The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
On September 2nd, an enthusiastic crowd gathered for Pipeline's play readings at the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage New Play Festival this year. It was standing room only for Jean Koppen's revised Unfocused, a comedic drama about voting habits set in the one-way mirrored funhouse of a corporate focus group room. Jordan Friend's clever staging had the audience almost seeing the collapse of our world as we know it.
Next up was Patricia Connelly's revised Rebellion in the Heartland, a courtroom drama about the limits of free speech and family ties that bind. The play, whose theatrical elements were subtly underscored by Catherine Tripp's direction, kept the audience spellbound. Both plays enjoyed short talk-backs at their conclusions, and the playwrights took home useful comments to help them prepare for their upcoming Pipeline productions.
Reading Series 2019
our third annual series of stage readings of our newest plays
at MetroStage, Alexandria, Virginia
by crystal Adaway
For Barbara’s 50th birthday, her plucky daughter concocts an elaborate scheme to make a long-held wish finally come true. This dark comedy explores the twists and turns of family dynamics, choices, and accountability.
by PAtricia Connelly
A young lawyer is forced to question her beliefs and finds in the end she must decide whether to continue with what she knows will be the biggest case of her career or whether to walk away, turning her back on her clients, family and religion. Newly revised.
by Jean koppen
Margie is concerned about her romance-writing daughter's love life, but Joanna has bigger concerns - Margie's increasingly eccentric behavior. With the help of a new roommate, both learn to find the best from the worst that can happen.
by ann timmons
The lives of a "motivational guru," a cynical unemployed professor, a corrupt local politician, and a wily Dollar Store cashier intertwine unexpectedly. Comic drama unfolds as definitions of success, matters of justice, and finding your place in the world collide.
2018 Reading Series:
It’s My Party! by Ann Timmons
Swimming Up the Sun by Nicole Burton
Unfocused by Jean Koppen
Rebellion in the Heartland by Patricia Connelly
2017 Reading Series:
A Very Present Presence by Ann Timmons
The Men My Mother Loved by Soo-Jin Lee
Around the Snake Turn by Patricia Connelly
Unprotected by Jean Koppen
Special thanks to Carolyn Griffin, Producing Artists Director, MetroStage