Great Scott!









  • Thursday, November 5 @ 8pm
  • The Actors Workshop Theatre, 145 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor
  • Just $10!
  • Reservations strongly recommended:

We bring you our next staged reading event, inspired by one of our favorite movies: Back to the Future! 

On November 5th, 1955, while hanging a clock in his bathroom, Doctor Emmett Brown slipped, hit his head, and had a vision: the flux capacitor… which is what makes time travel possible.

Thirty years later, in 1985, he built a time machine out of a DeLorean. So began the adventures of Marty McFly and the Back to the Future story!

Now it’s 2015 — another 30 years later — and the future is HERE. Let’s celebrate the entire BTTF Trilogy!!

The featured plays in GREAT SCOTT! are:

Written by Duncan Pflaster, Directed by Jenn Tufaro
CAST: Jeffrey S. Gilbank, Susan King & Lucy Spain

Written by Susan Burns, Directed by Aliza Shane
CAST: Petra Denison, Lucy Locke & Jill Wurzburg

Written by Donna Latham, Directed by Laura Hirschberg
CAST: Carla Birkhofer, Suzanna Chmielarz, Jennifer Craine & Alexandra Hiotakis

Written by Laura Hirschberg, Directed by Aliza Shane
CAST: Amie Amis, Erica Jensen, Amanda Marikar Duncan Pflaster, Jenn Tufaro & Heloise Wilson

Written by Lenny Schwartz, Directed by Aliza Shane
CAST: Kelly Marie McKenna & Mary Regan

With special readings of:

Written by Joe Cappelli, Directed by Aliza Shane
Featuring: Amie Amis, Carla Birkhofer, Jeffrey S. Gilbank, Kelly Marie McKenna & Ryan-Ashleigh Reid

Written by Keith Olexa, Concept by Joshua Key-Maginnis, Directed by Aliza Shane
Featuring: Carla Birkhofer, Jeffrey S. Gilbank, Erica Jensen, Lucy Locke & Duncan Pflaster



DUNCAN PFLASTER (Playwright) – Awards won: The Underpants Godot, Messin’ With the Kid, 1460 Sketches of Your Left Hand, The Empress of Sex, The Taint of Equality, Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants, The Thyme of the Season, The Starship Astrov, Sweeter Dreams, The Wastes of Time, Dark Night of the Russet Rascal, Eternity: Time Without End, and The Tragedy of Dandelion. Others include Suckers, Admit Impediments, Sleeping in Tomorrow, and Ore, or Or. Eight plays published online at

JENN TUFARO (Director)  – Originally from North Dakota, Jenn has worked as an actor, director, playwright, stage manager, production manager, board op, designer and producer. Jenn has written, directed and/or acted in all of 3V’s staged reading events. Select acting credits include: Baal (Looking Glass Theatre), The Maguffin (Stone Soup/Philadelphia Fringe),The Ghost Dancers (Stone Soup/June Havoc Theatre, MITF Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play), A Chicken Goes to Broadway (Samuel French Short Play Festival, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre), Young Jean Lee’s Church (The Public Theater) and Always Family (The Kirk Theater on Theatre Row). She has also produced/participated in six V-Day events in NYC/NJ. Jenn is the former Co-Artistic Director / Managing Director of Looking Glass Theatre and the former Managing Director of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. And, she’s wife to the amazing Greg, mommy to her sweet boys Jake (2) and five-month-old John. Love to all my boys.

JEFFREY S. GILBANK (Marty) is a triple-threat performer from California, and is excited to be working with 3V again. After spending his first year in New York, Jeff is now ready to take his career to the next level. While he’s working at that, you can expect to find him at work in various theaters, on screens, and other mediums. Or online, once he finally gets around to establishing social media platforms that you can obsessively stalk him on (if that’s what you’re into). On a personal note, another reason I am so eager to work on this project is due to the connection I have with this film series. I am and continue to be inspired by my father, who begged Mom to let us all watch the films he loved growing up, even though my sister and I were probably a little too young; Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and, of course, Back to the Future. My father is a huge influence on me, and these films will always hold a special place in my heart because they remind me how much it meant to my old man to be a part of his children’s lives and how much he loved connecting with us.

SUSAN KING (Doc) performs as an actress and singer throughout the tri-state area. Her credits include a wide range of roles; from Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady, Sister Amnesia and the Reverend Mother in Nunsense and most recently the daffy medium, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. She has performed Off-Broadway, Summerstock, Westchester Broadway Theatre and numerous cabaret concerts including Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. Her CD for children was featured on WHUD radio.

LUCY SPAIN (Jennifer)



SUSAN BURNS (Playwright) is a writer/actor originally from Seattle, WA. You may recognize her name from participating in past 3V reading series. In 2045, you will recognize Susan not only by the sheer number of Oscars and Tonys she has amassed, but because your college-aged daughter will be taking a university class examining the impact of her work. Back in 2015, look out for more from her sketch group “Sunday School Dropouts” at the PIT Theatre.

ALIZA SHANE (Director)

PËTRA DENISON (Woman) is an NYC-based actor, marketing coordinator, and trivia goddess. She is very excited to be part of this, (her first and hopefully not last), 3V Theatre production. Thanks, Aliza!

LUCY LOCKE (Barista) is stoked to be part of the most radical reading night, Great Scott! She previously performed with 3 Voices Theatre’s stage production of Starf*ckers this Summer, and is amped to be working with these wonderful woman again!  Lucy will next be seen Off-Broadway in The ButtCracker! and breaking the internet on MTV’s latest Decoded sketch – White People Explaining Whitesplaining. Check out her sweet and sassy website : www/, and follow her on Twitter & Instagram at @LucyLuCurlyQ. Special thanks and lots of love to Jason, Mom, Dad, and 3 Voices Theatre (Aliza & Jenn)! “I’ll be right back… to the future!”




DONNA LATHAM (Playwright) is thrilled to be involved with 3V Theatre again! She’s an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced coast to coast and across the pond. And We Will Share the Sky was a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center’s David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award and is the recipient of the National Theatre for Young Audiences Playwriting Award. Grievances and Whirligigs was part of the Biscuit Tin Series in Belfast and the EstroGenius Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source. Coyote’s Moon went up at the La MaMa Theatre 50 Block Party in NY. A Midnight Clear: The Christmas Truce of 1914 opens at the Batavia Arts Council in December. At NY’s Bechdel Group, Donna recently participated in a talkback for The Haunted Widow Lincoln. Widow Lincoln is a semi-finalist for the Playwrights First Award and the Vittum Prize. Donna is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild.

LAURA HIRSCHBERG (Director) is a proud member of 3V Theatre. She has written and/or directed for all but one of 3V’s amazing evenings of staged readings and is psyched to be back at it again! Laura is also the associate artistic director of the WorkShop Theater, where her full-length play, Verona Walls, opens March 3rd. In the meantime, Laura’s latest directing project, an evening of opera scenes and songs called Sogno o Realta, opens at Ideal Glass Studos December 13th!

CARLA BIRKHOFER (Doc) is thrilled to meet new creative artists and be a part of Great Scott! In Carla’s last reading, she was lucky enough to be cast as an eager classmate named Tonia working alongside Uma Thurman as the grouchy teacher in Ensemble Studio Theatre’s First Brew Reading Series. Her most recent stage credit was playing the roles of the Courtesan/Servant in The Comedy of Errors at the Times Square Arts Center. Some of her favorite roles include: Apparition in Macbeth (Marin Shakespeare Company, CA), Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Atlantic Theatre), Michaela in Elemeno Pea-showcase (South Coast Repertory, CA), Flute/Thisbe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oxford Shakespeare Co. Stratford, U.K.) Film: Neglectful Mother in Riff dir. Esteban Uribe (voted official selection in festivals across the U.S. & Internationally, winning awards of merit.) You can always find Carla with a green juice or a lemon water in hand as she attempts to get out of the restaurant industry pursuing other ways to make money for the classic day job.


JENNIFER CRAINE (Marty) graduated from Rowan University with a BA in theater and worked at NYFA as the Director of Student Affairs. She recently relocated from Brooklyn to upstate NY where she lives with her husband Brian, baby Grace and new puppy Stella. Jen loves performing with various theatre groups, doing sketch comedy and is determined to turn those call backs into commercial bookings!

ALEXANDRA HIOTAKIS (Harlowe) is proud and excited to be a member of 3V Theatre. She spent over 10 years traveling and performing only to come back to her love, New York City. She recently closed Starf*ckers (Sheryl Sludgery in Goop Girls), The Accident (Jo), Dye It and Exorcise (Kelly) and Get The Gig! (Andie). Her favorite theater roles include Never Have I (Julie), Monstrous Love (Facilitator), and Pedestrian Casualty (Ms. K). She currently working on building her film and TV resume. Thanks to all of her friends and amazing family for the love and support. Peace and Love! Agent: Marion Falk at MSF Talent,



LAURA HIRSCHBERG (Playwright) – see above

ALIZA SHANE (Director) – see above

AMIE AMIS (Marty) hales from Los Angeles, CA, but instead of dreaming of becoming a movie star, she followed her calling into music. After two degrees in French horn performance and playing for Broadway pit orchestras, she rekindled her flame for acting with a Stanislavski class and has been on track into method acting ever since. Comedy being her passion, she holds an uncertified certificate in improv and sketch-writing from the PIT. She recently played Eleutheria in the Medicine Show Theatre’s version of Ubu in Chains, and can be seen sidelining in August Rush, “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Mysteries of Laura.” Amie is thrilled to be doing her second production with 3V and is now dreaming of an Oscar!


AMANDA MARIKAR (Zoe) - Selected credits: Mein Uncle (3 Voices Theatre), Cadence: Home (co-writer, NYC and Straz Center in Tampa, FL), At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq (Bleecker St. Theater), Everything’s Whispered (For Now) (co-writer, Culture Project), Quake (UK Premiere, Finborough Theatre), readings at MCC Theater, Rattlestick, terraNOVA, ESPA, and a number of short films. Training: Maggie Flanigan Studio, Moscow Art Theatre, Chautauqua, and BADA. B.A. Barnard College. Member of FRESH PRODUCE’d Theater Co., TE’A Project, and 3 Voices Theatre.

DUNCAN PFLASTER (Doc) – see above

JENN TUFARO (Ted) – see above




LENNY SCHWARTZ (Playwright) is the writer of such plays as Subject 62. The Scarecrow, The Man Who Saw Snoopy, Our Distance Between Stars, KungFu Babies, amongst many, many others. He is also a screenwriter for such films as Murder University, Normal, Accidental Incest (based on his play) as well as the upcoming films of Higher Methods, The Haunted and the Hunted, and I Love the Night. Lenny in his spare time likes to pee because generally that’s about all he has spare time for.

ALIZA SHANE (Director) — see above

KELLY MARIE MCKENNA (Kris) was last seen with 3V as Donna Jo in I Heart Uncle Jesse as part of Starf*ckers. Previous credits include Free Weights and From The Kid’s Menu (Ticket to Eternity Productions), Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (Center Stage Theatre), Numbers Racket (The Secret Theatre), The Book of Liz (No Name Players), Camino (Hiawatha Project), Valu-Mart (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company), Macbeth (Gaslight Theatre Company), A Dream Play (Bricolage Production Company), Lydie Breeze Parts 1 & 2 (Open Stage Theatre), and Casino Liberty (Pittsburgh PACT). She also participated in two seasons of the Young Playwrights Festival at City Theatre Company where she helped young writers learn the craft of playwriting and dramaturgy by staging their original works.

MARY REGAN (Rick) has performed at Hangar Theatre, La Mama E.T.C., Looking Glass Theatre and the NYC Fringe Festival, as well doing improv and comedy at UCB Theater, Magnet Theater and the Peoples Improv Theater. Most recently, she appeared in The Sasquatch Project, as well as in staged readings of Happily Never After and The Wrong Box, all at Musical Theatre Factory. Mary also draws comics and has performed in various storytelling shows throughout the city.



JOE CAPPELLI (Playwright) is an actor/writer who’s thrilled to be working with Aliza Shane and all the other hard working members of the 3 Voices Theatre. His latest credits include a commercial for Four Square and various voice-over productions. Back to the Future has always been in his blood: at age 9, Joe wrote a fourth installment for the series. Naturally, it involved dinosaurs. Joe wants to thank all the cast and crew behind this nostalgic theatrical debut.

ALIZA SHANE (Director) – see above

AMIE AMIS (Lori) – see above

CARLA BIRKHOFER (Stage Directions) – see above

JEFFREY S. GILBANK (Don) – see above

KELLY MARIE MCKENNA (Uncle Crispin) – see above

RYAN-ASHLEIGH REID (Kanye West) is no stranger to the stage. A Suny Purchase graduate, with a major in Drama, Reid is currently pursuing a career in educational television for children. Past film credits include “Life of Monifa,” “For Real: Pilot,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “Reading Rainbow,” as well as various Talk shows including “The Revolution,” “Dr. Oz,” and CBS News Job Summit on “The Early Show .” Theatre credits include Georgia The Play, Broken Windows, Deuce Of Diamonds and The N-Word. Prior to college Reid was a member of TADA! Youth Theatre Resident Ensemble Program where she performed in five mainstage musicals and several staged readings. Reid would like to thank her parents for their incredible faith, prayer, and support, her manager Allison Williams Foster, Jenn, and Aliza.



KEITH OLEXA (Playwright)


ALIZA SHANE (Director) – see above

JEFFREY S. GILBANK (Marty) – see above

ALEXANDRA HIOTAKIS (Stage Directions) – see above

ERICA JENSEN (Lorraine) – see above

LUCY LOCKE (George) – see above

DUNCAN PFLASTER (Richie) – see above