Christopher Diercksen

Neighborhood: Astoria
Website: www.lunarenergyproductions.com

Christopher Diercksen specializes in developing and directing new plays. Directing Credits include: By Rights We Should Be Giants, by Nadia Sepsenwol and Tim Van Dyck; Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull translated by Graham Schmidt; The Henchmen by Bryce Norbitz; MASTODON JUAN by Katharine Sherman; Crawl For It by Joshua Conkel; Parabolas by Kelley Girod. As Literary Manager for Lunar Energy Productions, he runs MOONSHINE: a quarterly play development reading series: Seymour by Allison Volk, In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm by Jona Tarlin; Dreams Of The Penny Gods by Callie Kimball. Christopher trained at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and is a graduate of Albright College.

Greg Cicchino


Neighborhood: Astoria
Website: 
http://www.gregcicchino.com

I believe that the act of telling a story is a sacred event. Though mediums and technology may change, sharing a space and bearing witness to one another is one of the last touchstones that connect us to our primeval selves. I consider the directing of a piece to be a very specific charge – that of the “custodian of the narrative”.  I strive to deliver stories to the audience as purely as possible, as innovatively yet elegantly; whether that means with sweeping special effects or merely the tools of the human body. Whether small or grand, every moment is precious – and my aim is for a short while, for everyone in the space to feel it to be viscerally so. I want to tell epic tales with the subtlety of a motion and a glance. In a word, “big stories told simply.”

Our new play reading series launches October 15!

The Launchpad Reading Series

One of the most commonly suggested ideas at our inaguaral mixer was “start a reading series of new plays”. From our subsequent meetings and discussions, The Launchpad was born. The Launchpad is going to be a series of new play readings by writers currently residing in Queens. We are really excited to be bringing new plays to the Queens community. We are doing one reading in 2012 and are still reviewing submissions for the 2013 series. Yeah! Here is the info – please SAVE THE DATE!

Mission to (dit)Mars presents…
THE LAUNCH PAD
Readings of New Plays by Queens Playwrights

THE BURNING BRAND

A play by Jennifer Lane
Directed by Robin PatersonMonday, October 15th at 7 pmWith Ginger Grace, Jaime Lincoln, Brandon Nagle, Kendall Rileigh, Jennifer Laine Williams, and Monica WycheThe Grey family home rests on burning land, filling its rooms with poisonous gas and its gardens with rising steam. When Lumen returns to the house to convince the rest of her family to move out, she begins to unearth an array of startling family secrets that threaten to pull her back in to a life she struggled to leave behind.

The Chain Theatre

21-28 45th Rd, Long Island City
E, M, G to Court Sq.
7 to Court Sq.
N, Q to Queensboro PlazaThe event is free, but please RSVP to missiontoditmars@gmail.com.  Space is limited! And don’t worry, we’re going out drinking after.

Post-Launch Party Details:
9pm-ish (or how quickly your legs can take you)
The Creek and The Cave
10-93 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

The Chain Theatre, established in 2012, is a black box events venue in Long Island City, NY. The Chain believes in providing a space for artists to produce work and hone their craft. With fully equipped performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, and reading areas, the Chain serves as a home for multi-disciplinary work.  For information on renting and/or producing at The Chain, please contact us a: rentals@chaintheatre.org.

JENNIFER LANE
Jennifer is an Astoria-based writer from Troy, Michigan. Her work has been presented at or developed by the terraNOVA Collective, Sightline Theatre Company, Artistic New Directions, IRT, The Bridge Theatre Company, the New Ohio Theatre, 3LD Art & Technology Center, the Gene Frankel Theatre, Theatre 54, Manhattan Shakespeare Theatre, The Washington Rogues, Gorilla Tango Theatre and Columbia Stages.

Her work includes Harlowe (developed under the mentorship of Sarah Ruhl, winner of the Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum, and a finalist for the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange); Psychomachia (recipient of the Gatsby Grant); The Seer and the Witch (developed in the Groundbreakers Playwriting Group at terraNOVA); The Would-Be Room (performed in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C.);Convergence (premiered as part of the soloNOVA Festival); The Burning Brand; and Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner? Her ten minute pieces A Fever in the Feast and Uriel’s Garden were both workshopped with Anne Bogart. Fever…, as well as another short play, PIN, was workshopped at Ensemble Studio Theatre in early 2011.

Currently, Jennifer is the Administrative Director for the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Literary Manager for the Astoria Performing Arts Center. MFA: Columbia University; BA: Sarah Lawrence College. For more information, please visit jennifer-lane.net.

ROBIN A. PATERSON
Robin’s international career spans more than 150 productions. Active in the creation of new plays as a director, designer and producer, he has collaborated on more than 50 premieres. Based in New York, Robin’s work has also been featured in Berlin, Cairo, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. New York directing credits include the premiere of TWO-MAN KIDNAPPING RULE by Joseph Gallo (New Ohio Theatre); the premiere of PSYCHOMACHIA by Jenny Lane (Artistic New Directions); the premiere of STRESS POSITIONS by Daniel Sweren-Becker (SoHo Playhouse); the premiere of STAR SONG by Joseph Gallo (Artistic New Directions); the premiere of FALLOUT by Michael Blumberg (Manhattan Repertory); the premiere of WARNING: ADULT CONTENT by Joseph Gallo (Shetler Studios TDG); the American premiere of HUMANS ANONYMOUS by Kate Hewlett (Bridge Theatre Company); the premiere of ZARATHUSTRA SAID SOME THINGS, NO? by Trevor Ferguson (Infinitheatre); the premiere of MAKING MARILYN by Ken Cameron (Bridge Theatre Company); and a revival of PLUNGE by Christopher Kyle (Bridge Theatre Company). Robin is a frequent guest director at the Dramatic Writing Dept. at New York University, and is an active member of the Actors Studio Playwright-Director Workshop. Since September 2006,Robin has been the Managing Artistic Director of SHETLER STUDIOS & THEATRES. For more information please visit www.robin-a-paterson.com


Please make sure to visit our website – www.missiontoditmars.com – there are plenty of pictures from the mixer up, and we’ve also started to populate our Artist Directory. If you want to be included, please fill out this form and email us your headshot. Wooo! Also, don’t forget to like our Facebook page – we need some more “likes”. Please feel free to use our Facebook wall for shameless self promotion of all shapes and sizes (as long as the event/artist is based in Queens!).