Congratulations to Jami Brandli and all the winners of the 2018 Play LA Prize!
JAMI BRANDLI’s plays include Technicolor Life, S.O.E., M-Theory, ¡SOLDADERA!, Sisters Three, Through the Eye of a Needle, Medusa’s Song, O: A Rhapsody in Divorce,and BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) which was named in the 2014 Kilroys List. Her work has been produced/developed at New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, Launch Pad, The Women’s Voices Theater Festival, Chalk REP, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Lark, among other venues. Winner of John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award, Ashland New Plays Festival and Aurora Theatre Company's GAP Prize. Finalist for the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Drama, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Fellowship, Princess Grace Award and the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference; nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. This year, BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) receives a joint-world premiere with Moxie Theatre and Promethean Theatre, ending with Moving Arts’ production this fall at Atwater Village Theatre. Sisters Three will receive its world premiere with The Inkwell Theater in December, and Through the Eye of a Needle also received its world premiere at The Road Theater this past spring. A proud member of The Playwrights Union, the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, and The Dramatist Guild, Jami teaches dramatic writing at Lesley University's low-residency MFA program. She is represented by the Robert A Freedman Agency and Gramercy Park Entertainment and is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Humanitas’ PLAY LA.
The Lifespan of a Fact
Based on the true story of D'Agata's essay What Happens There, The Lifespan of a Fact follows Fingal, who has a small job: to fact-check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. His boss has given him a big assignment: to apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author D'Agata. But now Fingal has a huge problem: D'Agata made up a lot of his article. What starts professional quickly becomes profane.
Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Based on the book by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
Sep 20, 2018
Oct 18, 2018
Jan 13, 2019
Gordon Farrell is a playwright, screenwriter, and video game designer. He has directed theatre in San Francisco and New York, holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and has been on the faculty of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for over 20 years. Plays he has written have been presented at Primary Stages and the 13th Street Repertory Theater in New York, the Yale School of Drama, Tour de Force and William Shakespeare & Friends in San Francisco, and The Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo. He was also on the team that created the Empire Earth video game franchise and currently works as lead writer on the MMORTS game "Medieval Kingdom Wars." In his spare time, he wrote and co-produced "Why The Hell Is She Asking Me That?!"
The Squirrel Plays by Mia McCullough "is a vital production for those in search of feminist theatre ."
"The Squirrel Plays could so easily have been a heavy-handed approach to abortion, made ridiculous by the unusual metaphor of squirrel infestations. Those looking for a preaching, angry play, however, will have to look elsewhere at the Fringe. The Squirrel Plays carries off its concept with subtlety and aplomb...
What is normally an unavoidably hard hitting, sober subject is elevated in The Squirrel Plays by a refusal to allow the theme to supress other shades of emotion – tenderness, humour, even boredom, all find their place in the play." Maya Little, Cherwell
"The double meaning has been carefully crafted so that the ridiculousness of the entire situation is made darkly comic throughout. There is a delightfully scathing parody of the American constitution itself, cheekily sheathed in a neighbourhood vote. There are also painfully sad moments. Amy Reitsma captures Sarah’s heartbreak at hearing the squirrel’s heartbeat through the walls of her house with quietly devastating poignancy." CJ Bulford, Theatre Weekly
"Many productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year discuss female freedom of choice, but few do so as creatively as The Squirrel Plays...
The Squirrel Plays is a vital production for those in search of feminist theatre at the festival. Part of the Main have created a sharp and polished performance that captures a wide spectrum of opinions on abortion without lecturing the audience. It’s complex yet comprehensible." Carla van der Sluijs, BroadwayBaby
"In exploring the role of men in issues of female reproductive rights McCullough raises yet another issue so pertinent in the current political climate. The Squirrel Plays is a sensitive and timely analysis of the issues surrounding female reproductive health and bodily autonomy." Grace Lavender, The Skinny
"McCullough’s writing has managed to take an extremely polarising, taboo subject and inject strong comedy into its core. The metaphor of squirrels allows enough distance for the audience to find the plays light-hearted and entertaining while still maintaining the knowledge of the subject’s sensitivity." Matthew Cleverly
The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival Lab Results include plays by Paula Cizmar and Stephanie Alison Walker
The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival
The Antaeus Playwrights Lab supports a select group of award-winning, mid-career writers as they develop the classics of the future. The Lab incubates new works that provide compelling roles for actors, and creates a nurturing and supportive artistic community.
Saturday, September 29
Along The River, Almost Winter
by Paula Cizmar
directed by Stephanie Shroyer
Perdita knows something is off in her life and she longs to know what happened to her mother in this update of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Set along the Sacramento River Delta during the time of the Gold Rush, Along the River, Almost Winter is a journey from betrayal to forgiveness — told from the point of view of a bear.
Saturday, September 29
by Stephanie Alison Walker
directed by Eli Gonda
Gabriela is an Argentine concert cellist living a good life in Chicago with her American husband and adjusting to life as a new mom until a visit from two strangers upends everything. The Abuelas explores the long and devastating repercussions of Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976-1983, and the heart’s capacity for forgiveness even in the face of the harshest betrayal.
The Ashland New Play Festival 2018
Winning Playwrights include
By Stephanie Alison Walker
A visit from two strangers exposes a 37-year-old secret about the
ongoing and devastating repercussions of the military dictatorship in Argentina in the 1970s and ‘80s. The Abuelas explores the heart’s capacity for resilience and forgiveness even in the face of the most incomprehensible betrayal.
Stephanie Alison Walker is a returning ANPF Fall Festival winner, previously winning in 2016 for The Madres, which is receiving four consecutive productions in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, and Austin, as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere this year. The Abuelas is a companion piece. Walker is a NNPN Affiliate Artist and a member of the Playwrights Union and Antaeus Playwrights Lab. She lives in Los Angeles.
Teatro Vista will be producing the World Premiere of The Abuelas in February of 2019.
Aline Lathrop's The Hero's Wife and Minita Gandhi's Muthaland both get Jeff nominated for best new work!
Playing at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe!
The Squirrel Plays
by Mia McCullough
There’s only one thing you need to know about newlyweds Tom and Sarah: they are definitely not squirrel people. Not that they judge, of course. So when they discover a critter in their attic, they’re faced with a marriage-testing decision: to exterminate, or not to exterminate? But the squirrels aren’t only invading Tom and Sarah’s home. They’ve infested the whole neighbourhood. This time, the issue doesn’t only tear Sarah and Tom apart. It threatens the peace of an entire community. Using both absurdist humour and emotional truth, award-winning playwright Mia McCullough sheds new light on timely matters.
Aug 8-12, 14-27
THE HERO'S WIFE
by Aline Lathrop
directed by Ann Filmer and Miguel Nunez
16th Street Theater
through August 18 2018
...it’s a lacerating and relevant portrait of how hard it can be for two people to find their way home to each other in the wake of the living nightmare of war.
Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
The striking final moments will stay with you, as will the warmth and humor shared by the characters even as they literally fight for their relationship and try to create a world where they can exist together.
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