From Disney to Pluto

Nov 26, 2012

Photo courtesy of Boston Court Theatre

“In the immediate wake of a local school shooting, single mother Elizabeth Miller and her college-age son Bailey struggle to communicate while also contending with aggressive household appliances, the odd new family pet, a forceful crowd threatening to invade their kitchen, and a tree that’s crashed through the ceiling.”

Like, an angry fridge? Or a raging, combustible toaster? Come and find out what this description of Steve Yockey’s Pluto means at Boston Court‘s PLAY/ground, their Annual New Play Festival, December 8-9.

Literary Managers Aaron Henne and Emilie Beck, along with Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti have chosen 5 plays to present as staged readings in Boston Court’s Marjorie Branson Performance Space.

Besides Pluto, this year’s line-up includes Mesmeric Revelation…Before Edgar Allen Poe by Aaron Henne, Modern House by Kira Obolensky, and Se Llama Cristina by Octavio Solis.

Obolensky writes script-based plays, collaborative plays, and plays she calls “object theatre, puppet plays.” She’s also a published author of national bestseller The Not So Big House, as well as Garage and Good House Cheap House.

Karen Wada of the L.A. Times says, Octavio Solis “…loves to do the unexpected. In a career that has spanned more than two decades, the San Francisco-based writer has blended the visceral and the magical, the emotional and the intellectual…”

Here’s the pitch for this year’s last scheduled reading: “Aided by a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of vodka, three actors, and a pile of dead lemmings, Walt Disney will read to you a screenplay he wrote about his final days on earth.”

Are the lemmings deceased as a result of ciggies and shots of Stoli? Is the man who created the “Happiest Place on Earth” now bedraggled and cynical? Playwright Lucas Hnath has some ideas, expressed in his A Public Reading of An Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney. 

Hnath’s other works are just as intriguingly named: Three Attempts at Corrective Eye Surgery, Hillary and Clinton, Moth Light, The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith, and A Sake Tasting With Sèance to Follow.

For more on The Theatre @ Boston Court, visit their blog We Play Different or

PLAY/ground: Boston Court’s Annual New Play Festival
December 8th-11th
Free to the public
Reservations made by calling Brandon at 626.683.6883, ext. 105 or emailing
Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena

Saturday, Dec. 8th, 11 a.m.: Pluto by Steve Yockey
Saturday, Dec. 8th, 2 p.m.: Mesmeric Revelation…Before Edgar Allen Poe by Aaron Henne
Saturday, Dec. 8th, 4:30 p.m.: Modern House by Kira Obolensky
Sunday, Dec. 9th, 11 a.m.: Se Llama Cristina by Octavio Solis
Sunday, Dec. 9th, 2 p.m.: A Public Reading of An Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath. The audience is invited to an artists reception immediately following the performance.




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