We’re delighted to present a reading of the newest work by our 2013 P73 Playwriting Fellow, Caroline V. McGraw. Caroline has been working on several projects this year as the Fellow, including Ultimate Beauty Bible, which she’s also developed in part through Interstate 73 and our Summer Residency. We’re so proud to share the first reading of this play with you!
Ultimate Beauty Bible
by Caroline V. McGraw
directed by Stephen Brackett
with Cassie Beck, Ben Graney, Ryan McCarthy, Maureen Sebastian, Erin Wilhelmi, and Ariel Woodiwiss
The pages of Crimp magazine are filled with put-together women living their lives to the fullest. The editorial offices are filled with something quite different. Ultimate Beauty Bible is a dark comedy about sex, death, accessories, city life, friendship, and lipstick — all the essentials for a fascinating existence.
Caroline V. McGraw is the 2013 P73 Playwriting Fellow. Her plays include The Bachelors, The Vaults, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, Debut Track One Chord One Verse One (or, The Shed), The King Is Dead, and Trade. Her writing has been produced and developed around the country, including at the Cherry Lane Theatre by Young Playwrights Inc., the Abingdon by Highwire Theatre, Yale Cabaret, American University’s New Works Series, the Cleveland Play House Next Stage Festival, F*It Club/Interborough Rep, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, AracaWorks, Theatre4, the Intiman Theatre Festival/One Coast Collaboration, the Amoralists, Portland Center Stage, and Washington Ensemble Theatre, where Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys had its world premiere in Spring 2013. She is the winner of the Young Playwrights Inc. National Festival and the AracaWorks Graduate Playwriting Award. She is a New Georges Affiliate Artist and member of the Jam. She has mentored and taught playwriting at Yale, Horizon Theatre, New Haven Co-op High School, and Wesleyan University. Caroline is a native of Cleveland Ohio, and a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. She recently completed the MFA Playwriting program at the Yale School of Drama, where she studied with Paula Vogel.