News and notes about playwrights and readers featured in this series.
On 14 January, Urban Stages of New York City read John’s “Queen of Sad Mischance” (2018 season), and his short plays “No Regrets” and “Thank You, Two” were produced as part of the New Works Festival at the Firehouse in Newburyport, MA, 26 January.
Geoff Leatham will appear in Epic Theatre Company’s production of Death and the Maiden, by Ariel Dorfman. Production dates are November 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 16, and 17. See the company’s website for details about tickets and venue.
Jeanne Beckwith’s (“The Rhode Island Chapter,” 2018) short play “The Existential Marionette” was recently performed in the Theatre Brut program of the West End Festival of the Arts in Long Branch, NJ.
John Surowiecki (“My Life as a Fetus,” 2016) is a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award in Poetry for his collection Martha Playing Wiffle Ball in Her Wedding Dress.
Depot IN The News
The Depot’s readings are now listed in the New England New Play Alliance Newsletter. The NENPA is an organization of individuals and theaters committed to promoting, producing, and supporting new plays. To subscribe to the newsletter, visit the NENPA website: http://www.stagesource.org/?page=NewPlayAlliance
BOSTON PODCAST Players
Season Two of Greg Lam’s Boston Podcast Players is now available on iTunes and on the BPP website. The first episode features Michael Bradford (“Rootwoman,” 2017). A future episode features John Minigan (“Queen of Sad Mischance,” 2018) and Depot readers Eric Michaelian, Elizabeth Reynolds, Kristen Rowe, and Shaler Wright.
Michael Bradford (“Rootwoman,” 2017) is the guest playwright on the first episode of Greg Lam’s Boston Podcast Players. Tune in to listen to a scene from Michael’s Fathers and Sons and a conversation with Anne and Greg (“Chaplin and Keaton on the Set of Limelight,” 2016 and “Repossessed,” 2017).
Jez Butterworth’s new play The Ferryman, read at the Depot in 2017, premiers on Broadway in October. The Ferryman won multiple awards during its London run, including an Olivier for Best New Play.
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
Cynthia Arsenault’s "I Am You" was staged at Asphalt Jungle Shorts XV in Kitchener, Ontario in June and has been published in A Solitary Voice: A Collection of Epic Monologues, available on Amazon (“Common Ground,” 2018)
"A Fateful Fiasco" played at Hovey Theatre Summer Shorts in Waltham, MA, July 21-29, 2018, and Guten Morgen is available at Monologuebank.com.