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: Skye Robinson Hillis
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois by way of Boston, Massachusetts
Undergrad: B.A. in Theatre Directing from Columbia, 2011
Favorite play, TV show, movie, album, book, etc: Play – The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee; TV Show – The West Wing; Movie – The Big Chill; Book – Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett; Album – Rumors by Fleetwood Mac
“Fun fact” related to your play: This isn’t fun at all, but April 20th was the twentieth anniversary of the Columbine shooting. I’m grateful to be able to present this play this week of all weeks.
New Play Exchange: Skye Robinson Hillis
See Skye’s reading of Bury the Rest:
directed by Rebecca VerNooy
1:00 p.m. – Thursday, April 25th, Forum Theater, RTV Building
Following the death of their 17-year-old daughter Lucy in a mass high school shooting, friendly exes Margot and Colin find themselves at a moral impasse. Though deeply reliant on each other during the grieving process, Colin’s position as a Republican U.S. Senator makes it difficult for Margot and the rest of the family to reconcile the root of their grief with his continued support of the NRA. As they navigate the intimacies of their reforged relationship and rebuild themselves as a family, it may in fact be Lucy who decides their fate.