2015-2016 JEFF AWARDS EQUITY NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
YASMINA'S NECKLACE by Rohina Malik
Nominated for Best New Work!
Produced by 16th Street Theater and directed by Ann Filmer
“a sweet and hopeful story about finding love after horror… 3 Stars!” Chicago Tribune, Kerry Reid
“gracefully written… casting is perfect… thoroughly satisfying” — Chicago Reader, Jack Helbig
“outstanding… grabs you from its first moments… funny and deeply moving” — Oak Park Journal, Doug Deuchler
by Donna Hoke
Directed by Kevin Dodd
QUEER THEATRE KALAMAZOO
In 2011, a young gay teen hangs himself–but the events leading to the suicide began decades before, in 1986, when bullies tormented Nancy and her closeted best friend. Twenty-five years later, the cycle continues when Nancy is confronted by another bully–her son.
Semi-finalist 37th Bay Area Playwrights Festival and nuVoices at Actors Theatre of Charlotte; finalist T. Schreiber New Works Competition and current winner for the Great Gay Play and Musical Contest (winner determined in May); winner Todd McNerney and Naatak National Playwriting Contests.
In two years, the Grace InFused Theatre Festival went from the drawing table to a full day event at the Columbus Performing Arts Center on Aug. 6. The festival, which promotes gospel-based productions, drew close to 100 people to a six-hour presentation that featured the world-premiere of STAINed Glass, a table reading of PRODIGAL BROTHERS, two monologues by Howi Tiller and the music of Joe Hendrickson.
PRODIGAL BROTHERS, Steven Peterson's interpretation of the story of the Prodigal Son, walked away with the JacK Gilbert Award for the festival's best play. Gilbert, a distinguished Christian writer and writing coach in Hollywood, was a long-time advocate of fusing mainstream arts and entertainment with the Gospel message.
Peterson's play, which is still in the development stage, centers on Matt (Scott Clay) going out to Los Angeles to retrieve his younger, alcoholic brother Billy (Cory Ragan) and take him to a rehabilitation center in Chicago.
Asked by an audience member afterward how much research he had to do for the script, Peterson explained he had a family member who struggled with alcoholism.
"Unfortunately for some of those events, it didn't require a lot of research. I got to see a lot of that close up," said Peterson, who won the Julie Harris Playwrights Award twice and the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition for previous works.
"good friday" by Kristiana Rae Colón
directed by Tara Branham
at Oracle Productions
To Be Woke
A Review of good friday at Oracle Productions
"Sure to be on the short list of outstanding Chicago plays this year, Kristiana Rae Colón’s “good friday” is a provocative examination of our culture of complacency. It widens the scope of brutal patriarchal influence to include the very group most susceptible to its effects: women. Its production at Oracle Theatre, with its immensely talented and predominantly female cast and crew, is the very definition of “woke.”...
Bearing witness to this truly breathtaking play is like watching an exercise in polemics become conscious of and begin to question itself. “good friday” is fiercely intellectual yet that intelligence is rooted deep within the playwright’s mastery of dramatic structure and her utter command of language. Colón’s play is forceful but not insistent..." Kevin Greene, Newcity Stage
Melissa DuPrey/Joe Mazza, Brave Lux
From American Theatre:
Theatricum Botanicum Announces Recipient of 2016 Israel Baran Award The “Izzy” award for new plays is presented to a writer in the theatre’s new-play development series.
TOPANGA, CALIF.: Botanicum Seedlings, Theatricum Botanicum‘s development series for playwrights, has announced that playwright Paula Cizmar will receive the 2016 Israel Baran Award for her play The Last Nights of Scheherazade. The annual award, now in its sixth year, recognizes an outstanding play from the Botanicum Seedlings development series. The prize, nicknamed the “Izzy” Award, is named for the theatre’s first dramaturg, who passed away in 2007.
“So often I work in isolation—which is necessary for the beginnings of a play—but then I get to a point where I have to hear the thing, to be around people,” Cizmar said in a statement. “Seedlings gave me the luxury of hearing the text for the first time in a safe, supportive environment. I had the chance to pick the brains and hearts of actors and other theatremakers, to dig into the script in a community that really cares about developing new work.”
The Last Nights of Scheherazade was presented last summer in a private developmental reading at the theatre. Set at the edge of the Mojave Desert, it tells the story of a young woman who retreats into storytelling to survive a violent marriage.
Theatricum Botanicum has also announced the opening of its annual submission window for new plays (Sept. 1-Nov. 1). The theatre encourages submissions from playwrights of color and other “underrepresented writers.” Their Seedlings program has a commitment to gender parity, with a goal of having 50 percent or more of its playwrights and directors be women.
Founded in 1973 by actor Will Geer, Theatricum Botanicum presents both new and classic plays, and provides development opportunities for new work.
Founded in 2004, the New Stages Festival is a celebration of innovative new plays, and is designed to give playwrights an opportunity to take risks and experiment. Since its inception, New Stages has offered theatergoers a first look at adventurous new plays, many of which have gone on to receive successful full productions at the Goodman and elsewhere—including Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined. Please join us for this year’s festival which features an exciting roster of developmental productions and staged readings. See below for a full line-up.
Dance for Beginners
By M.T. Cozzola
Directed by Stephanie Stroud
August 6th, 2pm at Chicago Dramatists: 1105 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL
August 8th, 7:30pm at the Piven Theatre Workshop: 927 Noyes St, Evanston, IL
Long-distance lovers on opposite sides of the planet, Jerry and Jenny agree to meet in person for the first time at a foxtrot competition in Blackpool, England. First, they need to learn how to dance.
This is the culmination of a 28-Hour Workshop.
PARALLEL by Mia McCullough
Young Chloe has developed strong feelings for her much older drivers' ed teacher over their weeks together. When she confronts him on their final lesson will he admit to having feelings of his own? Written and directed by Mia McCullough.
Starring Peter DeFaria and Anne Hollister Berkowitz!
Part of The Midwest Independent Film Festival
First Tuesday Schedule: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 -- First Tuesday festivities begin with a Pre-Show Cocktail Reception at Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 North Clark) at 6 p.m. The evening's Producers Panel begins at 6:30 p.m. in the theater. Female Filmmakers Program premieres promptly at 7:30 p.m. A post-screening reception will be held immediately following the film program.
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