All the Emilies in All the Universes, by Ian August (Reading #2)

7/23/2022 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM ET

The Play: 
Ian August’s world bending drama takes us on a journey with Emilie and Jeff, a couple struggling with the devastating loss of their stillborn child. Emilie exists in four distinct parallel timelines. But when an unexpected bend in the space / time continuum brings these four grieving Emilies together, they realize that infinite possible realities means that somewhere, “somewhen”, their lost son was born alive. The four Emilies vow to travel through infinite dimensions, risking permanent erasure from the multiverse, to find the baby boy they thought they’d lost forever. All the Emilies in All the Universes is a play about coping with grief, the act of pursuing self-acceptance, and finding the truth hidden in yourself in the ever-expanding multiverse around you.

Content Warning: This Play Includes Curses, Swears, and Potentially Offensive Language, as well as References to Pregnancy, Stillbirth, and Perinatal Grief.

When: July 23, 2022 at 7:30PM
             Please note there will be no late seating at this performance.

Where: The Proscenium Theatre at The Drake located at 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

The Playwright: Ian August (he/him) is a queer Caucasian playwright. His plays include: ZERO (Winner, 2020 Ashland New Plays Festival; Semi-Finalist 2020 BAPF), EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO (TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE) (Selection, Catalyst: A Theatre Think Tank 2020; Semi-Finalist Blue Ink Playwriting Prize), THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING (Selection, 2019 Powerhouse Theater with NYSAF / Vassar; 2018 Ashland New Plays Festival; 2018 DVRF New Playwright Program), BRISÉ (Selection, 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference; Finalist, 2019 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; Finalist, 2020 Lark Playwrights Week), DONNA ORBITS THE MOON (Scripps Ranch Theatre; Tiny Dynamite Productions; NJ Repertory Company; Utah Contemporary Theatre), INTERVIEWESE (Winner, Garry Marshall Theatre New Works; Finalist, B Street Theatre New Comedy Fest), THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE, (Passage Theatre Company; Semi-Finalist, 2015 O’Neill Conference), MISSING CELIA ROSE (NYC Summer Play Festival; Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s “Playfest 2009″; Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society), and ALL THE EMILIES IN ALL THE UNIVERSES. Mr. August’s newest YA play, STAY SAFE!, will premiere at the 75th Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, 2022. He is a founding member of the American Theatre Group’s Playwrights Lab, and a graduated member of PlayPenn’s playwriting lab, The Foundry. Several of Mr. August’s plays have been published by Sam French Inc., Smith and Kraus, and Pipeline / Applause Books. He was a 2019 Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts in Independence, Kansas, and a recipient of a 2021 Independent Artist Fellowship from the NJ Council for the Arts. Mr. August lives at a boarding school with one husband and three cats.

COVID Safety Requirements
• Proof of full vaccination and valid ID are required for admission.
• Patrons who are exempt from COVID-19 vaccinations due to medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance time.
• Masks, covering both mouth and nose, must be worn throughout the performance.

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