14TH ANNUAL NEW PLAY READING FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 21 at 11:00am
How the Light Gets In by E.M. Lewis
Directed by Emilie Beck
A travel writer who never travels. A Japanese architect who can’t figure out how to build a simple tea house. A tattoo artist who refuses to draw on a woman’s skin. And a homeless girl who lives under a weeping willow tree in the Japanese Garden. Four lonely people find each other when one of them falls apart.
About E.M. Lewis:
E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and librettist. Her work has been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French. She received the Steinberg Award for Song of Extinction and the Primus Prize for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for outstanding writing of a world premiere play, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Her play Now Comes the Night was part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival in Washington DC, and was published in the anthology Best Plays from Theater Festivals 2016. The Gun Show premiered in Chicago in 2014, and has since been produced in more than a dozen theaters across the country, including Coho in Portland. It has upcoming productions scheduled in Richmond, Denver, Washington, DC, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and will be published in the upcoming anthology The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016. Two of Lewis' newest plays will be on stage next year: Magellanica had its world premiere at Artists Repertory Theater and Apple Season will have its world premiere at New Jersey Repertory Theater. Her other plays include: Infinite Black Suitcase, The Study (aka Reading to Vegetables), True Story, and You Can See All the Stars (a play for college students commissioned by the Kennedy Center). Lewis is currently working with her composer partner on a full-length, family-friendly opera commissioned by American Lyric Theater called Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant, and a big, new play set in her home state of Oregon called The Great Divide. She is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild.
The Hero's Wife by Aline Lathrop
Directed by Ann Filmer and Miguel Nuñez
Starring Alex Fisher and Aaron Christensen
July 12 - August 18, 2018
Cameron doesn’t remember in the morning what he does to Karyssa at night. She doesn’t tell him, believing his night terrors may provide a window into her new husband who just retired from the Navy SEALs. During the day, they negotiate dinner plans, career ambitions, gun safety and video games, as he attempts to craft a post Special Ops identity while guarding his secrets. At night, he is more available yet more dangerous, affording opportunities to know him if she risks enough.
Ripped from the headlines, Kristiana Rae Colón’s Tilikum explores captivity, violence and rebellion in a vital and visceral blend of theatre, drumming and dance. Poetic and lyrical, Tilikum calls out the power structures--both corporate and human--that ensure continued oppression, and the complicity of those willing to stand by and do nothing. Presented by Sideshow Theatre and playing June 22-July 29 at Victory Gardens.
The Hero’s Wife by Aline Lathrop premieres at 16th Street Theater July 12 – August 18, 2018. Cameron doesn’t remember in the morning what he does to Karyssa at night. She doesn’t tell him, believing his night terrors may provide a window into her new husband who just retired from the Navy SEALs.
Once In My Lifetime - A Buffalo Football Fantasy by Donna Hoke opens at Shea's Smith Theatre. For one night, fans at the downtrodden Miracle Bar discover that the impossible happens when you believe it can.
A release announcing the show calls it "the most exciting event to hit this city since the Bills made four straight trips to the Super Bowl – but with a happier ending." GUSTO
Stephanie Alison Walker's The Madres finishes its NNPN Roll at Shrewd Productions. It's 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street but no one is talking about it...
The New Colony’s The Light by Loy A. Webb at Theater on the Lake runs 8/21 - 8/24. A surprise proposal takes an unexpected turn that upends the world of Genesis and Rashad, forcing them to confront a devastating secret from the past and putting the future of their relationship at risk. The Light is a 70-minute rollercoaster journey of laughter, romance and despair that uncovers how the power of radical love can be a healing beacon of light.
The multi-award-winning play The Madres, by North American playwright Stephanie Alison Walker, will receive its non-U.S. premiere in San Miguel, as the 2018 full production of La Troupe México. This powerful new five-character play, set in Buenos Aires in 1978, will be performed for the first time in Spanish.
D(ART) is announcing the launch of its inaugural season with David Rush’s POLICE DEAF NEAR FAR. Loosely based on actual events, POLICE DEAF NEAR FAR will follow the parallel stories of a young Deaf rights activist and two police officers as their worlds collide. POLICE DEAF NEAR FAR opens July 25th.
BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) by Jami Brandli comes to Promethean Theatre July 21-August 25. It’s 1960 in North Orange, NJ. Clytemnestra and Medea are now discontented housewives, and Antigone is the teenage girl next door struggling with the rules of her overbearing uncle. On the surface, they’re seemingly blissful to follow the “rules” of Emily Post, the American author famous for writing on etiquette. But that’s just the surface...
Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale in “The Lifespan of a Fact," a new play adapted from a 2012 book about the real-life, multiyear, wildly tortured editing of a magazine essay about an adolescent’s suicide. Opening October 18, 2018 at Studio 54.
Muthaland written and performed by Minita Gandhi comes to PCPA.
MCC Theater presents the New York Premiere of THE LIGHT by Loy A. Webb, directed by Logan Vaughn.
Teatro Vista announced the lineup for its 2018-19 season, including the world premiere of “The Abuelas,” by Stephanie Alison Walker.
We are thrilled to welcome Lenelle Moise our client roster!
"...Walker’s play celebrates their commonality: the fierce, fearless, feminine drive to stand up, no matter the personal cost, for one’s children and for human rights. During Argentina’s seven-year “dirty war,” as many as 30,000 students, liberals and government-described “subversives” disappeared into prisons, mass graves and the ocean depths. More than 500 were pregnant women who were killed after giving birth and their babies were “adopted” by military families...
Walker’s play tells an important story, but what it really honors is a mother’s love, and the play’s hauntingly-lit closing moments illustrate just how far a mother will go for those she loves." Pam Kragen, San Diego Union Tribune
"Walker’s taut script, excellent direction, and these fine actors keep the fear and suspense levels at a nearly unbearable level throughout, reminding us once again how fragile freedom and democracy are...
It is estimated that 30,000 Argentinians were “disappeared” and never seen again. The Madres began marching in front of the Casa Rosada in 1977 and are still at it. Now focused on building a DNA database of the children who were taken from their parents and farmed out to military families under different names. To date, they have found 114 grandchildren. Don’t miss this fine, thought-provoking production." SDGLN Theater, Jean Lowerison
"After seeing The Madres at Moxie Theatre, I understand why someone living in a totalitarian surveillance state would begin to “doublethink,” Orwell’s old chestnut about believing two contradictory ideas at once—sometimes it’s a survival mechanism...
it all builds toward an innervating finale that will have you ready to take to the streets, join hands, and shout for justice." Dan Letchworth, San Diego Magazine
May 2018 News!
Emilio Williams’ plays have been produced in Spain, Argentina, France, Estonia, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States (including productions and performances in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles).
His most recent comedy “Your Problem with Men” was produced by Teatro Luna in Chicago, and has traveled to New York City, Los Angeles and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2012, his one woman show “Medea’s Got Some Issues” received “Best International Show” at United Solo Festival, Off Broadway, New York City.
That same year, his comedy “Smartphones – a pocket-size farce,” received its world premiere at Trap Door Theatre in Chicago.In 2010, his “dramedy” “Tables and Beds, an unromantic comedy“was selected among 80 plays from 12 countries as the winner of the 4th Premio el EspectáculoTeatral.
An electrifying thriller exploring the heartbreak of gentrification and the scars we leave on each other....
Written by Isaac Gomez
Directed by Jo Cattell
Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from it.
Jo Cattell was named 2018 Maggio Directing Fellow at the Award winning Goodman Theatre, Chicago.
by Stephanie Alison Walker
at Moxie Theatre
Directors: Maria Patrice Amon & Jennifer Eve Thorn
May 13 – Jun 10 / Opening Night: May 19
It's 1978 in Argentina and people are disappearing off the street. Belén is pregnant and has been missing for twelve weeks. When her mother and grandmother receive a surprise visitor, they'll hatch a dangerous plan to get her back. Based on the true and gripping story of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, whose protest captured the world's attention.
Voyage Chicago interviews writer and producer, Mia McCullough of
"For the moment, Haven Productions exists exclusively to produce our web series, The Haven. Elizabeth Laidlaw and I created this partnership so that we could make quality online content that is written in Chicago, produced in Chicago, shot in Chicago, and employs Chicago artists. We are extremely proud of the diversity of our cast and crew. We are proud that we paid everyone, something that doesn’t always happen in online content. And we are very proud that we’re putting realistic depictions of domestic violence survivors into the world.
Most depictions of domestic violence fall into the “gender violence porn” category where it’s always a woman being abused, she’s usually sexualized while she’s being abused, and if she escapes it’s because her abuser has been murdered. This is not how domestic violence plays out in real life, and the media does people a disservice by the misrepresentation.
By showing nuanced, realistic portrayals of abuse and escape, we allow people in these situations (not always women being abused by men) to see a way out. We had a panel discussion with four domestic violence survivors after a screening of two of our episodes. One panelist described how she was inspired to leave her abuser after seeing a character do it on Scandal. Modeling is important, and there’s not enough of it out there."
The Squirrel Plays by Mia McCullough
at the Wandsworth Fringe
There’s only one thing you need to know about newlyweds Tom and Sarah: They are definitely not “squirrel people.” Not that they judge, of course.
So when they discover a critter in their attic, they’re faced with a marriage-testing decision: To exterminate, or not to exterminate?
But the squirrels aren’t only invading Tom and Sarah’s home. They’ve infested the whole neighbourhood. This time, the issue doesn’t only tear Sarah and Tom apart.
It threatens the peace of an entire community.
The Squirrel Plays are metaphor plays written by award-winning playwright Mia McCullough, whose work has been produced at prestigious theatres such as the Old Globe in San Diego, and Steppenwolf in Chicago.
"THE MADRES" SAYS "NEVER AGAIN" TO A GENOCIDAL DICTATORSHIP WITH STRONG PERFORMANCES FROM IVONNE COLL (JANE, THE VIRGIN) AND LORENA DIAZ
Although the subject matter is difficult and depressing, playwright, Stephanie A. Walker, succeeds at showing the audience both the horror of the genocide and the beauty and pleasures of the Argentinian family lifestyle that the "Dirty War" interrupted and ended for at least 100,000 innocent civilians.
The play, which opened in Los Angeles last year could not be better, clearly shows how impossible it is for civilians to survive or even to publicly protest the advancing hatred of a violent ideology once a dictator-like regime has taken physical control of the populace including their clergymen, police and legislators.
Kimberly Katz, Buzz Center Stage
Teatro Vista’s “The Madres” is being performed at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater through May 27th. For more information visit TeatroVista.org.
"...The Madres (by Stephanie Alison Walker) is an overwhelmingly welcome work, one of the best of the year thus far. Its wrenching second half puts the talents of its ensemble fully on display as Walker arranges her own elaborate takedown of impotent masculinity. And yet, what matters most here is not the pathetic frailty of a couple of men but the durability of the women. The Madres demonstrates that women persevere, excel and conquer despite constant attempts to quell their spirit and impoverish their existence.
If we can move beyond paying lip service to unapologetically brave women or projecting tragedy onto those who have been wronged and actually work to make the lives of women better, which for men means actively engaging with the privileges of our gender, then the possibility of a world in which women are free to be exactly as they please, glimpsed here and elsewhere, can become a reality. It is a future that women the world over, mothers or not, more than deserve." Kevin Greene, Newcity Stage.
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater
2433 North Lincoln, (773)871-3000
Through May 27
BWW Review: THE MADRES at Teatro Vista
“THE MADRES is astounding as well for bringing this devastating part of Argentina's history to life through the story of the family at the center of the piece. Walker has so profoundly humanized the situation at hand, and seeing THE MADRES was an intensely emotional experience. Of course, the heart-wrenching emotion embedded in the play is further emphasized by Teatro Vista’s cast, guided by Artistic Director Ricardo Gutiérrez at the helm...
Teatro Vista's cast is first-rate and owns every moment of the piece. In terms of timeliness and emotional impact, THE MADRES demands to be seen. This is one of the strongest productions I've seen recently in terms of its ability to command raw emotion; it is impossible to leave THE MADRES without feeling deeply for the characters on the stage."
Teatro Vista's THE MADRES by Stephanie Alison Walker plays through May 27 at the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens, 2433 North Lincoln Avenue.
Review: Whose ‘Fair Lady’? This Time, Eliza’s in Charge
The plush and thrilling Lincoln Center Theater revival of Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” that opened on Thursday at the Vivian Beaumont Theater reveals Eliza Doolittle as a hero instead of a puppet — and reveals the musical, despite its provenance and male authorship, as an ur-text of the #MeToo moment. Indeed, that moment has made “My Fair Lady,” which had its Broadway premiere in 1956, better than it ever was.
It was always good, of course, one of the gleaming artifacts and loveliest scores of the Golden Age of American musical theater — a canon now being contested, with cause, for its unenlightened sexual politics. JESSE GREEN, New York Times
Broadway Review: ‘My Fair Lady’
The splendid Beaumont stage at Lincoln Center was made for great classic musicals like Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” and helmer Bartlett Sher was born to stage them. This jubilant revival is meticulously mounted and entirely welcome – despite the eccentric casting choice of Lauren Ambrose as Eliza Doolittle...
As Lincoln Center productions go, this one, under Sher’s scrupulous direction, is among the more spectacular. " Marilyn Stasio, Variety
My Fair Lady review – dazzling Broadway revival is a sweet treat
A splendiferous layer cake with a bittersweet core, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady has returned to Broadway in a smashing new production from Bartlett Sher (The Sound of Music, The King and I). Expertly acted, pleasingly sung, and often visually splendid, it makes a good faith attempt to honor the show’s history and intentions while also acknowledging the charged sexual politics of the moment. Alexis Soloski, The Guardian
My Fair Lady returns to Broadway with a captivating new Eliza: EW review
But this revival really seems to draw its energy from the women — from Ambrose’s damaged and determined Eliza, as well as Diana Rigg (Diana Rigg!) as the dry, wise, seen-it-all queen of common sense, Mrs. Higgins. Their spirit, and their refusal to allow the ridiculous impulses of men go unchecked, points to the irony in the title: Sure she’s fair, but she does not belong to you. JESS CAGLE, Entertainment Weekly
In Through the Eye of the Needle by Jami Brandli "passionately digs into the inner workings of these average human beings – simple on the surface but complex underneath."
Through the Eye of a Needle Review – Loss and Redemption
Elaine Mura, Splash Magazine
In its world premiere, THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE takes the audience on a journey through pain and loss as the Keens slowly develop the strength to go on. This is a tale of quiet grief – but also reveals the resilience of the human spirit as ordinary folks deal with extraordinary trauma. Playwright Jami Brandli passionately digs into the inner workings of these average human beings – simple on the surface but complex underneath. Director Ann Hearn helms the production with sensitivity and insight. And let’s not forget this very talented cast who breathe life into these personalities and cause them to leap into everyone’s heart.
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