WINNER of the 2016 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre, Ripe Frenzy submerges us in the before, during and after of a mass shooting in a small-town high school theatre, during opening night of its 40th production of Our Town. Told from the perspective of the mothers of the town, the play questions our own culpability in the perpetuation of mass shootings in our country.
RIPE FRENZY is produced at Greenway Court Theatre as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are New Repertory Theatre (MA) and Synchronicity Theatre (GA). For more information please visit nnpn.org
Jennifer Barclay is a Chicago-bred actor-turned-playwright, recently relocated to the DC area where she is a member of Arena Stage’s 2017-18 Playwrights’ Arena. Jennifer is the recipient of the National New Play Network’s 2016 Smith Prize for Political Theatre, for Ripe Frenzy. Ripe Frenzy was developed at Woolly Mammoth and the 2017 Ojai Playwrights Conference, and will premiere in 2018 at New Rep in Boston and Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta. Jennifer’s plays have been produced and developed by Steppenwolf, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, RedCat, The Kennedy Center, Center Stage, The International Theatre of Vienna and The Edinburgh Fringe.
Awards include: Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award, Kennedy Center National Science Playwriting Award, Pinter Review Gold Medal. Jennifer has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Hawthornden International Writers Retreat in Scotland. Jennifer has been a Playwright in Residence at South Coast Rep (Shank Playwright in Residence 2009-10) and Center Stage (Playwrights Collective 2015-16).
She has a degree in Theatre from Northwestern University and an MFA in Playwriting at UC San Diego, where she studied with Naomi Iizuka. Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of Playwriting and Performance at the University of Maryland. Currently she is developing Yellowstone: the ballad of the red-state white man (Finalist for the 2017 NNPN National Showcase of New Plays) and American Prosperity Gospel (upcoming workshop at Woolly Mammoth, directed by Shana Cooper). www.BarclayStudios.com.
Alana Dietze’ previous directing credits include The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, Dry Land, A Small Fire, and Laileen on the Way Down all with the Echo Theater Company. Her production of Dry Land was selected for CTG’s inaugural Block Party program and re-mounted at the Kirk Douglas Theater in 2017. That production received seven Ovation Nominations including Best Production in a Large Theater, Best Director, and Best Ensemble. The Echo’s production of Dry Land won the 2016 Ovation Award for Best Production in an intimate theater. It was also nominated for four Stage Raw Awards (including Best Director and Best Production) and one LADCC award. Found Dog was included in the Echo’s 2017 Ovation nomination for Best Season and A Small Fire received four Ovation Nominations, one LADCC nomination and two Stage Raw nominations. Alana has also directed workshops, short plays and readings for EST/LA, Occidental College, Moving Arts, and Antaeus. Alana is also an Ovation-nominated actress and has appeared on stage with the Echo, Circle X, Theatre of NOTE, The Vagrancy, New Guard, Padua Playwrights and more. She is an alumna of Occidental College and has served as the Echo’s Literary Manager since 2008.
In Spiritrials, addiction, religion, and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program. A timely exploration of the American criminal justice system, this multi-dimensional play blurs the line between hip-hop and dramatic performance. Dahlak Brathwaite (writer/performer) weaves through the autobiographical and the fictional, music and monologue, to examine his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage for a young Black male.
Dahlak is a multi-faceted hip-hop artist that maximizes his abilities as musician, actor, poet, and educator within the transformational space of the theatre. Since launching onto the national spoken word scene by appearing on the last two seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ presents Def Poetry Jam, Dahlak has showcased his seamless blend of hip-hop, theatre, and spoken word at over 200 universities throughout the United States and Europe. Dahlak has worked closely with Broadway veteran and Rockefeller fellow, Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Dahlak has written and performed in several of Joseph’s critically acclaimed plays, including Word Becomes Flesh – presented at The Public Theater and The Lincoln Center. From 2007 to 2012, Dahlak has released five musical projects, which includes the album Spiritrials that served as a soundtrack to his solo play. In 2014, Dahlak was selected as a musician for a U.S. State Department International Exchange Fellowship called 1Beat. Spiritrials, the solo play written, performed and scored by Dahlak, is currently on tour. Since the premiere in 2015, Spiritrials has been performed in 15 cities around the country, including two notable presentations at the prestigious Kennedy Center. Currently, Dahlak is collaborating with director Roberta Uno in order to adapt Spiritrials into an ensemble musical. Development of the work has been supported by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is being supported by California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) through a series of residencies. Dahlak earned his B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis, where he studied English and Dramatic Studies.
Greenway Court Theatre
544 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
URBAN THEATRE MOVEMENT IN RESIDENCY AT GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
BY OLIVER MAYER
BASED ON YERMA BY FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA
AND DIRECTED BY EDGAR LANDA AND MARLENE FORTE
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Yerma is desperate for a child, but her husband Juan shies from her touch. How can she reconcile her urge for motherhood, maintain her sense of honor, and still do her job without going mad? Set in an elite university, YERMA IN THE DESERT focuses on the custodial and public safety staff who clean up the mess and tell no tales in a Trumpian dystopia where personal grudges lead to deportation and worse. Even in this dry place, Yerma craves the wet closeness of love.
This production is made possible through the support of the Greenway Residency Program and Greenway Court Theatre, programs of Greenway Arts Alliance.
For 20 years, Greenway Arts Alliance has united communities through art, education, and social enterprise. For more information, visit greenwayartsalliance.org.
Noun. The alchemy that occurs when bad ass women of color come together and set shit aflame.
Together as Chingona Fire (a Latina feminist poetry collective), they curate monthly poetry events for women of color, featuring women of color and produced solely by women of color. It is their mission to create space and visibility for our community we have grown to call The Chingonas.
Come, join us in setting the world aflame.
Angela Aguirre is a Los Angeles based poet and teaching artist who enjoys utilizing her creativity in meaningful ways. A teacher by nature, she has a talent for working with teens. She is best at recognizing “teaching moments” and using them to cultivate dialogue that encourages them to explore their thoughts and feelings through writing.
Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city and her brown body. Yesika has shared her work in venues and campuses throughout the country. In 2013 she published her first collection of poetry titled The Luna poems. She is a member of the 2014 and 2016 Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team and placed top 10 in the nation both years. Her work has been featured in Latina Magazine, Univision, Vibe Magazine, Neon Magazine, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and many other digital platforms. She is the Co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire, a Huffington Post contributor and recently released her second collection of poetry titled WOES.
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