The 25th Annual Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights’ Festival has officially begun! The featured, Thesis Productions of our Third Year MFA Playwrights premier this weekend, April 18th-20th, and run through next week, April 24th-27th in Kantner Hall on the Elizabeth Evans Baker Stage. To celebrate the opening of the featured productions, and leading up to the festival staged readings on the 25th, 26th, and 27th, we will be featuring daily spotlights on Ohio University’s nine MFA Playwrights.
Name: Jordan Ramirez Puckett
Hometown: San Jose, California
Undergrad: Northwestern University
Favorite play, TV show, movie, album, book, etc: The play that made me want to be a playwright is Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel. My favorite video game is Transistor, I actually listened to the soundtrack as I wrote To Saints and Stars.
“Fun fact” related to To Saints and Stars: The central relationship in the play is based on my real life long friendship. For Sofía’s journey to Mars I had to do a lot of research on space exploration. My favorite bit of research was listening to the Habitat, a podcast about six crew members who are locked up in a habitat in Hawaii for a year to mimic what life might be like on a mission on Mars.
Twitter & Instagram: @puckettplays
New Play Exchange: Jordan Ramirez Puckett
See Jordan’s staged reading of To Saints and Stars
Directed by Shelley Delaney
4:00 p.m. – Saturday April 27th, Forum Theater, RTV Building
10-all astronauts prepare for launch… 9-months and Zoe will be a mother… 8-years old, a promise we never wanted to break… 7-months, my one way ticket to Mars… 6-million hours staring up at the stars… 5-seconds left until launch… 4- years old when we first met… 3- decades of friendship and love… 2-peas in a pod until… 1-mission liftoff
In To Saints and Stars, Sofía’s life flashes before her eyes. In the face of almost certain death on the first manned mission to Mars, Sofía re-examines her lifelong friendship with Zoe and the age old conflict between science and faith.