Welcome to LAByrinth’s 23rd annual Barn Series! The renowned free reading series is a festival of new plays, and a critical and exciting step in LAB’s development of new work. Many of LAByrinth’s world premieres have come from the Barn, giving audiences a sneak peak into the artistic process, and a chance to see plays before they’re the next hot ticket.
Next Stop Broadway
A Musical Written and Directed by Victor Almanzar and Melisa McGregor
Sunday, February 12 at 7:15PM
A homeless veteran and NY subway drummer confronts the challenges to keep his home and his pet Pigeon safe, during the New York City Homeless crackdowns. Encountering and offering wisdom and hope to each character that passes through the underground and also exposing the struggles of homelessness and survival in New York City.
Victor Almanzar's credits include Oswaldo in Between Riverside and Crazy (Broadway); Joey Fresco in Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven; Oscar, Grand Concourse; Luis, Man in the Ring; Herbert, Medea. Some TV and Film credits include: 11:55, Homeland, Power, Empire, Blue Bloods, Chicago PD, High Maintenance. Victor created and performed an autobiographical one-man show called Through the Fire, about a real-life near death experience produced by LAByrinth Theater Company. Before turning his attention to acting, Victor was a United States Marine. He received his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School and is now a proud lifetime member of the Actors Studio and the Labyrinth Theater Company.
Melisa McGregor is a Canadian-born composer, violinist, performer, and producer, a Sundance Lab Composer Fellow, and proud member of LAByrinth Theater Company. While living in Los Angeles Melisa has worked with the composer Danny Elfman producing film scores from Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland (2010) to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) and White Noise (2022). She is also one of the producers of the live shows with full orchestra for: Danny Elfman's Music From the Films of Tim Burton, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Live to Film Concert Experience, Danny Elfman: From Boingo to Batman to Big Mess and Beyond! (Coachella 2022, Hollywood Bowl 2022). For the stage, Melisa composed and performed the original score for Maggie Bofill’s play Devil of Choice produced by LAByrinth Theater Company, which premiered in May 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theater, and that was also remounted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019. For film, Melisa composed the score for the feature documentary Made In Boise, directed by Beth Aala, Look At Me: XXX Tentacion directed by Sabaah Folayan, and most recently the score for the narrative feature Allswell, directed by Ben Snyder, which premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, and is currently collaborating with Nesby Phips on the score for the documentary Commuted directed by Nailah Jefferson. Melisa has a BFA in theater from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, and studied as an actor, with Maggie Flanigan in NYC.
LAByrinth Theater Company, founded in 1992 as The Latino Actors Base, was created to reflect a world where color is the norm and not the exception. From Our Lady of 121st Street to Halfway Bitches go Straight to Heaven, LAByrinth has produced over 50 world premieres and developed over 250 new plays.
Read more at: www.labtheater.org