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TAKE NOTE: THE 2009-2010 SEASON


2301 E. Franklin Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55406 612.332.7481 | www.pwcenter.org | info@pwcenter.org


TAKE NOTE: THE 2009-2010 SEASON

Take your pick. Eight funny, disturbing, and smart new plays by eight hot Center playwrights.

What it takes. Twenty hours of rehearsal and development with topnotch local and national theater talent.

Take a seat. Free, public staged readings.

Take a bow. Playwrights, directors, stage designers, dramaturgs, actors, and you.

Come visit us at our old church on Franklin Avenue and of the theater of tomorrow, today.

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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 both supporting playwrights and bringing new plays to production. In valuing new plays, we also value the unwritten, the untested, and the unseen. Plays developed through Center-funded workshops, fellowships, advancement grants, and commissions have been seen on stages nationwide.


TAKE NOTE: TABLE OF CONTENTS

table of contents PLAYWRIGHT READINGS OCTOBER PAGE

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NOVEMBER PAGE

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DECEMBER PAGE

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JANUARY PAGE

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FEBRUARY PAGE

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MARCH PAGE

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APRIL PAGE

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MAY PAGE

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SPRING SHOWCASES 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: OCTOBER CALENDAR

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TAKE NOTE: OCTOBER READING

monday 5 . 7pm THE SENSE OF WHAT SHOULD BE By Dominic Orlando

What might happen if a high school student put on a supervillain costume and tried to take over the world? 16-year-old Adam Parker believes all the lessons he needs for worldly success can be found on the pages of comic books. This thrilling adventure story looks at what happens to our children when the transmission of values and traditions is surrendered to popular culture. THE RUTH EASTON NEW PLAY SERIES LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: CALL 612.332.7481 OR EMAIL INFO@PWCENTER.ORG

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TAKE NOTE: OCTOBER CALENDAR

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TAKE NOTE: OCTOBER SHOWCASE

monday 19 . 7pm showcase:

JEROME FELLOWS AND JEROME MANY VOICES FELLOWS

Jerome Fellows Kristoffer Diaz, Virginia Grise, Kevin Anthony Kautzman, Dominic Orlando, and Mat Smart

Jerome Many Voices Fellows Lorena Duarte, Reginald Edmund, Juma B. Essie, Rebecca Nichloson, and Eric “Pogi” Sumangil

The 2009-2010 Jerome Fellows and Jerome Many Voices Fellows read selections from their recent work. LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: CALL 612.332.7481 OR EMAIL INFO@PWCENTER.ORG

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TAKE NOTE: NOVEMBER CALENDAR

november

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TAKE NOTE: NOVEMBER READING

monday 2 . 7pm SPACE By Keli Garrett

“I am—we are, finally—neither from here nor there, from then or now.” In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, reporter Kassandra Dupris is taken hostage by a white supremacist group. As the floodwaters rise, reports of rescued puppies compete with underreported stories of loss and devastation. A door opens, and time and place shift between Hurricane Katrina 2005 and the Great Mississippi Floods of 1927. T H E RU T H E A S T O N N E W P L AY S E R I E S LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: CALL 612.332.7481 OR EMAIL INFO@PWCENTER.ORG

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TAKE NOTE: DECEMBER CALENDAR

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TAKE NOTE: DECEMBER READING

monday 7 . 7pm ADY By Rhiana Yazzie

A Lee Miller photograph of surrealist artists that includes a dancer from the West Indies naked to the waist is the jumping-off place for this play. A contemporary Navajo woman relates the mostly unknown story of the surrealist muse Adrienne Fidelin, Ady. A play that reveals the woman in the photograph through the lens of race, history, and art. T H E RU T H E A S T O N N E W P L AY S E R I E S LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: CALL 612.332.7481 OR EMAIL INFO@PWCENTER.ORG

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TAKE NOTE: JANUARY CALENDAR

january

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TAKE NOTE: JANUARY READING

monday 11 . 7pm THE BAY OF FUNDY

AN ADAPTATION OF ONE LINE FROM THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE By Sherry Kramer

A troubled marriage, a mysterious malaise, and where is that all that water coming from? May has an antique early American table that is perhaps the most valuable table in the world, a husband who’s having a mid-life crisis, and a problem. A play about the myth of money in the new America. T H E RU T H E A S T O N N E W P L AY S E R I E S LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: CALL 612.332.7481 OR EMAIL INFO@PWCENTER.ORG

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TAKE NOTE: FEBRUARY CALENDAR

february

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TAKE NOTE: FEBRUARY READING

monday 1 . 7pm THEN WAVES By Kevin ANTHONY Kautzman

A discharged American soldier returns from war to do violence upon his estranged son, who may not be his at all. Set in the American Midwest, THEN WAVES explores the issues of violence’s echo, the cost of war, and the impulses toward destruction that ravage families and destroy the future. T H E RU T H E A S T O N N E W P L AY S E R I E S LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: CALL 612.332.7481 OR EMAIL INFO@PWCENTER.ORG

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TAKE NOTE: MARCH CALENDAR

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TAKE NOTE: MARCH READING

monday 1 . 7pm THE DWINDLES By Barbara Field

A year of free room and board, scintillating conversation, and compelling company at a renowned artists’ colony? Sounds too good to be true to Edward MacKenzie, a has-been artist whose career once was. He’s looking for inspiration, but what he discovers is a collection of temperamental artists—and a corpse. Along the way, he has a close encounter with his past and his future. T H E RU T H E A S T O N N E W P L AY S E R I E S LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: CALL 612.332.7481 OR EMAIL INFO@PWCENTER.ORG

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TAKE NOTE: APRIL CALENDAR

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TAKE NOTE: APRIL READING

monday 5 . 7pm RICH GIRL By Victoria Stewart

When Claudine meets Henry, a starving artist, she falls head over heels. Her mother, a financial guru, has her doubts. Is Henry everything her daughter has been looking for? Or is he after only one thing? A modern-day adaptation of Henry James’ Washington Square, RICH GIRL is about women and their relationship to men, mothers, and money—in that order. T H E RU T H E A S T O N N E W P L AY S E R I E S LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: CALL 612.332.7481 OR EMAIL INFO@PWCENTER.ORG

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TAKE NOTE: MAY CALENDAR

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TAKE NOTE: MAY READING

monday 3 . 7pm LITTLE EYES By Cory Hinkle

After his father disappears, 10-year-old Martin believes he can hear the Voice of God. When a mysterious man from the mayor’s office arrives selling The Project, Martin sees a way to find his missing father and bring himself closer to the Lord. LITTLE EYES is a darkly funny exploration of American fear, denial, and religious fundamentalism in the months following 9/11. T H E RU T H E A S T O N N E W P L AY S E R I E S LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER ADMISSION: FREE RESERVATIONS: CALL 612.332.7481 OR EMAIL INFO@PWCENTER.ORG

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TAKE NOTE: SPRING SHOWCASES

spring showcases mcknight advancement grant RECIPIENTS and mcknight theater artists

Don’t miss this showcase of new work by some of the Twin Cities’ most renowned playwrights and theater artists. Featuring: • Aditi Brennan Kapil • Carson Kreitzer • Steven Epp • Paul Herwig • Greta Oglesby MCKNIGHT NATIONAL RESIDENCY & COMMISSION WINNER

A staged reading of a new play by Dan O’Brien, winner of the 2009-2010 McKnight National Residency and Commission. ADMISSION: FREE DATES AND TIMES T.B.A.

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TAKE NOTE: WORKHAUS COLLECTIVE

WORKHAUS COLLECTIVE

Company in residence The Sense of what should be by DOMINIC ORLANDO

NOVEMBER 6-22

MUSIC LOVERS by alan berks

MARCH 13-28

LIFEBOATS

by deborah stein

JUNE 4-20

See WWW.WORKHAUSCOLLECTIVE.ORG for details LOCATION: THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER RESERVATIONS: CALL 612.332.7481 x20

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TAKE NOTE: CORE WRITERS AND FELLOWS

2009-10 CORE WRITERS Trista Baldwin

Cory Hinkle

Kira Obolensky

Lee Blessing

Mark Steven Jensen

Dan O’Brien

Carlyle Brown

Daniel Alexander Jones

John Olive

Barbara Field

Aditi Brennan Kapil

Dominic Orlando

Catherine Filloux

Sherry Kramer

Rosanna Staffa

Keli Garrett

Carson Kreitzer

Victoria Stewart

Ain Gordon

Melanie Marnich

David Wiener

Karen Hartman

Laural Meade

Rhiana Yazzie

Jeffrey Hatcher

Susan Miller

Karen Zacarías

2009-10 FELLOWS JEROME FELLOWS

Kristoffer Diaz

MCKNIGHT ADVANCEMENT GRANTS

JEROME MANY VOICES FELLOWS

Lorena Duarte

Virginia Grise

Aditi Brennan Kapil

Kevin Anthony Kautzman

Carson Kreitzer

Dominic Orlando

MCKNIGHT THEATER ARTISTS

Rebecca Nichloson

Steven Epp

Eric “Pogi” Sumangil

Mat Smart MCKNIGHT NATIONAL RESIDENCY AND COMMISSION

Dan O’Brien

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Paul Herwig Greta Oglesby

Reginald Edmund Juma B. Essie


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 : C R A I G H A R R I S Managing Director E R I K A E K LU N D Director of Development A N NA P E T E R S O N Membership Manager & Literary Associate K EV I N M C L A UG H L I N Fellowships Manager C H R I S T I NA H A M Many Voices Program Coordinator M I K E K I L G OU R Technology Manager & Web Developer RYA N R I P L EY Company & Production Manager S A R A H T E I C H Office Manager & Executive Assistant H AY L EY F I N N Resident Director & Lab Producer T O M B O R G E R Communications & Development Associate S A R A H G I O I A Casting Associate J I M S AY B O LT Finance Associate 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 Greg Bonine-Giles Peter Brosius

Carlyle Brown Barbara Field Elizabeth Grant Tessa Gunther Sarah McNerney Peter Quale Libby Forbes Utter Ruth Weiner Leah Wilkes

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T H E P L AY W R I G H T S ’ C E N T E R ’ S 2 0 0 9 - 2 0 1 0 S E A S O N I S M A D E P O S S I B L E BY:

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Boss Foundation Dramatists Guild Fund General Mills Foundation The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Pohlad Family Foundation The Shubert Foundation Western Bank

Thank you to Very, Inc. for the concept and design of this piece.



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