Seeking a Director for "Refraction of Light" Upcoming Reading

TTC is seeking a director for our staged reading of "Refraction of Light" by Jean Klein. The reading will be held Thursday, March 15th at Alchemical Studios in Manhattan. Interviews will be held Wednesday, February 28th in the afternoon in Manhattan. 

TTC is committed to working with directors who are progressive thinkers both in a theatrical and cultural sense. We seek to work with those who are eager to open a dialogue through their work by challenging social and political norms, as well as breaking theatrical barriers. Please e-mail with the title "DIRECTOR - (your name)" for consideration. You may include the following information:

  1. an artist statement (250-500 words)
  2. a link to a portfolio of your work
  3. video footage relevant to your work as a director (optional)
  4. letter of recommendation (optional)

SUMMARY: On the day World War II ends, another war begins. Joe Taylor, an African-American veteran decides he wants to marry Nettie French, a childhood sweetheart, and buy the house belonging to Rose Beauchamp, a white teacher who has befriended both Nettie, daughter of Rose’s deceased best friend, and Joe, and encouraged their friendship and academic aspirations. Rose’s prejudice rears its head and her reluctance to sell her house to Joe sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to destroy all their futures. Harry Rosen, a Jewish immigrant from Nazi Germany, enters their lives and helps them find their way home.

The setting is the living room of a graceful old home in Berkley, Virginia.  A stained glass window made by Nettie’s mother, Lily, as a gift to Rose, is a designer’s delight.   Lily combined pieces of glass from baby bottles, eye-glasses, plates, and jewelry to create a symbol of the play’s multi-cultural mix.  Through this window, Rose, Nettie, Joe, and Harry find comfort, joy, pain, redemption; and, finally, the reality of their own prejudices.



Jean Klein – Jean Klein has been a semi-finalist in the O’Neill competition; A one-act play Snapshots was a winner in the Kernodle Play competition at the University of.  Her play Lifeswap was produced at The Venue on 35th in Norfolk, Virginia in 2012 and at The Edge Theater in Belle Haven, Virginia.  Numerous other short plays (Heritage; Planned Parenthood; In and Out; Finals)  have been produced at theaters across the country. After revision, The Refraction of Light was given a staged reading at Wilkes University in January 201

She holds an MA in English and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Iowa and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, The International Center for Women Playwrights, and The Virginia Playwrights Forum.  

Klein is the owner and founder of HaveScripts / Blue Moon Plays ( aimed at providing plays for schools, community theater, and regional theater, as well as  introducing new works and new forms of theaters to the public .  She has studied and taught playwriting and fiction at Carnegie-Mellon University, Old Dominion University, and The University of Iowa.  She currently teaches playwriting in the Creative Writing MA and MFA program at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.