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Early February Rough Readings

by Christina Gorman

Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awardee

Directed by M. Graham Smith
Performed by Jeremy Kahn*, Justin Gillman, Juan Amador*, Rosie Hallet, Michael Wayne Turner, Sango Tajima, Devin O Brien

* Member of Actors' Equity Association


About the Play

1966. Twenty-year old Nick Edwards enters the Marine Corps with the barest notion of who he is or what he's worth. The Corps trains him, shapes him, and sends him to Vietnam. Only when Nick returns stateside does he meet his most dangerous foe: The Marine Corps itself. When loyalty and honor are rewarded with denial and silence, what is the immense toll it takes on a man's soul?

About the Playwright

Christina’s plays have been produced and/or developed at The Public Theater, American Blues Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Summer Play Festival (NYC), Capital Repertory Theatre, Samuel French Short Play Festival, Lark Play Development Center, and the New York International Fringe Festival, to name a few. Christina is a recipient of TCG’s Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Playwriting Award, Samuel French Short Play Festival Award, New York International Fringe Festival Award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting, and runner up for the Princess Grace Award. Her work is published by Samuel French.

Christina was an inaugural member of The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Ensemble Studio Theatre New Voices Fellow, Stella Adler Studios Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence, Women’s Project Playwright Lab member, and is currently an Artistic Affiliate at American Blues Theater.

Read our Interview with her here!

Late February Rough Readings

The Most Dangerous Highway in the World
by Kevin Artigue

Read our interview with him on our blog!
Directed by Evren Odcikin
A Producing Partnership with Golden Thread Productions
Performed by Kiran Patel, Terry Lamb*, Davern Wright*, Louel Senores (Sunday), Mohamed Chakmakch (Monday), Sofia Ahmad*, Jiya Khanna**

* Member of Actors' Equity Association **Child Actor

About the Play

A fearless eight-year old businessman makes his living selling fish and directing traffic with a coke bottle on the highway connecting Jalalabad to Kabul, Afghanistan. Soldiers, generals and ghosts are no match for this little fighter with a knack for surviving the toughest challenges.

About the Playwright

Kevin is a playwright and filmmaker. He’s a current member of the 2016 Interstate 73 Writers Group and recent alum of the Public Theater's 2014-2015 Emerging Writers Group. His play The Most Dangerous Highway in the World was featured at the National New Play Network's 2014 National Showcase of New Plays. The play will be produced by Golden Thread in San Francisco in May 2016 (directed by Evren Odcikin).

His plays have been performed and developed with the Public Theater, Theatre of NOTE, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Yale Cabaret, Iowa New Play Festival, Golden Thread, and the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, where he was a Core Apprentice. A graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Kevin was awarded a Provost’s Visiting Writer Fellowship at the University of Iowa, where he taught creative writing. Film: Holy Ghost People (SXSW Film Festival), Resistance (short).

March Rough Readings

by Steve Yockey

Read our interview with him on our blog!

Directed by Desdemona Chiang

Performed by Rinabeth Apostle*, Bekka Fink*, Eliza Leoni, Armando McClain*, Kat Zdan*, Patrick Kelly Jones*, Alexander Lydon

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

About the Play

One couple abruptly ends an illicit affair while another couple hangs on by a thread. No one's happy, people stop being nice, and blood spills in a story that uses violent myth and our expectations of "good neighbors" to explore what happens when escalating anger eclipses rational response.

About the Playwright

Steve Yockey is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the country, Europe, and Asia. His plays Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOON, Subculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman’s Wife, Wolves, Disassembly, and Niagara Falls & Other Plays are published and available from Samuel French. He was one of two writers selected for the first US/Australia playwright exchange in February 2013, sponsored by the National New Play Network and Playwriting Australia. His Bay Area credits include: Cartoon, Sleepy, Large Animal Games, Disassembly, The Fisherman’s Wife, Bread & Circuses (Impact), Skin (Climate), Octopus (Magic), and Bellwether (Marin). This season, The Thrush & The Woodpecker opens at Custom Made in San Francisco and Blackberry Winter runs as an NNPN Rolling World Premiere with productions at Actor’s Express/Out of Hand, Salt Lake Acting Company, New Rep, Forum, Kitchen Dog, Capital Stage Company, and Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Steve holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He currently contributes issues to the Zenescope comic book series Grimm Tales of Terror and writes for MTV’s Scream.

April Rough Readings

Br'er Cotton
by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm

Directed by Lisa Marie Rollins
Performed by Mujahid Abdul-Rashid*, Will Springhorn*, Latia Stokes, Giovanni Adams, & Martha Brigham*

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

About the Play

Lynchburg, Virginia. The former site of a thriving cotton mill is now an impoverished neighborhood. Deeply affected by all the recent killings of young black men like himself, Ruffrino, a 14 year old “militant,” incites riots at school and online. More and more at odds with his mother and grandfather, the boy’s anger grows beyond containment while the family home literally sinks into the cotton field, and no one seems to notice but him.

About the Playwright

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm is a playwright. That title is an indelible part of his character. Theatre is the filter through which he sees and interprets the world. As a playwright, Tearrance is interested in exploring the many facets of the African American experience. He feels that race is double edged sword, equipped with its advantages and shortcomings. It is the exploration of this theme that permeates all of his work.

His works includes Burning Books (MU New Play Series), Liddy's Samiches Potions & Baths (Arkansas Rep; Voices on the River), Vulpicide (MU New Play Series), Month of Sundays (Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival; NYC) and In Sweet Remembrance (Endstation Theatre Company and Sweet Briar College). Tearrance has also been published in interJACtions: 75 Monologues by some of America’s Finest Playwrights and Arcadia Magazine. He has worked closely with Endstation Theatre Company (Lynchburg, VA), Theatre Alliance (Washington DC), The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has held residencies at The Virginia Center for Creative Arts and The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Playwright Observer). Tearrance is currently an MFA Playwriting candidate at The Catholic University of America.

May Rough Readings

Kirk at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt
by Krista Knight

Directed by Becca Wolff
Performed by Warren David Keith*, Afi Ayanna*, Dena Martinez*, Elena Wright*, John R. Lewis*

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

About the Play

My aphasic father Kirk lives in the San Francisco Airport Hyatt with his nurse/girlfriend. He can't afford to live in a hotel but he's had a theory for the last 31 years that he is not going to live much longer. The catch is that he continues to. He lives every day, paralyzed and joyous, like he is going to die tomorrow. At his behest, I am writing a play in which my father is giving the audience a tour on his last night in the hotel.

About the Playwright

Krista Knight's work includes Primal Play (New Georges, Playwrights Center of MN), Salamander Leviathan (Joe's Pub, Ars Nova, Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival, Inkwell, KCACTF Musical Theatre Award from the Kennedy Center), Clementine and the Cyber Ducks (Ontological Hysteric Incubator, Hangar Theatre, Inkwell), Phantom Band (The Claque, Walden Theatre, Voice and Vision, Dixon Place), Anaerobic Respiration (Playwrights Center of SF, NYC Fringe Festival), and Un-Hinged (Wily West, Playhouse Creatures, WordBRIDGE), among others.

Commissions include YMTC with Dave Malloy, The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Case Western Reserve University Biomedical Engineering Department, The Assembly, Live Girls!, and Class Act. Krista has been in Residence at La Napoule Art Foundation, UCROSS, Yaddo, and MacDowell. BA: Brown University. MA: Performance Studies from NYU. MFA Playwriting: UC San Diego. Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007). Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011-2012). Alum of Youngblood, TerraNova Groundbreakers, Page 73 Interstate 73, and Civilians R&D Lab, and member of New Georges JAM. Krista teaches playwriting, screenwriting, and digital storytelling at SUNY Oswego. www.KristaKnight.com

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