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January Rough Reading

tiny boyfriend by Phillip Howze
Directed by Jonathan Spector
Performed by Michael Uy Kelly, Donnell Hill, & Rudy Guerrero


About the Play

Quan and John meet. Quan and John work together. Quan and John are trying to make it work. But shit keeps getting in their way—Quan and John keep getting in their own way.

In a little world full of big transformations tiny boyfriend discomforts the ordinary, challenging the rules of social conformity and celebrating the unpredictable possibility of love, faith and family.

About the Playwright

Phillip Howze is currently an MFA candidate in playwriting at Yale School of Drama. His plays include abominable, tiny boyfriend, and all of what you love and none of what you hate. His plays have been developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, and Yale Cabaret.

Previous to graduate school, he worked in human rights advocacy at the Open Society Foundations where he managed grant projects that intersect arts, culture, and education across Southeast Asia. Prior to that, he lived and worked as an educator at the U.S. Embassy's cultural center in Rangoon, Burma from 2005 – 2007.

He is a member of the board of directors of freeDimensional, and Yale Cabaret.

February Rough Reading

Teenage Dick by Mike Lew
Directed by Brian Katz, with dramaturgy by Michaela Goldhaber
Performed by Justin Gillman, Reggie White*, Peter Townley, Jessica Lynn Carroll*, Jennifer Erdmann*, & Carolyn Doyle*

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

About the Play

A commission from The Apothetae, a new NYC theater company dedicated to illuminating "the disabled experience," Teenage Dick is a re-imagination of Richard III set in high school. The play uses the most famous disabled character of all time as a means for re-examining more contemporary tropes about the differently-abled, via the tale of Richard (junior class secretary) and his quest to become senior class president of Roseland High.

About the Playwright

Mike Lew’s plays include Tiger Style! (O’Neill workshop; Juilliard and InterAct readings), Bike America (Ma-Yi, NYC; Alliance, Atlanta; Juilliard, Lark, Kennedy Center, and Playwrights Foundation workshops); microcrisis (Ma-Yi, NYC; InterAct, Philly; Next Act, Milwaukee); Stockton (AracaWorks and EST workshops); People’s Park (Victory Gardens workshop); Tenure (24 Hour Plays on Broadway), In Paris You will Find Many Baguettes… (Humana); Roanoke (Humana); and Moustache Guys.

Several of his short plays are published by Playscripts. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and the recipient of the Lanford Wilson Award, Helen Merrill Award, a NYFA fellowship in playwriting, the Kendeda and AracaWorks Grad Playwriting Awards, Heideman Award, Pacific/Rim Prize, and is a Sam French Festival Winner. He is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest collective of Asian-American playwrights in the country, and serves on the Members' Council of Ensemble Studio Theater. He is also a former staff writer for Blue Man Group, Bon Appetit, and PBS Kids’ PEG+CAT, and an alumnus of Youngblood and TCG Young Leaders of Color. He is married to fellow playwright Rehana Lew Mirza, who he met in Ma-Yi Lab. Training: Juilliard (2013), Yale (2003).

March Rough Reading

The Lady Onstage by Erin Bregman
Commissioned and directed by M. Graham Smith Featuring: Lauren Bloom*
*member of Actors' Equity Association

About the Play

THE LADY ONSTAGE explores the life and work of Olga Knipper, a name unfamiliar to most, but perhaps best known as “Chekhov’s wife”. Olga was a key creative genius in the history of modern theatre; she was not only the originator of the leading female roles in Chekhov’s four major plays, but also became the de facto chief representative of the Moscow Art Theater when they toured the United States. THE LADY ONSTAGE takes us into the psyche of an actress at the moment when theater changed forever, giving us an inside perspective on the radical choices artists make in the name of Art and Love.

About the Playwright

Erin's work has been produced by Just Theater, Playground, and the Washington DC Source Festival. She has been a multi-year finalist for the Princess Grace award and Global Age Project, and was a 2009 nominee for the Pony Fellowship. Her work has been developed in the Bay Area (Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Playground), Washington, DC (Inkwell and The Source), and New York (The Brick and The Lark). Erin is a company member of 2by4, PlayGround, and 6NewPlays, and a proud recipient of a 2014 Individual Artist Commission Grant from the SF Arts Commission for an upcoming musical collaboration with composer Alex Stein.

April Rough Reading

King of the Yees by Lauren Yee
Directed by Joshua Brody
Performed by Wes Gabrillo, Cindy Im*, Wayne Lee*, Mia Tagano*, & Dennis Yen
developed in partnership with:
Contemporary Drama Working Group, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley

About the Play

Take any Chinese last name, and there exists a corresponding "family association" with branches in each major American city, Chinese American men's clubs formed over a hundred years ago. For nearly twenty years, playwright Lauren Yee's father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association. Until now. Amid a backdrop of crumbling Chinatowns and all-too-lifelike museums, Lauren races through history, space, and the fourth wall to find her father in this joyride through San Francisco's disappearing past.

About the Playwright

Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and her MFA in playwriting from UCSD, where she studied under Naomi Iizuka. She was a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, and a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. She has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship, the PONY Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, the Sundance Theatre Lab, and the Wasserstein Prize. Her play Samsara has been a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. Her work has been published by Samuel French.

Lauren is a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab and a member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab, as well as the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre and the Page One resident playwright at Playwrights Realm. She is currently under commission from the Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, Mixed Blood Theatre, Encore Theatre Company (with support from the Gerbode Foundation), and TheatreworksUSA, a theater for young audiences.

May Rough Reading

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Tracy Ward
Performed by Jessica Lynn Carroll*, Kat Zdan*, Marilee Talkington*, & Dawn L. Troupe-Masi*

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

About the Play

A brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793’s Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, feminism and terrorism, art and theatre and how we actually go about changing the world.

About the Playwright

Lauren Gunderson is the 2014 winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for I and You. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), The O’Neill, Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva and more. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, and Toil And Trouble) and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA and lives in San Francisco

The Rough Reading Season is Pay What You Can.

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Winter 2015 dates and times are subject to change.