Monday, March 23, 2015

Arts Insider pick of the Week: 39th Actors Theatre Festival of New American Plays

The Roommate
Recently divorced and living in an old house in Iowa, Sharon finds a sensible roommate like herself—a woman in her fifties—to make ends meet. But she quickly learns that Robyn, a vegan from the Bronx, couldn’t be further from the ladies in her book club. Hell-bent on getting to know Robyn despite their differences, Sharon deploys her friendly Midwestern charm at full force. Their sensibilities are humorously mismatched, but turning over a new leaf can have unintended consequences.

About the Playwright
Jen Silverman is an affiliated artist with New Georges, Ars Nova, and the Lark Play Development Center, and has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, PlayPenn, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, New York Theatre Workshop, and The New Harmony Project.  Silverman holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.F.A. from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and attends The Juilliard School.

When: March 4-April 12, various performances
Where: ATL’s Bingham Theatre
Contact: 502.584.1205, or 502.371.0956 TDD

In the Shealy family home just a few days before Christmas, Dotty and her three middle-aged children gather with so much more than the holidays on their minds. Their anxieties go far beyond finding a suitable blue spruce for the living room: this wild and moving dark comedy, served with a large helping of the crackling humor that only families can incite, grapples with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of an inner city neighborhood.

About the Playwright
Colman Domingo has been honored with Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations. His work has won him Obie, Lucille Lortel, GLAAD, Connecticut Critics Circle, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle and Internet Theater Bloggers Awards. Domingo has received fellowships and/or residencies from The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, People’s Light and Theatre Company, and the Banff Playwrights Colony.

When: March 10-April 12, various performances
Where: ATL’s Pamela Brown Auditorium
Contact: 502.584.1205, or 502.371.0956 TDD

I Will Be Gone
Seventeen-year-old Penelope goes to live with her Aunt Josephine in a small town in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains after her mom dies. Everyone in this small town—built right next door to a ghost town—is haunted by something or someone, and no one knows how to behave. Filled with apparitions, earthquakes, and strange attempts to mourn, this play explores the beauty and awkwardness of living with the knowledge that everything ends.

About the Playwright
Erin Courtney’s “A Map of Virtue” was produced by 13P in New York City in 2012. Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, the play won an Obie Award. Her work has been produced and developed by Clubbed Thumb, New York Stage and Film, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep., The Vineyard, and The Flea. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.  Courtney is a member of New Dramatists and is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb. She teaches playwriting at Brooklyn College.

When: March 13-April 12, various performances
Where: ATL’s Bingham Theatre
Contact: 502.584.1205, or 502.371.0956 TDD

-Gioia Patton

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