Stacey Rose Named Inaugural Winner of Barrington Stage Company’s Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award
Stacey Rose has been named the inaugural winner of the Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award, a new national play contest at Barrington Stage Company. Rose will be awarded $25,000, and her play America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro will receive a world-premiere production at the Pittsfield, Massachusetts, venue.
“There are few words for how honored I am,” said Rose in a statement. “Having the play produced as well meets and exceeds my wildest dreams for the world premiere of this play.”
Second-place winners Brent Askari (for American Underground) and Christina Quintana (for Citizen Scientist) will each receive $5,000 and a developmental staged reading.
Set in the not-too-distant future, America v. 2.1, according to Barrington, is a “day in the life of a troupe of Black actors who are charged with re-enacting the revised history of the once-thriving American Negro. It quickly becomes a day of reckoning as the troupe is forced to face the parallels their own lives draw to the lives of the very Negroes whose stories they are compelled to tell.”
“I want to thank Bonnie and Terry Burman for recognizing the importance of discovering and supporting vital new voices in the American Theatre,” said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. “Barrington Stage is thrilled to bring to life this summer Stacey Rose’s play, America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro, a provocative, uncompromising look at Black Americans in post-apocalyptic America, and both Brent Askari and Christina Quintana share Stacey’s sense of urgency in telling stories that need to be heard now.”
The Goodman Theatre has selected four Chicago-based female playwrights to participate in its 2018-2019 Playwrights Unit—a season-long residency dedicated to developing the work of emerging writers.
The 2018-2019 cycle includes playwrights Georgette Kelly, Dianne Nora, Marisela Treviño Orta, and Stacey Rose. Presented in association with Chicago Dramatists, the writers meet bi-monthly to discuss their commissioned plays-in-progress with the support of the Goodman artistic team. The residency culminates in a public staged reading of each new play in summer 2019. Plays developed in the Unit have gone on to receive readings and workshop productions in the New Stages series, as well as full productions at the Goodman.
Kelly’s play I Carry Your Heart received the inaugural Hope on Stage Playwriting Award, accompanied by a rolling world premiere, and Ballast was featured on The Kilroys List and received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play.
Nora is a playwright, dramaturg, theatre scholar and comedy writer who works in Chicago, Brooklyn, and Dublin, Ireland. Her full-length plays include Julie (25F), Western Country, In Rooms Such as These, Everybody’s Legs, Wasps, Ye That Dwell in Dust, Prodigal, and Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky.
Orta is a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer. Orta’s play Wolf at the Door will receive a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company, Kitchen Dog Theater, Milagro Theatre, and Halcyon Theatre. She is working on an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit and has also begun a new cycle of worst-case scenario plays—sci-fi thriller plays including WMB (pronounced “womb”) and Nightfall.
Rose is an alum of the MFA program in dramatic writing at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. While at Tisch she was the recipient of an AAUW Career Development Grant, was a Future Screenwriting Fellow, and honored with The Goldberg Prize for her play The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit. Her work has been presented at UNC Charlotte, On Q Productions, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The Bushwick Starr Reading Series (Igniting The Alabaster You!), The Amoralists Theatre Compay (Bones, Bonez, Bone$), Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (Muva Death), and The National Black Theatre (The Ballad O’ Nigg-O-Lee).
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
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
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
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.
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
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