Nashville Repertory Theatre is proud to announce 2016-2017 Ingram New Works Playwrights and Fellow.
Beyond being an opportunity to connect the Lab Playwrights and the Fellow, Playwrights Week is the first chance Nashville audiences will get to connect with this season’s playwrights. As part of this season’s Playwrights Week, Nashville Rep will host a REPaloud staged reading of Durang’s Beyond Therapy, one of the plays that brought national acclaim to Durang’s work. The event will take place Saturday, January 14 at OZ Arts Nashville.
“Nashville is a remarkable place to bring new stories to life. This is a dream for a playwright. The artists supporting you are extraordinary and there is a city-wide ever-growing appetite for new works. And now we get to bring an artist like Christopher Durang into the fold,” says Nashville Rep’s Playwright-in-Residence Nate Eppler. “He was my very first favorite playwright. I vividly remember the first time I read one of his plays; total comic absurdity wrapped around real emotion, real anxiety, real feelings. He absolutely exploded my ideas of what a play was supposed to be. It was the first time I really thought about maybe being a playwright. And now Christopher Durang wants to come to Nashville and build a play here. How amazing is that?”
Ingram New Works Fellow | Christopher Durang
Christopher Durang’s plays include A History of the American Film (Tony nomination, Best Book of a Musical), The Actor’s Nightmare, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Obie Award, Off-Broadway run, 1981-83), Beyond Therapy (on Broadway in 1982), Baby With the Bathwater (Playwrights Horizons, 1983), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Public Theater, 1985; Obie Award, Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award), Laughing Wild (Playwrights Horizons, 1987), and Durang Durang (an evening of six plays at Manhattan Theatre Club, 1994, including the Tennessee Williams parody For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls). He has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Early in his career, he won a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, the CBS Playwriting Fellowship, the Lecompte du Nouy Foundation grant, and the Kenyon Festival Theatre Playwriting Prize. In 1995 he won the prestigious three-year Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award; as part of his grant, he ran a writing workshop for adult children of alcoholics. Durang served as co-chair with Marsha Norman of the Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School in Manhattan until 2016. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.stic associate at Goodman Theatre in Chicago and is an associate professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University as part of its MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program.
Plan to attend the REPaloud staged reading of Christopher Durang’s play Beyond Therapy at OZ Arts Nashville on January 14, 2017.
Nate Eppler currently serves as Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre. His plays include Long Way Down (3Ps Productions, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award semi-finalist 2011), Larries (Nashville Repertory Theatre 2013), and Sextape & Other Stories (Playhouse Nashville 2013). Mr. Eppler is one of the curators of The Ten Minute Playhouse, a quarterly festival of new plays by Tennessee Playwrights, and is co-founder of Playhouse Nashville, an organization devoted to producing new works for the stage and elevating the voices of playwrights in the south. Mr. Eppler is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. For more information visit nateeppler.com
Stacy Osei-Kuffour, (BFA: New York University, Drama // MFA: Hunter College, Playwriting), was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Previous plays include:The Painter (finalist at Samuel French Festival), Breathless (Dream Up Festival, Downtown Urban Theater Festival), Dirty Blood (a reading at Rattlestick Theater), Animals (won the Irv Zarkower Award and had a reading at the Lark Development Center, New York Theatre Workshop and IAMA Theatre), The Pearl and The Black Sea (received an Honorable Mention in The Kilroy’s for Best New Plays By Women). Stacy is a member of Chicks with Scripts, EST’s New West Playwriting Group, and was recently accepted into New Georges The Jam!
Gabrielle Reisman is a playwright and director based in New York and New Orleans. She is a founding member of Underbelly, a theatre collaborative that stages immersive journey-plays in forgotten spaces, and is the director of new play incubator Brooklyn Yard. Gabi is a Core Writer with the Playwrights Center, a Page 73 Writers Group alum, MacDowell Colony fellow, and former NNPN Playwright in Residence at Southern Rep. Her play, Catch the Wallmade The Kilroys Top 46 List, was developed with the NOLA Project, Sundance Theatre Lab, and Great Plains Theatre Conference Mainstage, and won the Holland New Voices Award and the KCACTF Rosa Parks Award. Flood City was developed through Clubbed Thumb/Playwright Horizons SuperLab and premiered with the NOLA Project this fall. Gabi has also developed work with the Orchard Project, the Lark, and New Victory LabWorks among others, and produced plays in train stations, warehouses, and defunct churches across the country. With the Ingram New Works Lab, she’ll develop Pattern Seeking Animals, an EST/Sloan Project commission about the Louisiana coast. MFA: UT Austin.
Andrew Rosendorf is currently a 2016-2017 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at The Playwrights’ Center. His plays include Cane (Florida Stage), Brilliant Corners (NNPN National Showcase of New Plays), Paper Cut, Good Night & God Bless, Or the Lone Ranger Rides Again, and The Kid. His play, Tranquil, was part of the Lark’s Playwrights’ Week and will premiere at Luna Stage in Spring 2017. His other work has been produced or developed at La Jolla, MCC, the National New Play Network, American Theater Company, City Theatre, Geva Theatre, Actor’s Express, Palm Beach Dramaworks, UglyRhino, and Tofte Lake Center. Andrew is an alum of terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwrights Group and NNPN’s Playwright-in-Residence program. He has been a Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center as well as a VCCA and MacDowell Colony Fellow. MFA: The New School for Drama, Playwriting.andrewrosendorf.com