OUR 2019/20 SEASON.

 
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THE THANKSGIVING PLAY 

BY LARISSA FASTHORSE

October 18th - November 16th, 2019

SYNOPSIS

Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.

 The Thanksgiving Play received its world premiere production on April 7, 2018 on the Morrison Stage at Artists Rep.

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Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) is an award winning playwright, director and choreographer.  Larissa's produced plays include What Would Crazy Horse Do? (KCRep, Relative Theatrics), Urban Rez (Cornerstone Theater Company, ASU Gammage, NEFA National tour 2019-20), Landless and Cow Pie Bingo (AlterTheater), Average Family (Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis), Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry), Vanishing Point (Eagle Project) and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater).  Her new comedy, The Thanksgiving Play, will be produced at Artists Rep and Cap Stage next season.  Larissa directed the critically acclaimed play, Our Voices Will Be Heard (Perseverance Theater Company) and is developing several new projects to direct with an emphasis on cross cultural community engaged work between Indigenous nations.

Larissa won the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Woman of the Year and numerous Ford, Mellon and NEA Grants.   She is a proud officer of the Board of Directors for TCG and represented by Jonathan Mills, Paradigm NY  www.hoganhorsestudio.com  


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CHRISTMASTOWN 

BY WAYNE RAWLEY

November 29th - December 24th, 2019

SYNOPSIS

 We’ll be bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle Tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red. Add a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver, and you have what the Seattle Times calls the “best new holiday romp of the year!”

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Wayne Rawley’s plays include "Christmastown: A Holiday Noir" (Seattle Public Theater, 2015 Gregory Award Nominee), "Attack of the Killer Murder… Of Death!" (Seattle Public Theater, Theater Schmeater), "Beating Up Bachman" (BASH Theater), and a multi-media adaptation of Orwell’s 1984 (Empty Space Theater). His play "Live! From the Last Night of My Life" has been produced by Theater 22, and Theater Schmeater in Seattle, Sacred Fools in LA, The OU School of Drama, and was the recipient of the 2012 Theater Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play. His short plays "Controlling Interest" and "The Scary Question" are published by both Vintage Press and Playscripts Inc and have seen hundreds of performances around the world. www.playscripts.com He is the creator of Seattle’s late-night theater smash Money & Run, and wrote and directed 9 episodes of the TV parody series, produced in Seattle, LA and Berkeley. Wayne was the recipient of the 2010 Faith Broome Playwriting Residency at the University of Oklahoma. He is a teaching artist, working with young artists at ACT Theater, Seattle Public Theater and Cornish College of the Arts, his alma matter. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.


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 ADMISSIONS 

BY JOSHUA HARMON

January 31st - February 23rd, 2020

SYNOPSIS

 Admissions is a new play that explodes the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America. Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at a New England prep school, fighting to diversify the student body.  Alongside her husband, the school's Headmaster, they've largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values, with convulsive results. 

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Joshua Harmon's play Bad Jews received its world premiere at Roundabout Underground and was the first production to transfer to the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre (Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award nominations, Best Play). It has since become the third most-produced play in the United States this season and transferred to London’s West End after sell-out runs at Theatre Royal Bath and the St. James Theatre. His newest play Significant Other opened at Roundabout this summer. His work has been produced and developed by Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, Ars Nova, and Actor's Express, where he was the 2010-2011 National New Play Network Playwright-in-Residence. He has received fellowships from MacDowell, Atlantic Center for the Arts, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and the Eudora Welty Foundation. Joshua is a recent graduate of Juilliard and at work on commissions for Roundabout Theatre Company and Lincoln Center Theater.

 

 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play

2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play for Admissions - winner

2018 Drama Desk Award for Best Play for Admissions - winner

 Admissions opened Off-Broadway at the Lincoln Center Theater, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on February 15, 2018 in previews, officially on March 12. 


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PIPELINE 

BY DOMINQUE MORISSEAU

March 20th - April 12th, 2020

SYNOPSIS

Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? 

 With profound compassion and lyricism, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Morisseau pens a deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future — without turning her back on the community that made him who he is. 

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Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the book writer on the new musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Dominique is an alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theater, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless”. Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and being named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18.

 

 Pipeline premiered at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York City in June 2017


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COST OF LIVING 

BY MARTYNA MAJOK

May 22nd - June 14th, 2020

SYNOPSIS

What is the road that brought us here? Unemployed truck driver Eddie sits at a bar alone, recalling his final moments with wife, Ani, when a car accident turned the focus of their relationship from divorcing to caregiving. Overworked, under-qualified, and nearly homeless, Jess takes on another job to make ends meet – this time, as a personal caregiver for a wealthy and beautiful graduate student named John, who has cerebral palsy. The histories, influences, and challenges of four lives converge in the meeting of two strangers in a small, empty apartment in Bayonne, NJ.

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Martyna Majok’s plays have been presented at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Steppenwolf Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/WP Theater, The O’Neill and The Kennedy Center, among others. Awards include The Lanford Wilson Award, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwriting Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play (Helen Hayes Award), David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Prize and NNPN/Smith Prize for Political Playwriting.

BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama, Juilliard. Commissions include Lincoln Center Theater, Bush Theatre in London, Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep and Manhattan Theatre Club. Martyna was the 2015–2016 PoNY (Playwrights of New York) Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.

 Cost of Living premiered in Williamstown, Massachusetts at the Williamstown Theatre Festival on June 29, 2016, and had an Off-Broadway engagement in 2017

 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, 2018

Lucille Lortel Outstanding New Play Award, 2018

 Edgerton New Play Prize, 2016

Jean Kennedy Smith Prize, John F. Kennedy Center, 2016

Women's Invitational Prize, Ashland New Play Festival, 2016

NYTimes' Critics' Pick