Running Time: TBD

The Jun 16 reading features The Melting Point by Kristen Palmer.

Over-achieving prodigal daughter Stevie returns home and falls through the ice. Her PhD has stalled as she witnesses her subject, the Cryosphere, disappear due to our warming climate. Coming home to the suburbs, she finds her mother and younger sister frozen in their own isolation and a town losing its footing. Overwhelmed by her sense of impotence to change anything globally, Stevie's attempts to impact her world locally seem equally unmanageable—until actions are taken—a kiss, a swim, a gun-shot—a connection.

Curated by Live Girls! Theater with support from ACT's Associate Artistic Director John Langs and Literary Manager Anita Montgomery, The Construction Zone provides playwrights with opportunities to develop and share new work, while providing audiences with an intimate and meaningful exposure to the process. Plays chosen for the series will be of the moment and feature gifted playwrights from around the country. Performed by professional artists and followed by discussions. One of the scripts from 2015 will come to the stage in the ACTLab 2016 season.

Part of the series: The Construction Zone

Kristen Palmer is a playwright and theatre-maker whose work has been seen in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and elsewhere. Her plays include Once Upon A Bride There Was a Forest, The Stray Dog, All the Girls Love Bobby Kennedy, Local Story, and Departures. She is an Associate Artist of New Georges (NYC), a recipient of the Jerome Fellowship, and an alum of the Women’s Project Theater Lab and Soho Rep Writer Director Lab. Currently she is the Artistic Director of Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown, Connecticut.