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    Foundry Readings @ Plays and Players

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    Join PlayPenn @ Plays and Players in the 3rd Floor Skinner Studio for a series of free work in progress readings by current members of The Foundry. Quig’s will be open before, during, and after each reading. No reservations needed.

    My Grandma Said It Was Gonna Rain

    by Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters

    When:
    June 25, 2019
    Time: 7pm

    Where:
    Upstairs at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

     

    Emmy’s parents died this summer. Between selling the family farm and painting houses with the town medium, Emmy is juggling her new role as caretaker of her eccentric grandma. Family, duty, and pickling form a new trinity in this exploration of the small town girl.

    Battman and Jesus

    by Teresa Miller

    When:
    July 9, 2019
    Time: 7pm

    Where:
    Upstairs at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

     

    Cholley Johnson joined the army to escape the trauma of his preacher father only to be discharged from the Vietnam war and forced to confront his past.

    Stray Cats and Pecan Pie

    by Julie Zaffarano

    When:
    July 23, 2019
    Time: 7pm

    Where:
    Upstairs at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

     

    Olivia, a college freshman, is “super excited” to find her birth mother, Darlene, who is significantly less enthralled. When Olivia pushes Darlene for information about her birth father, Darlene reluctantly reveals far more than Olivia expects.  Can these two find their way to acceptance?

    Better to Have Never Been

    by Jenny Ruymann

    When:
    July 30, 2019
    Time: 7pm

    Where:
    Upstairs at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

     

    Based on anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar’s book of a nearly identical title, this new work is about the question of whether living brings each of us a far greater pain than we even know, and whether it is even “worth it” to ask such questions. Better to Have Never Been is about the infant babies and old-age babies, and how we gauge the quality of what happens in between.

    Questions? Contact Foundry Leader Quinn D. Eli at: quinndestaleli@gmail.com

    HOMERIDAE by Alexandra Espinoza

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    Twice a year PlayPenn provides a free, professional public reading for a currently enrolled studentHomeridae by Alexandra Espinoza is the recipient of our spring semester play selection.

    When:
    May 13, 2019
    Time: 7pm

    Where:
    The Proscenium Theater at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA

     

    Mac, an adjunct lecturer, and Nessa, a freshman, have a lot in common. They’re slightly awkward, deeply passionate about Homer’s The Odyssey, and are both African-Americans in a very white department at a very white school. They stumble upon the discovery that Homer himself came from Africa and must figure out how best to honor this in the face of conservative administrators, overbearing older siblings, the Internet, and Homer himself. HOMERIDAE is a play about stories, language, knowledge, and loss; and about finding your voice when it seems like no one is listening.

     

    This reading is free and open to the public.  

     

    Reservations end at 4pm the day of the reading. Seats will be available at the door.

     

    Questions? Contact mail@playpenn.org

    Alexandra Espinoza is a Philadelphia based theatre artist whose work aims to connect creative power to community voices. Performance credits include work with Orbiter 3 and Azuka Theatre. As a playwright, she is a first-year member of the Foundry at PlayPenn, and her plays have received productions and readings with Juniper Productions. Alexandra practices dramaturgy as community engagement and serves as the inaugural “communiturg” at Simpatico Theatre. Additional dramaturgy and directing credits include work with Azuka Theatre, Inis Nua Theatre, and PlayPenn. She is a resident teaching artist at Philadelphia Young Playwrights and has facilitated the creative work of people aged seven to seventy. M.A. in Theatre, Villanova University.

    Botanicals, or Giving it to God by Keenya Jackson

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    Twice a year PlayPenn provides a free, professional public reading for a currently enrolled studentBotanicals, or Giving it to God by Keenya Jackson is the recipient of our fall semester play selection.

    When:
    February 11, 2019
    Time: 7pm

    Where:
    The Proscenium Theater at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA

     

    Joe appears to be a crotchety old man who likes to talk to his plants and pretty much no one else. After calling the police on his neighbors, Joe is no longer able to keep his head stuck in the dirt. He’s forced to deal with his neighbors, his family—and himself.

     

    This reading is free and open to the public.  

     

    Reservations end at 4pm the day of the reading. Seats will be available at the door.

     

    Questions? Contact mail@playpenn.org

    Keenya Jackson is a Philadelphia playwright. She has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Arcadia University. In 2015, she became an active member of the Philadelphia Dramatist Center (PDC), now serving as the board secretary. Keenya continues to grow as a playwright and in theatre by studying at PlayPenn in Philadelphia and the National Symposium in Cape May, NJ. Her latest produced play was The Return of the Shogun, which was produced in 2018 by Revamp Collective’s Brief (physical) Encounters.

    SALT PEPPER KETCHUP by Josh Wilder

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    Playwright Josh Wilder

    PlayPenn is pleased to host a public reading of a new work by Philadelphia playwright, Josh Wilder.

    When:

    Monday, June 4th at 7pm

    Where:

    The Drake Proscenium Theatre, 302 S Hicks St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

     

    Salt Pepper Ketchup

    by Josh Wilder

    Director: Jerrell L. Henderson

    Dramaturg: Michele Volansky

    Stage Manager: Tom Shotkin

     

    A layer of bulletproof glass won’t protect Superstar Chinese Take-Out owners from the gentrification consuming the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philly. When a trendy food co-op opens nearby, the Wu’s and their customers initially see it as a hipster annoyance, but as tensions mount they begin to recognize the intrusion as an act of war. Tinged with genuine humor and pathos, Wilder’s play examines the very human consequences of neighborhood redevelopment — who benefits and who gets chewed up and spit out?

     

    This reading is free and open to the public.  

     

    Questions? Contact email@playpenn.org

    Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia. His work has been developed at various theaters and festivals across the country including The Fire This Time Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, The Drama League, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and Milwaukee Rep. His play LEFTOVERS was the recipient of the Holland New Voices Award at The Great Plains Theatre Conference, and will be premiering this season at Company One Theatre in Boston. Recent commissions include, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and SHE A GEM for The Kennedy Center. Josh is a former Jerome Fellow and Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center; has been in residence at The Royal Court Theatre; Sundance at UCross; and currently serves as Co-Artistic Director at The Yale Cabaret. Josh is a graduating MFA candidate in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama.

    Are You My Father or the dream ballet of north korea by Stephanie N. Walters

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    Stephanie wrote and revised this play in our Education classes and now it’s getting a free professional public reading at PlayPenn!

    When:
    May 14, 2018
    Time: 7pm

    Where:
    The Bluver Theater at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA

    Are You My Father or the dream ballet of north korea
    by Stephanie N. Walters

    Are You My Father … is a comedy exploring love and coming of age in one of the world’s most mysterious nations. Meet North Korean elite Min-Jun as she struggles with understanding freedom, disappointing family, and dreaming about Kim Il-Sung. Min-Jun’s world is rocked when she is magically spirited away to South Korea and a new life.

    This reading is free and open to the public.  

    Reservations end at 3pm the day of the reading. Seats will be available at the door.

    Questions? Contact email@playpenn.org

    Stephanie N. Walters is an emerging playwright in Philadelphia. She’s a first year member of The Foundry and studies with PlayPenn. Her most recent work, “Are You My Father or the dream ballet of north korea”, received a workshop with HBMG Foundation’s National Writers Retreat and a residency with Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists/Asian Arts Initiative. Additional plays have been produced and developed with Dragon’s Eye Theatre, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, Asian Arts Initiative, Revamp Collective, and Philadelphia’s Future is Female Festival. Stephanie is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, a Barrymore Nominated actress, and a teaching artist. She is a graduate of Bucknell University, the London Dramatic Academy, and CAP21. Stephanie’s work gives new life to Korean mothers, evil dictators, lost lovers, bright children, dying Chinatowns, dating apps, and punk rock goddesses. Her whimsical, comedic, curious, and AZN plays can be found on NPX.

    THE PEAR-SHAPED MAN FIGHTS CRIME by Alex Dremann

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    Alex wrote and revised this play in our Education classes and now it’s getting a free professional public reading at PlayPenn!

    When:
    March 5, 2018
    Time: 7pm

    Where:
    The Proscenium Theater at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA

    THE PEAR-SHAPED MAN FIGHTS CRIME
    by Alex Dremann

    The artists in the hipster neighborhood of LOLA are losing their post-gentrification turf war to a corporation called The Farm and Magda’s artisan bakery is on the verge of going under.  When Magda creates a new spelt muffin that finally draws in new customers, The Farm discovers Betty and Zeke, the last two artists in LOLA who have taken refuge in the bakery.  Magda’s pear-shaped nephew Paul, stuck behind the bakery counter most of his life, is just hoping for a little crime to fight— and when The Farm attacks, set on franchising Betty and Zeke then destroying both the bakery and LOLA, he finally gets his chance.

    This reading is free and open to the public.  

    Reservations end at noon the day of the reading. Seats are available at the door.

    Questions? Contact email@playpenn.org

    Alex studied playwriting at USC and has had 300+ productions of his short plays.  Evenings of his collected short plays include: “Slap Happy” (Madlab Theatre), “B-Sides, Rarities and Unreleased Tracks” (Wilmington City Theatre), “Bipolar by Thursday (Theatre Neo) and “13 Lemonade Ave.” (Secret Room Theatre).  Full lengths include: “Split Pea Pod” (The Brick Playhouse), “Postcoital Variations” (Philadelphia Theatre Workshop) and “The :nv:s:ble Play” (PTW, Madlab Theatre & Theatre of NOTE).  Published plays include “On the Porch One Crisp Spring Morning” in “The Humana Festival 2009: The Complete Plays”.  www.alexdremann.com

    TJ LOVES SALLY 4 EVER by James Ijames

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    Playwright James Ijames. Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

    PlayPenn is proud to host a public reading of the latest work by Philadelphia playwright, James Ijames.

    When:

    Tuesday, February 6th at 7:30pm

    Where:

    Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

     

    TJ LOVES SALLY 4 EVER

    by James Ijames

    Directed by Maura Krause

    Dramaturg: Michele Volansky

     

    TJ is a University Dean. He’s in love with Sally. Sally does not love TJ. Sally is a student. This will not be easy. There’s a marching band, several step shows and the dismantling of the legacies that keep us tied down.

    In short: Imagine if Thomas Jefferson was a University Dean and Sally Hemings was his work-study student. Isuncomfortable.

     

    This reading is free and open to the public.  

     

    Questions? Contact email@playpenn.org

    James Ijames is a Philadelphia based performer and playwright. He has appeared regionally in productions at The Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, The Wilma Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, and People’s Light and Theatre. James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre (NYC), Ally Theatre (Washington DC) and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright’s Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre and Victory Garden. James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, and he also won two Barrymores for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for Superior Donuts and Angels in America and one Barrymore for Outstanding Direction of a Play for The Brothers Size with Simpatico Theatre Company. James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ….Miz Martha and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award.  James is a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright producing collective and a mentor for The Foundry. He received a B.A. in Drama from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. James is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and resides in South Philadelphia.

    Stage Manager: Tom Shotkin