Check out alum Sarah Bowden’s new play in Chicago this week!
Below is an announcement about it by Rachel Bykowski, current third year playwright and Literary Manager of 20%theater:
“I’m sure some of you have heard that my theatre company 20% Theatre Company Chicago is doing something a little different this season. For our 14th season, we are featuring 20 new plays written by 20 emerging female playwrights. We just wrapped up our Snapshots 10-minute play festival in August and are now kicking off our workshop presentation series with the new play Lively Stones by Sarah Bowden.
Sarah is a fellow Ohio MFA Playwriting alum and currently living in Chicago. When Sarah first shared with me her script for Lively Stones I was blown away by her heartbreaking subtleties in this insightful play as Sarah’s characters demonstrate how no matter if it is the 1600’s or the 2000’s, we as women are still in a battle for the right to have control over our own bodies.”
Here is more about the play: Tired of delivering babies and doling out witch hazel in her living room, midwife Anne Hutchinson pines for Planned Parenthood: circa 1636. When Massachusetts founder John Winthrop announces his plans to run for governor, Anne agrees to support his election — if he’ll grant her the land to build a women’s clinic in Boston. Amid mounting campaign promises, she becomes one pebble in a full bucket, and Anne must figure out how to lay her clinic’s cornerstone while stemming the suspicions of the colony’s most important citizen. Lively Stones was a participant in the 2016 DarkRoom.
Congratss Sarah! Come see the Workshop Presentation of Lively Stones starting September 14th!
September 14th – 17th, 2016
Berry United Methodist Church (4754 N. Leavitt), Chicago, IL
Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00.
More about Sarah
Sarah Bowden is a teaching artist, whose plays have been produced in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Stockholm. Her work has been developed and presented by the Painted Bride Art Center, the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, the Nylon Fusion Theatre, Monkeyman Productions, the Greenhouse Theater Center, the Chicago Madness Collective, and Ohio University. Her full-length The Magnificent Masked Hearing Aid was listed as a semi-finalist in several theatre festivals, including the Capital Repertory Next Act! New Play Summit, the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s nuVoices Festival, the Activate Midwest New Play Festival and the Elgin Cultural Commission Page to Stage Program. The script received Honorable Mention in the American Blues Theater Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Sarah has won the White-Howells English Prize for Drama and the Margaret W. Baker Prize for Fiction, was a finalist in the Route 66 Theatre Test Drive Workshop, and a semi-finalist for the Stage Left Theatre Playwright Residency. She has developed her work as a finalist in the International Thespian Festival’s Playworks program. She has completed internships with Chicago Dramatists, Northlight Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, the Wilma Theater, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Ohio University and B.A. in directing and creative writing from Beloit College, and teaches theatre and composition at Benedictine University and Prairie State College.