2006 Ohio University Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights’ Festival
Eric Coble’s plays include “The Velocity of Autumn” (Broadway premiere at the Booth Theatre, starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, directed by Molly Smith), “Fairfield”, “Southern Rapture”,“Bright Ideas”, “The Dead Guy”, “My Barking Dog”, “A Girl’s Guide to Coffee”, and “The Giver” and have been produced Off-Broadway, in all fifty states of the U.S., and on several continents, including productions at Manhattan Class Company, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Asolo Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Coterie Theatre, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Stages Repertory, Geva Theatre, and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Awards include the AATE Distinguished Play Award for Best Adaptation, an Emmy nomination, the Chorpenning Playwriting Award for Body of Work, the AT&T Onstage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, a TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, the Cleveland Arts Prize, two Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Fellowships, and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants.
Ed Herendeen founded the Contemporary American Theater Festival in 1991. Through his leadership the Contemporary Theater Festival has produced fourteen world premieres, commissioned seven new plays, expanded its audience from two hundred to over eleven thousand, and has gained the reputation as one of America’s most important producers of new work. His directing credits include the following world premieres: The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa by John Olive, The Occupation by Harry Newman, Miss Golden Dreams, A Play Circle by Joyce Carol Oates, Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher, Carry the Tiger to the Mountain by Cherylene Lee, Octopus by Jon Klein, Psyche Was Here by Lynn Martin, What are Tuesdays Like? by Victor Bumbalo and Still Waters by Lynn Martin. Other CATF directing credits include The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard, Thief River by Lee Blessing, Something in the Air, Gun-Shy, and Below the Belt by Richard Dresser, The Wather Children by Wendy MacLeod, BAFO by Tom Strelich, Lighting up the Two Year Old by Benjie Aerenson, Beti the Yeti by Jon Klein, Shooting Simone Lynne Kaufmann, Alabama Rain by Heather McCuthchen, Black by Joyce Carol Oates, and The Swan by Elizabeth Egloff. In addtion to the CATF, Ed has worked in a variety of regional theaters including The Milwaukee Repertory, The Missouri Repertory, The Old Globe, The Lyceum Theater, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Ed has also served on the 2002 admissions committee at New Dramatists, NYC and as a panelist for the NEA.
Jacquelyn Reingold writes for theatre, television, and film. For television, she wrote for season one of NBC’s SMASH (Executive Producer, Theresa Rebeck). She worked on HBO’s Peabody Award winning IN TREATMENT season two, (Executive Producer, Warren Leight), writing the “Mia” episodes for Emmy nominated Hope Davis and Gabriel Byrne. Recent plays include: I KNOW in Ensemble Studio Theatre’s One-act Marathon and UP AND DOWN for Christine Jones’ Theatre for One. Other plays include STRING FEVER at Ensemble Studio Theatre, starring Cynthia Nixon and Evan Handler, also produced at Playhouse West in California, and in Washington DC at Theatre J. She wrote an episode of the serialized play, CEDAR CITY FALLS in 2010, created and produced by Liz Tuccillo. Her one-acts THEY FLOAT UP, and A VERY VERY SHORT PLAY were produced in ’10 and ’08 at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Another one-act 2B (OR NOT 2B) was produced at The Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2009. Her full length play, A STORY ABOUT A GIRL was part of the JAW Playwrights Festival at Portland Center Stage, Oregon. Her other plays: GIRL GONE, 2B (OR NOT 2B), ACAPULCO, FOR-EVERETT, DEAR KENNETH BLAKE, DOTTIE AND RICHIE, TUNNEL OF LOVE, JILEY & LEDNERG, JOE AND STEW’S THEATRE, LOST AND FOUND, A.M.L., and FREEZE TAG have been produced or workshopped in New York at the MCC Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, HB Playwrights Theatre, the Drama League at HERE, All Seasons Theatre, Atlantic Theatre, and the Working Theatre; in Los Angeles; at theatres across the country; in London, Berlin, Belgrade, New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong.
Other television includes: NBC’s “Law & Order Criminal Intent,” “Miss Match,” MTV’s “Daria,” and the Discovery Channel’s upcoming miniseries “Gold Fever.” Her screenplay adaptation of GIRL GONE was optioned by Beech Hill Films, and an original screenplay was commissioned by Palisades Pictures and director, Eric Bross. Her one-acts: A VERY VERY SHORT PLAY, I KNOW, and DEAR KENNETH BLAKE have been recorded for radio/podcast for Playing On Air.
Her awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) playwriting grant, commissions from Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation, New Dramatists’ Joe Callaway Award and Whitfield Cook Award, the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays’ Roger Stevens Award, two Drama-Logue Awards, and the Greenwall Foundation’s Oscar Ruebhausen Commission. She has been a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Heideman Award, the Denver Center Theatre’s Francesca Primus Prize, and received an Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers Award. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage Arts Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, and the Edward Albee Foundation. She is an alum of New Dramatists, and a current member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Jacquelyn’s work has been published in two “Women Playwrights: The Best Plays,” several “Best American Short Plays,” various “Best Monologues,” “Shorter, Faster, Funnier,” “Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays,” “The Quarterly,” “O, The Oprah Magazine,” and by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, and Smith and Kraus. A collection of her one-act plays THINGS BETWEEN US is published by Dramatists Play Service.
Jacquelyn has taught writing at New York University, Columbia University, Ohio University, Fordham University, Goddard College, the Stonybrook-Southampton Writers Conference, and Oberlin College. She has written and directed many plays with the Hell’s Kitchen kids of The 52nd Street Project. She has a BA in Theatre from Oberlin College and a MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University.
2006 Festival Line Up:
MFA Featured Production:
Streets Come Knocking
by Christopher De Paola
Directed by Melissa Hill GrandeMay 17-20 and 24-27 at 8:00PM
Virgina Hahne Blackbox Theater
Synopsis: Robbie is a Hispanic kid who takes boxing lessons from John, a Black ex-con. As their relationship develops, the streets stake their claim, and friendship blurs the line between survival and helping those you care about the most.
Thursday, May 25th
2:30PM The Monkey in the Middle by Beth Sager
8:00PM The Storytellers by Sarah Michelson
Friday, May 26th
2:30PM Happyslap by Laura Lacqmin
8:00PM Her Summer Fling by Merri Biechler
Saturday, May 27th
12:00PM The Original Drum Battle by Joseph Gallo
2:30PM Blondest of the Blondes by Nicholas Sgouros