Ten For The Price Of One

Drama, comedy, satire, poetry, and songs! by award-winning playwrights Arthur Kopit, Dominique Morisseau, Michael Bradford, Brian Dykstra, Libby Emmons, Colin Greer, and Israela Margalit, under directors John Eisner, Margarett Perry, John-Martin Green, and Christina Roussos, with the hilarious Up & Down Theater, and the legendary Living Theater.

Playwrights:

 

Arthur Kopit (playwright) is the author of: Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You inthe Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad; Indians (Finalist for Pulitzer Prize); Wings (Finalist for Pulitzer Prize); the book for the musical Nine (score by Maury Yeston; Tony Award for Best Musical, 1982; Tony Award for Best Musical revival, 2003); the book for the musical Phantom (score by Maury Yeston); the book for the musical High Society (score by Cole Porter); End of the World With Symposium to Follow; Road to Nirvana; BecauseHeCan; and other plays.  He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and runs the Lark Playwright’s Workshop.

Dominique Morisseau, Playwright/Actress, is alumni of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop. Credits include: Skeleton Crew (Sundance; Lark Barebones; Atlantic Theater Company (Scott Rudin); Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT); Sunset Baby (Gate Theater; LAByrinth Theatre); Follow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill; Premiere Stages). She has produced other original works with the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Penn State University, American Theatre of Harlem and The New Group. Her 3-play cycle, entitled “The Detroit Projects” include Detroit ’67, Paradise Blue, and Skeleton Crew. Paradise Blue premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2015 starring Blair Underwood and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Dominique is currently the Story Editor on the Showtime series Shameless. Awards: Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, two-time NAACP Image Award, Primus Prize commendation, Stavis Playwriting Award, Spirit of Detroit Award, U of M Emerging Leader Award, Weissberger Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper New American Play Prize, The Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Award, and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama.

Michael Bradford is an Associate Professor of Playwriting and Dramatic Literature and Director of the Theatre Studies BA in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut.  His residencies and fellowships include the Manhattan Theatre Club Playwright Fellowship, the LARK Developmental Theatre (NYC), the New York Stage and Film Company Residency at Vassar, NY, and a Research Scholar Fulbright to Granada, Spain.  His productions include American Place Theatre, the LARK Play Developmental Center, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the HERE Art Center (NYC), A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) (Seattle, Wa.), the Playhouse on Park Theatre (Hartford, Ct.), and The Negro Ensemble Company (NYC). His work is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

Brian Dykstra is an actor, playwright and HBO Def Poet. Most recently he played LBJ in All The Way at Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, is just back from a workshop of a hip hop play of his at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles called Used To Was (Maybe Did) directed by Margarett Perry, and is writing a new play about racism in corporate America called “Well, If You Don’t Know…". All the while he is making a musical adaptation of The Learned Ladies with composer Ray Leslee.v

Libby Emmons is a playwright and theater maker, whose plays include I Am Not an  Allegory (these are people i know), upcoming March 2016 at Under St. Marks, NYC; Puff Puff (Festival of the Offensive, NYC), Radio Mara Mara (The Kraine Theater, FringeNYC), Zeropia (Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission), The Girls from Afar (East/West Players, LA), “Animal/Animal,” (Best Short Plays, 2013, Smith & Krause), “The Worm Turns at the Fort Peck Hotel,” (New York Theater Review 2009), RU610?  Williamstown Theatre Festival Commission, and many more. She is co-founder of Sticky, has written over 50 plays for premiere in the short play series, and is a new company member of NY Madness. Libby is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University School of the Arts, and blogs the story of her life at li88yinc.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and a very mean cat.

Dr. Colin Greer has been the President of the New World Foundation since 1985. Formerly, he was a Professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY. He wrote briefing papers on philanthropy and government for First Lady, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, and on education policy for Senator Paul Wellstone.  He chaired the President’s White House Internship Financial Aid Committee (1992-4).
His books include (with Herbert Kohl) A Call to Character. He is best known for The Great School Legend and Choosing Equality: The Case for Democratic Schooling (which won the American Library Association’s Eli M. Oboler Intellectual Freedom Award). He was a founding editor of Change Magazine and Social Policy Magazine. He was a contributing editor to Parade Magazine for almost 20 years where he interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev, Billy Graham, and Bishop Desmond Tutu. He chairs the Boards of the LARK Play Development Center (NYC) and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. 
Colin Greer also writes non-fiction.  His poems have been published in Transformations and Hanging Loose. Two of his plays Imagining Heschel and Spinoza’s Solitude are collected in “Religious Differences Between Artichokes” (Lantern Books) with a Preface by Cornel West.

Israela Margalit is an award-winning playwright and TV writer, and a world-renowned concert pianist and recording artist. Her writing honors include an Emmy Nomination, a Gold Medal, the New York Film & TV Festival, two NEA Media Awards, Best Play Honorary Mention, the New York Short Play Festival, and a Certificate of Merit  (Finalist,) the Long Island Film Festival. Her critically-acclaimed plays Trio, Night Blooming Jasmine, Get Me a Guy, 3 O’clock in Brooklyn, and First Prize have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Russia, and Hungary. Her television specials for Arts & Entertainment, PBS, ZDF, ARD, Transel, and Deutsche-Welle were shown in more than twenty countries. She appeared as a soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras including the American Big Five and the Berlin Philharmonic. She recorded for EMI, Universal, Decca, and Chandos, (the British Music Industry Award, Best CD, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice.) She serves on the Lark Theater board, the international board of trustees of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the advisory council of the 92Y Tisch Center of the Arts, New York, and the advisory board of TFTT, an emerging black playwrights festival. She is the Artistic Director of Moonlight Theatre Productions. She’s the founding President of Music and More, a non-profit organization devoted to bringing classical music to inner city school children.

 

Directors:

John Clinton Eisner is the Artistic Director of The Lark, an international theater laboratory, based in New York City, dedicated to empowering playwrights by providing transformative support within a global community. As Artistic Director, he divides his time between working directly with playwrights and creating strategies with artistic leaders in the United States and abroad to advance new plays into the repertoire.
John has directed plays by Calderon, Yeats, Wilder, Shakespeare, John Patrick Shanley, Jeroen van den Berg, Anton Dudley, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Ian Rowlands and Lloyd Suh, among others, and worked with hundreds of writers on new plays at, including Kristoffer Diaz, Katori Hall, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Arthur Kopit, Koffi Kwahule, Theresa Rebeck, Saviana Stanescu and Sinan Unel.

Margarett Perry is an award-winning director of new plays. She has directed and developed new work Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country as well as in Los Angeles, Scotland and London.  She is the Resident Director at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca where she has directed over 20 productions. She is also a regular at the Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio and an Artistic Fellow at The Lark Play Development Center where she has worked with numerous writers developing new work.  She is currently in development with Center Theatre Group on "Used to Was (Maybe Did)" by Brian Dykstra. Other upcoming projects include "Grand Concourse" by Heidi Schreck and "One Slight Hitch" by Lewis Black. www.margarettperry.com

Christina Roussos has directed new work at HB Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Jam, Theater Breaking Through Barriers and Judson Church among others. Video directing: The Share, Bodega, and Close the Loop. Audio directing: radio plays for Performa streaming at Hordaland Kunstsenter (Norway). Christina is a volunteer at the 52nd Street Project and is currently pursuing her MFA in Directing at Brooklyn College.

 

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