FALL ROUGH READINGS!
This year's Rough Reading Season is Pay What You Can.
Dipika Guha's HERCULINE and LOLA
In partnership with Theatre of Yugen at NOH Space.Directed by Amy Mueller
- Monday, OCTOBER 14, 7:30pm at Roble Hall, Stanford University
- Tuesday, OCTOBER 15 at 7pm. NOHspace, San Francisco
About the Play
On vacation in Amsterdam, American teenager Lola learns the secret about her true biological identity from her doting parents. A century earlier, frustrated and misunderstood, schoolteacher Herculine Barbin retreats into a solitary white room. HERCULINE and LOLA is an epic love story of two people both stranded in their own time yet bound together by inexplicable force. It is inspired by the diary of the first ‘true hermaphrodite’ Herculine Barbin.
About the Playwright
Dipika Guha writes plays that are lyrical, funny and formally inventive. Her plays include THE BETROTHED (Wellfleet Harbour Actors Theatre, Chester Theatre), PASSING (Risk is This Festival, Cutting Ball Theatre) and THE RULES (Superlab workshop Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb, Old Vic New Voices workshop). Her plays have been developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, WordBRIDGE, New Century Theatre Company and Tobacco Theatre (UK) among others. Residencies include Ucross Foundation, Djerassi Residents Artists Program and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She is a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, an Affiliated Artist with New Georges and an Ars Nova Playgroup Alum. She recently conceived and co-produced Letters to Guantanamo, an evening of pieces responding to recent events at Guantanamo Bay at the Culture Project and is working on a new play commission from New Georges/Barnard College. She enjoys sharing playwriting with diverse communities has worked at schools, non- profits, theatres and universities. Dipika has a BA from University College London, was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University and graduated from the MFA Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama where she studied with Paula Vogel. She was raised in India, Russia and the United Kingdom.November Rough Reading
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's Go on Living A Poet's Journey Through a Chinese Prison.
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
- Monday, November 4, 7:30pm at Roble Hall, Stanford University
- Tuesday, November 12, 3pm at Black Box Theater in Zellerbach 7, UC Berkeley.
About the Play
Go On Living is an adaptation of Chinese Dissident Poet Liao Yiwu's memoir For A Song and A Hundred Songs, which captures his four brutal years as a political prisoner for the incendiary poem, "Massacre", written in response to the June 4th 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square. Brutally funny and shockingly poignant within its bleak prison reality, we follow Liao's journey from a hedonistic, womanizing apolitical avant-garde poet to Prisoner 0-9-9, finding the societal microcosm between cell walls.
About the Playwright
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play Lidless received the Yale Drama Series Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Keene Prize for Literature, and the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. In 2011 she was awarded the Wasserstein Prize by the Educational Foundation of America for her most recent work, The World of Extreme Happiness, which ran this fall in London at the National Theatre. Her plays have been produced by the Goodman Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 2 on the West End, Page 73 Productions in New York, Interact Theatre in Philadelphia, Borderlands Theatre in Tuscon, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia. She has received commissions from South Coast Reperatory, Seattle Reperatory and the Goodman Theatre. Frances received an MFA in Writing from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, a BA in Sociology from Brown University, and a certificate in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Her work has been published by Yale University Press, Glimmer Train, Methuen Drama, Samuel French, and Dramatists Play Service. Frances was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei and Beijing.December Rough Reading
Rob Melrose's adaptation ofOZMA of OZ
In partnership with Cutting Ball Theatre.
Directed by Rob Melrose
- Monday, December 2, 7:30pm at Roble Hall, Stanford University
- Tuesday, DECEMBER 3, 7pm at The Thick House, San Francisco
About the Play
Ozma of Oz is a trip-hop musical based on L. Frank Baum’s third book in the Wizard of Oz series. It chronicles Dorothy’s return to Oz and is a kind of sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Ozma of Oz features music by Bay Area electro-rock group Z.O.N.K. giving the piece its own 21st Century San Francisco spin. Dorthy and a talking chicken Billinia are the sole survivors of a shipwreck and find themselves in the fairy kingdom of Ev. Ev is separated from Oz by a dangerous, impassable desert. In order to rejoin her old friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion in Oz, Dorothy must gather a new group of friends in Ev in order to defeat the Nome King of Ev. If you thought a Tin Man and a Talking Scarecrow was strange, wait until you meet a Princess with 31 interchangeable heads, a talking Sawhorse, the world’s first robot, a hungry tiger and the beautiful and powerful Ozma of Oz!About the Playwright
Rob Melrose is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Cutting Ball Theater and works nationally as a freelance director. He has directed at The Guthrie Theater (Happy Days,Pen, Julius Caesar - with the Acting Company); The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Troilus and Cressida – in association with the Public Theater), Magic Theatre (An Accident, World Premiere); PlayMakers Rep (Happy Days); California Shakespeare Theater (Villains, Fools, and Lovers); Black Box Theatre (The Creature, World Premiere, BATCC Award for direction), as well as Actors’ Collective; The Gamm Theatre; and Crowded Fire, among others. His directing credits at Cutting Ball include Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep (the first time all five of Strindberg’s Chamber Plays have been produced together in rep in any language including Swedish), Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night (World Premiere) , Pelleas & Melisande, the Bay Area Premiere of Will Eno’s Lady Grey (in ever lower light); The Tempest; The Bald Soprano; Victims of Duty; Bone to Pick and Diadem(World Premiere); Endgame; Krapp’s Last Tape; The Taming of the Shrew; Macbeth;Hamletmachine; As You Like It; The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World; Mayakovsky: A Tragedy; My Head Was a Sledgehammer; Roberto Zucco; The Vomit Talk of Ghosts (World Premiere); The Sandalwood Box; Pickling; Ajax for Instance;Helen of Troy (World Premiere); and Drowning Room (World Premiere). Translations include No Exit, Woyzeck, Ubu Roi, Pelléas and Mélisande, The Bald Soprano, The Chairs, Communiqué #10, and Ubu Roi. His translations of Woyzeck, Ubu Roi, and Pelléas & Melisande have been published by EXIT Press. He is a recipient of the NEA / TCG Career Development Program award for directors. He has taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, USF, the University of Rhode Island and Marin Academy. He has a B.A. in English and Theater from Princeton University where he graduated magna cum laude and an M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of Drama.
The Rough Reading Season is Pay What You Can.
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