David Pittu
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
David Pittu
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Casting has been announced for the staged readings and presentations for the 11th Annual Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, to take place June 11-22 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

This year's featured theatrical presentations will be Mama Hated Diesels, a new play with music based on interviews with truck drivers and their families, conceived and adapted by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman; Marc Masterson and Adrien-Alice Hansel's Wild Blessings, a collage piece based on the writings of poet Wendell Berry, and Rogelio Martinez's When Tang Met Laika, directed by Terrence J. Nolen, about the International Space Station, and What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling, an absurd musical theater satire, co-written by David Pittu and Randy Redd, and co-directed by Pittu and Neil Pepe.

In addition to Pittu, who will appear in his piece, actors who will participate in this festival include Catherine Curtin, John Hutton, Charles Weldon, Michael L. Watford, Peter Bartlett, Mary Bacon, Romi Dias, Sam Gregory, Doug Langworthy, Randy Moore, Josh Robinson, Erik Sandvold, Richard Thieriot, Erica Delaine Bradshaw, Malcom Dalglish, Larry John Meyers, Phil Pickens, and Holly Thuma.

Free rehearsals to the shows take place June 11-20, with a $15 charge for performances on June 20, 21, and 22. Tickets will be available after June 1. For more information, call 800-430-2787 or visit www.perry-mansfield.org.