4 Questions with Kristiana Colón
Kristiana Colón’s play good friday is now appearing in LeapFest XII. The play tells the story of a shooting that takes place on a college campus. We asked Kristiana some questions about the play and its unusual path to LeapFest.
SLT: Where did the inspiration for good friday come from?
KRISTIANA: good friday is a reimagining of my 2009 play the darkest pit which takes place in a college classroom as a school shooting is unfolding. The initial constraint of the play was to write something that could be performed by all college students with an all-female cast, and I was interested in jarring audience expectations of the realm of woman-centric storytelling. I explore how all-female spaces are unique in situations of crisis and extreme violence.
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Making Miss Simone Proud: “Black Lives, Black Words” Explores “Do Black Lives Matter Today?”
By Loy Webb
“I choose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That to me is my duty. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” A poignant question raised by the iconic songstress Nina Simone, whose music encapsulated the pain, beauty, brilliance and proud blackness of an entire generation during the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements.
Simone was a purveyor of truth and hope during those turbulent times and her impact is unparalleled. However, she’s gone now and as times change and more problems plague our nation, new artists must step up to take on the “artist’s duty,” as Miss Simone dubs it, and reflect the current times.
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Black Lives, Black Words presented by Reginald Edmund, Pegasus Theatre, IMPAACT, Black Ensemble Theater's Black Playwrights Initiative, and Community Partner- Congo Square Theatre.
BLACK LIVES, BLACK WORDS is a free stage reading of ten minute plays from Chicago black playwrights. This ten minute play series is part of a shared project with Baltimore, Cleveland, Minneapolis and London, England to explore the urban black diaspora experience(s). These cities have had countless reports in the media, all negative, from police brutality to black on black violence but what are the other views and issues most prevalent to those who understand, live and work in the community?
'Does black lives matter today?'
Presented by Reginald Edmund with contributing producers
Pegasus Theatre, MPAACT, Black Ensemble Theater's Black Playwrights Initiative, and Community Partner- Congo Square Theatre.
Featuring works from playwrights: David Barr III, Shepsu Aakhu, Nambi E Kelley, Reginald Edmund, Kristiana Rae Colón, Isaac Ike Holter, Carla Stillwell, James T. Alfred, Loy Webb, Elana Elyce, Tsehaye Hebert, and more!
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614
Tuesday, July 28at 7:00pm
The Open Hand by Robert Caisley
The Clarence Brown Theater
March 30 – April 17, 2016
Suppose someone is overly generous to you…offering something you couldn’t possibly repay. Do you reject their generosity and risk offending them? Or do you accept the gift and then stew over what might be demanded in return? We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s better to give than to receive.” But what dark secrets may be camouflaged by our human need to share with others? This CBT commissioned satire ventures into this territory with wit and bite, observing the contemporary anxieties between those with means and those with hopes, dreams and disappointment.
Rob Caisley’s writing is brilliant, witty, and insightful…”
New Jersey Stage
HOMELESS AND HOW WE GOT THAT WAY by Dan McCormick
Detroit Repertory Theatre
May 26th-June 26th 2016
A homeless man and a homeless woman, both aged beyond their years, one once a prominent neurosurgeon, the other a would be novelist who never got there, share a desolate space with the feel of a world that is not quite real, with two park benches, two overstuffed carts, scattered litter, milk crates, buckets, a trashcan and of course whiskey. What is truth and what is imagined is always a question. Two unreachable people touch.
BUTLER by Richard Strand
January 17th-March 13th, 2016
Detroit Repertory Theater
Uproariously funny, witty and very moving, Butler is written by the author of last season’s hit comedy, Buzz. Based on actual events that changed the lives of 10,000 slaves, Butler is set at the beginning of the Civil War and follows Major General Benjamin Butler, who has just been given command of Fort Monroe in Virginia. The inexperienced but shrewd Butler meets his match when an equally shrewd runaway slave enters the fort and asks for asylum.
Written by David Rush
Delaware Theatre Company
March 2-20, 2016
An inside story about two iconic artists – an American painter and a Russian ballet dancer – and how they created a now famous set of paintings. During the 70's the American painter Jamie Wyeth (son of Andrew) did a series of studies and paintings of Rudolf Nureyev, the legendary ballet dancer who defected from Russia and revitalized western ballet. Written with the express permission and support of Jamie Wyeth, this brand new play by David Rush imagines what their electric encounters may have been like, what secrets were revealed about the world of painting and international dance, and how their relationship evolved…changing each of them.
“NUREYEV’S EYES illuminates the artist life” – The Tampa Bay Times
By MT COZZOLA,
Directed by HEATHER BODIE
Featuring Amy Carle, Stephen Spencer, Krystal Ortiz, Elise Rivkin, and Daisy Tichenor
Good-natured Karl is concertmaster at the symphony, wisecracking Megan works in real estate, and daughter Jorie is a straight-A student and athlete. They all get along beautifully, and Karl and Megan have been in love since the moment they met.
But in the middle of the night, when Karl's demons won't let him rest, he sneaks out to the living room, where Jorie and her BFFs are sleeping off a slumber party sugar high. He finds himself longing to soak in their golden restfulness, absorb their strawberries-n-cream goodness, inhale their youth.
That's what he does…and not for the first time. But tonight, he gets caught.
2pm, Saturday July 18
1105 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
Ghost Gardens by Steven Simoncic part of The Road Theatre Company's Summer Playwrights Festival 2015
GHOST GARDENS by Steven Simoncic
Wednesday July 29 8PM
The Road on Lankershim – DOWNSTAIRS GALLERY
5108 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
In a forgotten corner of Detroit where smoke stacks tower over industrial runoff, power lines dot a landscape of burned out homes and broken families, and hope is all but gone… there is a pimp-turned-preacher looking for redemption, a stripper-turned-nurse looking for justice, and Lorelie… who just wants a baby.
Now Comes the Night by EM Lewis at 1st Stage in Tysons and part of the 2015 Women's Voices Theater Festival
Now Comes the Night
September 18 – October 11, 2015
1st Stage in Tysons
By E. M. Lewis
Directed by Alex Levy
American journalist Michael Après has been released after being held hostage for eighteen months in Iraq. However, Michael’s close colleague and friend begins to suspect that he isn’t free yet. An explosive television interview puts their friendship to the test as secrets, lies, and betrayals haunt both men. Unable to resist the adrenaline that their traumas impose on their minds, when one last opportunity to be a hero presents itself; they are determined to take it. But at what cost? This world premiere production by award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis is 1st Stage’s exciting contribution to the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
by Kristiana Colón ♦ directed by Tara Branham
Saturday 7/18 @ 2pm; Friday, 7/24 @ 7:30pm
The ricochet of bullets breaks the hush of academia’s ivory halls and four students and a teacher are trapped in a classroom. Attempts to remain calm are shattered by each new wave of terror and tension coils to the point of asphyxia. And then the shooter enters the room. GOOD FRIDAY is a fast-paced, emotionally wrenching thriller with a twist sure to give you whiplash.
LeapFest is Stage Left's annual developmental festival of politically charged new work. Come be part of the process of helping these new plays "take the leap" in development!
LeapFest's first eleven years have so far graduated twenty plays to world premiere productions in Chicago and beyond, with three of these receiving the Jeff Award for Best New Work. The plays will be presented as workshop productions, in rotating repertory. Performances are followed by a discussion with the playwright and director.
Theater Wit 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657
Saturday 7/18 @ 2pm; Friday, 7/24 @ 7:30pm
Route 66's Monthly Reading Series
"The Driver's Seat"
By Aline Lathrop Glick
(Route 66 Theatre's Founder and Artistic Director)
(Fresh from ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T)
This month's reading showcases one of our finalists from our New Play Development Workshop! TRADE SHOW is a funny, sexy look at casual sex when the relationship becomes anything but casual. Join us!
Isabel is newly returned to work as a sales rep for a software company. Ed is a slick advertising salesman. They meet at a trade show and begin a relationship that exists only there, and at similar events around the country. It barely feels like adultery, because the world seems to recede into the background of purgatorial hotel rooms and anonymous convention centers.
Aline Lathrop Glick's work has been produced or developed at numerous theatres both in Chicago and across the country, including Chicago Dramatists, Artistic Home, Circle Theater, American Theatre Company, Northwestern University, Theatre Seven, and Stage Left Theatre. Her play, MERCHILD will be produced by 16th Street Theatre this fall.
WHAT: Route 66 Monthly Reading Series "The Driver's Seat"
WHERE: The Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, (773) 404-7336
WHEN: Tuesday, July14th at 7:30PM
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