Program Head, Charles Smith’s play Denmark is currently in previews at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Denmark is the inaugural play to open VG’s new production space, the famed Biograph Theater. From VG’s web site about the play: ” What is our commitment to fulfill our personal hopes and dreams, versus our obligation to a greater public good, at the time when the need for that greater public good is dire? With his distinctive flair, Charles Smith explores these provocative questions in his searing historical drama about freed slave Denmark Vesey, who in 1822, used his new earnings as a carpenter, not to free the woman he loved but to plan an extensive slave uprising in Charleston, South Carolina.” The play runs through November 12th.
Direct from Jackie Reingold (OU MFA 2004): “My first LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT will air on Tuesday, October 10th at 9PM. Actors include: Chris Noth, Julianne Nicholson, Eric Bogosian, Geoffrey Nauffts, Rosalyn Coleman, and Rocco Sisto. It’s directed by Jim McKay. Executive Producer, Warren Leight. I had a great time; it was crazy fun. If you see it, hope that comes through. Cheers, Jackie.”
A recent article explores Madness from the inside. Please visit the web site below:
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3rd-year MFA playwright Laura Jacqmin’s play BUTT NEKKID will receive a staged reading at The Side Project (Chicago) as part of their HARVEST Festival, Sunday, October 15, 10:30 AM. For more info, see http://www.thesideproject.net.
Aaron Carter (OU MFA 2005) and 3rd-year MFA playwright Laura Jacqmin have been selected as “Resident Playwrights” of Chicago Dramatists. From CD’s web site: “Since 1979, Chicago Dramatists, the playwrights’ theatre, has devoted all of its resources and programming to its singular mission of developing new plays and nurturing playwrights. Last season alone, Chicago Dramatists’ playwrights earned a record number of 624 productions, awards, commissions, readings, and other honors, at large and small theatres in Chicago and around the country.” http://www.chicagodramatists.org/
3rd-year MFA playwright Laura Jacqmin’s GOTHAM IS SAFE AGAIN! has been selected as the winner of Perishable Theatre’s 13th Annual Women’s Playwriting Contest. It will be produced at PerishableTheatre, Rhode Island’s Research and Development Theatre, in late October of 2006.
Jackie Reingold (OU MFA 2004) has just been hired onto the writing staff of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”. Jackie was here at OU a week ago for the OU Playwrights’ Festival as a guest respondent. Her previous TV credits include NBC’s “Miss Match” starring Alicia Silverstone, and MTV’s “Daria”. Keep track of what Jackie is up to at: www.jacquelynreingold.com
1st-year MFA Nick Sgouros will be on internship at 20th Century Fox this summer working on development of late night comedy programming. 1st-year MFA Joseph Gallo will travel to Japan this summer to study Kabuki theatre for an upcoming play he plans to write. 2nd year MFA playwright Laura Jacqmin has been invited to participate in the University Playwrights Workshop at Stanford University this coming summer, to workshop her new play BUTT NEKKID. 2nd-year MFA Merri Biechler will be traveling to numerous nationally recognized medical schools and meeting with specialists this summer using some of the $19,000 in Ohio University grant money she was recently awarded to research and write her new play about end of life and palliative care issues.
2nd-year MFA Laura Jacqmin’s HAPPYSLAP will be produced at the Contemporary American Theater Festival as their Actors’ Lab Production this summer, directed by Melissa Crespo, the current Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage. There will be four performances at various odd times and dates starting July 21, free to the public. Ed Herendeen, Artisitic Director of CATF, saw the play at OU’s recent playwrights’ festival and immediately requested it for his Actors’ Lab.
3rd-year MFA Christopher De Paola’s play STREETS COME KNOCKING has been selected as one of twelve finalists for Chicago Dramatist’s Many Voices Project. The Many Voices Project is a national competition/search to find new playwrights of color sponsored by Chicago Dramatists and numerous Chicago theater companies. STREETS COME KNOCKING will be read during a two-week festival running in Chicago, July 10th-23rd. (STREETS was Chris’s OU Playwrights’ Festival play this past month receiving a studio production in the Hahne Theater.) UPDATE (8/15/06) Chris’ play was selected in third place at the Many Voices Project.