Ryan Patrick Dolan’ 16 first year play from OU’s MFA Playwriting Program, MORAINE, is currently having its world premiere in Chicago at CIC Theater. It is directed by Mary Rose O’Connor and runs March 28th-April 19th.
He had reading of it last summer at the Trellis Reading Series, which was also directed by Mary Rose O’Connor. “Moraine” features a alumnus member of Ohio U’s Black Sheep Improv group, Caleb Fullan. Congrats Ryan on getting this awesome play out there! If you are in Chicago, go check it out!
Here is more about the play:
Mark is trying to keep his best friend alive, his ex from leaving town, and his de facto family of twenty and thirtysomethings intact. Moraine is a play about what it means to be a family in modern day Chicago.
Info about the Production:
“Moraine” by Ryan Patrick Dolan
CIC Theater 1422 E Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
March 28 – April 19th Thursday – Saturdays 8pm Sundays, 2pm
Cast: Allie Kunkler, Becca Slack, Caleb Fullen, Joel Reitsma, Patrice Foster, Rebecca Sohn, and Terrence Sims
Ryan Patrick Dolan is a second year MFA Candidate in the Ohio University Playwriting Program under Charles Smith and Erik Ramsey. He has a B.A. in playwriting from Columbia College Chicago where he studied under playwright, Lisa Schlesinger. He writes dark, comedic plays that explore love and loss, passion and destruction. Stylistically influenced by his years of improvisation, acting, and the Chicago Storefront aesthetic, he challenges the American stereotypes of gender, race, and sexuality.
Dolan’s play, “Daddy’s Little Girls,” was named a National Semifinalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s 10-minute play competition, the THE GARY GARRISON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TEN-MINUTE PLAY. In conjunction with KCACTF, “Daddy’s Little Girls” also garnered him one of the eight, nationwide nominations for the National Partners of American Theatre Playwriting Award which recognizes “best-written, best-crafted script with the strongest writer’s “voice.”” His full-length play,“Moraine,” had a reading at the 2014 Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights Festival at Ohio University, and at the Trellis Reading Series at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Moraine is being produced at CIC Theater this March and April in Chicago, and is being directed by Mary Rose O’Connor.
Dolan produced four one-act plays written by three other Ohio University playwrights and himself called “10-4: The Truck Stop Plays” at CIC Theater in Chicago in the Summer of 2014. Dolan’s one-act “Burger King,” was directed by Ashley Neal. Ryan’s play “The Peace of Westphalia” was awarded the first-ever workshop production in the playwriting program at Columbia College. His ten-minute plays have been produced by American Theater Company, and Brown Couch Theater. Ryan was the dramaturg at RedTwist theater for Kimberly Senior’s production of “The Pillowman,” and Keira Fromm’s production of “The Lobby Hero.” Both were nominated for Jeff Awards for “Best Play” and “Best Director.” Ryan is also a 12-year veteran of the Chicago improv scene. He has primarily improvised at iO and Annoyance Theaters, but also has performed and taught workshops at numerous festivals and universities around the country with his groups Revolver and Pudding-Thank-You. He also teaches workshops to Ohio University’s improv group, “Black Sheep.” His acting credits include productions at Steppenwolf Theater’s “Next Up” series, TimeLine Theater, Collaboraction, Strawdog, and Wildclaw Theater.