In addition to plays, we also want to engage with our audiences with mocktail hours, play announcement parties, panels featuring playwrights and theatre artists who are currently working in American theatre today, and so much more.
April 8, 2021: Rachel has won the 2021 Yale Drama Series prize. Rachel will be reading from APOLOGIES… — the prize-winning play — at the slam! Congrats, Rachel! Learn more about the prestigious award, the play, and the playwright on Variety.com
April 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. central / 7 p.m. eastern
Join us on April 11 to hear playwrights Adrienne Dawes, Darcy Parker Bruce, Ian August, and Rachel Lynett perform monologues from their own work and vote on your favorites. Each of the playwrights will perform 3 different monologues from their own plays. Throughout the evening, audience will vote on their favorites and the winning playwright will receive a portion of ticket sales and the honor of winning the slam.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite or by season pass. This production — like all shows and special events in our 2020/2021 season — will be hosted on Zoom.
Adrienne Dawes (she/her) is a playwright, producer, and teaching artist originally from Austin, TX. Her full-length plays have been produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), Sacred Fools (Los Angeles, CA), and American Theatre Company (Tulsa, OK). Adrienne has recently developed new work with Salt Lake Acting Company, Queen City New Play Initiative, the Workshop Theater, the Fire This Time Festival, B Street Theatre, and Teatro Milagro. Adrienne is a 2020 MAPFund grantee and a current resident artist with Colt Coeur. Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ScriptWorks, and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater. Follow her online at www.adriennedawes.com or @heckleher
Adrienne will be performing monologues from her plays Hairy & Sherri, Denim Doves, and This Bitch: Esta Sangre Quiero.
Darcy Parker Bruce is a playwright, stargazer, and coffee enthusiast from New Haven, CT. You can find their play Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner through Broadway Play Publishing.
Darcy will be performing monologues from their play, Kingdom of Ghosts.
Ian August is an award-winning, internationally-produced playwright. His plays have been developed at the Powerhouse Theatre Festival, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Ashland New Plays Festival, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, New Jersey Repertory Company, Wordsmyth Theatre Company, the Garry Marshall Theatre, UC Davis Dept. of Theatre and Dance, the Philadelphia Artists Collective, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the NY and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and elsewhere. He is a founding member of the American Theatre Group’s Playwrights Lab, and a graduated member of PlayPenn’s playwriting lab, The Foundry. Several of Mr. August’s plays have been published by Sam French Inc., Smith and Kraus Publishing, and Pipeline / Applause Books. He was a 2019 Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts in Independence, Kansas, and a recipient of an Independent Artist Fellowship from the NJ Council for the Arts. Mr. August lives at a boarding school with one husband, two cats, and forty-six teenage daughters. ianaugustplaywright.com
Ian will be performing monologues from his plays THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING, EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO (TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, and RUN RABBIT RUN.
Rachel Lynett (she/they) is a playwright, producer, and teaching artist. Her plays have been featured at Magic Theatre, Mirrorbox Theatre, Laboratory Theatre of Florida, Barrington Stage Company, Theatre Lab, Theatre Prometheus, Florida Studio Theatre, Laughing Pig Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, Teatro Espejo, the Kennedy Center Page to Stage festival, Theatresquared, Equity Library Theatre, Chicago, Talk Back Theatre, American Stage Theatre Company, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Recently, Last Night and HE DID IT made the 2020 Kilroy’s List. Rachel Lynett is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Alfred University, the Artistic Director of Rachel Lynett Theatre Company, and the Executive Director for Page by Page.
Rachel will be performing monologues from their plays, Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You too August Wilson), Dear Helena, and Adored You.
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Surviving American Theatre: A Frank & Honest Discussion
September 5, 2020 at 6 p.m. central / 7 p.m. eastern
The panel will discuss what it means to survive and thrive in theatre as Black women playwrights, hard lessons learned along the way, and hope for what the American theatre can learn from the pandemic. Audience members will be able to ask questions during the Q&A portion of the event.
Tickets are available for $15 via Eventbrite; ticket sales will close at noon on September 5. Season subcribers do not need to buy a ticket for this event. For security purposes, your name on Zoom must match the name on your ticket. There are no refunds for this event — if you cannot make it, please let us know in advance if someone else will be using your tickets, so that we can know to let them into the meeting.
If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, please download the app at Zoom.us and get acquainted before the event, as we will not have time to troubleshoot once the event begins. For the best view on a phone, tablet, or desktop, choose Gallery View so that you can see all panelists.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS
Adrienne Dawes is a playwright, producer, and teaching artist originally from Austin, TX. She has been an Alice Judson Hayes Fellow (Ragdale Foundation), a Literary Fellow at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and a NALAC Fund for the Arts grantee. Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ScriptWorks, and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater. Follow her work online at www.adriennedawes.com or @heckleher
Candrice Jones is a playwright, poet, and educator from Dermott, Arkansas. Candrice writes love letters for and to women of the American South. Candrice is a VONA Playwriting alum and CalArts Critical Studies MFA recipient. She is the author of the full-length play, Crackbaby (2010 Wasserstein Prize Nomination) and FLEX (developed at the 2020 Humana Festival of New American Plays). She has been a resident fellow at Ground Floor housed by the Berkeley Rep, the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, and MacDowell’s Colony of the Arts. She is scheduled to be a resident playwright at Djerassi’s Colony of the Arts in the fall of 2020. Candrice, lives and works in Minneapolis where she has received a 2019-20 Many Voices Fellowship and a 2020-21 Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights’ Center.
Stacey Rose hails from Elizabeth, NJ and Charlotte NC respectively. Her work has been presented at: The Fire This Time Festival, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, National Black Theatre, Pillsbury House Theater, Barrington Stage Company, and Kansas City Rep. Stacey has held fellowships/residencies with The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights’ Center, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Goodman Theatre, The Civilians, and Tofte Lake Center. She had two plays featured on the 2019 Kilroys list, with a third listed as an honorable mention. Her play Legacy Land was on the 2020 Kilroys list. Stacey is a recipient of a 2019 Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Womens Commissioning Grant in partnership with Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. She is currently a staff writer for 9-1-1 on Fox. Stacey’s work celebrates and explores Blackness, Black identity, Black history, body politics, and the dilemma of life as the “other.”
Rachel Lynett is a queer Afro-Latine playwright. All of her plays are dark comedies that center on queer people of color and how they attempt to navigate through the various complexities of their existence. Her plays have been featured at Barrington Stage Company, Theatre Lab, Theatre Prometheus, Florida Studio Theatre, Laughing Pig Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, Teatro Espejo, the Kennedy Center Page to Stage festival, Theatresquared, Equity Library Theatre, Chicago, Talk Back Theatre, American Stage Theatre Company, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.