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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.

 

CAST

Mateo – Jed Parsario
Diane – Ann Zárate
Reina – Laura Espino
Stage Directions – Amanda Bermudez
 
EDITED BY: Daniel Easler
RECORDED BY: The Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco, California
 
 

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.

 

CAST

Sarah – Ann Zárate
Stage Directions – Kate Brennan
 
EDITED BY: Daniel Easler
RECORDED BY: HBMG Foundation in Creede, Colorado

 

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.

 

CAST

Weasel – Michael Reyna
Natty – Joshua Noble
Stage Directions – Ann Zárate
 
EDITED BY: Daniel Easler
RECORDED BY: HBMG Foundation in Creede, Colorado

 

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.

 

CAST

Laura – Ann Zárate
Dennis – Michelangelo Milano
Stage Directions – Siobhan Gilbert
 
EDITED BY: Daniel Easler
RECORDED BY: HBMG Foundation in Creede, Colorado

 

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.

 

CAST

Sarah – Ann Zárate
Nick – Michelangelo Milano
Stage Directions – Jeni Mahoney
 
EDITED BY: Daniel Easler
RECORDED BY: HBMG Foundation in Creede, Colorado

 

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 Awardand was named a Master Teaching Artist by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Learn more about Jenny’s work here.

 

CAST

Ashley – Ann Zárate
Jacob – Joshua Noble
Stage Directions – Liz Engelman
 
EDITED BY: Daniel Easler
RECORDED BY: HBMG Foundation in Creede, Colorado
 
 

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.

 

CAST

Johnny – Randy Steinmeyer
Leila – Gloria Petrelli
Stage Directions – Joshua Noble
 
EDITED BY: Daniel Easler
RECORDED AT: Chicago Dramatists in Chicago, Illinois
 
 

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 MonsterNew 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.

 

CAST

Kern – Ashley Hovell
Fan – Erika Mori
Stage Directions – Amanda Bermudez
 
EDITED BY: Daniel Easler
RECORDED BY: HBMG Foundation in Creede, Colorado

 

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.

 

CAST

Dad – Manuel Zárate
Son – Tyquan Payne
Announcer – Joshua Noble
Stage Directions – Amanda Bermudez
 
EDITED BY: Daniel Easler
RECORDED BY: HBMG Foundation in Creede, Colorado
 

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.

 

CAST

Mommy – Ann Catherine Zárate
Son – Alice Stanley
Stage Directions – Liz Engelman
 
EDITED BY: Daniel Easler
RECORDED BY: HBMG Foundation in Creede, Colorado