2015-2016 Ingram New Works Project



15-16 Ingram New Works Festival
Playwright's Party 2015-16
LUNA GALE: REPaloud @ OZ Arts Nashville

Jonathan Alexandratos


We See What Happen was a solo play about Jonathan Alexandratos' grandmother's immigration to the U.S. It was a heartwarming story about a woman who follows her husband to the Great Shore of Freedom in search of a better life and absolutely finds it as soon as she steps foot on American soil. It was about how there weren’t any problems and Jonathan's grandfather always treated his grandmother with respect and everything was totally great and the whole family lived happily together forever, the end. That was what the play was about. But Jonathan’s grandmother is here now, and she’s ready to tell us the real story. Wielding enough Greek food for everybody and Jonathan’s old action figures, Granny is ready to show Jonathan what really happened. This immersive story invites the audience to immigrate through time, space, and culture to set the record straight about what is actually at the heart of this family.

*This play contains adult themes and language.


Jonathan Alexandratos is a New York City-based playwright. His work has been presented at the NY Fringe Festival (2012), the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2013), the Pop Culture Association Conference (2013), and other venues. He has received commissions from the Abingdon Theatre Company and Truant Arts. An avid comic book and action figure fan, Jonathan is always looking for ways to combine comics and pop culture with the stage. His most recent play, Duck, uses comic book tropes to craft an animal allegory about the nature of abuse. This play was completed at Mission to (dit)Mars, a playwrights’ lab in which Jonathan is a member. Jonathan holds an MFA in Playwrighting from Queens College, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Beyond the stage, Jonathan co-programs Page 23, an academic literary conference centered on comics and pop culture that operates under Denver Comic Con. He is currently editing a collection of scholarly essays on action figures, which will be out late next year. Jonathan hides out at Queensborough Community College, where he teaches English. He also speaks Klingon.

Helen Banner


In the 1890s, Victorian entrepreneurs presented staged train wrecks as the thrilling and explosive conclusion of state fairs and carnivals across the U.S. Thousands of people would flock to see the spectacle of two engines crashing into one another, sometimes with fatal results. Kate is a survivor of an all-too-real train crash. Although she survived, the wreck left her with injuries and changed her marriage forever. Eager to repair the damage, her well-to-do husband Philip is struggling to find a cure for her condition. All else has failed, and he now hopes to use a carnival train-wrecking scheduled for the ‘Thrill Day' at the end of their local State Fair as a shock cure for Kate. If a crash caused the damage to their marriage, perhaps a bigger crash can set it right? But Kate is on her own path and pursuing a different kind of thrill. As they manipulate the crew and carnival stuntmen working the fair in pursuit of increasing thrills, they put the whole town onto an explosive path. Thrill Day is a collision of steel, sex, race, gender, class and the pursuit of explosive pleasures.

*This play contains adult themes and sexual situations.


Helen is an associate artist with New Georges and a member of The Jam and the Inaugural Writer/Director Lab at Everyday Inferno Theatre Company. Her work has been developed at New Georges, the Wild Project, Dixon Place, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Lark, the Great Plains Theatre Conference and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Helen has been a Finalist for a 2015 InterACT 20/20 Commission and a Semi-finalist for the Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival 2014 and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2014. Her play Soldier Love was a Semi-finalist for the Stanley Drama Award 2015 and a Finalist for the Newman/Woodward Prize 2015.

Edith Freni


This is about You, a woman in her late twenties working at a run-down swim-with-the-dolphins facility in Key Largo. She's been working with a traumatized dolphin that is getting increasingly aggressive and she has the bruises to prove it. You is in love with her best friend, Him, the youngest ever director of the world's only underwater research facility. Him is a man with more education than You, more potential for mobility than You and more secrets than You could have ever imagined. Him thinks of You as a roommate. You wants more, and she’s willing to do anything to get it. This is about the consequences of trying to control those closest to you and the ultimate realization that the thing you might want most in the world is rarely the thing that you need.

*This play contains adult themes and language.


Edith Freni holds both her BFA and MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing. Her work has been produced, read and developed by theaters around the country. Edith is a two-time nominee for the prestigious PONY award, has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship and the Heideman award, and was a semi-finalist for the 2015 P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Her work has been nominated for L. Arnold Weissberger Award, the Humanitas Prize and the Francesca Primus Award. She was a Kilroy’s List Honorable mention in 2014 (Total Power Exchange) and 2015 (The Stroke). Edith was a long-time member of Youngblood and is also a member of Obie-winning Partial Comfort Productions. Her work is published by Playscripts, DPS, Smith & Krauss and Applause. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she is the inaugural Emory University Playwriting Fellow.

Kyle John Schmidt


Ruby runs a gun company dedicated to arming women for self-protection. With products like The BridesmaidThe Babysitter, and The Mallwalker, each of the company's guns is named after a woman who used a gun and saved a life- more often than not, her own. When an elderly secretary at the local high school confronts a threat in her office with six bullets, RUBY responds by naming her latest gun after the reluctant hero: “The Secretary.” But as production begins on The Secretary, guns start going off all around town- and no one’s pulling the trigger. The Secretary is an offbeat comedy about safety, survival, and guns for a world that’s up in arms.

*This play contains adult themes and language.


Kyle John Schmidt is a writer from Montezuma, Iowa. His plays have been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville (Take 10 Apprentice Showcase and the Humana Festival), Crashbox Theatre, the Kid Magicians, Play-in-a-Bar, the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, Theatre Southwest, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, University of Texas New Theatre, the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival, and read at the Stage West New Play Festival. He has been a finalist for the Humana Festival, PlayPenn, the Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, and the Princess Grace Award. Furthermore, Kyle is a winner of the Heideman Award and a recipient of the Theatre Masters Award. He received his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers.

Rebecca Gilman | Ingram New Works Fellow


It’s 1967 in Madison, Alabama, a twelve-year-old Jack lives with his family in the worst house on the wrong side of town. His world is turned upside down when Jack’s older brother becomes the only suspect in the disappearance of the town’s golden boy. And Jack might be the only person who knows the truth of what really happened that night.


Ms. Gilman’s plays include Luna GaleA True History of the Johnstown FloodDollhouseBoy Gets Girl (Oliver nominee), Spinning Into ButterBlue SurgeThe Glory of Living(Pulitzer Prize nominee), The Sweetest Swing in BaseballThe Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and The Crowd You’re in With.

Ms. Gilman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Harper Lee Award, The Scott McPherson Award, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, The George Devine Award, The Theatre Masters Visionary Award, The Great Plains Playwright Award and an Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship. She is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the ACLU of Illinois. She received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa. Ms. Gilman is an artistic 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.