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The October reading features SuperTrue by Karen Hartman.

On the porch of an almost-charming cabin in the Catskills, two New Yorkers reckon with the moment when Plan A fades away but Plan B has not emerged. In other words, they're turning forty. How will they make a new truth?

Curated by Live Girls! Theater with support from ACT's Associate Artistic Director John Langs and Literary Manager Anita Montgomery, The Construction Zone provides playwrights with opportunities to develop and share new work, while providing audiences with an intimate and meaningful exposure to the process. Plays chosen for the series will be of the moment and feature gifted playwrights from around the country. Performed by professional artists and followed by discussions. One of the scripts from 2015 will come to the stage in the ACTLab 2016 season.

Part of the series: The Construction Zone

Karen Hartman held the Playwright Center’s 2014-15 McKnight Residency and Commission for a nationally recognized playwright. Current and upcoming work includes Roz and Ray (Alley Theatre’s Alley All New Festival; developed at Playwrights Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Hedgebrook), The Book of Joseph (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Project Dawn (workshop at People’s Light & Theater Company), and a Yale Repertory Theater commission about the landmark Supreme Court case Ricci vs DeStefano. Her new dialogue for Mozart’s The Magic Flute appeared in Pacific Music Works’ 2015 production at Meany Hall in Seattle. Hartman’s Goldie, Max, and Milk premiered at Florida Stage and the Phoenix Theater, nominated for the Steinberg and Carbonell Awards.

Other works: Goliath (Dorothy Silver New Play Prize), Gum, Leah’s Train, Going Gone (N.E.A. New Play Grant); Girl Under Grain (Best Drama in NY Fringe); Wild Kate, ALICE: Tales of a Curious Girl (Music by Gina Leishman, AT&T Onstage Award); Troy Women; Donna Wants; Sea Change, score by AnnMarie Milazzo; and MotherBone , score by Graham Reynolds (Frederick Loewe Award).

New York: Women's Project, National Asian American Theatre Company, P73, the New York Fringe (Best Drama), and Summer Play Festival. Regional: Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, the Magic, and elsewhere. Publications: Theater Communications Group, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Backstage Books, and NoPassport Press. Awards: Sustainable Arts Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, the N.E.A., the Helen Merrill Foundation, Daryl Roth "Creative Spirit" Award, Hodder Fellowship, Jerome Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship.

Her prose has been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post . An alumna of New Dramatists and longtime Brooklynite, Karen is now Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Drama. Coming up in Seattle: Wild Kate , inspired by Moby Dick and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, at Cornish College.