NEW SONGS NOW
These seven plays are provocative, courageous, complex, and very very new. Most of these playwrights have yet to have a world premiere in NYC so you are privy to cutting-edge and not yet discovered voices that have been carefully curated by Rattlestick’s Literary Team of leading artists. The Festival will also include a special Alumni Jam night on September 14th where Rattlestick alumni playwrights, will share excerpts of new plays.
Sept 10 – Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s Draw the Circle
A dual love story for the ghetto. Stacks tries to fight his way out while Chino fights to stay and survive. Zheng is an active member in Middle Voice, Rattlestick’s Apprentice Company. Directed by David Mendizabal.
by Catya McMullen
Come Together NOW
–– Story-traveling through the West Village
Orange Julius – Main Stage
by Basil Kreimendahl
Previews January 11 for an opening January 22 and runs through February 13
Orange Julius received its world premiere on September 26, 2015 by Moxie Theatre Company, Delicia Sonnenberg, Executive Artistic Director.
It was developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2012. Preston Whiteway, Executive Director; Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director.”
BASIL KREIMENDAHL’s play Sidewinders won the Rella Lossy Playwright’s Award and had its world premiere at The Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Orange Julius was developed at the 2012 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and was included in La Jolla Playhouse’s DNA new work series. Basil was commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville for Remix 38 at the 2014 Humana Festival of New Plays. Basil’s plays have also been developed by New York Theatre Workshop, About Face Theatre, Inkwell, Rattlestick, WordBRIDGE, The LARK, and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Basil has been a Jerome Fellow and is a current McKnight fellow. A recipient of an Arts Meets Activism grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women for theatre work with the trans community in Louisville, Basil has taught playwriting to elementary, high school, and college students, founded and ran a playwrights group for queer youth in Louisville called Out On The Edge, and was the Provost’s Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa 2013/2014. Basil’s work has been published by Dramatic Publishing and was included in Xlibria’s Becoming: Young Ideas on Gender and Identity. The Cost of a Goat won a National Science Award at KCACTF in 2012. MFA University of Iowa, 2013.
DUSTIN WILLS is a NYC-based theatre director originally from Texas. Recent projects include O, Earth with The Foundry Theatre and AWFUL EVENT! with support from New York Theatre Workshop and Ars Nova. Dustin has developed and directed work with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Rep, the Ground Floor residency at Berkeley Rep, Berkshire Theatre Group, Paper Chairs, and Salvage Vanguard Theatre, and has devised new work for The English Theatre of Rome and Teatro L’Arciliuto in Rome, Italy. He is a two-time recipient of the Princess Grace Award and is a Drama League and Boris Sagal directing fellow. Upcoming projects include Blueberry Toast by Mary Laws at Echo Theatre in Los Angeles and Frontieres Sans Frontieres by Phillip Howze at the Bushwick Starr. MFA: Yale School of Drama. dustinwills.com
PAGE 73‘s 2015-16 season included the world premieres of Leah Nanako Winkler’s Kentucky, directed by Morgan Gould and co-produced with Ensemble Studio Theatre; and Max Posner’s Judy, directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll. Prior seasons included Clare Barron’s critically-acclaimed You Got Older, which was recognized at the 2015 Obies with awards for Playwright, Performance (Brooke Bloom), and Direction (Anne Kauffman) – each artist was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award, along with co-star and Tony Award winner Reed Birney; George Brant’s critically acclaimed Grounded, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll and starring Drama Desk nominee Hannah Cabell; and Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer, directed by Daniella Topol, co-produced with Ensemble Studio Theatre. Founded in 1997, PAGE 73 is the premiere home for the development and production of new work by early-career playwrights who have yet to receive a professional New York production, offering a crucial steppingstone at a critical, early point in their careers. Each year, PAGE 73 produces New York City or world premieres by early-career playwrights and offers a slate of new play development programs: the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, Interstate 73 writers group, and a week-long Summer Residency.
by Ken Urban
February 23- March 19
In the summer of 1992 in Medford, New Jersey, Adam and his gang of friends face life after high school. But when the fivesome encounter a mysterious visitor from another world, their lives are forever changed. A dark comedy about that time when everything and nothing seems possible.
Next Workshop: A Middle Voice Spring Development Series
March 20- March 26
New Work from Rattlestick’s Apprentice Company. After a week-long workshop, these Middle Voice artists will present works-in-progress.
Seven Spots on the Sun – Main Stage
by Martin Zimmerman
Directed by Weyni Mengesha (New York Directorial Debut)
MARTIN ZIMMERMAN is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter whose plays include Seven Spots On The Sun, White Tie Ball, The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero, The Solid Sand Below, and Let Me Count The Ways, and have been produced or developed at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Underground, LCT3, New York Theatre Workshop, Victory Gardens Theater, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, The Playwrights’ Center, Alliance Theatre, A.C.T. (Seattle), PlayPenn, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, American Theater Company, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Chicago Dramatists, Primary Stages, Teatro Vista, Playwrights Foundation, Cara Mía Theatre Co, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Theatre Row, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Borderlands Theater, Source Festival, The Gift, Collaboraction, Red Tape, The University of Texas at Austin, and Duke University.
A recipient of the Terrence McNally New Play Award, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation, Humanitas Prize New Voices Award, Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, McKnight Advancement Grant, Jerome Fellowship, Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellowship, and the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, Martín was a Staff Writer on Netflix’s Narcos, has been the Alliance for Latino Theater Artists (ALTA) Artist of the Month, was a member of the 2011-2012 Playwrights’ Unit at Goodman Theatre, is a Playwright in Residence at Teatro Vista, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and has been a finalist for the Kendeda Competition and Heideman Award.
MFA in Playwriting: The University of Texas at Austin. BA in Theater Studies, BS in Economics: Duke University.
THE SOL PROJECT is a New York City-based initiative catalyzing change via a national movement to provide productions by Latina/o playwrights, bringing the stories and culture of their community to the fore of the American Theater.
Founded by Artistic Director Jacob Padrón with a collective of producers, actors and directors, Claudia Acosta, Elena Araoz, Adriana Gaviria, David Mendizábal and Laurie Woolery, The Sol Project builds visibility by activating a synergistic network of off-Broadway companies and regional theaters, all committed to producing Latina/o stories and artists. By placing Latina/o plays in conversation with other works in the seasons of major theater companies, the project is slated to not only make a difference in the lives of gifted Latina/o playwrights but also to contribute a bold, kaleidoscopic body of work to what will become the new American canon.
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