A new play! This one is called ORTA, and once again, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to develop it with The Vagrancy’s Writers’ Group. I’ve been working on it for the past few months, and this Friday there will be a staged reading of it at 5:00 PM at the Lyric Hyperion in Los Angeles!
In Northern Italy there is a small town named Orta. Next to the town is a lake. On the lake is a tiny island. And on this island, there are absolutely no snakes, dragons, or monsters–thanks to St. Julius, who, according to legend, sailed across the lake on his cloak in the 4th century, and banished them.
These days, Orta is known to be a romantic destination for couples in love. No wonder newlyweds Kasper and Tajana decide to honeymoon there! But when some of the banished serpents decide it’s the perfect time to return home, Kasper and Tajana are forced to face their pasts–and the secrets they’d hoped would stay hidden forever.
ORTA is directed by Jessie Lee Mills (who I collaborated with during the development of both WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM? and WINCHESTER/WINCHESTER), and the reading will feature the acting talents of Todd Aaron Brotze, Logan Donovan, Hazel Lozano, Daniel Penilla, Anthony Rutowicz, and Garrett Walters, with stage directions by Kara Contreras. After the reading, there will be a brief audience talkback moderated by June Carryl.
If you’ll be in Los Angeles, reserve your seat to ORTA’s reading on Eventbrite–and don’t forget to check out the other plays that are part of Blossoming, The Vagrancy’s Festival of New Plays!