TNC’s New City, New Blood Reading Series: Never Let You Go

By Lisa del Rosso
Directed by Colleen Rebecca Britt
April 15 – April 15
Monday, April 15, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Theater for the New City

Executive Director, Crystal Field


TNC’s New City, New Blood Reading Series:

Never Let You Go

Written by Lisa del Rosso
Directed by Colleen Rebecca Britt

Monday, April 15, 2024 at 7:00 PM


$5 Suggested Donation

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Street)

Martha Hodges is suffering an unimaginable loss. Confronting grief, guilt and the condemnation of those around her; her private turmoil becomes very public when captious, carping social commentary takes on a life of its own. With a tenuous grip on her identity and pilloried from all sides, Martha goes from tragic survivor to societal pariah. How can she find something to live for with such a great burden?

Never Let You Go takes you on Martha’s journey through the black thicket of loss – a journey, for better or worse that we all share, a journey that binds us.

Chief Leary: JT Waite
Patrick: Brandon Miller
Luis: Sean Church-Gonzalez
Martha Hodges: Cate Damon
Bradley Hodges: Neil Bradly
Nick Mercurio: Peter Evangelista
Maryann- Monica Wyche
Holly – Laura King Otazo
Susan – Elena Sartor
Dr. Gold- Sarah Bierstock

Lisa del Rosso (Playwright) originally trained as a classical singer and completed a post-graduate program at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), living and performing in London before moving to New York City. Her plays, Clare’s Room and Samaritan, have been performed Off-Broadway and had public readings, while St. John, her third play, was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Etched Onyx Magazine, The Night Heron Barks, Ran Off With the Star Bassoon, Barking Sycamores Neurodivergent Literature, The Chillfiltr Review, Sowing Creek Press, The Literary Traveler, Serving House Journal, VietnamWarPoetry, Young Minds Magazine (London/UK), Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, The Neue Rundschau (Germany), Jetlag Café (Germany), and One Magazine (London/UK). Her first book, Confessions of an Accidental Professor, was published in 2018, prompting an invitation by Brian Lehrer to be interviewed on his WNYC radio program. Her second essays-in-memoir, You Are All a Part of Me, was published in early 2021. The following year, she recorded the accompanying audio for You Are All a Part of Me, now available on Audible. In 2022, her essay “By Choice” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is the recipient of a 2018 NYU (New York University) College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Award, where she currently teaches writing. In 2019, she was awarded a New York Writers Workshop scholarship to Sardinia.

COLLEEN REBECCA BRITT (Director) is a New York based freelance director, actor and teaching artist. Recent directing credits include Legally Blonde JR., a pilot production with the creators of Legally Blonde the Musical for Music Theatre International. Other directing credits include: The Gin Game (Theatre Three) Showing by Gabriel Sinclair (The Setauket Neighborhood House), Clue (Theater at St. Jean), The Resolute (Wyoming Theater Festival), Svetlyachki (New York Fringe) and Clare’s Room, Actors Playhouse , for Waving Not Drowning Productions. She is the resident director for Hidden Well Theatre. Colleen is thrilled to be working with playwright Lisa del Rosso again. MFA – Directing, Actors Studio Drama School. Associate member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.


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As of September 26th, 2022, we are no longer requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for our audience upon entry.
Wearing of masks is suggested in the lobby, restrooms and performance spaces at Theater for the New City, but they are not required.