Susan H. Pak is a Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright and assistant professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar. She received an MFA in writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University; she received both a BA in English and a JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Her plays have been produced in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and include: Marabar at Chicago Dramatists; Election at the Goodman Theater and Collaboraction; Underworld at Collaboraction; the Fixer at The Steppenwolf Theater; T.A.B.at New York’s Downtown Urban Theater Festival, and the Manhattan Repertory Theater Festival; Haters at New York’s Midtown International Theater Festival; and Incredible Invisible at Chicago’s Bailiwick Director’s Fest.
BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)
By Jami Brandli
July 21-August 25, 2018
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. Then Cassandra, a working girl, moves into their neighborhood and all routines are interrupted. Cassandra is determined to finally break the curse of Apollo, the gorgeous and egotistical god who gave her this “gift” of prophecy but made it so no one would ever believe her. He makes it clear his curse is practically indestructible: yet all she must do is convince someone to believe her. Can Cassandra convince them they now have a choice in this modern era? That they don’t have to live a doomed existence? Can all four women escape their ongoing fate?
Smart, snappy 'Bliss' gives tragic heroines a hopeful future
Playwright Jami Brandli smartly upends theatrical history this month in her hilarious, sharply written and fast-paced comedy-drama “Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!),” which opened Saturday at Moxie Theatre in a world premiere co-production with L.A.’s Moving Arts and Chicago’s Promethean Theatre. The San Diego Union-Tribune
A Joint World Premiere with Moving Arts at Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles and in Association with Moxie Theatre in San Diego
Now available through Stage Rights...
Sons & Lovers
By Donna Hoke
WINNER! 2018 Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play
Ellen knows the score--her son is gay and her husband is cheating--but it's so much easier to pretend than to talk about it. It takes fantasy, farce, and one fabulous makeover before the truth flies free, mother and son discover just how much they have in common, and Ellen realizes the reality she's been avoiding most is her own.
By Kristiana Rae Colón
For the students of Climb & Succeed Charter Academy, a high school in a dystopian near future, the slightest defiance is met with riot-gear-clad security who patrol the halls informed by an AI bot. Armed and ready with each student’s protocols, she deploys harrowing new disciplinary codes that take ‘in-school suspension’ (ISS) to a haunting extreme. In search of their mysteriously missing sister and guided by a mystic teaching artist, Voltaire & Yansa learn to wield their ancestral magic and black girl badassery to combat the harrowing militarization of public education.
DIRECTOR: MARGO HALL
DRAMATURG: LISA EVANS
PRODUCERS: ELLEN GAVIN AND MELINDA WHITE
Reading Dates: Saturday 7/21 4pm, Saturday 7/28 8pm
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!
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