Night Dust Journey
The 13th Annual New Play Reading Festival
July 29, 2017

The 13th Annual New Play Reading Festival

Boston Court’s New Play Reading Festival presents readings of exciting new works in progress that are in keeping with Boston Court’s mission, which urges artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on works, which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting. Tickets are FREE and reservations are strongly recommended. You can reserve your tickets online or by calling our Box Office at (626) 683-6801.

Night Dust JourneySaturday, July 29, 2017 @ 3pm
by Mickey Birnbaum
directed by Jessica Kubzansky

About the Play

Amy is a nuclear mitigation technician on assignment in Kazakhstan, befriending her guide Abdul and his sick wife Anar, who dreams of stardom. Her husband Tom tries to sell high-end real estate as New York crumbles around them. As their cities, jobs, and marriage implode, their neglected teenage daughter Libby embarks on an unlikely love affair with the broken pieces. Full of mystical encounters, living buildings, impossible journeys, and comic twists, Night Dust Journey wonders what place global communities and the American dream might have in an irradiated, unstable, post-truth world.

About the Playwright

Mickey Birnbaum's play Big Death & Little Death inaugurated Wooly Mammoth’s new Washington, D.C., theater in 2005 and has subsequently been produced around the country. Other plays include Bleed Rail (The Theatre @ Boston Court) and Backyard (Echo Theater, Los Angeles). He has twice been a PEN USA Literary Awards Finalist (Big Death & Little Death, Backyard), and his work has also received a 2006 Helen Hayes nomination (Big Death & Little Death) and the 2008 Garland Award for Playwriting (Bleed Rail). Mickey has written screenplays for many major studios including the upcoming film The Big Shoe and an adaptation of John Irving’s novel The Fourth Hand (both of which were collaborations with director Steven Shainberg). Mickey lives in Los Angeles, where he heads the playwriting program at the UC Riverside Palm Desert MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

About the Director

Jessica Kubzansky is the Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre @ Boston Court and an award-winning director working nationally. Recent new work: Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths (East/West/Pasadena Playhouse), Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird (ACT Seattle), Luis Alfaro’s Mojada (Getty Villa/BC), NY and world premieres of Sheila Callaghan’s Everything You Touch (Rattlestick at The Cherry Lane/BC), Aditi Kapil’s Orange (South Coast Rep), world premieres for Boston Court: Stefanie Zadravec’s Colony Collapse, Kubzansky’s own RII, Michael Elyanow’s The Children, Jordan Harrison’s Futura, Laura Schellhardt’s Courting Vampires, Salamone/McIntyre’s Gulls, Mickey Birnbaum’s Bleed Rail, Carlos Murillo’s Unfinished American Highwayscape#9&32, Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Light, Cody Henderson’s Cold/Tender.

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