New Play Pop Ups

Several times each year, professional playwrights are invited to “pop in” for a one-time staged reading of their new play. LAUNCH PAD provides a director, actors, and a theater ~ playwrights see their work “up on its feet” and in front of an audience, adding valuable insight to the development process.

Beginning in January, 2020, with our first Pop Up, we have been thrilled to welcome these distinguished writers and their new works:



by Dan Castellaneta and Deb Lacusta
directed by Risa Brainin
April 2, 2020

screen shot of zoom rehearsal of the new play "Fortunes"After having been canceled due to the
coronavirus outbreak, Fortunes was
rescheduled as LAUNCH PAD’s first-ever
virtual workshop and staged reading.
Presented on Zoom, Fortunes was
attended by over 75 virtual audience
members and has “set the stage” for
more online collaborations. 

Risa Brainin, Jan Ruskin, Sara Neal
Lana Spring, Harry Davis, Hailey Turner
Matte Kranz, Dan and Deb, Sheila Correa
Harut Simonian, Michael Bernard



Prima Materia

by Cheri Steinkellner
directed by Risa Brainin
January 5, 2020

Cheri Steinkellner and Risa Brainin working on the play

Prima Materia was LAUNCH PAD's first event of 2020,
initiating the New Play Pop Up program.

Julie Fishell, Annie Torsiglieri, and Danny Blanco rehearsing

Above: Julie Fishell, Annie Torsiglieri, Danny Blanco
Left: Risa Brainin and Cheri Steinkellner