Ryan Dowler, author of The Gratifications, talks about how the play came about and the intense rehearsal process leading up to its studio production in EST/Youngblood’s Unfiltered 2012 (contains adult language).
In conjunction with Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Youngblood’s 2012 Unfiltered festival presents four new plays in studio production, including The Gratifications by Ryan Dowler (MFA ’10). Dowler’s play, directed by Andrew Grosso, stars Michael Cullen* and Chet Siegel*. The Gratifications was developed in the OU MFA workshop during Dowler’s third year in the program. In the play, Lailia considers her sex life liberated, but her father Ken sees things differently. When he refuses to cosign on a loan she desperately needs, Lailia sets out to prove that she’s the one in control of her life, even if it costs her the relationship she values most. The festival runs January 5-February 4, with each of the four plays showing multiple weekends. Visit the EST website for tickets.
*Denotes Member Actors’ Equity