In its third year, Movin’ On Up will feature two new plays by local,

emerging playwrights, Sebastian Kroon and Marc Castellini. The two plays will

be directed by Brian Cochrane and will feature the acting talents of Agnes

Tong, Chirag Naik, Chris Cochrane, and Elizabeth Kirkland.


Movin’ On Up-Staged Readings takes place at the CBC Studio 700 on

August 27th, 2016.  Movin’ On Up will feature not only a reading of these two

brand new plays, but also a silent auction boasting over $5000 worth in prizes,

catering from some of the city’s top caterers, a bar and sweet 70’s tunes, to

get you movin’ and shakin’ after the readings. Not only that—the evening will

be hosted by local stand-up comedian and funny man Adam Pateman!

About the Plays:

The Burden of Life, by Sebastian Kroon: Is the weight of the world getting you

down? It's getting Scott down. Friendship is meaningless, moderate success

is empty and sex is unfulfilling. There just isn't any reason to go on. And so

Scott's decided to end it all. But with a girlfriend who's in love with life, a

selfish friend, and an altruistic friend: he's having a tough time getting the

job done. And if you've got one last note to write, who do you write it to?

Suicide shouldn't be this funny. But it is...

Thirst, by Marc Castellini: Far off from the roar of the city, there is a quiet

shoreline where sand dissolves into endless waters. Inside the very official

offices at the brink of the ocean, a recently-deceased soul awaits formal

processing. There are questions to be asked, measurements to be taken,

and incomprehensible superiors to appease in the tiny waiting room which

stands between the sparkling depths and the churning machinery of the

universe...and the office has a lot of these sacred and bureaucratic

appointments to get through. Please be patient, and remember that your

turn will likely come shortly.

About the Playwrights:

Sebastian is a Vancouver based artist. In 2015 his short play Scorch was produced by the Pull Festival and 2014 he was a writer-in-residence for Delinquent Theatre where he developed a one-woman-show Wolf. He has been co-writer on scripts for Hardline Productions, We Make Creatures, Burnaby Summer Theatre, Felix Culpa and Gut-wrench. Two of his short films Simple Sam: Hit-man and The Legend of Chuck Steak are currently in pre-production. Earlier this year he made his debut in the gaming industry for Awaken Realms new miniature battle game The Edge, having his short story The Song of Krak the Screamer published in both English and Polish. As an actor he has performed for most of the theatre companies in Vancouver, as well as the National Arts Centre and is a Jessie Richardson Award nominee. He is currently in Red Deer shooting Break on Through, a post-apocolyptic thriller. Sebastian was born and raised in southern Alberta.


Marc Castellini began acting in his hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska, and travelled to Vancouver in 2009 to study theatre performance at SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts. Since graduating in 2014, he has worked frequently as a performer in theatre and dance, and currently collaborates with other artists as a writer, dramaturg, and editor. His first full-length playwriting project, Beowulf, was begun as a directed study in his final semester at SFU, and was accepted and presented this past May in the 2016 rEvolver Theatre Festival. His second, and most recent play, Thirst was written as part of the Playwright Theatre Centre's Block A program, and will be read this August in Staircase Theatre's Movin' On Up staged reading series. Recent performance credits include Arigato Tokyo by Daniel MacIvor, Mis Papás by Pedro Chamale, and In Peril of Combusting Seas by Robert Azevedo. Marc will also be moving to New York City this fall, to begin a master's degree in Library and Information Science at the Pratt Institute.


Staircase Theatre is focused on the idea that theatre should stimulate the mind and the soul- with class, charm and polish. We provide intelligent, contemporary theatre and are committed to bringing emerging and established artists together for opportunities to learn and grow- and to share that with the community. Past shows include AR Gurney’s Love Letters, Jessie-Award winning Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Hunter Gatherers, Stewart Lemoine’s Cocktails at Pam’s, Lanford Wilson’s Home Free, Evelyn Strange, and Will Eno’s Oh the Humanity!


Staircase Theatre presents Movin’ On Up-Staged Readings, directed by Brian Cochrane | Saturday, August 27th at 7pm | CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton Street | Tickets: Pay What You Can at the Door (suggested $15) or reserve a seat by pre-booking here.   |   Facebook