'Castle' star part of Woodbridge playwright's reading
Joe MeyersWoodbridge playwright Susan Cinoman will move her play "Love and Class in Connecticut" a big step closer to a professional production with a New York City reading set for Friday, Sept. 7.
The script attracted the attention of director Karen Lynn Carpenter (of the off-Broadway hit, "Love, Loss and What I Wore") who sent it on to Susan Sullivan, the veteran actress who co-stars on the ABC series "Castle." The performer said she wanted a shot at the play and Carpenter quickly lined up Ally Walker and Angelica Page for the private reading, which will be done for potential producers and other theater-world folk.
In a phone interview last week, Cinoman said she was very excited by the interest in her play.
"Karen loved it right away and got some producers interested in it. One of the producers of `American Idiot' and `How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' is coming up from Washington to see it," she said.
"We'll be looking for some feedback, but we're hoping one of them will say, `Let's go!,' " the writer said, with a chuckle.
Cinoman teaches theater at Woodland High School in Beacon Falls. "I'd like to be writing full time, of course, but I like teaching acting and directing the (school) shows," she said.
Getting Sullivan to commit to the Sept. 7 event was a big step forward.
"Everyone loves her. Once she said she wanted to do it, it all started to come together," Cinoman said.
The two male roles in the play haven't been filled yet, but the playwright is hoping Fairfield native Justin Long will be able to participate.
"We're waiting to hear back from him and Christian Borle," she said of this year's Tony-winner for "Peter and the Starcatcher" and a featured player on the NBC series "Smash."
"I'm a little nervous, but Karen is not worried," Cinoman said of the two unfilled male roles, adding that for this sort of event the actors come together for the first time on the day of the performance to prepare for the reading.
Stay tuned to "Stage Buzz" for further developments on "Love and Class in Connecticut."