Kristriana Rae Colón, Dana Lynn Formby, and Stephanie Alison Walker are finalists for the the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2016 National Playwrights Conference!
good friday by Kristiana Rae Colón, Johnny 10 Beers' Daughters by Dana Lynn Formby, and THE MADRES by Stephanie Alison Walker are all finalists for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2016 National Playwrights Conference.
Find out more about the playwrights and their plays on the New Play Exchange.
good friday by Kristiana Rae Colón
“ It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Kristiana Rae Colón and their play good friday as a finalist for our 2016 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one of 54 finalists out of more than 1,450 submissions, the strength of its writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process. Our readers really responded to the community of women at the core of the play and the constantly shifting ground on which they stood. ”
Johnny 10 Beers' Daughters by Dana Lynn Formby
“ It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Dana Formby and their play Johnny 10 Beers' Daughters as a finalist for our 2016 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one of 54 finalists out of more than 1,450 submissions, the strength of its writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process. Our readers especially appreciated the way the deft structure and nuanced, intimate writing combined in this compelling, original examination of the effects of war. ”
THE MADRES by Stephanie Alison Walker
“ It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Stephanie Walker and their play THE MADRES as a finalist for our 2016 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one of 54 finalists out of more than 1,450 submissions, the strength of its writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process. Our readers responded to the way women at the center of the play gave us a sharp and empathetic view into the larger political situation. ”
Congratulations to Aaron Todd Douglas on his Jeff Nomination for Best New Adaptation for UPSTATE at Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theater.
by Aaron Todd Douglas
adapted from the novel by Kalisha Buckhanon
Directed by Carla Stillwell
Upstate is an unforgettable and timely love story told through a series of letters between two young people caught in trying circumstances. Antonio and Natasha are taken on a riveting emotional exploration of hard decisions and the importance of individual human connections in this charming narrative with huge undercurrents of meaning. Upstate is a socially relevant and timely love story told through a series of letters between two young people caught in trying circumstances. Harlem, Chicago and Paris serve as backdrops as the letters, and the twin narrators, mature. Startling, real, and filled with raw emotion, Upstate is a bittersweet coming-of-age story with a message of undeniable hope in a world in constant crisis.
The New Jersey Repertory Company presents...
A New Jersey Premiere
written by Victor L. Cahn
directed by SuzAnne Barabas
Melissa Macleod Herion
May 5 – June 5
Performances: Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm;
Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm
When Claire returns home from an afternoon of shopping, she discovers that one of her packages is missing. Coincidentally, just as she is calling the store, a staff member stops by to return the item, then manages to invite herself inside. Before long, larceny and trickery abound as the two women, soon joined by a third, compete in a scintillating and suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse.
And other fairy tales by William Kernen
Dramatic Stage Play
The Workshop Theater
312 West 36th Street 4th Floor New York NY 10018
Ann, a woman of surprisingly well-preserved beauty, attends the funeral of a man she hasn't seen in 40 years, since the day she vanished from his life. A message from her deceased lover sends Ann on an expressionistic odyssey back through her life, which brings her face to face with herself as a beautiful six year old girl full of promise, an 18 year old young woman bent on revenge and a 30 year old woman faced with a desperate decision.
Seen at four ages (often simultaneously), Ann struggles toward an unexpected self-realization, but redemption proves possible in the form of a shocking, beautiful surprise hidden in the message from her lover's grave.
The production stars Diane Perell* (Gladys in "42nd Street" at Kennedy Center and "A Chorus Line" at Shubert Theatre), as Ann-present,Karen Stanion*("Reasons to Live" Provincetown theatre, "The Pillowman" Astoria performing arts center)as Ann-30, Andrea Fantauzzi (lead in feature film "Adira"), as Ann-18, Elle Campagna (short film "Dodo Titi"), as Ann-6, Matt Saxton* (upcoming feature film "Wolf"), as Brian, and Lue McWilliams* (multi- award winning film "Naked as We Came"), as Martha.
The production features scenic design by Angelica Borrero, costume design by Paras Terzis, and lighting design by Jason Fok. Korey Sanders is the stage manager.
Impact Theatre and Academy Join Forces to Present the Story of “NOBODY”
“The funniest man I ever saw and the saddest man I ever knew.” These are the words of W.C. Fields describing Bert Williams, the first African American to have a leading role on Broadway. Impact Theatre Atlanta, a resident company of the Academy Theatre, presents Nobody: The Story of Bert Williams by C. Robert Jones opening April 8th. The show traces his life from immigrating to the United States to his minstrel show performances to his rise to Broadway fame.
Michael Mario Good as Bert Williams in “Nobody” by C. Robert Jones. Photo by Alison Ramsey.
In the early 19th century in the U.S., the image of blacks on stage was created by whites that performed in blackface. Williams’ trademark character, Mr. Nobody, was an expansion of the traditional role to create a more fleshed-out character.
“Bert Williams was a pioneer of his day, and a master of his art form,” says Brenda Porter, founder and Artistic Director of Impact Theatre Atlanta. “The goal of this play is to awaken a new generation to the brilliance of a man who paved the way for actors of color to define their own characters and personas on the stage. People deserve to know the story of the man behind the blackface.”
Michael Mario Good, the founder of the Good Acting Studio who stars as Bert Williams, says, “ am humbled and honored at this opportunity. This is a man whose talent was iconic and legendary. However, so few people know about him today.”
“This show exemplifies the missions and visions of both Impact Theatre Atlanta and The Academy Theatre. We want to bring audiences shows that are both thought-provoking and entertaining. This show does that,” says Fracena Byrd, Marketing Director for Academy Theatre.
This show is rated PG-13, and not suitable for young audiences.
What: Nobody by C. Robert Jones
Who: Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta directed by Brenda Porter
AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP
By Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Megan Shuchman
April 28 – June 5, 2016
It’s hard to pull yourself up by your bootstraps in this economy—Sue should know. It’s harder when you’ve got kids, even whip-smart, talented ones like Judy. Sue has big dreams for both her basement beauty shop and her daughter, who’s anxiously waiting for a letter from MIT that could change her life. Armed with tough love, combative humor and an uncompromising work ethic, Sue is struggling to balance her own livelihood and Judy’s future. A heartfelt play about the true cost of dreams.
Chicago Dramatists (View)
1105 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
American Beauty Shop is being published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Dana Lynn Formby is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her play JOHNNY 10 BEERS' DAUGHTER was listed on the Kilroys' Honorable mention list for 2015. Her play AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP was read at Steppenwolfs First Look 2014. It was also nominated for Kilroys 2014s The List. Her plays have been produced, workshopped, and read by Pegasus, Chicago Dramatists, Mortar Theatre Company, Steep, PICT, Victory Gardens, WordBRIDGE, Florida Studio Theatre, The Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, The Kennedy Center, and New York Theatre Workshop. Her short play A DECK OF MONSTERS was featured in Goodman's New Play Bake-Off. Her play UNTIL DEATH was produced in 2015 at Concordia University Chicago in association with Chicago Dramatists. She is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York.
From American Theatre:
CoHo Productions Slates 4 New Plays for 2016–17 Season
The season will feature plays about gun control, evolutionary biologists, con artists, and leading ladies onstage.
BY AMERICAN THEATRE EDITORS
PORTLAND, ORE.: CoHo Productions has announced its 2016–17 season, featuring four contemporary plays.
The season will begin with E.M. Lewis’s The Gun Show (Sept. 9–Oct. 1), presented with Shawn Lee. The playwright will sit in the audience for the interactive show, which shares five of her personal stories about guns—from learning how to shoot on a date to working at a bookstore during an armed robbery to the harrowing story that inspired her to write this play. The play will feature Vin Shambry and Lee will direct.
April, 16, 2016
1105 W. Chicago Avenue | Chicago, Illinois 60642
Dance for Beginners
By Resident Playwright MT Cozzola
Directed by Stephanie Stroud
Long-distance lovers on opposite ends of the world, Jerry and Jenny decide to meet in person for the first time at a foxtrot competition. First, they need to learn how to dance..
MT Cozzola is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.Recent projects include TWIN SET (The Side Project, dir. Heather Bodie); BOY SMALL (The Fine Print Theatre, dir. Patrick Kenney; publication forthcoming from Original Works); ST. GEORGE ON THE BUS (winner Heartland Theatre’s 2015 New Plays from the Heartland), and EYE OF THE SANDMAN, a horror comedy available on Amazon.Upcoming projects include workshop performances of DANCE FOR BEGINNERS (Chicago Dramatists and Piven Theatre, directed by Stephanie Stroud) and a staged reading of CREEP (Wordsmyth Theater, Houston, TX; The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK).MT’s prose and poetry have been published in After Hours, Swivel, Crawdad Literary Journal, and Hippocampus Magazine. Her films have screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago Improv Festival, Midwest Independent Film Festival, and festivals around the world.As a storyteller, MT has performed at Louder Than a Mom, Hump Night at the Apollo, This Much Is True, Tuesday Funk, That’s All She Wrote, and others. Audio pieces have aired on Story Sessions, Chicago Theatre Off Book and Small Fish Radio Theatre. Watch for an upcoming performance at Mortified.
About the Saturday Series
Every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM (except for holiday weekends), Chicago Dramatists hosts a Saturday Series event in our theatre. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress.
All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion.
We hope you will join us for this Saturday Series event!
A staged reading of THE CHISERA by Paula Cizmar on Earth Day opening the 2016 Mach 33 Festival of Science-Driven plays
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For More Information: Cindy De Mesa, Caltech Performing and Visual Arts (626) 395-3295
THEATER ARTS AT CALTECH PRESENTS 3rd ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT
WHEN: Friday, April 22 (Earth Day), 2016
6:00 pm Pre-Show: Interactive Artist Event with Kim Stringfellow and free coffee from Rose City Coffee + food trucks; 7:30pm: staged reading of The Chisera by Paula Cizmar and post-show discussion
WHERE: Ramo Auditorium Patio and Ramo Auditorium, Caltech campus. Park in any of the lots on Michigan Avenue or the parking structure at 370 S. Holliston Ave., Pasadena, CA. Follow signs to walk past the Beckman Auditorium to Ramo Auditorium in the Baxter building.
TICKETS: Purchase at the door. Suggested donation to Theater Arts at Caltech $5 - $25.
In an exciting Earth Day event at Caltech on Friday, April 22, Theater Arts at Caltech presents a staged reading of a new play about the Los Angeles aqueduct and the California drought, The Chisera by USC playwriting professor Paula Cizmar (Seven, January), directed by Arden Thomas (Associate Artistic Director of Mach 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays at Caltech) and starring Carrie Ancker, Ann K Lindsay, Angelo McCabe (Boston Court), Anne Vaughan, Rob Vestal (Native Voices Artists Ensemble at the Autry), and Caltech undergraduate Lydia Kivrak. At Caltech the playwright collaborated with two geologists, PhD students Alistair Hayden and Jason Price, to develop the science in the play. "Because of my work with the Caltech science mentors," Cizmar notes, "the main character of the play became a geophysicist, not a geologist, and the world of her work expanded. Alistair also gave me a great idea for the end of the play — follow the aqueduct — which mirrored the driving force of the play: follow the past to the present, follow the loss of water to the consequences today."
The Earth Day event begins on the lawn outside the theater at 6:00pm with our interactive artist event. Sound artist Kim Stringfellow offers a discussion and presentation of her project "There It Is – Take It!" which examines the controversial social, political, and environmental history of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system. With free coffee from Rose City Coffee and food trucks!
The performance is at 7:30pm, followed by a dynamic post-show discussion when the playwright Paula Cizmar is joined onstage by the play's science mentors Alistair Haydn and Jason Price; actor Rob Vestal; Jess Atkins, Professor of Geochemistry and Environmental Science; and Cathy Gudis, professor of History and director of the Public History Program at the University of California, Riverside.
For further information on The Chisera or for directions to the theater, go to http://tacit.caltech.edu/Mach33/ or call the Caltech ticket office at 626-395-4652 and press 4 for a live operator. This Earth Day event is presented by Theater Arts at Caltech with support from Caltech Student Affairs, The Linde Center for Global Environmental Science, and many others.
The performance of The Chisera is the first show for the 2016 MACH 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays at Caltech, presented by Theater Arts at Caltech under the direction of Brian Brophy. Staged readings of three other science-based plays are featured in the festival. For more information about Theater Arts at Caltech, go to http://www.tacit.caltech.edu. The Chisera is also the culminating event in an entire week of Earth Day events at Caltech that are open to the public. Go to www.earthday.caltech.edu to learn more.
Redtwist Theatre presents
The Realization of Emily Linder
By Richard Strand
Directed by Hans Fleischmann
Featuring Redtwist company member Kathleen Ruhl in the title role of Emily, along with fellow company members, KC Karen Hill and Debra Rodkin, as well as guest artist Stephanie Shum
This quirky, comedic drama revolves around Emily, a 70-ish widow, who says she’s had a premonition about her own death. She gathers her two very different, grown daughters to prepare all the details. A caregiver, with an objective viewpoint, joins this dysfunctional family and focuses on getting to the bottom of Emily's peculiar vision.
Apr 9, 3pm
thru May 8, 2016
no evening show on Sat, Apr 9
Apr 6-8 at 7:30pm
Thu, Fri, Sat, 7:30pm;
From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
In 2017, the season will resume “Yasmina's Necklace” (Jan. 27-Feb. 12) by Rohina Malik, again directed by Jent. It follows the unlikely romance between a recent Iraqi immigrant, Yasmina, and a young man who wants to turn his back on his Iraqi and Puerto Rican heritage. Malik is also the author of a one-woman show, “Unveiled,” that was performed at the Edison Theatre in 2014.
Mustard Seed Theatre performs at Fontbonne University's Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Boulevard. Single tickets to its shows are $25-$30; 2016-17 season tickets are available, too. For more information, visit mustardseedtheatre.com.
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