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The Rough Readings will always be Pay What You Can.

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October Rough Reading

Good, Better, Best, Bested
by Jonathan Spector

Directed by Tracy Ward
Performed by Danny Jones*, Robert Sicular*, Nik Duggan, Sango Tajima, Sarah Moser*, Brian Herndon*, & Madeline HD Brown*

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

About the Play

A long, drunken stumble down the Las Vegas Strip, in which bachelorettes, stage magicians, street performers, professional gamblers, obnoxious tourists and historical soldiers reckon with a disturbing event, and are forced to decide how much they should let it disturb their good time.

"Jonathan has written a deeply imaginative and unsettling piece that follows multiple story lines of seemingly disconnected groups during a one-night journey down the Las Vegas Strip. Without announcing its complexity in any obvious way, and with tremendous humor and some ironic wit, the play explores questions of war, intimacy and cultural consumption in a hilarious and disturbing way." - Amy Mueller, Playwrights Foundation Artistic Director

About the Playwright

Jonathan Spector’s plays including In From the Cold, FTW, Adult Swim, The Vast Expanse and Good, Better, Best Bested, have been produced and developed with Aurora Theater, Playwrights Foundation, PlayGround, Z Space, Just Theater, Mugwumpin, Source Theater Festival (Washington, DC), Something Marvelous Festival (Chicago) and St. Bonaventure College. He’s been a two-time winner of Aurora Theater’s Global Age Project Contest, received PlayGround’s Emerging Playwright Award, Theatre Bay Area’s TITAN Award, and been a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New Harmony Project, and Lark Playwrights Week.

He is also the Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning Just Theater, where he has directed and/or produced regional premieres of many new plays, including Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present…, Rob Handel’s A Maze, Anne Washburn’s I Have Loved Strangers and The Internationalist, Jason Grote’s 1001, and Melissa James Gibson’s Current Nobody.

November Rough Reading

by Dipika Guha

Directed by Amy Mueller
Performed by Jaime Asdorian, Jeri Lynn Cohen*, Jason Kapoor*, Josh Schell

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

About the Play

An Indian celebrity professor and esteemed poet has a double life. And now so does his wife. And her lover. And his girlfriend. Lifted is a funny and wry investigation of love, authenticity, authorship and what happens when you finally find your voice.

About the Playwright

Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in tea drinking countries. Her plays include I Enter the Valley (Weissberger nom ’14), Mechanics of Love (Drama League Directorfest, Roundabout Underground Reading Series), Blown Youth (New Georges/Barnard) and The Rules (Upcoming: San Francisco Playhouse). She is the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship through Lark Playwrights Development Center, A Room of Her Own, and Hedgebrook. Her work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, WordBRIDGE, Women’s Project Theatre, the Drama League, New Georges, Red Bull Theatre, Judson Church, New Professional Theatre, Ars Nova Playgroup, Soho Rep W/D Lab, Naked Angels, Fault Line Theatre, One Coast Collaboration and the Tobacco Factory (UK) amongst others. She currently holds commissions from South Coast Rep and Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is developing new plays with the Satori Group in Seattle and Mo-elelo Theatre, San Diego. She is a current resident at the Playwrights Foundation and a member of the Ma-Yi writers lab. This fall she is a Visiting Artist at the Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School researching and write a new play focusing broadly on international human rights. Dipika was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University before receiving her MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel. Despite a long run in the north east of the United States she still drinks tea.

"I think tragicomedy in particular strikes me ... of life being both things simultaneously, that speaks to me as being true...There something in that multi-genre device that is thorny and poses the question rather than a simple solution."

We had the chance to interview Dipika Guha on her process, motivation, and experience as a Resident Playwright at PF. You can read about the interview on our blog and watch the entire video on Vimeo!

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The Rough Reading Season is Pay What You Can.

To RSVP email rsvp@playwrightsfoundation.org or call 415.626.2176.
Dates and times are subject to change.