Script Development Series 2017-18


written by Desi Moreno-Penson, directed by Lorca Peress, dramaturg, A.J. Muhammad

“Beige” has received an Honorable Mention on The Kilroys List for 2017: The Kilroy’s List, and was a finalist at the O’Neill’s National Theatre Conference, and the winner of Arizona Theatre Company’s 2016 National Latino Playwrights Award.


We are thrilled that Desi has chosen MultiStages to continue the play’s development. Desi’s play “Comida de Puta” (see images and info) won the MultiStages New Works Contest. You’ll definitely want to catch “Beige.” Details to come.


“Beige” is a surreal tale of self-identity and the sometimes schizophrenic effects of post-colonialism. Set in 2001 after the tragedy of 9/11, the play tells the story of Soledad Iglesias, a Nuyorican journalist who finds herself caught between the reality of her Jewish fiancée and the ideals of the Puerto Rican Nationalist, Lolita Lebron. Existing at the crossroads of history, reality, and cultural imagination, Beige is a cautionary tale of race, Puerto Rican politics, and love. 

Script Development Series 2016-17


Written by Nathan Yungerberg   Directed by Lorca Peress

Featuring:  LaChrisha Brown, Dyllon Burnside, Brandon Gill, Marcel Spears, and Charles E. Wallace as Esai
Nichole Thompson-Adams
reading Stage Directions

Two Readings:  Wed., November 16 at 3pm and Thurs., November 17 at 7pm (reception to follow)

Shetler Studios, PH1, 244 W. 54th Street.

Free Admission


We are thrilled to announce our next play in development, ESAI’S TABLE by Nathan Yungerberg. Esai’s Table was a 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semifinalist.

Esai’s Table follows the fantastic journey of three young black men on a mythical night sea atop a magical old table. Through cartoon animation and personal revelations, we learn why they’ve been chosen to navigate this trek across the unknown. Destiny meets eternity in this story of black lives, friendship, family, and love.


nathan-newNathan Yungerberg is a Brooklyn-based playwright. His plays include Esai’s Table, The Son of Dawn, Pousada Azul, Orchids, and Polka Dots and Brush Strokes. Nathan’s work has been developed or featured  by The Playwrights’ Center, The Brooklyn Museum, The Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Brava Theater, The Lark, The Fire This Time Festival, 48 Hours in Harlem, The National Black Theatre, The Hansberry Project, The National Black Theatre Festival, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Blackboard Reading Series, The Dramatist Guild,  Flashpoint Theater, the August Wilson Red Door Project, New Venture Theater, The Brooklyn Generator and BBC Radio Afternoon Drama. Nathan is one of seven black playwrights commissioned by The New Black Fest for HANDS UP: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments. Awards and honors: The 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Semifinalist), Ken Davenport 10-Minute Play Festival (Winner), 11th Annual InspiraTO Festival (Finalist), Blue Ink Playwrighting Award (Semifinalist), and PICK OF THE VINE 2016 at Little Fish Theatre (Semifinalist).



In winter 2016, MultiStages workshopped “JANUARY” is a new multimedia play by Paula Cizmar about the effects of gun violence on our society. Cizmar presents a shocking and emotive story set within the minds of the mothers of the

10 year-old victim and the 10 year-old killer. Featuring with Darlenis Duran, Russell Jordan, Candice Myers, Valorie Niccore, and Romy Nordlinger; Directed by Lorca Peress, MultiStages Producing Artistic Director; Christopher Marston, Video

Consultant; LaShawn Keyser, AEA Stage Manager; Tate Kenney, Assistant. JANUARY was nominated for the Kilroy List and is a MultiStages 2013 New Works Finalist. An earlier version of JANUARY was presented in the 2014 New Works Festival. This reading is a Swan Day Event celebrating Women in the Arts during Women’s History Month.

full company 


TEMPLE OF THE SOULS, a musical drama, book by Anita Velez-Mitchell, composed by Dean Landon and Anika Paris. This epic story of forbidden love explores the conflict between the Taínos (the indigenous people) and the Spaniards on the island of Puerto Rico in the 1500s.

Since the December 2011 showcase production in which we received HOLA’s Award for Outstanding Production (plus awards for Lighting, Choreography, and Music), we have continued to expand and hone the work. This summer, we recorded new music by Landon/ Paris featuring the brilliant David Amram on multiple native flutes and Joe Fee on percussion. We presented a small read/sing-thru of a new version of the piece, and are gearing up for the next step which includes fundraising, grant applications, and a production in 2014.


In Memoriam

We would like to announce that the artist Emelí Vando, whose beautiful artwork “Los Amantes de Sol y Luna” (Lovers of the Sun and the Moon) seen here graced all the publicity for Temple of the Souls has just passed away from an inoperable brain tumor. Emelí was in her early 60s, and was passionate about art and politics in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work touched us all, and she will forever be part of MultiStages.

TEMPLE OF THE SOULS – MultiStages 2011 Script Development Production

In Winter 2011, MultiStages produced “Temple of the Souls,” a Musical Drama by Anita Velez-Mitchell, Music by Dean Landon and Anika Paris, Choreography by Milteri Tucker, Directed and Developed by Artistic Director Lorca Peress at The West End Theatre. This multilingual musical drama tells the story of Amada and Guario, two young lovers in a forbidden union during the cultural wars between the Spaniards and the nearly extinct Tainos of Puerto Rico. Composers Landon and Paris are Platinum Award-winning songwriters; Anita Velez-Mitchell is a multi-award winning Puerto Rican poet and author. The multicultural Cast and Artistic Company hail from South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the US.

Visit the website for more information and updates on future productions:

Take a look at the movie we created, and pass it around:

CAST: Jen Anaya* Kenneth Kyle Martinez, Robmariel Olea, Ricardo Puente* Joshua Torrez* with Theresa Burns, Victor Cervantes, Raquel Faria, Bradley D. Gale* Giselle Gastell, Randall Marquez, Laura Riveros, Laura Lebron-Rojas, Alexis Sweeney, Patrick Valley. COMPANY: Book and Libretto by Anita Velez-Mitchell, Music Composed by Dean Landon and Anika Paris, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Dean Landon. Additional Lyrics by Anika Paris, Music Director Bruce Baumer, Choreographer Milteri Tucker, Costume Design Mark Richard Caswell, Mask/Puppetry Design by Kyla McHale, Scenic Design Lorca Peress, Lighting Design Alex Moore, Production Stage Manager Jessica V. Urtecho* Postcard Artwork by Puerto Rican Artist Emilí Vando, Press Rep, Maya PR, Directed and Developed by Lorca Peress



A New Play by ARDEN KASS
Directed by LORCA PERESS
October 3rd, 2011
When a book of recipes written by Hana’s mother in Teresienstadt mysteriously finds its way into Hana’s hands decades later,
it opens a doorway into the past she has struggled to put behind her. A new play about food, family and survival.

Arden Kass, Lorca Peress and Tovah Feldshuh




By David Sard
featuring Richarda Abrams, Gena Bardwell, Matthew Carr, Oliver Conant, Karen Eilbacher, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Robert Kya-Hill, Kathryn Layng, Paul Notice II, Richard B. Watson
Step into the tormented caste-ridden world of Old Virginia on the eve of the Civil War. Behind the shadows is a world of secret relationships, intrigue, betrayal, and revolt, where brave young lovers dare to break the suffocating bonds of racist law and custom. This is a world where mothers learn to accept their own sisterhood by paying a terrible price in a past that still binds us all.
Presented at Primary Stages. 


By Adam Kraar
featuring Angelica Torn, John Haggerty, Jenna Kalinowski, Bryant Mason, Kate Michaud
Somewhere between true love and madness is a world where deceit, illusion and obsession blend with reality. This collection of five plays ranges from spiky romantic comedy to wild surreal farce.
Presented at the Geraldine Page Salon. 


By Gena Bardwell
Producers Club and TNC’S L.E.S. Festival
featuring Richarda Abrams, Gena Bardwell, Adrian Bethea, Rasheila Daniels, Gil Deeble, Phil McGlaston, John Myers
What do you do when the words won’t come? Time stops, bonds shred, silence surrounds. Find your way home, my love, my friend. This is where Maime’s story begins in this love story of loss and family.
Presented in the Theatre for the New City LES Festival. 


By Nick Bellitto
featuring Gena Bardwell, Michael Citrinitti, Peter Reznikoff
Developed from 2000-2001 and presented at The Lark Studio Theatre
Full Production 2001 at HERE (see info under Past Productions) 


Lorca Peress MultiStages Artistic Director


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