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Daniel King | Apr 12, 2017

The Theater Division presents the Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights’ Festival, celebrating new plays by third year M.F.A. playwrights running in repertory, April 12–April 22, 2017, in the Forum and Baker Theaters. This year, the festival hosts eight presentations total in the form of two workshop productions and six original play readings. 
The festival provides the opportunity for M.F.A. playwrights to present their work to audiences and guest mentoring artists. The two featured festival plays are fully staged for the first time during the festival, complete with costumes, sets, lights and sound. Since they are being produced in an educational setting as the culmination of a playwrights’ workshop, they are considered workshop productions, so these plays could go on to have professional world premieres elsewhere.
The script readings are a collaboration between the OHIO playwriting and acting departments. M.F.A. actors and senior B.F.A. actors take part in six readings. Three first-year writers direct their own work and have six hours to rehearse their scripts with their actors. The second-year writers work with directors, including faculty members and M.F.A. directors, to stage their work in script-in-hand readings, with minimal technical elements included. Audiences are encouraged to join in the discuss of the plays with the visiting artist mentors, the playwrights and the actors over refreshments after the readings.
Each year the festival hosts guest mentors who attend all of the festival presentations and will engage in a public feedback sessions. This year’s mentors are Michael Legg, Celise Kalke and Nambi Kelley. Legg is the Director of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he has directed plays for nearly ten years. Kalke, the Director of New Projects at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, has partnered with many award-winning writers as a dramaturg and a champion of new work. Kelley is currently playwright in residence at the National Black Theatre (NY), and has acted on regional stages across the country, and internationally, including shows at the Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre.
“The M.F.A. playwrights will get professional insight and feedback, and over the course of the festival will get to know each mentor. We get to understand our own work on a deeper level and its context within the American theater world, and to connect with professional artists and leaders who can help us make the bridge to development and production opportunities beyond our program,” said Festival Co-Producer Natasha Smith, a 2nd-year M.F.A. playwright, whose play “Vessel” is among those to be read during the festival.


The Big F*CKIN’ Giant
By Rachel Bykowski
Directed by Allison Epperson
Forum Theater, RTV Building
April 12th, 15th, 20th & 21st: 8:00 p.m.
April 15th: 2:00 p.m.
Alright, pussies! You ready? Do you have what it takes to be an Alpha? Think you can pin the Big F*ckin’ Giant? Push! Push yourself to the f*cking brink. Until you feel the pain. See your opponent standing there across the mat. Want to take him down? The night before the NCAA wrestling conference, three fraternity brothers have to prove they are the alphas of the mat and Judy is just the girl to help them. Once you step onto the mat, you can never stop. Read a recent interview with playwright Rachel Bykowski on
This is How You Got Me Naked
By Catherine Weingarten
Directed by Ben Stockman
Forum Theater, RTV Building 
April 13th, 14th*, 19th & 22nd: 8:00 p.m.
April 22nd: 2:00 p.m. 
It’s the “Dress to Get Laid” Party: Jackie is dressed as a sexy trash bag, aka looking good, and ready to hit on her sexy male dancer friend who is a junior so he will love her so hard he can’t even feel his own body!! Is Jackie destined to be another tragic tale about the perils of hookup culture? Or will she be the lucky girlfriend of a dancer who is hot? Read a recent interview with playwright Catherine Weingarten about “This is How You Got Me Naked,” on
*SPECIAL TALKBACK: On Friday, April 14, following the performance, Professor of Sociology, Thomas Vander Ven will discuss hooking up and drinking culture in life and in the play.


Presented in the Elizabeth Baker Theater, Kantner Hall (Free admission)
Thursday, April 20
1:00 p.m. Tattoo On Your Arm — by Inna Tsyrlin
4:00 p.m. Vessel — by Natasha Smith
8:00 p.m. Fireflies — by Philana Omorotionmwan
Friday, April 21
2:00 p.m. I 3> GIRLS — by Katherine Varga
Saturday, April 22
1:00 p.m. Shahid — by Trip Venturella
4:00 p.m. Millennialville — by Cristina Luzarraga, directed by Dan Winters 
For further information, including details about each of the readings, check out the festival website:
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