Please join us for The Foundry Graduation Showcase of Emerging Philadelphia Playwrights
These writers have spent three years developing plays in close mentorship with Jacqueline Goldfinger, Quinn Eli and Michael Hollinger. At our Showcase, you will see excerpts from their newest plays and celebrate the culminating year of their Foundry membership in a post-Showcase reception.
Val Dunn is a Philadelphia-based playwright who creates plays, performance art, and rituals. She is a member of the Foundry and Writers on the Rocks with whom she has developed A Shock of Wheat, I Know the Wind for the Things It Touches, Oh, Possum! and Down in the Holler (semifinalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival). Val’s work has been supported by the Orchard Project, Centrum, Juniper Productions, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Azuka’s Spotlight Series, SANDBOX, and Philly Plays @ the Drake. Upcoming: Down in the Holler (Play Penn 2018) & So Mote It Be (Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2018). B.A. Washington College.
Brie Knight received her M.A. from Villanova University. Her play Pancake Queen received the 2015 Sue Winge Playwriting Award at Villanova and was featured at the 2017 PlayPenn Conference. Her works have been featured at the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, Eagle Theatre, and STING. Brie has served as Dramaturgy Intern at People’s Light and is on the Board of Manayunk Theatre Company. Her plays are borne from her convictions that the theatre is a powerful tool to effect change within people; to challenge established ways of thought, question the complacent status quo, and uncover truths common to us all. Many thanks to Michael, Quinn, and Jackie.
Jim Hawkins is a native of Wilmington, Delaware, and has lived in Illinois, California, the District of Columbia and Maryland. He now lives in the small town of Smyrna, Delaware. He has been a storyteller throughout his adult life, whether working as a newspaper reporter, pastor, freelance writer or playwright. Jim studied journalism at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), theology at Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, D.C.) and theatre at Villanova University. His political comedy The Reinvention of Lily Johnson was produced in Philadelphia during the summer of 2016. He was a finalist for the 2017 Heideman Award from the Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky for his short play Catacomb. In March his play Enemy had a developmental reading with the Resident Ensemble Players in Newark, Delaware. What you will experience this evening is from Jim’s new play Return to Treasure Island. Jim initially thought of writing a play continuing the story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island for a simple reason: he shares his name with the protagonist. As a child he read the book and saw a theatrical adaptation on an elementary school field trip, so he thought he knew Treasure Island. But when he re-read the novel as an adult he realized that Treasure Island is more than a swashbuckling adventure tale. The novel is set in the mid-18th century, a time of turmoil in the British Empire, with a fascinating cast of characters.
Haygen-Brice Walker is a queer Puerto Rican-American playwright-producer born and raised in the American South and currently living in South Philly. He holds a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, & Production with a focus in Playwriting and a Creative Writing minor from the University of the Arts and is an alumnus of the National Theatre Institute. His work is a kaleidoscopic clash of caffeine, history, pornography, violence, pop-culture, myth, and magic; his playscapes often populated by gay werewolves, drag queens, white buffalos, Jennifer Lopez, cocaine, dreamers, John Wayne Gacy, and lots of fonts. Haygen-Brice is the 2018-2019 Jerome Many Voices Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center, a third-year member of The Foundry at PlayPenn, and a 2018/2020 Core Playwright at Interact Theatre Company. In 2015, with director-producer Elaina Di Monaco, Haygen co-founded ON THE ROCKS, a production company for their frequent late-night, BYOB, deep-fried collaborations. ON THE ROCKS is dedicated to presenting bold and edgy queer narratives and have been consistently featured on Top Fringe Picks by Phindie and DC Metro Arts news magazines for their balls-to-the-walls, high-octane-horror, millennial, Fringe dumpster-fires.
Alisha Adams’ work often explores site-specific and community-engaged playwriting methods. Most recently, she worked with Girls Rock Philly to develop an improvisatory choir workshop for womxn to generate soundscapes of resistance. Alisha’s plays have been presented and developed by Padua Playwrights, Curio Theater, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She was an Emerging Artist in Residence at Plays & Players, a Douglas Byers Memorial Fellow with Signal Fire Arts, and a 2016 Resident Writer at 100W Corsicana. Her plays include Other Tongues (High Desert Test Sites, Philadelphia Women’s Theater Festival), Go Yeri Ston (Temple MFA Playfest), Unring a Bell (Runner up, 2016 Red Theater Competition; Finalist, 2016 Raw Stages New Works Festival), Shelter-in-Place (