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TAKE NOTE: THE 2010-2011 SEASON

LEAP into the unknown. Writing to you in my first week of heading this cornerstone of new play development, I feel a great affinity with a playwright on the verge of sharing his or her work for the first time—standing at the edge of the cliff, slightly terrified, and profoundly excited to leap … and to fly. It’s the feeling we live for at the Center, and more people than ever come here to experience it. This year, with the visionary leadership of our supporters, we’re able to bring together a brand new mix of provocative writers, brilliant artistic collaborators—and you. Join us as we jump into a new season of the untested and unknown.

JEREMY B. COHEN Producing Artistic Director


TAKE NOTE: ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER

THE MISSION: The Playwrights’ Center champions playwrights and plays to build upon a living theater that demands new and innovative works. One of the nation’s most generous and well-respected artistic organizations, the Playwrights’ Center focuses on supporting playwrights and promoting new plays to production at theaters across the country. Plays developed through Center-funded workshops, fellowships, grants, and commissions are seen each year on stages nationwide. Learn more at pwcenter.org.


TAKE NOTE: TABLE OF CONTENTS

table of contents PLAYLABS PAGE

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THE RUTH EASTON NEW PLAY SERIES PAGE

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DECEMBER | ANDY BRAGEN PAGE

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FEBRUARY | CARSON KREITZER PAGE

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MARCH | DANIEL ALEXANDER JONES PAGE

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APRIL | JOHN OLIVE PAGE

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MAY | LAURAL MEADE PAGE

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SPRING SHOWCASE PAGE

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WORKHAUS COLLECTIVE PAGE

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CORE WRITERS AND FELLOWS PAGE

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STAFF AND BOARD PAGE

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TAKE NOTE: THE 27TH PLAYLABS FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS

Featuring eight readings of masterful new plays and free events where you can hear the work and ideas of accomplished writers and artistic leaders, PlayLabs is a national destination for those invested in the future of the American theater. Visit PlayLabs.org to buy tickets and learn more about the festival.

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TAKE NOTE: THE 27TH PLAYLABS FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS

october tuesday 19 . 7 pm friday 22 . 7 pm

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THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN By DAN O’BRIEN

In 1993, Paul Watson photographed the desecration of a dead American soldier in the streets of Mogadishu. As he took the picture, he heard the voice of the dead soldier speak to him: “If you do this, I will own you forever.” The Body of an American tells the true story of a haunted war reporter traversing the globe, and examines questions of guilt and responsibility, both personal and cultural. LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: $10 TICKETS: PLAYLABS.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 16

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TAKE NOTE: THE 27TH PLAYLABS FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS

october

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THE INVENTION OF THE THIRD DIMENSION and the secret lives of doubles By KIRA OBOLENSKY

This evening of two connected one-act plays investigates the nature of artifice and the politics of perception. Set in 1950, The Invention of the Third Dimension tells the story of producer Archie Oboler, whose decision to embrace a new technology called Natural Vision to save his troubled film unleashes his own perceptual nightmare. In The Secret Lives of Doubles, George joins a state-run choir, bringing irrevocable consequences for himself, his wife and the mysterious couple they’ve befriended. LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: $10 TICKETS: PLAYLABS.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 16

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TAKE NOTE: THE 27TH PLAYLABS FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS

october

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CHIMERA CONCEIVED AND CREATED BY SULI HOLUM AND DEBORAH STEIN

in collaboration with Jeremy Wilhelm, Paulina Jurzec, and Zach Humas Performed by Suli Holum

Jennifer Samuels has just discovered that she’s not one, but two: inside her body are two distinct sets of DNA. This genre-bending solo performance starts at the intersection of groundbreaking medical science and ancient myth, exploring what happens when biology changes our ideas of who we think we are. Presented in partnership with HERE Arts Center. LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: $10 TICKETS: PLAYLABS.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 16

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october

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TAR’S CHILDREN By CHRISTINA HAM

It’s 30 degrees below zero. Inside a remote truck stop, the walls are blood-spattered and a man with his throat slit is frozen to a chair. Brady and Zeremiah are struggling to eke out another day of life when they discover an attractive teenage intruder named Ash who may be the answer to their prayers. But as the ice sheets beneath them start to thaw, so do their alliances … LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: $10 TICKETS: PLAYLABS.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 16

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TAKE NOTE: THE 27TH PLAYLABS FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS

october

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STAGING AMERICAN IDENTITY PANEL DISCUSSION

This free panel discussion will explore how playwrights represent the United States in their writing and why plays about national identity have been permeating the theatrical zeitgeist in recent years. Panelists will include Imed Labidi, Taylor Mac, Kristin Marting, and Rhiana Yazzie. Moderated by Festival Producer Hayley Finn. LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: PLAYLABS.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 16

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october

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FESTIVAL CELEBRATION Join us for a party with the PlayLabs playwrights, their artistic teams, and national industry guests. LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: PLAYLABS.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 16

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TAKE NOTE: THE 27TH PLAYLABS FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS

october

sunday 24 . 2:30pm

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showcase: THE JEROME AND MCKNIGHT PLAYWRITING FELLOWS

Top row: Dan Dietz, Reginald Edmund, Kathryn Haddad, Taylor Mac Bottom row: Gregory Moss, Mat Smart, Eric “Pogi” Sumangil, Rhiana Yazzie

Meet the Playwrights’ Center’s 2010-11 Jerome and McKnight playwriting fellows. This showcase will feature selections of the fellows’ work read by actors, as well as discussions with the writers. LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: PLAYLABS.ORG OR 612.332.7481 x16

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TAKE NOTE: THE RUTH EASTON NEW PLAY SERIES

the RUTH EASTON NEW PLAY SERIES The Ruth Easton New Play Series brings you free readings of new plays by some of the most talented playwrights working today. Featuring top Twin Cities actors and audience discussions with the playwrights and their collaborators, the Ruth Easton New Play Series is your chance to be part of the creative process.

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monday 6 . 7pm visiting day By ANDY BRAGEN

When their son leaves for camp, Victor and Nancy are alone with each other for the first time since they can remember. As they struggle to communicate after years of disconnection, time telescopes forward, and what seemed a simple play about a marriage becomes an unsettling and gripping dark comedy about two people who love each other to distraction. THE RUTH EASTON NEW PLAY SERIES LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: INFO@PWCENTER.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 10

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monday 7 . 7pm BEHIND THE EYE By CARSON KREITZER

Vogue model. Surrealist muse. Combat photographer. Lee Miller lived several distinct and extraordinary lives, each of them to the fullest. Man Ray’s lover and muse, her body—or parts of it—would become iconic of surrealism, but Paris was only one stop on a journey that would include Egypt, London, and the front lines of World War II. Behind the Eye traces the path of this extraordinary woman as she discovers the only thing she cannot be: still. THE RUTH EASTON NEW PLAY SERIES LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: INFO@PWCENTER.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 10

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monday 7 . 7pm PHANTASMATRON By DANIEL ALEXANDER JONES

Since the loss of her young son in 1862, Mary has enlisted every spiritualist of repute to make contact with him. Following a new lead, she travels with her friend and seamstress Lizzy to Manhattan, where a brusque and mysterious clairvoyant awaits them … and it soon becomes clear he has a talent the others do not. He knows Mary’s true identity, he has seen her future, and he is ready to lift the thin veil between this world and the next. THE RUTH EASTON NEW PLAY SERIES LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: INFO@PWCENTER.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 10

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monday 4 . 7pm god fire By JOHN OLIVE

Marooned devils Michael and Catherine discover a peasant girl who may be their ticket back to hell. But the more Catherine manipulates her, the more entranced she becomes by the girl’s passion. Combining epic scope and subtly drawn characters, God Fire explores the tie between spirituality and sexuality in the woman who would come to be known as Joan of Arc. THE RUTH EASTON NEW PLAY SERIES LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: INFO@PWCENTER.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 10

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monday 2 . 7pm THE SUFFRAGIST ROADSHOW By LAURAL MEADE

In the fall of 1915, an unlikely band of women set out on a cross-country road trip to rally support for national suffrage. As the wheels turn, they discover that freedom means different things to different people, and not all suffragists’ priorities are the same. Complex and comical, The Suffragist Roadshow is a wild ride that traverses the intersection of gender, race and politics. T H E RUT H E A S TON N E W P L A Y S E RI E S LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: INFO@PWCENTER.ORG OR 612.332.7481 EXT 10

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TAKE NOTE: MCKNIGHT THEATER ARTIST FELLOW SHOWCASE

spring showcase THE mCKNIGHT theater artist FELLOWS

Annie Enneking, Masanari Kawahara, and Robert Rosen

Don’t miss this showcase of new work by 2010-11 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows Annie Enneking, Masanari Kawahara, and Robert Rosen. LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE DATE AND TIME T.B.A.

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TAKE NOTE: WORKHAUS COLLECTIVE

WORKHAUS COLLECTIVE

Playwrights’ Center company in residence CHIMERA

CONCEIVED AND CREATED BY SULI HOLUM AND DEBORAH STEIN

in collaboration with Jeremy Wilhelm, Paulina Jurzec, and Zach Humas Performed by Suli Holum NOVEMBER 11-21 At the Playwrights’ Center

LITTLE EYES

by CORY HINKLE

FEBRUARY 4-20 At the Guthrie Theater Dowling Studio

GLYPH

by CHRISTINA HAM

APRIL 9-24 At the Playwrights’ Center

Visit WorkhausCollective.org for details.

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TAKE NOTE: CORE WRITERS AND FELLOWS

2010-11 CORE WRITERS Lee Blessing

Daniel Alexander Jones

Kira Obolensky

Andy Bragen

Aditi Brennan Kapil

John Olive

Barbara Field

Adam Kraar

Dominic Orlando

Keli Garrett

Carson Kreitzer

Mat Smart

Ain Gordon

Mona Mansour

Victoria Stewart

Christina Ham

Melanie Marnich

David Wiener

Karen Hartman

Laural Meade

Rhiana Yazzie

Jeffrey Hatcher

Susan Miller

Karen Zacarías

Cory Hinkle

Dan O’Brien

2010-11 FELLOWS JEROME MANY VOICES FELLOWS

Lisa Brimmer Reginald Edmund Kathryn Haddad Shira Naharit Eric “Pogi” Sumangil

JEROME FELLOWS

Gregory Moss

MCKNIGHT NATIONAL RESIDENCY AND COMMISSION

Rhiana Yazzie

Taylor Mac

MCKNIGHT ADVANCEMENT GRANTS

MCKNIGHT THEATER ARTIST FELLOWS

Mat Smart

Annie Enneking

Deborah Stein

Masanari Kawahara

Dan Dietz

Robert Rosen

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TAKE NOTE: STAFF AND BOARD

T H E P L AY W R I G H T S ’ C E N T E R S TA F F : T O M B O R G E R Communications & Development Associate J E R E M Y B . C O H E N Producing Artistic Director E R I K A E K LU N D Director of External Affairs H AY L EY F I N N Resident Director & Lab Producer S A R A H G I O I A Casting Associate C H R I S T I NA H A M Many Voices Program Coordinator C R A I G H A R R I S Interim Director M I K E K I L G OU R Technology Manager & Web Developer L A U R A L E F F L E R - M C C A B E Administrative Assistant K EV I N M C L A UG H L I N Fellowships Manager A N NA P E T E R S O N Membership Manager & Literary Associate RYA N R I P L EY Company & Production Manager J I M S AY B O LT Finance Associate S A R A H T E I C H Office Manager & Executive Assistant T H E P L AY W R I G H T S ’ C E N T E R BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

dik Bolger, PRESIDENT Lisa Pugh, VICE PRESIDENT Charlie Quimby, TREASURER Dominic Orlando, SECRETARY Paula Hopping Adoradio Kimberly Berger Toni Bjorklund Jeremy B. Cohen Greg Bonine-Giles

Barbara Field Elizabeth Grant Tessa Gunther Aditi Brennan Kapil Sarah McNerney Peter Quale Libby Forbes Utter Ruth Weiner Leah Wilkes

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TAKE NOTE: PHOTO CREDITS

FRONT COVER Annie Enneking* and Charity Jones* in Amazons and Their Men PHOTO BY KEVIN MCLAUGHLIN INSIDE COVER TOP LEFT: Tyler Marsh and Katie Pearl in Terrible Things TOP RIGHT: Steven Epp*, Kimberly Richardson, and Christiana Clark* in Hawking BOTTOM LEFT: Sonja Parks* and Brian Goranson* in Notari, Notari (Slowly, Rolling) BOTTOM MIDDLE: Jim Lichtscheidl* in Like a Butterfly, My Nostalgia BOTTOM RIGHT: Carolyn Goelzer* in God Save Gertrude PHOTOS BY KEVIN MCLAUGHLIN GREGORY MOSS & DAN O’BRIEN PHOTOS BY PETER BELLAMY *member, Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers


T H E P L AY W R I G H T S ’ C E N T E R RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM:

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Boss Foundation Dramatists Guild Fund Faegre & Benson Foundation General Mills Foundation The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust HGA Architects and Engineers

Japan Foundation KNOCK, Inc. Pohlad Family Foundation Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council Schuler Shook The Shubert Foundation Western Bank

The Playwrights’ Center is a recipient of an Institutional Support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. PRINT SERVICES PROVIDED BY

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