Next Up: Ars Nova OUT LOUD reading of Open Heart Meditation, Sept 19th 7pm

It took me five years to write my first play (Catch The Fish) Actually, it took me three weeks to write and four years, eleven months and seven days to syphon out all the excess, unnecessarily indulgent particles and discover the essence of my nagging unconscious.   Which brings me to Open Heart Meditation.  If there’s one thing Juilliard helped me realize, it’s how to undo bad habits (trying too hard, forcing, or pushing when the effortless approach breeds the most satisfactory results).  What I’m getting at now is that this play, two years in the making (hopefully as I get older they’ll have a shorter gestation process) is finding its center thanks to the wonderful Laura Savia and Dianne Davis, the latter who has been brilliantly working with me for a year now, and the former who is inspiring me in new ways.   For this reason, this is an exciting reading, a sort of purging, as I’m presenting the play in a new light, with the original title  (Formerly known as Three).

Link to tickets here.   I should also mention.  Dianne Davis in VERY pregnant.  She’s playing a character who is 9.5 months pregnant.  This is going to be a very special night for that reason.   Will post the rest of the cast soon….

Jon Caren Ars Nova
Ars Nova B.T.E (Best Theater 'Eva!)

About the play:

Open Heart Meditation

Written by Jonathan Caren
Directed by Laura SaviaMonday, September 19th at 7PMCarly is nine months pregnant and can’t stop eating sand. Her husband Russell won’t
remove his running shoes long enough to stand by her side. When she calls on her
spiritual best friend for guidance, Carly’s capacity for love is challenged in a way she
never thought possible.

This event is FREE, but RSVPs are a must!
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Ars Nova
511 West 54th St.
New York, NY 10019

Jonathan Caren’s plays have been read at The Manhattan Theater Club, The Ensemble Studio Theater, Partial Comfort Productions, The Lark Development Center, N.Y Stage and Film and The Berkshire Theater Lab, amongst others. His play The Recommendation will premiere in 2012 at The Old Globe in San Diego. He is a 2011-12 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the 2011 recipient of the Founder’s Award from N.Y Stage and Film, a participant in the 2011 T.S Eliot US/UK exchange, a Kennedy Center finalist and Most Outstanding Play winner in the 2007 N.Y Fringe Festival. He is a recent graduate of Juilliard and attended Vassar College.

Laura Savia has directed plays for Ars Nova, The Drama League, At Play, the 24-Hour Plays, Acting for a Cure on Broadway, and NYU. She has directed readings or workshops for the Public, the Roundabout, Second Stage, Naked Angels, and many others. Assistant directing includes Broadway’s The Merchant of Venice. Co-conceiver of The Living Newspaper, which has performed at Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, and the A.R.T.’s Club Oberon.  Director of the Workshop at Williamstown Theatre Festival; five seasons on Atlantic Theater Company’s staff; 2009 Drama League Fellow; graduate Northwestern University.

OUT LOUD is Ars Nova’s play-reading series dedicated to supporting new work from emerging playwrights. OUT LOUD supports the playwright’s process by selecting leading directors and actors to work on each reading; and meeting with each writer before and after the reading to offer feedback and discuss script development. Each reading proves to be an essential step for playwrights in developing new work.