Staged Readings
Sunday, August 21 @7pm


Not About the Money
by Amy Tofte

Los Angeles, CA
Produced by Comtra Theatre

An elitist needs a favor and in the process of completely offending someone less fortunate…he gets fleeced.

Amy Tofte is a playwright and award-winning screenwriter living in Los Angeles. She was awarded a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Also in 2015, her play FleshEatingTiger had its Australian debut in Melbourne and her play Farm Noir was a semifinalist for the PlayPenn Conference. She developed her play The Scrambling Class as part of the The Vagrancy’s 2014/2015 writer’s group. Her play The Count Goes Down was a semifinalist for both the 2014 nuVoices Festival (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte) and The Kitchen Dog Theatre’s 2014 New Works Festival.

In 2013, Tofte was a semifinalist for Washington, DC’s Source Festival with her play Relentless Pursuit of a Lady. She was also named a semifinalist for the 2013 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship for her play FleshEatingTiger. Her plays FLOOZY and FleshEatingTiger premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2010, 2011, respectively). Tiger was remounted at the Hollywood Fringe in 2012 where it was named “Best of Fringe” and nominated for Best Play. Tofte participated in the 2015 Last Frontier Theatre Conference’s Play Lab (Valdez, Alaska), her sixth year as an invited writer. She has two monologues published in the Conference’s 2009 – 2012 anthology.



On Golden Sands
by Mark Costello

Philadelphia, PA
Produced by Split Stage Productions

A plague ravages earth while Marie agonizes over boarding her evacuation space ship, which will carry her to her lover aboard a safe house space station. He comforts her remotely via hologram and learns that her fears aren’t only about her own safety: Marie is also pregnant with his child. What was simply comfort and support earlier becomes an urgent plea from her lover to evacuate before it’s too late and he loses them both.

Mark J. Costello is a candidate in the MFA playwriting program at Temple University, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. His plays have been recognized by the Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, Write Now, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and his dramaturgical and critical writings earned him a fellowship to the O’Neill Critics Institute in 2010. He has dramaturged and assistant dramaturged productions for companies all over Philadelphia, including Philadelphia Theatre Company and the Arden, and he participates in new play development with playwrights at all levels of their career and training.


Unlikely Event
by Dennis Moore

Bothell, WA
Produced by The Bobcat Players

A long-term married couple must confront a horror peculiar to the 21st century.

Dennis Moore is an actor and writer in the Seattle WA area. UNLIKELY EVENT is his fourth work, and he’s pleased to submit it to the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.