Kristin Idaszak is Chicago-based playwright, performance maker, and dramaturg. She is currently a member of the Goodman Playwrights Unit. Previously, she is a two-time Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow. Her play SECOND SKIN received the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, and her play THE LIAR PARADOX was second place for the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. She has also been nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Work and received honorable mentions for the Kilroys List. She the 2015 Kennedy Center Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Institute. Her play FUGUE FOR PARTICLE ACCELERATOR received its World Premiere at 20% Theatre Company Chicago. Kristin's collaboratively created original work has been seen at La Jolla Playhouse's WoW Festival, Blurred Borders (an international festival of dance theatre), and elsewhere. Previously, Kristin served as Associate Artistic Director/Literary Manager of Caffeine Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of California, San Diego.
Strange Heart Beating
On Saturday, January 20, Strange Heart Beating will launch a new reading series at the Center for Performing Arts in Minneapolis. The ReClaim series uses plays to initiate conversations about social justice. The reading will be followed by small group conversations with facilitators from the Dispute Resolution Center of MN.
The Surest Poison
Before CSI, there was Alexander Gettler, an obsessive chemist whose research helped create the modern field of forensic toxicology. Set against the backdrop of prohibition-era New York, THE SUREST POISON imagines his work through the eyes and typewriter of Lois Long, a flapper and intrepid reporter who wrote under the pen name Lipstick.
The Surest Poison is commissioned by EST/The Sloan Foundation.
The audience has arrived at the theatre to see a show about the Chicago slaughterhouses – only to find that the play has been canceled. Instead, the writer is there to give a slideshow presentation about the history of the stockyards. In trying to explore her family’s Polish identity and the exploitation of stockyard workers, the writer unintentionally exposes a trauma from her own past. Inspired by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, ANOTHER JUNGLE explores the misuse of power, the way narratives get co-opted, and the way identity accretes over the course of generations.
Another Jungle received a workshop at the Playwrights’ Center.
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