LALA 2018 will kickoff with LALA Camp, a 3-day bootcamp for innovative artists, and culminate in a weekend festival of experimental public performances and events.
LALA Camp will be held at various locations around Minneapolis from July 24-26, and LALA Festival will be held at the Red Eye Theater from July 27-29. This two-part format will allow for more points of access for audiences, expanded conversations between artists, site visits and behind-the-scenes tours of local studios, galleries, and theaters, plus more time for technical rehearsals which allow artists to increase the artistic quality of their final performances.
A Growing History of Experimental Performance in Minneapolis
LALA stands for Live Art / Live Artfully. LALA Festival was founded to champion experimental live performance makers in the Twin Cities and serve as a home-base for emerging experimental artists across the country. It is a conduit between local artists and national artists who are both working at high aesthetic levels. The festival devotes particular attention to supporting and presenting artists with under-appreciated voices.
The first LALA Festival was held July 28-30, 2017 at the Red Eye Theater, Box Factory, and Fresh Oysters in Minneapolis, MN.
At LALA 2017, we asked the question: What if we did away with gatekeepers, institutions, and with the artificial divide between audiences (who are mostly artists themselves) and creators (who are also artists)?
What resulted was three days of candid public discussion, hands-on workshops, lectures, intimate readings, one-on-one interviews, informal chats, late-night happenings, blogs, essays, and performances (oh my!). Local artists spent each day in discussions with nationally-recognized innovators and curators, exchanging knowledge, practices, and problem-solving techniques.
The public was invited right into the heart of the activity, deepening their understanding of artistic process, and of the contemporary experimental art world more broadly.
Highlights from year one included:
• Boundary-pushing performances by award-winning artists including local dance trio SuperGroup, choreographer/comedian Adrienne Truscott, and filmmaker/actor Mtume Gant, and work-in-progress presentations by local emerging artists.
• 100+ participants of all ages and backgrounds
• 40+ artists, journalists, and academics converging for an in-depth conversation about Critics, Critique, and Criticism at Fresh Oysters Performance Research.
• 20+ artists and their children gathering for empanadas and a frank discussion about the obstacles parents of young children face to producing art.
• Local icons Lisa Channer and Charles Deeter reading Broadway actor Jess Barbagallo’s new play “Analog Intimacy,” a look at a bygone era of queer family, for an audience of young queer theater makers.
• Multiple spin-off works, festivals, and collaborations between 2017 participants
Sundance Institute Names 2018
Theatre Lab Fellows
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
NEW YORK, NY — Sundance Institute announces the slate of theatremakers from the U.S. and Middle East / North Africa who will convene at the Theatre Program’s second annual Theatre Lab in Morocco next month. The Lab, which will take place from May 6 – 27 at the Fellah Hotel outside Marrakech, comprises three uninterrupted weeks of consultation, mentorship and workshop performance of new work for the stage. The Theatre Lab alternates locations each season, moving between the Sundance Resort in Utah, and a venue in the Middle East/North African region, as part of a multi-year commitment to international work and a means of facilitating cultural exchange between artists. Led by Sundance Institute Theatre Program DirectorPhilip Himberg and Producing Director Christopher Hibma, teams of creative advisors, actors and dramaturgs will collaborate with writers and directors, independent from commercial or public pressures, as they develop their projects.“At our Labs, we’ve seen the power of cooperative practice across cultures and borders, time and again,” said Himberg. “Creating a focused and well-resourced environment that nurtures talent and relationships as new work evolves is especially key in the current global climate: meaningful engagement between artist communities strengthens all participants, as well as their respective cultures of origin.”The Theatre Program’s international activity supports mentorship and cross-cultural exchange, focused on artists working primarily in all dialects of Arabic, in tandem with new work from the U.S. The Program develops artists through a series of peer-to-peer exposure and exchange activities within Arabic-speaking countries, among MENA artistic diaspora in Europe, and in the larger context of U.S.-focused Labs. The Institute hosts Labs around the world each year for independent artists in theatre, film, new media and episodic content.The 2018 Theatre Lab Fellows and their projects are: C.A. Johnson(playwright) and Kate Whoriskey (director), All the Natalie Portmans;Stacey Rose (playwright) and Logan Vaughn (director), America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro; A. Rey Pamatmat (playwright) and Lisa Peterson (director), Blood in Your Blood; Kamal Khalladi (playwright) and Latefa Ahrrare (director) , Casablanca; Intissar Chaabani (playwright/performer) and Racha Baroud (director), Diary of a Chimera; Ali Chahrour (conciever and choreographer), Night (working title); Hani Sami (playwright/director) and Sherif Samy (art director), The Rabbits; Martyna Majok(playwright) and director TBA, Sanctuary City; and Narcissister(playwright) and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (co-playwright), Untitled Narcissister Project. Artists-in-residence at the Lab will be Asiimwe Deborah Kawe (playwright/producer) and Bashar Markus(playwright/director). More information about the Fellows and their projects appears below.
This news release is also available in French (click here) and Arabic (click here).
All the Natalie Portmans
by C.A. Johnson
directed by Kate Whoriskey
Keyonna and her older brother Samuel are much more than siblings; they’re best friends. So when they suddenly find themselves on the brink of eviction, this brother/sister pair harness everything, from their fleeting trust in an alcoholic mother to an imagined friendship with a certain Hollywood starlet, in their endless pursuit of happiness at the poverty line.
C.A. Johnson’s plays include Thirst, The Climb, An American Feast, All the Natalie Portmans, Mother Tongue and Elroy Learn His Name. Her work has been developed with The Lark, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Playwrights Center, the Dramatists Guild and The Civilians. She is the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow.
Kate Whoriskey directed Sweat and Ruined, two Pulitzer Prize winning plays written by Lynn Nottage. Her work has been seen at Broadway’s Circle in the Square, The Public, Playwrights Horizons, MTC, The Vineyard, Theatre for a New Audience among others. Internationally, her work has been seen in Paris, São Paulo and Sydney.
America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro
by Stacey Rose
directed by Logan Vaughn
America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro is a day in the life of a troupe of historical re-enactors charged with telling the tragic story of what was once the American Negro, a woeful race once featured prominently in the American landscape, but whose time has been extinguished at his own foolish hand. The troupe find themselves at odds with the state of their own existences while being painfully oblivious to the parallels and intersections their lives draw to that of the very Negroes whose story they are bound to tell. As this oblivion fades and they are faced with their stark reality, this day in the life of actors, becomes a day of reckoning.
Stacey Rose hails from Elizabeth, NJ and Charlotte, NC respectively. She holds an M.F.A in Dramatic Writing from NYU. Her work has been presented at The Fire This Time, The Bushwick Starr and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. She was a 2015-16 Dramatists Guild Fellow and is a 2017-18 Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow.
Logan Vaughn is a New York based artist and director. In 2008, Logan was awarded the Goodman Theatre’s prestigious Joyce Arts Fellowship in casting and subsequently worked as an Associate in the casting department for five seasons. Logan was Playwrights Horizons’ Director in Residence 2012-2013. In 2012, Logan was also named a Member of the Directors Lab, Lincoln Center. As a Director, she has worked with Geva Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Baltimore Center Stage, Mosaic Theatre, 59E59, National Black Theatre and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Logan most recently directed the World Premiere of Mat Smart’sThe Agitators at Geva Theatre.
Blood in Your Blood
by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by Lisa Peterson
Star-crossed lovers, fractured time, and a lusty troll are all connected to the violent, buried history of Cora’s family. In her quest to find out how, Cora discovers an enchanted tree that might have the answers tangled up in its roots. But once she digs up the past, what will she do with it?
A. Rey Pamatmat’s plays include Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them(Actors Theatre of Louisville), after all the terrible things I do(Milwaukee Rep), House Rules (Ma-Yi) and Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Second Generation). He co-directs the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and was a PoNY, Hodder and Princess Grace Fellow.
Lisa Peterson has directed world premieres by Donald Margulies, Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Jose Rivera, Naomi Wallace, Chay Yew, Jane Anderson, Luis Alfaro, and many others at theaters including NYTW, The Public, The Vineyard, Taper, Guthrie, ATL, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, McCarter, and more. She is currently Associate Director at Berkeley Rep.
by Kamal Khalladi
directed by Latefa Ahrrare
Angels don’t fly over Casablanca anymore. Casablanca is not a city of love anymore. It offers its inhabitants only frustration and despair. This play mixes humor and tragedy to tell the story of defeated, broken, and fragile characters, hysterically rushing toward their own ends.Casablanca is a story of sex, money and power, the trinity that destroys people and makes them destroy each other.
Kamal Khalladi is a Moroccan Award-winner playwright. He’s an alumni of PEN World Voices, as well as of the The Royal Court Theatre’s international program. His play Damage was presented in London, Beirut, NYC and Morocco; and his solo pieces, Visa and Salmon Meal, were published in Arabic and English. In 2017, Kamal was a Fellow at the Sundance Institute Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation.
Latefa Ahrrare is a Moroccan actress and theatre director. She is also the director of Cont’N’Art, a multidisciplinary performance venue. Letfa has received many awards in local and in international festivals for her outstanding career in theatre, TV, and cinema. She is also a cultural activist and a founding member of many NGOs, working on promoting the culture of human rights and freedom in Morocco.
Diary of a Chimera
Written & Performed by Intissar Chaabani
Directed by Racha Baroud
Diary of a Chimera is the story of the impossible mourning of a woman who discovers a family secret forcing her to revisit her life and the shadows in her relationship to the father, men, her own body, and to life. This journey leads to the abolishment of any rational notion of space and time.
Intissar Chaabani taught Arabic and French in Tunisia before moving to Paris, where she studied philosophy and psychology, and worked in socio-professional integration. Since 2008, she’s been working as a real estate agent. Intissar writes lyrics and poems, and has been doing theater since 1979.
Racha Baroud is a Lebanese director, actor, and performer. After her M.A. in Theatre Studies, she directed her first in-site performanceToday was my birthday (A Musical Tribute to Tadeusz Kantor); she also performed in several plays and short films, in addition to regular training in voice and body performance with world artists. Her personal work is mainly focuses on memory, sacred, death and sound.
Night (working title)
Conceived & choreographed by Ali Chahrour
Night tackles the poetry, aesthetics, and violence of Love as a concept, and the transformation of its expression from the pre-Islamic age of Jahiliyyah through Islam up through our contemporary societies. Nightfocuses on stories of transgression of the borders of religion, race, and gender; and it seeks to question the intimacy of this feeling within the context of hatred. In this performance, bodies strive to create new beginnings, only to find themselves unable to reach peaceful endings.
Influenced by contemporary European dance techniques, Ali Chahrourstudies the movement in its relation to societies’ memory and local contexts and identities. His work also relies on the Islamic and Shiite religious rituals and practices, especially in his recent trilogy: Fatmeh,Leila’s Death, and May He Rise and Smell the Fragrance. Ali is a graduate of the Theatre Department at The Lebanese University. Ali was a Fellow at the 2017 Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat.
Written & directed by Hani Sami
Art direction by Sherif Samy
The Rabbits is a psychedelic journey through the unconscious of both Hamdy, its main character, and Cairo, its playground. In it, Hamdy ventures into his utmost fears and faces his personal demons when he finally decides to take action in his life and follow his desire.
Hani Sami is a film and theatre maker based in Cairo. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from the American University in Cairo, and a M.A. in Film Directing from the University of Jean-Jaurès in Toulouse. In his work, Hani is always experimenting with mixing different artistic media to create new hybrid forms of storytelling.
Sherif Samy is a Cairo-based visual artist and creative director. He holds a B.A. in fine arts from Helwan University in Cairo. His works blur the boundaries between traditional painting and digital art. With his passion for storytelling, Sherif started to introduce new flavours to his artworks using different types of visual tools.
by Martyna Majok
A Cubist play about love(rs) and Dreamers, set in pre-DACA America.
Martyna Majok’s plays include queens (LCT3/Lincoln Center), Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown) and Ironbound(Steppenwolf, WP/Rattlestick). Honors include The Greenfield Prize, Lanford Wilson Prize, Helen Merrill Award, Lilly Award, Helen Hayes Award, Jean Kennedy Smith Prize, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, The Lark’s PoNY Fellowship and The Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.
Untitled Narcissister Project
Written by Narcissister with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Performance and visual artist Narcissister develops an evening length spectacle about families, bodies, sex, anonymity and rupture in collaboration with playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. This project is a commission of Soho Rep.
Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer. Masked and merkin-ed, she works at the intersection of dance, art and activism in a range of media including film, video art and experimental music. She has presented work worldwide at festivals, nightclubs, museums and galleries. She won “Best Use of a Sex Toy” at The Good Vibrations Erotic Film Festival, a Bessie Award nomination for the theatrical performance of Organ Player, Creative Capital and United States Artists Awards, and interested in troubling the popular entertainment and experimental art divide, she appeared on America’s Got Talent. She is a 2017 Sundance Film Festival alumna.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ plays include Everybody (Signature Theater),Neighbors (Public Theater), An Octoroon (Soho Rep, OBIE Award for Best New Play), Appropriate (Signature Theater, OBIE Award for Best New Play), and Gloria (Vineyard Theater, Pulitzer Prize finalist). He is a Residency Five playwright-in-residence at the Signature Theatre and the recipient of a 2016 MacArthur fellowship, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, and the inaugural Sundance Institute Tennessee Williams Award. He is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School, holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and is an associate director of the Playwriting MFA program of Hunter College, City University of New York.
Asiimwe Deborah Kawe is an award winning playwright, producer and performer. Currently, the Kampala International Theatre Festival Artistic Director, and Sundance Institute Theatre Program Associate, Asiimwe worked with Sundance Theatre Program, leading the East Africa Initiative. She received a B.A. in Theatre and an M.F.A in Writing for Performance.
Bashar Murkus is a Palestinian playwright and director and founding ensemble member of the Khashabi Theatre in Haifa. His work has been seen in Palestine, France, Belgium, Tunisia, Ireland, Swiss the US. Murkus studied theatre at the University of Haifa, where he now teaches acting and directing.
The Sundance Institute Theatre Program is supported by an endowment from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with generous additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Time Warner Foundation; Perry and Martin Granoff; National Endowment for the Arts; Wendy vanden Heuvel; John and Marcia Price Family Foundation; LUMA Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; Wyncote Foundation.
Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Boyhood, Swiss Army Man, Manchester By the Sea, Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, Life, Animated, Sonita, 20 Feet From Stardom, Beasts of the Southern Wild ,Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute onFacebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Meet the 2017-18 Many Voices Fellows and Mentee
Please help us welcome 2017-18 Many Voices Fellows Stacey Rose and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and Many Voices Mentee Julia Gay.
The Many Voices program, which was created in 1994 and significantly expanded in 2013, will see another increase in funding from the Jerome Foundation for the incoming fellows, from $12,500 to $18,000, plus $2,000 in play development funds.
The Many Voices Fellowship is for early-career writers of color. The fellows receive dedicated support from Many Voices Coordinator Christina Ham and introductions to theater leaders in the Twin Cities and Chicago. One fellow each year must be Minnesota-based, and both writers spend a year-long residency in Minnesota. Previous recipients include Sharif Abu-Hamdeh, Benjamin Benne, Marisa Carr, Cristina Castro, Janaki Ranpura, Harrison David Rivers, James Anthony Tyler and Josh Wilder. The Playwrights’ Center’s 2017-18 Many Voices Fellows are:
- Stacey Rose, a theater artist from Elizabeth, New Jersey, who has presented work at The Fire This Time Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and others. Rose earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU where she was honored with The Goldberg Prize for her play “The Danger.”
- Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, a Minnesota-based writer whose work is focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices, and whose award-winning play Kung Fu Zombies Vs. Cannibals premiered with Mu Performing Arts in 2013.
The Many Voices Mentorship awards a Minnesota-based beginning playwright of color with individually-curated writing and play development services and a $2,000 stipend. The Playwrights’ Center’s 2017-18 Many Voices Mentee is Julia Gay, a writer, performer and dancer who was part of the Transatlantic Love Affair ensemble who devised Promise Land (Guthrie Theater, January 2017) and whose one-woman show motherlanded premiered in 2016 in Pangea World Theater’s Emerging Artist Series.
(See also: 2017-18 Jerome Fellows announcement)
Stacey Rose is a theater artist from Elizabeth, NJ by way of Charlotte, NC. She earned a B.A. in Theatre from UNC Charlotte and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at NYU where she was honored with The Goldberg Prize for her play “The Danger.” Stacey has presented work at The Fire This Time Festival, The Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Mosaic Theater and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. She was a 2015-16 Dramatist Guild Fellow and served as writers assistant and script coordinator for “She’s Gotta Have It,” The Series. Stacey’s work celebrates and explores Blackness, Black identity, Black history, and the dilemma of life as the “other.” www.staceytherose.com
SAYMOUKDA DUANGPHOUXAY VONGSAY
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American poet and playwright. Her theater work has been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Mu Performing Arts, Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists, and Theater Unbound. She is a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices fellow, a Mu Performing Arts New Performance fellow, a Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion fellow, a VERVE Grant for Spoken Word Poets recipient, and an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation scholar. www.SaymoukdaTheRefugenius.com
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is hosting its annual TheaterJAM on
Saturday, March 25th from 3pm – 10pm.
Join us for excerpts of new plays by Rattlestick alums, Middle Voice artists, Actor/Writer Lab artists, and new writers to the Rattlestick community.
Curated by Rattlestick’s Lit Team and presented with Rosalind Productions, lead artists include Keith Josef Adkins, Mary Bacon, Alex Borinsky, Sam Chanse, Julissa Contreras, Cusi Cram, Mike Daisey, Emily Daly, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Antonio Edwards, Dominic Finochiaro, Morgan Gould, Willy Holtzman, Jaime Jaget, Tori Keenan-Zelt, Florencia Lozano, Jessica Moss, Dael Orlandersmith, José Rivera, Stacey Rose, Abby Rosebrock, Melissa Ross, Keith Randolph Smith, Daniel Talbott, Lucy Thurber, David Zheng.
The Immortal Lives of Black Women
March 18th 2017
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
The Black female body has a long history of being subjugated through slavery and medical science. This roundtable discussion will focus on what progress has been made to reclaim the physical body and identity of black women.
The panel features black women who lend historic, artistic, medical and spiritual perspective, including:
Marcia Jones – Visual/Performance artist
Michaela Pilar Brown – Visual/Performance artist
Morgan Maxwell – Researcher and Health Prevention specialist.
Roni Nicole Henderston – Photographer/Filmmaker
Lashaya Howie – Scholar of Af. Am. Studies and Anthropology
Kelley Carboni-Woods – Author and Yoga instructor.
The panel will be moderated by Stacey Rose, a Charlotte/New York based theatre artist whose work focuses on Black identity and the dilemma of the “other.”
See copy of live stream here!
March 6, 2017 @ 7:30pm
These playwrights are on fire!
The Amoralists fly the new standard of play development at ‘WRIGHT NIGHT, the FREE public event of ‘Wright Club. Doors open at 7pm, show at 7:30 sharp.
At ‘Wright Night, two club authors present new one-acts in a “dangerously staged” reading, and then sit down for our patented “anti-talkback” — an electrifying conversation about their plays and how they are made. It’s a one-of-a-kind playmaking experience.
ACT I : Playwright Stacey Rose with director Christopher Betts present Muva Death
featuring the martial acting skills of: T Thompson, Darell J. Hunt, Kalyne Coleman, Jordan E. Cooper, and La Tasha Stephens
ACT II : Playwright Lizzie Vieh with director Kristin McCarthy Parker
featuring the lethal talents of: Richard Thieriot, Analisa Velez, Asta Hansen, and Josh Frank
ACT III : The two playwrights debate the merrits of their efforts in a moderated conversation like no other. This is the “anti-talkback” that gives writers and audiences a new perspective on craft.
Good people. Honest work.
Stacey’s newest play:
America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of The American Negro
Will have its very first reading on January 18th at 7:00pm as part of Season 8 of The Fire This Time Festival
You should come. Here, get your $5 ticket.
Stacey is a proud member of the HomeBase Theatre Collective. It is a black artists initiative where artistic fellowship and unflinching exploration of theatrical works is used to open conversation and opportunities for the next generation of artists. Especially now, in the midst of massive political change and paradigm shifts on the social level, this collective could not be more timely. As young, informed, and politically engaged artists, we are actively telling stories and creating possibilities for a new generation of black theatre makers. Help us grow by contributing to our indiegogo campaign!
KISS MY BLACK ANGST 2
Conceived and Directed by: Stacey Rose
Written by: Dani Brockington, Iesha Hoffman, Carlos Robson, Boris Rogers, Stacey Rose, and Korde Tuttle
Tickets $28 – Available here
Want to know why “those people” are STILL so wound up about race? You’ll see when OnQ Performing Arts Inc. and the ever fictitious Media Omni, present to you the NEW face of KMBA! The KMBA 2 app! Join us for a live beta test of the app you simply MUST have on your phone, once we’ve worked out the kinks! There will be compelling reality shows like “The Real Hoteps of The Queen City” and “Cinnamon Love”! World premier visual albums from irrelevant 80s musicians! The Brunch Club radio show brought to you exclusively in CP time and much much more! This live beta test is available for a limited time only so get your ticket TODAY so you don’t miss the opportunity to see Ryan Lochte Whitesplain the secret of his success in front of a LIVE audience! What are you waiting for! Get your tickets … NOW!
The Black Jew Thing
By Stacey Rose & Alexis Spiegel
Directed by Logan Vaughn
September 25-26, 2016
(In conjunction with Satchmo at the Waldorf)
Two playwrights, one Black, the other Jewish, test the boundaries of interracial friendship the only way they know how – by trying to write a play. Brutally honest, utterly absurd and deeply tender, this meta-theatrical experiment leaves nothing unsaid.
New Ohio Presents
2nd NYC Indie Theatre One-Minute Play Festival
May 10 – 11, 2016 at 8:00PM
New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher Street
Buzz 1 + 5 + Enter to enter from sidewalk
New York, NY 10014
Between Greenwich and Washington Streets
1 to Christopher Street; A,C,E,B,D,F to West 4th Street, PATH to Christopher
One-minute plays by over 50 established and emerging playwrights who identify as part of the downtown or indie theatre community, prompted by #1MPF’s unique playmaking process.
The festival will feature works by:
Heidi Armbruster, Robert Attenweiler, Suzanne Bachner, Eleanor Burgess, Emily Bohannon, Suzanne Bachner, Kari Bentley-Quinn, JD Carter, Nat Cassidy, Tom X. Chao, Johnny Drago, Tim Errickson, Dominic Finocchiaro, Sharon Fogarty, Kevin R. Free, Matt Freeman, Cara Francis, Gina Femia, Benjamin Gassman, Morgan Gould, Emma Goldman-Sherman, Julienne Hairston, Chisa Hutchinson, Amina Henry, Julia Holleman, Nilan Johnson, Lindsay Joy, Rachael Jenison, Daniel John Kelly, Josh Koenigsberg, Deborah Zoe Laufer, David Lawson, Judith Leora, Yilong Liu, Jessica Luck, Mariah MacCarthy, Mackenzie McBride, Jeni Mahoney, Winter Miller, Diana Oh, Anna O’Donoghue, Nicole Pandolfo, Ming Peiffer, Duncan Pflaster, Isaac Rathbone, Mac Rogers, Tamara Rose, Stacey Rose, Kristine Reyes, Robin Rothstein, Susan Soon He Stanton, Nandita Shenoy, Sarah Shaefer, Caitlin Saylor Stephens, Jona Tarlin, Leah Nanako Winkler, Amy Witting, Emily Chadwick Weiss, Jenny Rachel Weiner, Lauren Yee, Victoria Keenan Zelt, & more!
Directed by Michole Biancosino, Pete Boisvert, Nathaniel Claridad, Annie Levy, Kyle Metzger, Meredith Packer, Brad Raimondo, Caitlin Wees, Jordana Williams, & Kat Yen
Curated by Dominic D’Andrea
The Goldberg Prize reading of The Danger: A Homage To Strange Fruit will be held at 7pm on April 8, 2016 at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Reception to follow.
Friday, April 15, Cathedral Arts Live presents: HUDSON COUNTY PLAYS, featuring work by playwrights Stacey Rose, Kat Funkhouser, Yasmine Rana and Rosemary McLaughlin, directed by Rodney Gilbert
Stacey is proud to announce that she will be joining:
Bixby Elliot, Ed Cardona Jr., Stephen Kaplan, Kristine Haruna Lee and Erin Mallon as a Brooklyn Generator Season 4 Playwright!
About Brooklyn Generator: From April to September 2016 these six playwrights will each take his or her turn at writing a brand new play in less-than-30-days! Stay tuned to learn more about them and how you can support them as they create new work! #thebrooklyngenerator #newplaysinlessthan30days
Stacey is pleased as punch to announce that her play Igniting The Alabaster YOU! will be read as part ofThe Bushwick Starr Reading Series!
When: November 23, 2015 8pm
Where: The Bushwick Starr – 207 Starr St. Brooklyn, NY 11237
About Igniting The Alabaster YOU!: Millicent Lane, revered lifestyle guru, has arrived in your city to empowerYOU, toward the igniting of your “Alabaster Self”, the fearless, all-knowing, all-seeing White Male who lives within us all and who is the key to sustainable happiness. Over the course of the evening Millicent, will guide her audience through the story of her struggle with identity and how she finally came to embrace her alabaster self … or has she?
About The Bushwick Starr Reading Series: The Starr Reading Series is a way for us to expand our community while we celebrate and explore the plays of the city’s most exciting playwrights. In four Seasons, we have featured the work of a diverse group of writers at all stages of their careers who are approaching writing for the theater in thrilling and unexpected ways. We are proud to continue to offer this ongoing series to our audiences FREE of charge!
Stacey, along with Tanya Evertt, Keelay Gipson, Jireh Breon Holder, Roger Q. Mason, Korde Tuttle, and Mia Witherspoon will put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard?) to create seven brand new 10 minutes plays for Season 7 of the Obie Award-Winning The Fire This Time Festival!
The festival will run from Jan 18-Feb 6, 2016.
The Dramatists Guild Fund and Program Chairs Michael Korie, Laurence O’Keefe, and Diana Son are proud to announce the 2015-2016 Class of Dramatists Guild Fellows. Five playwrights and eight musical theater writers were selected from over 150 applications.
2015-16 Dramatists Guild Fellows include:
France-Luce Benson Miami, FL
EllaRose Chary Gary, IN
Tim Duncheon San Mateo, CA
Greg Edwards San Carlos, CA
Ben Green Boston, MA
Rachel Griffin Springvale, Maine
Brandon James Gwinn Nashville, TN
Sylvia Khoury Westchester, NY
Daniel Lazour Boylston, MA
Patrick Lazour Boylston, MA
Jerome Parker Bronx, N
Jonathan Payne Los Angeles, CA
Stacey Rose Elizabeth, NJ
The Fellows Program, a nine-month intensive in New York, brings together playwrights and musical theater writers to develop full-length pieces by working with experienced theater professionals and artist mentors. Founded in 2000 byLynn Ahrens and Janet Neipris, who led the program for many years along with Stephen Flaherty and Susan Miller, the Fellows Program has been instrumental to over 100 dramatists early in their careers.
The Fellows Program:
The Fellows Program is supported by the Dramatists Guild Fund and administered by the Dramatists Guild. Each year, a select group of new theater writers are accepted into the nine-month program, which provides continued support and training through group sessions with theater professionals, one-on-one mentoring, and resources to build established careers.
Former Fellows include:
Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Academy Award winner, Frozen), Rajiv Joseph (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Tony nominees for Best Score, A Christmas Story), Deborah Zoe Laufer (ATCA Steinberg Award, End Days), and Adam Gwon (Fred Ebb and Richard Rodgers Award winner).
The Dramatists Guild Fund
The Dramatists Guild Fund is the public charity arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. Its mission is to aid and nurture writers for the theater; to fund nonprofit theaters producing contemporary American works; and to heighten awareness, appreciation, and support of theater across the country. Each year, DGF awards grants to nonprofit theatrical organizations across the country that produce works by American writers, provides emergency aid to writers facing illness or other unforeseen circumstances, and supports numerous educational programs and writing development opportunities for dramatists.
For more information visit: www.dgfund.org