Welcome to LAUNCH PAD!
We started this program in 2005, and are proud to have supported so many great playwrights and plays on their journey from incubation to professional world premiere! The concept of the “Preview Production” is unique in American theater: a fully realized production of a new play without the pressures of the commercial world, the play stays in previews throughout the run of the show, allowing the writer to continue revising as the piece evolves through performance.
We are excited to have you join us for these fresh, provocative, entertaining new plays! Be there from the beginning, and you can say “Hey! I saw that play at UCSB before anyone else.”
- Risa Brainin, Artistic Director
a new play by Cheri Steinkellner
Prima Materia was performed in a staged reading on
Sunday, January 5, 2020 in the Studio Theater.
Directed by Risa Brainin and featuring Daniel Blanco,
Julie Fishell, and Anne Torsiglieri, Prima Materia is a
mother-daughter comedy about death, love, memory,
and making garbage out of gold.
a new play
by Dan Castellaneta and Deb Lacusta
Fortunes will be performed in a staged reading in March.
Details to follow.
Collections of Nothing More or Less
a new play by William Davies King
Collections of Nothing More or Less will be performed in a
staged reading on April 2, 2020 at 8 pm in the McCune
Conference Room, 6020 HSSB on campus at UC Santa Barbara.
Directed by Risa Brainin and featuring Irwin Appel, Cooper Bruhns,
and Anne Torsiglieri.
This event is part of the IHC's Critical Mass Series. Please read
more about it here.
written & performed by Anne Torsiglieri
"A" Train will be performed at the Rubicon Theater in Ventura in
a World Premiere Run May 6-24, 2020.
Directed by Risa Brainin and with original music by Brad Carroll.
For more information and tickets, please visit the Rubicon Theater
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