Bianca Sams’ play “Rust on Bone” was one of four plays chosen for the Gulfshore Playhouse’s 2nd Annual New Works Festival in Naples, Florida. Sams, OU MFA ’14, will work with actors and director for a week before a staged reading of her play the weekend of the festival, Sept 4-7, 2014.
This Sunday night, May 11, a reading of OU Alum Jeremy Sony’s new play ‘Pathogenesis’ will be streamed live on the internet thanks to HowlRoundTV’s Livestream channel, http://www.livestream.com/newplay/ (visit the link and look for Upcoming Events).
Sunday, May 11
5pm PDT / 7pm CDT / 8pm EDT
Synopsis: A global pandemic, a dangerous cure, and a father / daughter relationship set to explode at the end of the world.
This reading is part of the Ingram New Works Lab at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville, where Sony has been developing his new play during the 2013-2014 season.
You can also read more about ‘Pathogenesis’ on Sony’s website at http://www.jeremysony.com/plays.html
Since it was established in 1965, the O’Neill “Playwrights Conference has developed more than 600 plays. During the Conference, playwrights live on the grounds of the O’Neill for a full month and each engages in a week-long process of rehearsals culminating in two script-in-hand public readings. Up to eight playwrights are selected for this intensive laboratory each summer. Conference playwrights represent a wide range of experience from those working on a first play to Broadway veterans; directors and actors have also worked on and off Broadway, in film, and in regional theaters, and represent emerging artists and seasoned professionals. Virtually every major American playwright has been part of the Conference, including Julia Cho, Rebecca Gilman, Regina Taylor, John Guare, Israel Horovitz, David Henry Hwang, David Lindsay-Abaire, Adam Rapp, Lanford Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein and August Wilson.”
THE IMAGINARY CRITIC WHO DOESN’T EXIST synopsis: Lacey runs what’s, like, probably the most influential music site on the internet – a site that can determine whether an act pops off or becomes an endnote in pop history. But when she uses the site’s clout to hype a gifted but controversial MC, it threatens to unravel everything she’s built. The Imaginary Music Critic Who Doesn’t Exist, a play with endnotes, is about aging out, authenticity, and what we’re willing to do to stay relevant.
Also see our earlier post about Robinson’s other spring projects.
You can check out TimeOut’s review of GHOST BIKE here.
GHOST BIKE is produced by hot, young theater company, Buzz22 Chicago.
Buzz 22 Chicago’s synopsis of GHOST BIKE: Ora and Eddie fell in love with Chicago on their bikes. But when Eddie is hit by a car and killed, Ora refuses to let him go. Instead, she rides beneath our city to bring him back, facing off against underworld gods and ghosts -some interested in helping her, some determined to get in her way. The more difficult her journey becomes, the more Ora must question what it is she’s journeying towards. In Ghost Bike, Chicago culture skitches off of Greek, African, and Chinese mythology, sparking a spirited mash-up of underworld and after-life as seen from the seats of fixies, BMX’s and ten-speeds.
Ghost bikes can be found in Chicago and in cities all over the country. Learn more about them at http://ghostbikes.org/chicago.
From their website: “Ghost Bikes are made from bikes and bike parts which are no longer rideable, painted all white, and installed where cyclists were killed by motorists. They are grim but necessary reminders of the hazards cyclists face on our roadways. They remember the victim and raise awareness of the need to combat reckless and aggressive driving and fix our streets to be safer for all users.”
It’s part of “The First Breath Play Reading Festival” taking place all week at the studio.
(In Ohio, nothing is worse than Kamchatka. It’s better to be in NYC to see this reading. )
On Wednesday, OU alumnus Chantal Bilodeau (red scarf) talked to current Ohio University playwrights in their Seminar class. Bilodeau is writing a series of eight plays called “The Arctic Cycle.” Each play takes place in a different Arctic country, United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia, and focuses “on the power of storytelling to investigate, and attempt to understand, the many challenges posed by climate change.”
Conversation topics covered a multitude of topics including developing voice, supporting oneself as a playwright, writing grants, the challenge of writing a series of plays on one particular theme and idea, and the similarities between Athens, Ohio and Manhattan (not really.)
The playwrights also read Chantal’s play, SILA, which is the first play of the Arctic Cycle and was commissioned by the Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. It’s won a slew of awards:
Honorable Mention from the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition as part of their Collaboration Awards, 2011.
First Prize, Uprising National Playwriting Competition (Canada), 2011.
First Prize, Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival, 2012.
Woodward International Playwriting Prize, 2014
Sila has an upcoming production at the Underground Railway Theater in April 2014.
Neal Adelman, second year MFA playwright, has been named a National Finalist of the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play for this year’s Kennedy Center American Theater College Festival. His play TARRANT COUNTY is one of three plays nominated.
The festival is April 14th through April 19th at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.
OU Alum Eric Coble‘s new Broadway play THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN is being produced by 92Y. Academy Award winner, Estelle Parsons, and Tony Award winner, Stephen Spinella, co-star in the Broadway Debut, which opens in the Booth Theater on April 1st.
92Y is holding a pre-opening discussion with Coble, Parsons, and Spinella on Wednesday, March 19th, at 8:15pm.
Check out Coble’s website: http://ericcoble.com/
For more information about THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN check out the show’s website.
Jacob Juntunen’s play SADDAM’S LIONS is published in a new anthology “Plays for Two: A Dazzling New Collection of 28 Plays for 2 Actors” by Vintage Press.
His work is included alongside David Ives’ Venus in Fur and plays by Steven Dietz, Halley Feiffer, Neil LaBute, Elizabeth Merriwether, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick, Doug Wright.
Check out Jacob’s website at jacobjuntunen.com.
OU Alum Cecilia Copeland has been very busy in New York.