A plethora of Young Playwrights female alums have been selected for exciting residencies and productions!
From New York:
Playwrights Horizons has announced the first five titles of its 2013-14 Off-Broadway season, to include three world premieres and two New York premieres. The dramatists are Anne Washburn, Michael Friedman, Marlane Meyer, Madeleine George [YPF93&94], Kim Rosenstock, Kirk Lynn, Will Connolly and Michael Mitnick.
Playwrights Horizons, based in a two-venue complex on West 42nd Street, is under the leadership of artistic directorTim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus. A sixth production for the coming season will be announced.
The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence
World Premiere of a new play by Madeleine George
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater
“Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning ‘Jeopardy!’ champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people — and machines — upon which we all depend.”
The play was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons. Click here for the full article.
and from Illinois:
The Board of Directors of The New Harmony Project (NHP) is pleased to announce the 2013 conference writers.
Writers in full development include: Deborah Yarchun [YPF06] with THE ALEPH COMPLEX; Susan Bernfield with TANIA IN THE GETAWAY VAN; Rebecca Gilman [YPF83]with SOUPS, STEWS AND CASSEROLES: 1976; Robert Ford with THE SPIRITUALIST; and MJ Kaufman [YPC03] with SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA.
Writers in residence include: Idris Goodwin (nationally-recognized playwright, author, spoken word performer); Mat Smart (award-winning playwright, co-founder of the Slant Theater Project in NYC); and Scott Teems (screenwriter/director, “That Evening Sun” and the forthcoming “Holbrook/Twain”).
“Every year at The New Harmony Project is a fresh one,” says Artistic Director Mead Hunter. “We aim to foster the growth of new plays that reflect the breadth and diversity of the world we live in— the challenges, the revelations and the hopes of American life today. In this way, the utopian ideals that founded the town of New Harmony live on; we offer you stories that show humanity seeking to realize itself, socially and spiritually.” Click here for the full article.
and then there’s California!
BERKELEY REP’S GROUND FLOOR AWARDS RESIDENCIES TO 27 AWESOME ARTISTS
New R&D facility for theatre picks 18 innovative projects for second sizzling summer lab
MARCH 18, 2013 – This June, as part of an extraordinary new laboratory for collaboration, some of the nation’s most prominent and promising writers, directors, and composers converge on Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Today, the renowned nonprofit announced 18 selections for the second sizzling summer lab at The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. During an intense four-week period, dozens of artists will live, dine, create, and collaborate at the Theatre’s new campus in West Berkeley.
From hundreds of applications, 18 projects featuring 27 innovative artists have been chosen. Residencies of a week or more have been awarded to Lucy Alibar [YPF01] (Beasts of the Southern Wild); Janet Allard [YPF89]and Nikos Tsakalakos (Driving West and Pool Boy); Todd Almond (Girlfriend) and Lisa Peterson (An Iliad); César Alvarez (Futurity); Jeff Augustin (Cry Old Kingdom); Hannah Bos, Oliver Butler, and Paul Thureen of the Debate Society (Blood Play and Buddy Cop 2); Sarah Burgess (Earthsiege: Commence); Jackie Sibblies Drury (We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…); Larissa FastHorse (Cherokee Family Reunion); Idris Goodwin (How We Got On) and Adam Mansbach (Go the Fuck to Sleep);Lauren Gunderson [YPF02] (Exit Pursued by a Bear); David Hanbury (Mrs. Smith Live at the Bowl) and Andrew Rasmussen (When a Man Loves a Diva); Kristen Kosmas (Hello Failure), Gregory S. Moss (Punkplay), and Paul Willis (Lascivious Something) of Rihanna; Victor Lesniewski (Where Bison Run); Mona Mansour (The Hour of Feeling) and Tala Manassah (The Letter); A. Rey Pamatmat (Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them); Nicholas C. Pappas (The Ballad of 423 and 424); and Heidi Schreck (Creature). Joining them to work on projects at The Ground Floor are respected directors such as Sarah Benson (Blasted), Kip Fagan (The Revisionist), and Maureen Towey (Finding Penelope),as well as numerous local and out-of-town actors. The Ground Floor is made possible by a $1 million grant from the James Irvine Foundation’s Artistic Innovation Fund with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.
The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, is a bold new initiative designed to raise the bar on the Tony Award-winning nonprofit’s already successful record of artistic innovation. Think of it as an incubator for theatrical start-ups or a top-notch R&D facility for artists. The Ground Floor promotes cross-pollination among artists and champions the spirit of innovation inherent to Berkeley and the Bay Area. Click here for the full article.
PS – Here’s two more!
Rubicon’s Plays-in-Progress series returns with performances on April 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th! The series that brought you Mating Dance of the Werewolf and Daddy Long Legs returns with readings of three new works. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see and participate in the creative process through which new plays are presented and reworked.
You are Here by Zakiyyah Alexander [YPC95]
Two Muslim immigrants move into a suburban area with small-town values and everything goes awry. A dark comedy about who gets to live the American dream, and what it looks like today. Directed by Stephanie Coltrin
Quixotic by Kit Steinkellner [YPF06]
In this hilarious modern-day adaptation of Cervantes’ classic “Don Quixote,” AArthur Quick arrives at the downsized insurance company where he works dressed in pots and pans. He hopes to rid the world of evil. Directed by Brian McDonald
23.5 Hours by Carey Crim
Tom Hodges is that teacher – the on the students adore and parents admire; the one who goes above and beyond to make a difference. But when a student accuses Tom of crossing a line, questions about and lives are splintered.
Join us for FREE readings of new plays and participate in post-show discussions with playwrights and actors, facilitated by Producer Karyl Lynn Burns and Dramaturge William Keeler. Then return for a second reading and see how the play has developed and changed. Rubicon’s Plays-in-Progress series returns, presented in association with Katharine Farmer, Sue and Simon Ruddick and Dead Posh Productions, London.