hours as a college professor and need to take on a job as a short order cook in an all-night diner.
There will be a talkback after the reading with playwright Sarah Sander, director Devon de Mayo and members of the cast.

Olivia Shine (Celia)

Christopher Ruetten (John)

Brian Cook (Henry)

Robyn Coffin (Louise)

Tom Hickey (David)

Echaka Agba (Jocelyn)
Playwright Sarah Sander has seen her work developed/produced by Columbia University, |the claque|, DC Arts Center, Florida Studio Theatre, Inkwell Theatre, Kennedy Center, Lark, NYSF, Page 73 Productions, Public Theater, Project Y and Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. She’s a member of the Public Theater’s 2015 Emerging Writers Group, New Georges Affiliated Artist, alumna of the Dramatist Guild Fellowship and P73’s Interstate 73. Residencies: MacDowell, Millay and SPACE at Ryder Farm. Finalist: ATL’s Heideman Award, Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission, Playwrights Center’s Jerome Fellowship, Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Fellowship, Leah Ryan FEWW Prize, P73’s Playwriting Fellowship, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Trustus Theatre Festival, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Source Theater Festival. Nominations: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, NTC’s Stavis Award and Williamstown’s Weissberger Award. For the 2009-2010 season she served as a National New Play Network Playwright-in-Residence (Florida Studio Theatre). She has an MFA from the University of Iowa.
Director Devon de Mayo most recently directed Animals Out of Paper for Shattered Globe Theatre and You Can’t Take It with You for Northlight Theatre. Last year, Devon worked as the Resident Director under Stephen Daldry on the Broadway production of The Audience. Other directing credits: Jet Black Chevrolet (side project); Compulsion and Everything is Illuminated (Next); An Actor Prepares (Logan Center); Roadkill Confidential, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Clouds (Dog & Pony); Infiltrating Bounce (Luminaria, San Antonio); and 52 (Canal Café, London). Directing & devising credits: Guerra: A Clown Play (performances in Chicago, New York, Albuquerque, Madrid, Bogota, and Mexico City); The Whole World is Watching, As Told by the Vivian Girls (Dog & Pony), and The Twins Would Like to Say (Dog & Pony, Steppenwolf Garage Rep). She is the co-artistic director of Dog & Pony Theatre and received her MFA from Middlesex University in London.
Monday, February 157:30 pm
Admission is free, though reservations are recommended and may be made by e-mailinginfo@raventheatre.com or calling 773-338-2177.
Part of our [Working Title] New Play Development Series.