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New Play Development Series: Heart-Land
Alamo City Studios
San Antonio, TX
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New Play Development Series: Heart-Land
Aria Creative Productions will present a staged reading of Heart-Land by Leslie Powell. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Alamo City Studios. Jade Esteban Estrada will direct. Alamo City Studios is located at 1113 Houston Street in San Antonio, Texas. Seating is limited. Face masks are recommended. General admission tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online through Brown Paper Tickets. The reading was originally slated for June 23 in observance of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, but was postponed due to a Covid case that was reported among the staff. An elevator is not available so please keep this in mind when purchasing tickets.

This is the fifth installment of the New Play Development Series. The purpose of the program is to give playwrights an opportunity to further develop new works.

Heart-Land is the psychological story of Jackie, a young professional who falls in love with Celeste, a woman running from her past and an abusive relationship. When Jackie receives a call from her former fiance, the exchange puts the couples relationship in the balance.  The cast includes Amy Abrigo, Val Martinez, Kristian Chen, Karen Ross Garrett, and former San Antonio City Councilwoman Delicia Herrera.

Leslie Powells plays have been read and produced throughout the United States and in Toronto, Canada as a part of the InspiraTO Festival.  Take That Thing Off was a recent Zoom Play Winner from the Actors Lab of Santa New Mexico. Before moving to Tucson, Arizona, Ms. Powell was a long-time resident of Newburyport, Massachusetts where she co-founded with Hailey Klein Writers & Actor, Ink, a development workshop for playwrights and Random Acts, an annual play-in-a day festival.  She also co-founded with Marc Clopton and Ron Pullins, North Shore Readers Theatre Collaborative, which happily is still thriving and promoting new plays.

The purpose of this program is to bring more fully developed plays to our stages, said Estrada. When a great, meaningful play has an opening night, it is likely that the play had a table reading, a staged reading, and one or more workshop development performances. In my own experience as a playwright, I get a better picture of what my play is about after I present it in front of a live audience.  Each official selection of the series will receive two rehearsals before the staged reading and an audience feedback session.

Aria Creative is a multi-award-winning production company providing a showcase for emerging talent. Over the past ten years, Aria has produced a variety of unique shows at various South Texas venues.


Alamo City Studios (View)
1113 Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
United States

Timezone: America/Chicago
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Online / Streaming / Virtual
Arts > Literary
Arts > Theatre
Social > LGBT

Minimum Age: 17
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Aria Creative Productions
On BPT Since: Oct 13, 2015
Nicole Erwin


An elevator is not available so please keep this in mind when purchasing tickets. Our deepest apologies!

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