"A writer and artist of diverse skills, MT Cozzola is one of Chicago Dramatists’s newest Resident Playwrights. She is a playwright (Boy Small, Earth to Margaret, The Picture of Dorian Gray), director and screenwriter (comedy horror flick Eye of the Sandman), storytelling artist, poet, and fiction author, recently garnering a Pushcart nomination for her short story Toothbrush.
Join us as we discuss Cozzola’s newest play Pop Up Kid, currently in development with the Something Marvelous Festival (the subject of an extremely popular article last winter), as well as all things Magical Realism."
In a forgotten corner of Detroit where smoke stacks tower over industrial runoff, and power lines dot a landscape of burned out homes and broken families, there is a pimp-turned-preacher looking for redemption, a stripper-turned-nurse looking for justice, and Lorelie…who just wants a baby.
by Steven Simoncic
directed by Ilesa Duncan
April 24–May 31, 2015
All Performances at:
1105 W. Chicago Avenue
Theatre Entrance on Aberdeen & May
Infestation and Compensation by Mia McCullough at the Chicago Reconnaissance Imperative Play Reading Series
Up next for the Chicago Reconnaissance Imperative Play Reading Series and The Agency Theater Collective are two one act plays, Infestation and Compensation, written by Mia McCullough.
What happens to a community when they are forced to deal with a growing infestation especially when some members don't view the problem as anything other than natural? Community bonds are tried as plans are drafted for the eradication of what a fraction consider a very real, and imminent, threat. McCullough's plays delve into the dangerous territory spanning the gap between personal boundaries and the collective good.
The reading will be held April 27th at 7:00 pm at 3036 N. Lincoln Ave. #2 - The Lincoln Loft
We are very pleased to welcome EM Lewis to our client roster at The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.
E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, librettist, and teacher of playwriting. She was a finalist for the 2014 Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship. She received the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University in 2010-2011, and a fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission in 2012. She won the ATCA/Steinberg Award for her play “Song of Extinction,” which also received the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. She won the Primus Prize for her play “Heads.” Her work has been produced around the world, and is published by Samuel French.
In 2014, Lewis premiered two new plays — “The Study (or Reading to Vegetables)” at University of Washington in Seattle, and “The Gun Show” at 16th Street Theater in Chicago. “The Study” went on to a further production at Independence Community College, where Lewis spent nine weeks working on a new play and teaching during a residency at the William Inge Center for the Arts. “The Gun Show” had its west coast premiere at Moving Arts in Los Angeles in November/December 2014 (extending into January 2015), and went on to a third production at Passage Theater in Trenton in January/February 2015.
Lewis wrote the libretto for her first opera last year, as a resident artist in American Lyric Theater’s 2013-2014 Composer Librettist Development Program; “The Resurrection Engine,” developed with composer Evan Meier, premiered at Symphony Space in New York City in June. She and Evan have been invited to continue on with the program for two more years, and are now working on a new family-friendly opera together.
Other projects in 2014 included a week acting as host playwright and teaching a playwriting workshop for the Ashland New Plays Festival. An evening of her short plays entitled “Dance Me to the End of Love” was produced by the DramaDogs in Santa Barbara, California. Her plays were studied in theater classes at the University of Notre Dame and University of Arizona. “Infinite Black Suitcase” was produced at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut. She had readings of her epic work-in-progress “Magellanica” at Project Y in New York City, Moving Arts in Los Angeles, and the Inge Center in Kansas, and workshopped the play at TimeLine Theater in Chicago in December.
Please check out her full website.
New American Playwrights Project at the Utah Shakespeare Festival selects AFFLUENCE by Steven Peterson
New American Playwrights Project at the Utah Shakespeare Festival Cedar City, UT- The 23rd annual New American Playwrights Project (NAPP) will take the stage at the Utah Shakespeare Festival from August 7 to August 28. Three plays will be presented as staged readings in the Auditorium Theatre on selected dates. Chosen from hundreds of plays submitted, this year’s lineup includes Affluence by Steve Peterson, Caesars Blood by Rich Rubin, and Closure by James McLindon.
Tickets are $10 each and are on sale now at 1-800-PLAYTIX and www.bard.org.
Audience members will have the unique opportunity to see a staged reading of these new pieces and take part in a discussion with the playwright, director and actors. These discussions are essential to the development of these plays and the playwright.
Tough times have hammered the once-wealthy Woodley clan in Affluence. Yet the week after Christmas, hope is restored. Grandmother is dying and will leave them a bundle. Only there's a problem: Inheritance tax rates surge at the stroke of midnight, and the old gal isn't gone yet. What does a desperate family do? And who else is at risk on the slippery slope of murder? It's a dark comedy indeed, written by Chicago native Steven Peterson, a two-time winner of the Julie Harris Playwright Award and the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition. Directing Affluence is Frank Honts, and it plays August 7, 8 and 26.
LUCKY ME by Robert Caisley at Oregon Contemporary Theatre
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