The Lightbulb Reading Series was a residency hosted by G45 at the IRT Theater located in the West Village of New York City.

In the Third Annual Lightbulb Reading Series, July 17 - 30, eight young playwrights collaborated with G45 Productions to develop their own new works over a two-week period at IRT Theater. 

The playwrights refined their scripts, developed their voices, and found new community through their residencies. Each play process culminated in a staged reading or workshop production open to the public. 


The lineup:

Little Lives by Shara Feit

directed by Kylie Brown
starring Ann Arvia, Lucy Consagra, Delia Cunningham, Eric Camarano, Tatyanaa Ravena Getzinger

Showings: Thursday July 19th at 7 PM  & Monday July 23rd at 7 pm

At the Women’s Care Crisis Pregnancy Center, the new trainee is learning the ropes, the protestors are stationed outside, and the abortion clinic next door is selling damnation. Then, everything changes. In Shara Feit’s two-part drama little lives two staffs of women must reckon with the cost of fighting to protect life. 


Manger by Max Friedlich

directed by Michael Herwitz
produced by Hannah Getts
starring Emma Cadd, Niall Cunningham, Jared Kemp, Zeke St. Joh

Showings: Friday July 20th at 8 pm & Sunday July 22nd at 2:30 PM

On a cold winter night, in a bar upstate, the lives of four strangers are torn apart in ways they could’ve never imagined. Some will find God and the others will lose everything as a result.


Happy Birthday Mars Rover by Preston Choi

directed by Morgan Reilly
starring Lili Cheong, Charlotte Durkee, Nathaniel Jameson, Abe Jacobs, Jarrett Jung, Isabel Renner

Showings: Saturday July 21st at 8pm and Sunday July 22nd at 8 pm

The Mars Rover was engineered to do two things: search for life on the surface of Mars, and for some reason sing Happy Birthday. Tracking humanity's ceaseless search for understanding and preservation Happy Birthday Mars Rover offers a kaleidoscope of Earth's history from the dawn of humanity, through the present, and into the unknowable future trying to answer the eternal questions: What does it mean to be alive? Is there life in outer space? and does it like cake? 


The Body Project by Charlotte Durkee

Showings (with Exalted and Blood): Wednesday July 25th at 7 pm and Thursday July 26th at 7pm

The Body Project is an interview based theater installation piece that explores the human relationship with one's body using projections mapped to body molds made from the interviewees.


Exalted by Madison Fiedler

directed by Cameron King
starring Charlie Baker and Madelyn Sher

Showings (w/Body Project and Blood): Wednesday July 25th and Thursday July 26th

A man paints a naked woman, as he often does; a naked woman sits perfectly still on a man’s bed, her life in pieces, well-paid. They are strangers, and silent, and they are at war. Exalted is a new play by Madison Fiedler about the politics and power of nudity.


Blood by Yael Haskal

directed by Irene Lazaridis
starring Tia McDonald and Amara Granderson

Showings (w/Body Project and Exalted): Wednesday July 25th and Thursday July 26th

When Lindy is called upon to donate blood to a local pastor and pillar of the community, she and her phlebotomist face the ultimate question: "Does blood really run deep?”


The Technicians by Justine Gelfman

directed by Seonjae Kim
starring Sadie Scott, Laura Sohn, Narea Kang, Barbara Spence, and Eo Moon

Showings: Friday July 27th at 8 pm and Sunday July 29th at 2:30 pm

Jae and Phoebe meet in a nail salon. They are eight, but their friendship is intense and immediate. The girls grow up together, despite different friend groups, families and financial situations. But when a secret arrangement is revealed, the girls must grapple with privilege, pinky promises, keeping them, breaking them, breaking nails, and breaking up.


Puppy Dog Blues by Jake Anderson

directed by Jarrett Jung
starring Talia Bornstein, Nhumi Threadgill, Abisheik Nair

Showings: Saturday July 28th at 8 pm and Sunday July 29th at 8 pm

Two dogs escape from their master, and a girl runs away from home. Their chance meeting in the middle of the forest forces us to confront how we tell our own stories, justify our pasts, and move forward.



If you didn’t know…

Every summer for IRT G45 selects a number of new works through a submission based system. We then develop these works over the course of one week through intensive workshopping and collaboration between the writer and a director and cast comprised of our ensemble and friends. At the end of the week the workshops culminate in a one night only reading open to the public.

In our two previous incarnations of the series in 2016 and 2017 we developed and presented nine new works by six brilliant young playwrights. These works were diverse in content, style and form, and the format of the residency changed every year.  We had plays come back for a second year of development, produced multiple works by one artist over the course of the two residencies, and presented a trio of short thematically connected pieces by one playwright in one year. 

This summer things are changing again. 

In years past we have primarily taken full length pieces and focused on four artists, but this year we are opening up  the submission process to pieces of different forms, sizes, and status of development. We are also trying to bring in more collaborators- aiming to select eight to twelve artist’s work. Our workshopping style will mostly remain the same, but we will curate the format of the public readings around the works we receive and the artists who created them. 


For info on past iterations of Lightbulb check out the following videos: