News and notes about playwrights and readers featured in this series. Dates in parentheses indicate a season when the playwright’s work was read at the Depot. See the Past Seasons Page for more information.
Depot Readers Perform in New York
Playwright John Minigan (2018 and 2019) has been busy. “Noir Hamlet” played the Edinburgh Fringe this summer, and it receives a reading at the Arts Center, Sandwich, NH, 31 August.
John’s “Queen of Sad Mischance” (read at the Depot, 2018) recently won the Gold Prize in the Clauder Competition at Portland Stage, Portland, ME.
Congratulations, John, on these many achievements.
Reader Kia Baird performs on 14 September with Reaching People through Music (RPM) in Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged) at the Vets, Providence. Break a leg, Kia!
In June, Greg’s new play “The Last Ship to Proxima Centauri” received a staged reading at Company One, Boston. Congratulations, Greg!
On 5 October, Edmond and his troupe The WordWorks Group will perform his performance piece TExTCRUNCH as part of the Connecticut Literary Festival, Real Art Ways, Hartford. Break a leg, Edmond!
Playwright Chuck Smith (2019) has several productions coming up this fall. His play “PayDayus Ex Machina” will be done September 13 - 15 first at The Old Courthouse in Concord, NC, and then at Theater Oxford, Oxford, MS. Chuck’s play “A Faint Rumor of Existence” receives productions in Flagstaff, AZ in September and at the Overlord Theater in Chicago in November. Congratulations and best wishes to Chuck for great productions!
Playwright Judith Pratt’s “Maize” (2019) has been awarded the SciArts at Louisiana State University Playwriting Prize. “Maize” will receive a full reading at LSU in October. Congratulations, Judith!
Quinn D. Eli
Playwright Quinn D. Eli’s “In Common” (2018) was named a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center New Play Conference. Congratulations, Quinn!
Barry M. Putt, Jr.
Playwright Barry M. Putt, Jr. (2018) reports his monograph Alice: Life Behind the Counter in Mel's Greasy Spoon (A Guide to the Feature Film, The TV Series, and More) will be published by BearnManor Media this fall. Congratulations, Barry!
Darcy Parker Bruce
Playwright Darcy Parker Bruce (2019) joins the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive workshop this June, and in August “The Place That Made You” (2019) will be workshopped in Los Angeles at the LAMDA Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. Congratulations, Darcy, on being selected for these two workshops!
Readers’ Choice news
The Depot strives to stay abreast of theater trends today. Two articles in the New York Times recently featured playwrights whose work the Depot considered on Readers’ Choice Day. Both articles address this cultural moment, when some of the most important plays today address race in powerful and sometimes uncomfortable ways. Highly recommended reading. The articles can be found here: Wesley Morris: “A Radical Moment” and Michael Paulson and Nicole Herrington: “How These Black Playwrights Are Challenging American Theater.”
Greg Lam and John Minigan
Playwrights Greg Lam (2016 and 2017) and John Minigan (2018 and 2019) have been named 2019-2020 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artistic Fellows in Dramatic Writing. Congratulations, Greg and John!
Reader Shaler Wright has been invited to mount her one-act play “Portrait of a Tart” at the Seeing Red Conference, November 2019.
BOSTON PODCAST Players
Season Three of Greg Lam’s Boston Podcast Players begins on 4 September. Highly recommended listening. Find the podcast on iTunes and on the BPP website.
BEst New Plays Lists
New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley and the Guardian’s theater critic Michael Billington have produced Best of New Play lists. At the Depot, we have read three of these plays! Check out the lists. We’ll add some of these plays for possible readings next season: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/31/theater/best-25-plays.html and https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jun/27/the-25-best-british-plays-since-jerusalem