News and notes about playwrights and readers featured in this series.
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
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.
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
Darcy 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.”
Reader Geoff Leatham heads the cast of Epic Theatre’s The Christians, by Lucas Hnath. The show runs from 3 to 17 May. Visit the Epic Theatre website for details and tickets (https://www.epictheatreri.org/blog/epic-presents-the-christians-by-lucas-hnath). Break a leg, Geoff!!!
Reader Sally Shen, Executive Director of Yangtze Repertory Theatre, has produced the New York premiere of Yilong Liu’s June is the First Fall. The play runs through 20 April at the New Ohio Theatre. “…the piece offers a compassionate window into the intersection of Chinese culture, queerness, and gender roles…” Caroline Cao, Exuent
James c. Ferguson
Peter Snoad’s “The Growing Stone” (2018) will receive its world premiere at Outvisible Theatre in Detroit in September, 2019. Break a leg, Peter!
Greg Lam and John Minigan
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!
Depot reader Shaler Wright has been invited to mount her one-act play “Portrait of a Tart” at the Seeing Red Conference, September 2019.
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).
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