2013-2014 Ingram New Works Project


Nate Eppler


Frank, a Gulf War veteran and recently suspended police officer, lives north of Nashville but south of Kentucky with his stripper-wife Darlene. While moonlighting as a Wal- Mart security guard, Frank mistakenly shot a shoplifter in the parking lot- a shoplifter who turned out to be unarmed teenage girl. As the trial looms, those closest to him want to help. His wife even hires a Crisis Manager to navigate the media firestorm lead- ing up to the trial. But they don’t know that Frank’s already on trial; the ghost of the dead girl haunts him every night. Frank tries to get rid of the ghost, but she refuses to leave his backyard. When she begins to make terrifying demands of him, the fireworks really begin.


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


andrew kramer


What can we do to escape such deep unhappiness? Rebecca and Rusty Helmer got married too soon and had children too young, but somehow, found success through a joint career opportunity. Now, they find themselves locked into a life that looks quite perfect on the outside: financial stability, a castle of a house, an artistically-talented son, and a wise, worldly daughter. But when Rebecca embarks on a journey of self-discovering through reconstructing herself-literally-with plastic surgery, the Helmer family begins to break, crack, and crumble from the inside out. A play about a recognizable American family (think: Norman Rockwell in distorted, theatrical Technicolor) fighting for identity and connection in an increasingly fragile and fracturing world.


Andrew Kramer is a current member of the Emerging Writer’s Group at The Public Theater (NYC), where he is developing his play, Armature, which will be produced as part of Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2014 Big Box New Play Series. He is also currently involved in Horse & Cart Theatre’s playwriting competition, The PlayOffs in Denver. He is a 2010 graduate of Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance in Muncie, Indiana. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he moved to N YC when he was accepted into the Groundbreakers Playwrights’ Group with the terraNOVA Theatre Collective. He was a 2012 member of the Ingram New Works Lab, where he developed his play Crying for Lions, which has gone on to have readings/development in Nashville, Cleveland, New York City, and Williamsburg, VA. He was a Core Apprentice Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis as well as a two-time semi-finalist in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival in both 2010 and 2011. Also in 2011, Andrew served as Play- wright-in-Residence at the Cairns Arts Festival in Queensland, Australia, where Whales and Souls saw its world premiere. Most recently, he was a finalist for the 2050 Playwriting Fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop, as well as on the shortlist for the Old Vic, New Voices US/UK writer’s exchange.


dean poynor


Marked by a senseless tragedy, a couple tries to navigate the storm of grief that follows in the wake of their child’s death. Through a series of support group meetings for grieving parents, they struggle to comprehend and remember in an attempt to reconcile what they’ve lost. But as they confront their harsh new reality, they find it difficult to connect with each other in this new discordant world. A powerful and poetic exploration of what it means to live through unimaginable loss.


Dean Poynor is an award-winning, emerging playwright, whose work explores the crossroads of religious calling and the daily grind. His plays have been developed and produced with the Great Plains Theatre Conference (Holland New Voices Playwright Award winner) Playwrights’ Center (Core Member Apprentice), Kennedy Center, Centre Stage Greenville, The Puzzle Festival N YC, Carnegie Mellon University, Trustus Theatre, Arena Players Repertory, Hyde Park Theatre, American Theatre of Actors, Cairns Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and in residency at The Studios of Key West. Mr. Poynor has received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation screenplay award, the Helford Prize for Drama, two Shubert Foundation fellowships, and been nominated for three Iden B. Payne Awards, a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award, O’Neill Theatre Conference, and a finalist for the Lark Play- wrights Week, among others. Mr. Poynor’s newest adventure is being a full-time dad.

Jeremy sony


A global pandemic, a dangerous cure, and a father/daughter relationship set to explode at the end of the world. A new infectious pathogen is discovered in a remote village in Belgium---a supervirus that means nothing less than the beginning of the end. One of the world’s leading scientific minds has figured out a way to stop the outbreak, but his theory is untested, unthinkable, and unsupported by the CDC. While it could save most of the planet, it would cost millions of lives. Regardless of that risk, he’s convinced it’s the only way to save us all. What’s more frightening is he might be right. He can’t execute his plan alone, and the one person he’s trying to convince to help him--- a brilliant young scientist and insider at the CDC---is the one person who could stop him: his daughter. The question is, will she?


Jeremy Sony is a Midwest-based playwright, screenwriter, and recipient of the 2012 Scott McPherson Playwriting Award. His independent feature Separation Anxiety (Best Drama, 2012 River- bend Film Festival) was produced by Glass City Films, starring Emmy-winner John Wesley Shipp and Drama Desk nominee Polly Adams. Mr. Sony is co-founder of Theatre Daedalus where he has produced numerous short play festivals including the Project 10 series, Caught in the Act!, Caught in the Act...Again!, and Triple Play. His play Frackture has received staged readings through the TAGS New Play Project and Ohio University Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights Festival, and was developed thanks in part to support from the 2012-2013 Anthony Trisolini Graduate Fellowship. His other plays include Advice to the Happy Couple (MadLab Theatre), The Cosmonaut in Human Resources (Luna Theatre), and Spin Cycle(2010 Heideman Award Finalist, Actors Theatre of Lou- isville). Mr. Sony holds an MFA in playwriting from Ohio University and a B.A. in film and television from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Sony is founder of submission- calendar.com and is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild.


Doug wright | Ingram New Works Fellow


Tony and Pulitzer-winning playwright Doug Wright’s remarkable new play about what makes a life and what survives us long after we are gone. Playwright Henrik Ibsen is at the end of his life, and the City of Oslo has commissioned a bust be made by the famous sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Vigeland is wary of the commission because of Ibsen’s notorious reputation, but the commission is too important to refuse. A perfect sculpture of Ibsen won’t just immortalize the author; it would tie both men together and ensure Vigeland’s fame for all posterity. A startlingly beautiful play that explores the last days of Henrik Ibsen’s life and the complicated relationship between Ibsen and Vigeland-Vigeland at the peak of his career, Ibsen at the end of his.


Doug Wright wrote the book for the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid. In 2006, he received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his book for the Broadway musical Grey Gardens. In 2004, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award for Best Play, the Drama Desk Award, a GLAAD Media Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama League Award, and a Lucille Lortel Award for his play I Am My Own Wife. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wright won an Obie Award for outstanding achievement in playwriting and the Kesselring Award for Best New American Play from the National Arts Club for his play Quills. He went on to write the screenplay adaptation, making his motion picture debut. The film was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review and nominated for three Academy Awards. His screenplay was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and received the Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of America. For director Rob Marshall, Doug penned the television special “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” which received seven Emmy Awards. His stage work has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, London, Stockholm, Bucharest, Krakow, Dublin, Bu- dapest, Brasov, and Viterbo, among other cities. His titles include The Stonewater RaptureInterrogating the NudeWatbanalandBuzzsaw Berkeley, and Unwrap Your Candy. For career achievement, Mr. Wright was recently cited with an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Tolerance Prize from the KulturForum Europa. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild of America, East, the Screen Actors Guild and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Directing credits include Kiki and Herb: Pardon Our Appearance in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and London. Acting credits include the films Little Manhattan and Two Lovers. Currently, Doug serves on the board of the New York Theater Workshop. He lives in New York with his partner, singer/songwriter David Clement.