Means to an End: A Theatrical Reading

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Run Time: 120 min.

An innocent convict accused of murder is headed to the electric chair. A TV interview by a dishonest journalist incites a nationwide frenzy in support of capital punishment. Will he be able to prove his innocence?

Featuring Guy Fortt, Kitty Robertson and Rob Pawlikowski

Not recommended for ages 15 and under.


About the Playwright

Jack Rushen is a two-time first place winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting Award, for his plays Image and Taming the Lion. He has also been a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Conference in Waterford, CT three times. Recently, he won first place in a contest for Testimonialto be published soon in The Best Short Plays of 2019 by Smith and Kraus.

Image has been mentored in development at top theatres across the country, including Emerging Artists in New York City, Theatre 40 in Los Angeles, Wordsmyth in Houston, Artemesia in Chicago, Centre Stage in South Carolina, Penguin Rep in Westchester, and the Theatre Artists Workshop in Norwalk, CT.

Taming the Lion was featured recently at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and won a generous grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, along with first place in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. Jack has written 5 full-length plays, over 30 one-acts, 2 screenplays, and several television pilots.

Jack began his career as an actor, working in clubs, stage, television, and film. He began his professional acting career in Michael Moriarty’s production of Richard III, which he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He also appeared in several regional theatre productions, including The Admirable Crichton, Ethan Frome and The Doctor’s Dilemma at New Haven’s esteemed Long Wharf Theatre, and was also seen at the Hartford Stage in Antony and Cleopatra under the direction of Mark Lamos.