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.
Planet Mirth and Hidden are presented as a double bill.
By Jen Cook-Ortiz
Directed by John Ortiz
Saturday, February 11 at 7:15PM
A peek into the lives of 2 sisters who’ve weathered many storms through the decades, but always manage to cling to laughter as an antidote.
By Margaret Ladd
Directed by Erica Gould
Saturday, February 11 at 8:30PM
An old woman has been searching for a missing child all her life. The little girl ran away in terror because she thought she might have committed a crime. But the little girl isn’t sure if the crime was committed by her, or done to her, or if there was a crime at all. Three strangers meet the old woman who is searching through old letters from her great uncle Abrasha whom she had loved as a child. Two strangers in an old restaurant in Greenwich Village see her and help her search her memories in search of the hidden child.
Jen Cook-Ortiz’s auspicious start in the creative arts began at Mark Twain Junior High School for the Gifted and Talented in Coney Island where she interpreted the roles of Danielle in the 8th grade musical, Coming of Age, and Dorothy in the highly-acclaimed 9th grade production of The Wiz. Though brilliant, she left the stage behind for her passion—teaching. She was an NYC public high school English teacher for 18 years. During her first year of teaching, she had a front row seat to the conception and formation of LAByrinth Theater Company and has been a supporter and fan ever since. She’s still not sure if writing is her thing, but she can get down with paying tribute to her family.
Margaret Ladd is a company member of the LAB Theater. She made her broadway debut in The Great Indoors at age 23 opposite Geraldine Page. She has been in many films, plays and Broadway. On TV she starred for nine years in Falcon Crest and many others. She guest starred in Mozart in the Jungle playing Claire, Malcolm McDowell's wife, and in Crisis in Six Scenes. Ms Ladd wrote and directed a film, Miss American Beauty, starring Blythe Danner. Hidden is Ms Ladd’s first play.