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Monday, 5/7 at 7:00pm - Keith Josef Adkins’s The Eradication, directed by Candis Jones
Tuesday, 5/8 at 7:00pm - Jiréh Breon Holder’s In the Southern Breeze, directed by LA Williams
Wednesday, 5/9 at 7:00pm - Kia Corthron’s Slingshot, directed by Laurie Woolery
Thursday, 5/10 at 7:00pm - Miranda Rose Hall’s The Hour of Great Mercy, directed by Kevin Hourigan
Friday, 5/11 at 7:00pm - Jaime Jaget’s The Villagers, directed by Jenna Worsham
Saturday, 5/12 at 12:00pm - Basil Kreimendahl’s Sadie River's Drag Ball On The Lawn, directed by Will Davis
Saturday, 5/12, 3:00-9:00pm: THEATERJAM
The F*CK!NG GOOD PLAYS FESTIVAL is generously supported by Peter Emch, and is part of Rattlestick's New Voices/New Works Program, presented in partnership with Rosalind Productions, Inc.
ABOUT THE PLAYS
The Eradication by Keith Josef Adkins.
It’s the year 2021. The president has been assassinated and the country’s in chaos. A rogue and rebel group is also killing Black people. An aging Black man and his adult son barricade themselves in their rural home, anticipating the incoming doom. However, things turn when two teenager show up at their doorstep. We quickly discover the two men must face another danger—the repercussions of their past.
FEATURING: Daniel Davila, Bjorn DuPaty, Doron JéPaul, Kevin Mambo, and Lauren Walker
In the Southern Breeze by Jiréh Breon Holder
When a runaway slave gets lost in a mysterious forest, an Absurdist drama ensues. In the Southern Breeze offers a challenging look at how our society has treated and continues to treat African American men.
FEATURING: McKinley Belcher III, Erron Crawford, Edison Diaz, Jeremy O. Harris, Morocco Omari, and Ruffin Prentiss
Slingshot by Kia Corthron
After a negligent manufacturing defect causes a terrible accident at work, Malik must live with the inevitable consequences. Lawyer Laurel's confident, comfortable life is challenged when she meets Malik’s father Gid. In a nation where lawsuits have been equated with greed, how can Gid attain compensation and justice comparable to human life?
FEATURING: Erron Crawford, Gina Daniels, Ted Deasey, Kevin R Free, Michael Genet, April Matthis, and Gregarious Reid
The Hour of Great Mercy by Miranda Rose Hall
Ed, a Jesuit priest, returns to the icy and isolated community of Bethlehem, Alaska, in a last-ditch effort to reconcile with his estranged family. Upon arrival, he finds a town still shaken by a tragedy that struck five years ago. As Ed and the community test the limits of their capacity to forgive, Ed unexpectedly falls in love with a stranger beneath the starry Alaskan sky.
FEATURING: Charlotte Booker, Lydia Gaston, Michael Laurence, Alfredo Narciso, Tara O'Con, and Richard Topol
The Villagers by Jaime Jaget
Just weeks before leaving for college, Regan runs into Eddie late one night on the shores of their small northeast town. Their encounter pulls her world apart. Now as waves of past and present collide, Regan’s forced to ask the water – can she ever really leave?
FEATURING: Edison Diaz, Grace Fjortik, Leslie Fray, and Joshua Leonard
Sadie River's Drag Ball On The Lawn by Basil Kreimendahl
Sadie River is alive and well in Louisville, Kentucky and she’s sick of being disregarded and poor! The Mother of an unconventional, down-and-out drag house, Sadie takes her family on a tour de force of capitalistic-realness! Can you pass?
FEATURING: Hannah Bos, Paige Gilbert, Nathan Lee Graham, and Nick Lawson
ABOUT THE WRITERS
KEITH JOSEF ADKINS is a playwright, screenwriter and artistic director. Some of his plays include The Fight of a Migrant, The People Before The Park, Pitbulls, Safe House. Keith received Samuel French’s inaugural Award for Impact and Activism in the Theater Community. He’s a 2015 Helen Merrill Playwright Award recipient and a National Black Theater’s Teer Spirit Awardee. He’s the artistic director of The New Black Fest, an organization dedicated to new and provocative playwriting and discussion from the African Diaspora. Keith currently writes for Katori Hall’s new TV drama for Starz. He also wrote for Shondaland’s For The People on ABC and CBS’ The Good Fight. He’s currently developing a feature film.
KIA CORTHRONwas the 2017 resident playwright of Chicago’s Eclipse Theatre. Productions at Playwrights Horizons, BAM, ATL/Humana, EST Marathon, NY Theatre Workshop, Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, NY Stage and Film, Baltimore's Center Stage, Goodman Theatre, MTC, Hartford Stage, London’s Royal Court and Donmar Warehouse. Windham Campbell Prize, USArtists, McKnight National Residency, Daryl Roth Creative Spirit, NEA/TCG, Kennedy Center Fund. TV: The Jury, The Wire. Dramatists Guild Council, New Dramatists alum, Authors Guild. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter was the winner of the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
MIRANDA ROSE HALL is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. She has read or developed her work with Rattlestick, The Playwright's Realm, New York Theater Workshop, Woolly Mammoth, Baltimore Center Stage, NNPN, the Kennedy Center, and Orlando Shakespeare Theater. She is resident playwright with LubDub Theatre Co., which is currently developing work with the Orchard Project Greenhouse. She earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and currently teaches at Georgetown University.
JIRÉH BREON HOLDER currently serves as the Playwriting Fellow at Emory University. He is an Atlanta area playwright, director, and dramaturg. He is also a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, Iowa. His plays include Too Heavy for Your Pocket (Roundabout Theatre Company production, Alliance Theatre production, Kendeda Playwriting Prize, Edgerton Foundation Award, & Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award), The Dancing Granny (Alliance Theatre production), and Some Bodies Travel (co-written with Tori Sampson.) His plays have been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Kennedy Center, Old Globe Theatre, and Yale School of Drama. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. B.A.: Morehouse College. www.JirehBreonHolder.com
JAIME JAGET is a New York City-based Playwright. Growing up in a small Long Island town, she is interested in the weight of generations. She is the former Managing Director of the Middle Voice at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Writing Credits include: ’94 Letters to Your Father (Theater Jam V, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, dir. Jenna Worsham), SonnyBoy (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Shift (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, dir. Jenna Worsham), The Villagers (Middle Voice at Rattlestick) & Mrs. Swenson (Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, dir. Eddie Prunoske).
BASIC KREIMENDAHL is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. His plays have won several awards, including the Rella Lossy Playwright Award and a National Science Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Kreimendahl has been commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions Program, and by Actors Theatre of Louisville. We’re Gonna Be Okay had its world premiere at the 2017 Humana Festival and subsequent productions around the country. Kreimendahl's play Orange Julius was developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and had its New York premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, in a co-production with P73. Kreimendahl’s plays have also been produced or developed by New York Theatre Workshop, Ryder Farm, American Theater Company, Victory Gardens Theater, The Lark, La Jolla Playhouse, and Labyrinth Theater Company. They have been a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow and a McKnight Fellow and received an Art Meets Activism Grant for work with the trans community in Kentucky. Kreimendahl’s work has been published by Dramatic Publishing and HowlRound. They received their M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 2013.