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Past Projects

Fight or Flight

New plays on fear

ORIGINAL SHORT PLAYS BY:

  • Charlie Adams
  • Elizabeth Clark
  • Matt Fotis
  • George Hatza
  • Joel Richard Gori
  • Sue Lange
  • Santo Marabella
  • David Nice

FEATURING:

  • Jeanette Fotis
  • Kath Godwin
  • Emily Hannon
  • Joel Lesher
  • Christopher David Roché
  • Amy Young

LIVE MUSIC PERFORMED BY:

  • Cindy Miller-Aungst: flute, alto flute, bass flute
  • Jill Haley: oboe, English horn

September/October, 2017

 

Directed by Vicki Haller Graff & George Hatza

Music by Chris Heslop

 

Fight or Flight Gallery

rose under fire

One Book, One Community

Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire is a must read novel regardless of your genre preference! Rose Justice is an eighteen-year-old pilot who hails from Central Pennsylvania. She volunteers to serve in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. In a brave attempt to ram a “flying bomb” mid-air, her plane crosses into enemy territory.

Rose is captured and sent to Ravensbrück, a concentration camp. She meets women with deeply tragic yet heroic stories struggling to survive at the camp. They band together and protect one another from their German captors. Elizabeth Wein does not shy away from the atrocities committed during the war as she tells an endearing story of friendship, loyalty and self-sacrifice.

Spring, 2017

Adapted for RTP by Vicki Haller Graff

Directed by Christopher David Roché

dead of winter

Dead of Winter: Berks Haunting

Director: Joel Richard Gori
Playwrights: Sue Lange & Elizabeth Clark
Composer: Chris Heslop
Lighting Designer: Craig Dodge
Costume Designer: Christine Cieplinski
Production Stage Manager: Kris Savell
Assistant Stage Manager: Abbie Davies

Starring:
Nelly Torres, Vicki Haller Graff, Amy Young, Kyle Lewis, Margot Adams, and
Christopher David Roché

January/February, 2017

lgbtqia fringe fest

LGBTQIA Fringe Festival

Reading Theater Project presents 5 Minute Fringe. RTP members and friends will present short pieces on just about anything in just about any style. You never know what you're going to see at the 5 Minute Fringe, but whatever it is, it will be good.

Take a creative risk with us! Our focus is on performance and storytelling, highlighting the creative minds and performers living in Berks County and beyond!

Part of the Theater Project’s mission is to create new work. We have an improv team, hold play-readings, and produce plays written by local writers.

We wanted to add a smaller scale outlet for local performing artists to take risks and showcase their work!

April, 2016

daponte

DaPonte

The Outrageously True and Charmingly Infamous Life of that Glorious Jewish Catholic Priest, Genius Librettist who Inspired Mozart-of-All-People, Master of Italian Literature and Bringer-Of-It to America, Toothless Businessman, Pennsylvania Resident, Superb Lover of (All) Women, and So Many Other Topics and Situations

June, 2016

Cast: Zach Luchetti, Tamara Black, Matt Mangus, & Maria Damore

Story by Sue Lange

Libretto by Vicki Haller Graff

Composed by Chris Heslop

Directed by Christopher David Roché

Stage Managed by Tom Birch

Costumes by Rebeka Birch and Christine Cieplinski

Props by Kathie Kustudich

Lighting by Craig Dodge, VA Productions

in partnership with the Berks Opera Company

earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

Classic theater approached in a new way.

Directed by Joel Gori.

November, 2015

marriage expo

Marriage Expo(sé)

Everything after the wedding! It’s a theatrical extravaganza about marriage in the 21st Century. Come visit Freddy Burgers’s Marriage Expo and hear a speaker, check out informative booths (with local vendors and actors playing vendors), and watch modern marriage unfold all around you (some of the other couples at the show will be actors). Audience will have the option to sit and watch the production or to walk around and immerse yourself in the expo. Either way, prepare yourself to experience a whole marriage in about 2 hours!

As with all our productions, Reading Theater Project blends outrageous comedy with thoughtful moments of quiet and reflection. We hold a mirror up to marriage, all kinds of marriage and committed relationships, and laugh together and think together.

Directed by Christine Cieplinski/ Created and Written by Sue Lange, Vicki Graff, and the Reading Theater Project/ Music by Chris Heslop/ Stage Managed by Tom Birch/ Costumes by Rebekah Birch

Cast includes Yasiris Alvarado, Christine Cieplinski, Camellia Eddy-Natalini, Joel Gori, Vicki Graff, Shannon Harris, Chris Heslop, Erica Hesselson, Sue Lange, Joel Lesher, Sean Malak, Kate Mohn, Jane Ney, Michael O’Brien, Lily Oglesby, Luis Pagan-Anderson, Michael Piz, Andrew Pochan, Martha Richardson, Amy Shea, Katie Urich, Sid Watts, David Weidler, Lauren White

speakeasy

Speakeasy

Enter the Diamond Mine, a speakeasy that could be straight from Reading in 1920. We’ve got a hot jazz trio, our very own Vaudeville troupe, and bootleggers seated at the next table. Though national prohibition of alcohol had passed, Reading was living up its reputation as a wide open town. As the years passed, Reading changed. Speakeasy is a play that follows Reading from 1920 to 1933, through several characters’ stories.
Written by Sue Lange, directed by Vicki Graff, composed and musical directed by Chris Heslop, Set Design by Andrew Pochan, Stage Managed by Eileen Tarquinio.
Cast includes: Kira Apple, S. Marie DeBooth, Marie Suzanne DeBooth, Christine Cieplinski, Joel Gori, Joel Lesher, Anita Lewis, Jane Ney, Michael O’Brian, Luis Pagan-Anderson, Chris Roché, and Julia Smith.
performed at the Olympian Ballroom, 603 Penn Ave., West Reading, PA

August/September, 2014

This production was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, by the Reading Musical Foundation, and by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and sponsored by Industrial Plywood, the Home Artisan Group, and the West Reading Tavern. Poster Design by Typothecary Press.

one body

One Body

Reading Theater Project created a series of personal performance pieces (theater and music, some solo, some ensemble) at the Ceres Gallery in New York City for Pamela Shields’ gallery exhibit (NSFW). The works were also performed in Reading PA.

The performances were inspired by Shields’ work and perspective of “being comfortable in your own skin” and “what’s normal and acceptable.” This work is personal and political, witty and intelligent.

May/June, 2014

This production was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, by the Reading Musical Foundation, and by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and sponsored by Industrial Plywood, the Home Artisan Group, and the West Reading Tavern. Poster Design by Typothecary Press.

may be honest

May Be Honest

...was a huge success thanks to you! We sold out every show, had great discussions with local artists and historians, and created original, innovative theater right here in Berks County!

In 1809 in Berks County, Susanna Cox, a “homely maid of 24 years,” was arrested, convicted and hanged for infanticide of her newborn son. She was uneducated, she could not speak English, she was a servant.

Though her story has been told over and over since 1809, in court, in songs, in the news, and more, she never had the opportunity to tell it herself. Why do we keep telling her story? What is it that captivates us?

August, 2013

This production was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, by the Reading Musical Foundation, and by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and sponsored by Industrial Plywood, the Home Artisan Group, and the West Reading Tavern. Poster Design by Typothecary Press.


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