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MFA Playwriting Festival of New Works

When Apr 25, 2017 07:30 PM to
May 13, 2017 02:00 PM
Where Loewe Theatre
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Staged Readings by Second Year Students
Reception To Follow Each Reading
All Readings are Free and Open to the Public
Reservations Recommended
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April 25-27 & May 12-13

Jump by Charly Evon Simpson

Director: Illana Stein
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 PM

Jump is about flickering lights, vapes that fall from the sky, and a young woman who finds solace on a bridge.

Bio: Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include Hottentotted (2017 The Tank; 2016 ANT Fest at Ars Nova), or what she will (FringeNYC 2012), While We Waitwho we let inJumpScratching the Surface, and more. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed at places such as Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Flea, The Brick, The Tank, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Crashbox Theatre Company. Charly is currently a member of Pipeline Theatre Company's PlayLab. She was a 2016 Resident Artist at SPACE on Ryder Farm and is a former member of the Obie Award-winning group Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre. In 2013-2014, she was a Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theatre.


On the Outskirts of Corrales, NM by A.P. Andrews

Director: Amy Saltz
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 PM

Robin's guest house/bed and breakfast boasts a fantastic view of the field at the annual Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival. When Asher arrives to rent a room in an effort to spy on his balloon-enthusiast father, he and Robin strike up an unlikely relationship. As the festival stretches through the weekend, the dark pasts they are both running away from finally catch up with them, and they must find a way to lean on each other to get through- and float onward.

Bio: A.P. Andrews’ plays have been produced and developed in Nebraska, New York, Minnesota, Washington, North Carolina, and London.  They include The Nebraska Cycle (10 plays about life in middle America), The Seaside Cycle (4 plays about love and mythical creatures), The Prairie Cycle (3 plays based on the novels of Willa Cather) and The History Cycle (coming soon). He is the Playwright-in-Residence at Pipeline Theatre Company and the Willa Cather Foundation, and serves as the literary manager of the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.

Down Range by Jona Tarlin

Director: Jessi Hill
Thursday, April 27, 7:30 PM

On successive Sundays at a gun range in Northern California, the lives of three recreational shooters intersect: an Olympic hopeful, an aging programmer who brings a zen practice to putting holes in paper, and a new gun owner practicing to protect himself. As shots are fired, friendships are tested and targets are interrogated. Down Range asks the question what is your relationship to America’s favorite weapon?

Bio: Jona Tarlin’s plays include: Down Range, Private Browsing, and In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm. His work has been presented by New Works Lab Stratford, Exquisite Corpse Company, IRT Theater, Wide-Eyed Productions, Caps Lock Theatre, the One-Minute Play Festival, The Brick (winner, 2014 Winter One-Act Festival), Amios NYC, New York Madness, Blowout Theater, and Forward Theater Company of Madison, WI. He is the recipient of the 2008 Lipkin Prize for Playwriting from Sarah Lawrence College where he received a BA in Theater. His play Lost Teeth will be a part of the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC this Summer.

Brunch by Maya Macdonald

Director: Lila Neugebauer
Friday, May 12, 7:30 PM

Clarissa really doesn't want to die alone, and she's on the hunt for the person who will be there when she takes her last breath. In this darkly comedic investigation of female tropes, we brunch, watch a live autopsy and marry the man who won't take no for an answer.

Bio: Maya Macdonald is a playwright and native of Greenwich Village.  She is bad at sleeping, but rather skilled at dreaming.  Her plays have been read, workshopped and produced with The Bushwick Starr, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, MCC Young Playwrights, 3LD, Signature Theatre among others.  Maya is the recipient of the Irv Zarkower Award for Excellence in Playwriting.  Her play Brunch received an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Relentless Award.  She is currently working on commissions for Brooklyn Gypsies for their 18/19 season.  Maya attempts optimism daily, and believes that hope is cutting edge.

Endless Summer by T. Adamson

Director: Bryn Herdich
Saturday, May 13, 2 PM

Three young people sublet and see the sights of New York City during the August, July, and June of 2016.


Bio: T. Adamson's plays have been performed in California, Colorado, Ohio, the District of Columbia, Ontario, and all over NYC. Favorites include House & Variations: A Naturalistic Family Drama (Dixon Place), Gun City (Dixon Place), and Mermaiden; Or, The Monogamy (Spring Street Social Society). He was a 2015 Heideman Award Finalist, recipient of the 2016 Irv Zarkower Award, and has developed work with Fresh Ground Pepper NYC, UglyRhino, Exquisite Corpse Company, and others.


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