Tag: XYZ Festival

Thursday, April 4, 2:00 PM written by EmilyHaha

Meet the Playwright: Artistic Associate Philip Dawkins

Get to know Artistic Associate Philip Dawkins, whose play CAST OF CHARACTERS premieres as part of this year’s XYZ Series of New Works.

Philip Dawkins’ critically-acclaimed play The Homosexuals received a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for New Work after its world premiere with About Face Theatre in the summer of 2011, under the direction of Bonnie Metzgar.  Further productions are planned for ManBites Dog Theater in North Carolina, and GayFest! 2013 in Philadelphia. His play Failure: A Love Story premiered in the fall of 2012 at Victory Gardens Theater under the direction of Seth Bockley, and will be produced at Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia and Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Bloomington-Normal this summer. His new play, Stutter, was commissioned by the Goodman Theater and received a staged reading in December, 2012. In the fall of 2011, his play Miss Marx or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living received a staged reading as part of Steppenwolf’s First Look Series.

Other credits:  Dead Letter Office (Dog and Pony Theatre); Yes to Everything! (Chicago, NY,CA, DC); Perfect (The Side Project); Ugly Baby (Chicago Opera Vanguard/Strawdog Theatre Company); A Still Life in Color (T.U.T.A. Company); Saguaro (Estrogen Fest; Estrogenius Festival, NY; 16th Street Theatre, Berwyn; Painted Filly, Ireland.).  His plays for young folks have been performed all over the world and are published through Playscripts, Inc.

A graduate of Loyola University, Chicago, Philip is an Artistic Associate of About Face Theatre, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, and a founding member, with artistic partner Eric C. Reda, of Chicago Opera Vanguard.  Philip teaches playwriting at Northwestern University and through the Victory Gardens ACCESS Program for writers with disabilities.  He also teaches Kung Fu to little, tiny, children through Rising Phoenix Kung Fu. Hi-Yah!

About CAST OF CHARACTERS
In CAST OF CHARACTERS, playwright Philip Dawkins creates a detailed, rich portrait of a family in stagnation through a simple recitation of the character list for a play we never see. Through the descriptions of each character, we become immersed and engaged in the lives of the “three and a half sisters.” An aging mother is confused, a brother feels isolated, sisters criticize and harp on each other, there’s water aerobics, infertility and a partner named Rod. Despite each of the characters’ determination to “do nothing,” they find themselves deeply intertwined in each others’ lives.

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Monday, April 1, 1:00 PM written by EmilyHaha

Meet the Playwright: David Myers

Get to know David Myers, whose play THE ARVESTO PARASITE premieres as part of this year’s XYZ Series of New Works.

David’s plays include: Small Prophecies, Muzungu, Babyhead, 1800 Acres, Body Parts and The Arvesto Parasite. His work has been developed with Labyrinth Theater Company, The Old Vic, The Royal Court, Cornerstone Theater Company, The Lark, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Chalk Rep, Moving Arts LA and others. He has been commissioned by Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. He is currently the Shank Playwright in Residence at South Coast Rep. David has sold two screenplays, the first of which was developed at IFP’s Independent Film Week in New York. He is currently writing the second.

He has taught at the University of California, San Diego; Berkeley Rep School of Theatre; and in San Diego public high schools. He served as the Literary Associate at The Public Theater under Artistic Directors George C. Wolfe and Oskar Eustis. Myers was the National Coordinator of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days / 365 Plays Festival and spent time in rural Rwanda, where he helped to develop Mumugi Watchu – a play designed to stimulate discussion on AIDS prevention and sexual health.

David has a BA from Brown University and an MFA from UCSD. He is originally from Houston, Texas

About THE ARVESTO PARASITE

In an other-worldly country below the equator, an American businessman tries to rescue an infected cash crop. While in town, he fights with the local hermaphrodite prostitute, clashes with a the labor force, and manages to save the crop for the annual Arvesto Festival. The Arvesto Parasite looks at the bonds people make – with each other, their work, their nature, and in this case, a human-sized parasite – and wonders how we get by in the world without being fatally consumed.

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Thursday, March 28, 9:30 AM written by EmilyHaha

Meet the Playwright: Jordan Seavey

Get to know Jordan Seavey, whose play THE TRUTH WILL OUT premieres as part of this year”s XYZ Festival of New Works.

Jordan Seavey is Co-Artistic Director of NYC theatre company CollaborationTown (CTown), a member of the 2009 Emerging Writer’s Group at The Public Theater, and a Usual Suspect at the New York Theatre Workshop. With CTown, he’s presently the inaugural recipient of the 2-year Archive Alliance Residency at The New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater developing their newest devised piece, HELP ME TO MAKE IT.

His other plays include LISTENING FOR OUR MURDERER, THE THIRD THING (OR, THE BP OIL SPILL PLAY), WHO’S AFRAID OF GEORGE C. WOLFE?, THE FUNNY PAIN, THE TRUTH WILL OUT, CHILDREN AT PLAY, 6969 and THIS IS A NEWSPAPER. Plays co-created with CTown include THE MOMENTUM (2012 GLAAD Media Award nomination), THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS (text by Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell), THE PLAY ABOUT MY DAD (text by Book Killebrew), LET’S GO, TOWNVILLE, THEY’RE JUST LIKE US (text by Boo Killebrew), THE ASTRONOMER’S TRIANGLE and THE TRADING FLOOR.

His work has been developed with New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Rattlestick phpaide.com Playwrights Theatre, The Old Vic (UK), Lark Play Development Center, Oslo Internasjanole Teater (Norway), Robert Wilson”s Watermill Center, 59E59 Theaters, The New Ohio Theatre, IRT Theater, The Amoralists, Orlando Shakespeare, Emerging America Festival/Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, hotINK Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, The MacDowell Colony, The Orchard Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Dartmouth College, NYSAF/Vassar, Edward F. Albee Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from Boston University.

About THE TRUTH WILL OUT

It”s Valentine’s Day and on his famous cable news show “The Truth Will Out,” celebrity journalist Whittemore Walter is about to cover the one-year anniversary of the hate-inspired murder of 15-year-old Ronnie Principe. The newsroom is swarming with love: Whittemore and his female co-anchor have a romantic past to wrestle with, his mother loves him (almost) unconditionally, and his producer – and semi-secret boyfriend – has given him a life-changing ultimatum: come out of the closet. As Whittemore confronts his very notion of what it means to love, his reality unravels and he must face Ronnie – and himself.

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