The 25th Annual Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights’ Festival kicked off this weekend and continues this week! The featured, Thesis Productions of our Third Year MFA Playwrights premiered 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 are featuring daily spotlights on Ohio University’s nine MFA Playwrights.
Name: Devin Porter
Pronouns: He, Him
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Undergrad: University at Albany, B.A in English
Favorite Album: Illmatic- Nas
Fun Fact related to The Intermission: I love to learn especially about the unknown. After watching an ABC documentary on Rikers Island, I wondered what was the true purpose of the prison. To punish or To reform? Thus, the play was born.
Social Media: Facebook
New Play Exchange: Devin Porter
See Devin’s reading of The Intermission
1:30 p.m. – Friday, April 26th, Forum Theater, RTV Building
What does it mean to be mute? When an African American teenager, Rocky Carter, protects the only thing God has left for him, he goes from almost graduating high school to Dunbar, a super-max. On his birthday, with the help of St. Peter, the oldest security guard in Dunbar, Rocky must earn his birthday present in order to see the love of his life again. Through the process of listening and taking action, Rocky learns that being mute doesn’t mean you’re silent.