We’re wasting no time in 2013, diving into four developmental workshops of exciting new plays. It’s our annual Page 2 Workshop, where we give writers resources that go beyond one-day readings to help them develop new drafts and hear their work in front of a friendly audience. For the month of January, Page 73 will take up residence in the East Village at the 4th Street Theatre, where playwrights Kimber Lee, Cori Thomas, Kait Kerrigan, and Mary Hamilton will each work with a director and cast of actors to push their scripts to the next draft.
First up is Kimber’s play, which will have two public readings —
– reserve a free spot here!!
Different Words for the Same Thing
By Kimber Lee
Directed by Thomas Kail
With David Ayers, Jenni Barber, John Behlmann, Jordyn DiNatale, Alfredo Narciso, Kelley Rae O’Donnell, Larry Pine, Brian Quijada, Phyllis Somerville, Samantha Soule, Joe Urla, and Amy Kim Waschke
Monday, January 14th at 7:30pm
Tuesday, January 15th at 3:00pm
The 4th Street Theatre
83 East 4th Street
Tickets are free, however seating is limited. Reservations are required by clicking here.
It’s summertime in a small town in southwestern Idaho. Past and present reside uneasily in a complicated web of relationships among people living in the town, and the return of a prodigal child may or may not provide the release they all seek.
Kimber Lee has twice been a semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. She recently received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin Playwriting Program. Plays include fight, different words for the same thing, and brownsville song, and her work has been produced and developed by the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival (2012), the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program (2011-2012), Represent Playwrights Festival at ACT Theatre/Seattle (2012), The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis (Core Apprentice 2010-2011), Theatre of the 1st Amendment/First Light Discovery Program (2011), Great Plains Theatre Conference (2010, Mainstage Playwright), Theatre Masters National MFA Playwriting Competition (2009), Southern Rep (2011 Ruby Prize Finalist Reading), UT Austin Theatre & Dance (2010 Mainstage), and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company (2007). Her play fight received the 2010 Holland New Voices Award. Kimber has been a two-time Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, a Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Ruby Prize, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and the PONY Fellowship at the Lark Play Development Center. She is currently a Fellow in the 2012-2013 Playwrights’ Workshop at the Lark, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.
These additional Page 2 Workshops will receive development time this January:
Akosua Means Sunday
by Cori Thomas
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Reading Monday, January 21
By invitation only
Akosua arrives at an Upper West Side Supermarket after winning a Green Card Lottery in Ghana… A play about Americans, none of whom were born in this country.
Cori Thomas was a member of the 2008-2009 Interstate 73 writers group, attended our 2009 retreat at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and was a resident at the Page 73 Summer Residency at Yale in 2012, where she worked on an early draft of Akosua. Her plays include: When January Feels Like Summer (World Premiere City Theatre Co., Pittsburgh); Pa’s Hat (World Premiere Pillsbury House Theatre, MN); My Secret Language of Wishes (Mixed Blood, MN); The Princess, The Breast, and The Lizard; The Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures Waking Up; (World Premiere River Crosses Rivers, EST, NYC) Playing on Air-NPR; His Daddy (World Premiere River Crosses Rivers, EST, NYC); our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. Thomas is a lifetime member in Acting/Writing at Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC). She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, Member of ‘Wright on! writing group, Lark Play Development Center. She has received a grant from the Jerome Foundation and has been a Sundance Theatre Institute Fellow and a MacDowell Fellow. She was awarded the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award for Best New Play (When January Feels Like Summer) and the 2005 Theodore Ward Prize (My Secret Language of Wishes).
by Kait Kerrigan
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Reading Saturday, January 26
By invitation only
Disaster Relief questions what it takes to move on as two survivors reconnect after traveling to the ends of the earth in an attempt to forget a trauma that will forever link them.
Kait Kerrigan will be a member of the 2013 Interstate 73 writers group. She is a Brooklyn-based playwright, lyricist, and bookwriter. In 2006 her musical Henry and Mudge, which went on to win her the Kleban Award for Most Promising Librettist, was presented by Theatreworks USA. Her work has been developed and performed internationally. Her plays include Disaster Relief, Imaginary Love, Transit and we have to hold hands. Her musicals, written with composer Brian Lowdermilk, include The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, Tales from the Bad Years, The Woman Upstairs, Wrong Number, The Freshman Experiment and the forthcoming Republic. Kerrigan is an alumna of Barnard College, and a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and founding member of NewMusicalTheatre.com. For more information, visit www.kerrigan-lowdermilk.com.
The Building and Unbuilding of the Saxophone Sunset
by Mary Hamilton
Reading Monday, January 28
By invitation only
When Stanley learns that his only son has been accused of first degree manslaughter, he must decide whether to blindly defend his son or reveal details of his family’s past, risking his own incrimination.
Mary Hamilton was a member of the 2010-2011 Interstate 73 writers group and attended our 2011 retreat at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She has developed plays in Iowa City, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York City. She is currently a member of EST’s Youngblood and New Georges’ The Jam. The recipient of the Iowa Provost’s Fellowship, she participated in the 2010 Unplugged Festival at American Theater Company, 2009 Play Penn conference, 2008 Wordbridge Playwriting Conference and 2002 Young Playwright’s Incorporated. Her work has been a finalist for the Yale Drama Series, Lark Pony Fellowship, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Humana Festival, the Princess Grace Award and Julliard.