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a staged reading of a new play written by Mario del Cubo
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Synopsis

The end of the world is nigh! At least that's what Jenna confesses to Rhett at the end of their first date. On top of that, she believes he's the Second Coming of Christ! Quite an unexpected responsibility for a college Freshman who is only three weeks into school. For now, the world is still intact, but Jenna, Rhett, and their roommates believe the end of time is starting right in their very own NYC dorm. Will their Savior rescue them?

The play explores such current issues as identity, prejudices, faith, and responsibility through the lens of five progressive college students in 2018. Wrapped in the humor and light-hearted dialogue of Generation Z, The Second Coming depicts the current fears of the American youth and their journey toward understanding themselves and each other.

Characters (in order of appearance)

Rhett is a nice Jewish boy. Well, culturally Jewish—he's actually an atheist. Having recently moved from New English suburbia into the city, his excitement of living among skyscrapers has increased his confidence enough to ask out a girl for the first time in his life. Still, he is anxious about getting lost in a sea of strangers. It doesn't help that he's far away from mom and his older brother, who's studying on the other side of the continent. Nonetheless, he tries his best at socializing and not taking criticisms too personal.

Jenna is mature and reasonable. At least she thinks she is. Actually, she believes she is... most of the time. But how do you explain having visions in the middle of the night? Anyway, she should stand for what she believes in. Even though it's not always fully clear to herself. But that's part of feminism; learning and growing. And now's the chance! The campus offers her many people of diverse backgrounds for the first time in her life, so she has to grab onto that opportunity. But she knew that already.

Ivan is Christian and gay. No, the two are not conflicting with each other, not since his early teens. Since his parents accepted him, he did as well. But he never did anything with the gay part, really... The distance from home helps. It puts everything into perspective. But he has to find someone soon, just to... know what it's like, being gay, you know? He likes order and his relationship with God helps him with that. He's also very happy keeping all this stuff to himself... if only Rhett wasn't so difficult...

Mariam is the daughter of immigrants. Never stepped foot on wherever her parents came from. She still knows some of the Arabic for the prayers and a couple of French phrases her dad kept rambling every now and then. Must've been a leftover from colonial times. But that's not much of her concern right now. She grew up here. She feels some pressure to show as a modern woman, but it is also kind of easy to her. She just is who she is. Oh, and she loves weed and thinking about things... Cheers!

Tanya is a committed Resident Assistant of this beautiful dorm adjacent to the gorgeous park. When she moved in here, it reawakened some memories of her own Freshman year. Now she wants to make sure her "Littles" are having a similarly great experience... and that they follow the house rules. But don't get her wrong, she's also got her own dreams for the more distant future. She wants to keep those on the DL though, haha!

About the Author

Hi! My name is Mario del Cubo. I'm a Swiss-Spanish actor and writer. During my time at NYU Tisch, I started exploring the world of writing and found great joy in the development of new stories to tell. At 239 Arts, a theatre group a couple of friends and I founded in the summer of 2018, I began to create The Second Coming as a writing exercise. Eventually, the piece grew into a fully fleshed-out play. Now, I am excited to present it in front of an audience, and perhaps hear some feedback on my debut as a playwright.

Performance

A staged reading of the play is scheduled to be performed on the evenings of June 28-30, 2019 at a Manhattan theater (we're still scouting theaters). The show is applying to be acknowledged by Actors' Equity Association and will adhere to the regulations of a "29-hour Reading." Furthermore, I would like to encourage diversity at the theatre and hope to employ a team of young talent on, as well as behind the stage. However, this project wouldn't be possible without your help!

Budget

Our costs primarily consist of space rental, actors' stipends, and printing of programs. The following is a budgeting estimate based on possible locations for the performance.

  • Space Rental (three 4-hour evenings)                   $1020                                                                                  
  • Actors' Stipends (travel and other expenses)        $600                                                                       
  • Printing Costs (programs and feedback sheet)     $200
  • TOTAL                                                                             $1820 

This is truly a passion project; all individuals involved in this project will not (and cannot) receive any financial payment. However, the experience will not only help the development of the play, but also create a network of young talent and three enjoyable evenings at the theater for the audience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at mdelcubo@gmail.com or text me at (718) 801-2591. Thank you for your support!

Best,

Mario                                         

Risks and challenges

Space rental in Manhattan can be tricky, so it may be that the staged reading will have to adapt to available dates. However, this risk is rather low. The main challenge consists of gathering appropriate actors for the roles in the oncoming month and rehearse the rather long play in a short time (about 17 hours) to meet AEA's regulations. This, however, can be easily overcome by the thorough preparation of the project prior to starting rehearsals.

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    You envision this play being realized in front of an audience. What a magnificent prophecy!
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