Ep. #17: Susan Sontag Goes on a Date to the Mineshaft by Kyle Therral Wilson
In a playful work of semi-historical fiction, Kyle Therral Wilson explores love, lust, and New York’s most legendary gay S&M club. Kyle is an award-winning writer whose work has been developed or performed at a number of venues, including the Great Plains Theatre Conference, La Mama, Theatricum Botanicum, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Lark, and more. This play was originally presented in New York City as part of National Queer Theater’s Pint-Sized Plays series. You can learn more about Kyle and his work at www.kyletherralwilson.com.
Ed – Dan Shaked
Susan Sontag – Amy Scribner
Fran Lebowitz – Torie Tyson
Stage Directions – Joshua Noble
Ep. #16: Dot to Dot to Derelict Dove by Megan Breen
In this episode, Megan Breen and Giselle Gilbert discuss new play development, spoken word poetry, and Dot to Dot to Derelict Dove, a new play developed with Katie Sims and the HBMG Foundation. Megan holds a BFA in Dramaturgy from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC’s School of the Dramatic Arts. Her plays explore visceral, lyrical worlds and have been produced in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Giselle is an actor, producer, and writer whose credits include Boxed, Fire Escape, and the Ovation-nominated One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – the Immersive Experience, and is a 2017 Sundance New Voices Finalist.
Dot – Giselle Gilbert
Burns – Thaddeus Shafer
Lawyer – Chasen Bauer
Stage Directions – Amanda Bermudez
Ep. #15: “Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” by Patrick Gabridge
In this special holiday episode, Patrick Gabridge shares his short play “Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” Patrick is an award-winning Boston-based writer and the producing artistic director of Plays in Place, which specializes in creating site-specific work in partnership with museums and historic sites. He is the founder of the Playwright Submission Binge, the New England New Play Alliance, and is the author of four novels. You can learn more about Patrick and his work at www.gabridge.com.
Dad – Rob Matney
Mom – Ann Zárate
Jeffrey – Joshua Noble
Stage Directions – Liz Engelman
Ep. #14: “Gun Play” by Dale Dunn
Dale Dunn shares “Gun Play” during the National Winter Playwrights Retreat. Dale is a playwright, dramaturg, and co-artistic director of Just Say It Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her latest full-length play, The Big Heartless, was a finalist at the Ashland New Play Festival and the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival. “Gun Play,” first produced at the Fusion Theater in Albuquerque, was presented in 2019 at the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and was translated into French for the Tout’ Tout Court Festival in Montreal. You can discover more about Dale and her work here.
Man – Joshua Noble
Woman – Ann Zárate
Stage Directions – Michael Reyna
Ep. #13: “Down and Brown Thanksgiving” by Elizabeth Isela Szekeresh
Join playwright and poet Elizabeth Isela Szekeresh for a very special holiday episode: “Down and Brown Thanksgiving.” Elizabeth is a founding member and the Managing Director of Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, and is an Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights Diversity Fellow. Her work has been performed at a number of venues, including ArtShare LA, the Frida Kahlo Theater, and as part of the South Coast Repertory Studio Series. Support Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble here.
Xochil – Adriana Alba
Victoria – Shanelle Garcia
Stage Directions – Daniel Easler
Ep. #12: “Running in Circles Screaming” by Jeni Mahoney
In this episode, Jeni Mahoney shares her short play “Running in Circles Screaming.” This play can be found in the collection Best Short American Plays of 2006-2007. Jeni is the recipient of numerous awards, including
an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. Until 2015, she served as the Head of Playwriting at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU Tisch, and currently serves on the board of trustees for the National Theatre Conference. You can learn more about Jeni and her work at www.jenimahoney.com.
Louise – Ann Zárate
Heather – Ali Skye Bennet
Stan – Michelangelo Milano
Stage Directions – Amina McIntyre
Ep. #11: “I Love You” by Nina Ki
In this episode, Nina Ki shares her short play “I Love You.” Nina is a Korean American playwright whose work has been published and produced at a variety of venues, including Queens Theatre, PhillyStories Theatre Company, and Brave New World Repertory Theatre. She recently received special consideration for the Relentless Award from the American Playwriting Foundation, and was a finalist for the Van Lier Fellowship for New Dramatists in 2016. You can learn more about Nina and her work at www.nina-ki.com.
Ep. #10: “A Driving Beat” by Jordan Ramirez Puckett
In this episode, Jordan Ramirez Puckett shares her full-length play A Driving Beat. Jordan is a Chicana playwright whose past works include En las sombras, To Saints and Stars, Las Pajaritas, Restore, and Inevitable. Her work has been featured at Abingdon Theatre Company, the Goodman Theatre, Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, and more. You can learn more about Jordan and her work at www.JordanRamirezPuckett.com.
Ep. #9: “By Sarah, Age 24” by Lane Michael Stanley
In “By Sarah, Age 24,” playwright Lane Michael Stanley shares their artistry in exploring representation and relationship through theater. Lane is a director, playwright, filmmaker, and producer, as well as one of the Founders of Cohesion Theatre Company, where they served as Artistic Producer for the first three seasons. Lane has won Best Director from Baltimore City Paper’s Best of Baltimore 2016, The Bad Oracle, and DC Metro Theatre Arts, and received the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award. You can learn more at www.lanemichaelstanley.com.
Support Lane’s current project, ADDICT NAMED HAL, based on their real-life experiences living in a halfway house following the sudden death of their fiance in 2016, here.
Stage Directions – Kate Brennan
Ep. #8: “Tower Tatts” by Adrienne Dawes
In this episode, playwright and producer Adrienne Dawes shares her short play “Tower Tatts.” Adrienne is an award-winning Afro-Latina playwright whose work has been produced at Salvage Vanguard Theater, Sacred Fools, and American Theatre Company. In 2019, she was awarded residencies at Ragdale and Crosstown Arts, and her work at PlySpace was recently featured in the New York Times. You can learn more about Adrienne and her work at www.AdrienneDawes.com.
Natty – Joshua Noble
Stage Directions – Ann Zárate
Ep. #7: “A Standing Ovation” by Alex Rubin
In “A Standing Ovation,” Alex Rubin shares a short play that’s at once hilarious and heartfelt, revelatory and risqué. Alex’s work has most recently been featured at American Stages’ New American Voices, Queens Theatre’s 21st Century Voices, and The Drama League’s DirectorFest. She is a Big Vision Empty Wallet Playwriting Fellow and the winner of the 85th Annual Writers Digest Award in Playwriting. Alex is currently enrolled in the University of Southern California’s Film and TV Writing MFA program. You can learn more at www.AlexRubinWrites.com.
Dennis – Michelangelo Milano
Stage Directions – Siobhan Gilbert
Ep. #6: “Raghead” by Tom Coash
In this episode, Tom Coash shares his short play “Raghead,” along with some valuable insights for writers. “Raghead” has had over 50 productions internationally, and was published in the Best 10 Minute Plays of 2015 by Smith & Kraus. Tom taught playwriting at The American University in Cairo for four years, and currently teaches scriptwriting at the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. His awards include the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, the Clauder New Play Competition, and the Edgerton Foundation National New Play Award.
Nick – Michelangelo Milano
Stage Directions – Jeni Mahoney
Ep. #5: “Alive” by Jenny Stafford
Experience this short, sweet, and surprising work about life and its opposite from Jenny Stafford. Jenny is a playwright, bookwriter, and lyricist whose work can be heard in Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, The Artist and the Scientist, Two Bugs are Better than One, and more. She holds an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, is a winner of the Reva Shiner Comedy Award, and was named a Master Teaching Artist by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Learn more about Jenny’s work here.
Jacob – Joshua Noble
Stage Directions – Liz Engelman
Ep. #4: Johnny 10 Beers’ Daughter by Dana Lynn Formby
In this episode, Dana Lynn Formby shares her full-length play Johnny 10 Beers’ Daughter. Dana is a resident playwright and faculty member at Chicago Dramatists, a member of the Kilroys List, and a finalist for the Emory Fellowship in Playwriting and the Princess Grace Award. This play was a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2016.
Ep. #3: “Ways Not to Drown” by Heidi Kraay
Kraay explores fractured characters, first instincts, and the evolution of the love story in “Ways Not to Drown.” Heidi is known for writing across disciplines and training in diverse theater vocabularies. Other plays include How To Hide Your Monster, New Eden, DIRT (co-devised), Me and My Shadow and Kilgore, plus several one-acts, short plays, and plays for young audiences. Heidi holds an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from California Institute of Integral Studies and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. You can learn more about Heidi’s work here.
Ep. #2: “Cage Match” by Lavour Addison
In this episode, Lavour Addison shares his short play “Cage Match,” along with his thoughts on writing, acting, and personal storytelling. Originally from the Bahamas, Lavour is an alum of the Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Play House MFA program, and most recently took part in the Long Wharf Theatre’s new works festival in the play Strings by Angella Emurwon. Other roles include Ross in Macbeth at the Lake Tahoe and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, Macbeth in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s Macbeth, and Mecutio in Chautauqua Theatre Company’s Romeo and Juliet. He is currently developing a one man show and multiple short plays. You can learn more about Lavour’s work here.
Ep. #1: “Closet Monsters” by Liz Fisher
Join us for the short, sweet, and delightfully dark play “Closet Monsters,” followed by an interview with the playwright. Liz Fisher is an interdisciplinary theater artist based in Austin, Texas. She is a 2018 recipient of the Princess Grace Award, winner of the National SDC Directing Award, and a fellow of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. She is also Co-Artistic Director of Whirligig Productions, where she wrote and directed the company’s inaugural production, Deus Ex Machina. You can learn more about Liz’s work here.