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Fall ROUGH READINGS

The Rough Readings will always be Pay What You Can.

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October Rough Reading

Geetha Reddy's Untitled
Directed by Amy Mueller

About the Play

Working alone at night, a scientist makes an incredible discovery that challenges her beliefs and raises profound questions of right, ownership, responsibility, and power. This new play is the latest co-commission from Crowded Fire.

About the Playwright

Geetha Reddy is a five-time recipient of PlayGround’s Emerging Playwright Award. Her play Safe House premiered in 2010 at SF Playhouse. At Central Works she and Aaron Loeb collaborated to create Blastosphere! In 2008 Safe House was selected for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Sacramento’s Capital Stage’s Playwright’s Revolution Festival. Geetha’s plays Me Given You and Girl in a Box were part of the Playwright’s Foundation’s “In the Rough” reading series. She was awarded PlayGround’s June Anne Baker Prize in 2005 and has since received three Playground Alumni commissions. Her plays have also appeared in the San Francisco Fringe Festival, the Santa Rosa Quickies festival, Just Theatre Lab, and the Best of PlayGround Festival. Her short film OBIT is currently showing at film festivals nationwide including LA Shorts Fest. NYC Indie Fest, and BendFilm Festival. Geetha is a member of the Dramatists

November Rough Reading

Martín Zimmerman's The Stranger
Directed by Ryan Purcell, read by Catherine Castellanos*, Maria Candelaria, & Jomar Tagatac*

About the Play

A mother and daughter grapple with the disappearance of their son and brother through the medium of a stranger who seems to appear out of nowhere. He may or may not have known the young man, may or may not be lying, may or may not belong to them.

Set in the aftermath of a brutal South American dictatorship, this new work deals with the terrifying concept of “the missing”; young people stolen by shadowy government figures under a nightmare of totalitarianism.

Blending elements of magical realism and suspense, this work explores the heart of darkness created by autocratic dictatorships supported by the U.S. in the 1980’s, with parallels to current crisis in Mexico and other vulnerable populations.

About the Playwright

Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright whose plays include Seven Spots On The Sun, White Tie Ball, The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero, The Solid Sand Below, and Let Me Count The Ways, and have been produced or developed at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, LCT3, Victory Gardens Theater, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, Marin Theatre Company, The Playwrights’ Center, Alliance Theatre, A.C.T. (Seattle), PlayPenn, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, American Theater Company, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Chicago Dramatists, Primary Stages, Teatro Vista, Cara Mía Theatre Co, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Theatre Row, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Borderlands Theater, Source Festival, The Gift, Collaboraction, Red Tape, The University of Texas at Austin, and Duke University. A recipient of the Terrence McNally New Play Award, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation, Humanitas Prize New Voices Award, Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, McKnight Advancement Grant, Jerome Fellowship, Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellowship, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, and a Core Apprenticeship at The Playwrights’ Center, Martín has been the Alliance for Latino Theater Artists (ALTA) Artist of the Month, was a member of the 2011-2012 Playwrights’ Unit at Goodman Theatre, is a Playwright in Residence at Teatro Vista, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and has been a finalist for the Kendeda Competition, Heideman Award, and Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He is also a Staff Writer on the upcoming Netflix series Narcos.

The Rough Reading Season is Pay What You Can.

To RSVP email rsvp@playwrightsfoundation.org or call 415.626.2176.