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Two lives unexpectedly collide when Amy, a transgender teenage girl shows up unannounced in a Florida motel room to visit Nell, a dying woman who’s lived much of her life on the streets of Detroit and wishes to self-publish her childhood memoir. Over the next 24 hours, Amy and Nell are forced to confront the difficult truths that have brought them together while Amy races to upload Nell’s manuscript before time runs out. Naming True explores questions of faith, identity, and how we attempt to reconcile guilt and loss. This tragicomedy, involving a stolen laptop, an old manuscript, and a peculiar cat, asks what significance hope plays in our spiritual lives. Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Naming True is a stirring, often heartbreaking tale of survival, redemption, and the deep human desire to share our stories.

A series of new plays presented as individual staged readings, 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. Curated by Theatre22 with support from ACT's Artistic Director John Langs, four plays will be chosen for the series and each will be of the moment and feature gifted playwrights from around the country. Performed by local professional artists, each reading will be followed by a post-show discussion. Of the four staged readings, one of these new and exciting scripts from 2016 will come to life on the stage in ACTLab and Theatre22's 2017 season.

Read more about Theatre22 and The Construction Zone in American Theatre Magazine.

Part of the series: The Construction Zone

Part of the series: The Construction Zone

Natalie Symons Natalie Symons’ plays include Lark Eden (Aurora Theatre, FreeFall Theatre, American Stage, New American Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Florida Studio Theatre, Bridge Street Theatre) and The Buffalo Kings (freeFall Theatre, world premiere). Her plays have been developed at Amas Musical Theatre, New Century Theatre Company’s Pipeline Series, Theater Schmeater, and freeFall Theatre. Awards/recognitions: Lark Eden: Suzi Bass nomination, Creative Loafing Readers’ Choice ‘Best Playwright.’ The Buffalo Kings: Hillsborough County Individual Artist Grant, Best of the Bay Critics’ Choice Award ‘Best Playwright,’ eight Theatre Tampa Bay Award nominations including ‘Outstanding Play,’ two TTB Awards including ‘Outstanding Ensemble’, three BroadwayWorld Awards including ‘Best Play’. Naming True: ACTLab and Theatre22 2016 The Construction Zone, 2016 Ashland New Play Festival finalist, Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Dramaworkshop Prize, Hope and Optimism (University of Notre Dame and Cornell University) finalist.

Natalie is the author of the upcoming novel, Call Her Frank, a literary mystery set in a forgotten steel town in Pennsylvania. She studied acting at Boston University and has a B.S. in human services and drama therapy from State University of New York, Empire State College. Recent regional acting credits include: Reborning (Urbanite Theatre), Last Of The Red Hot Lovers (Stageworks), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, An Empty Plate In The Café De Grande Boeuf, Becky Shaw, The Comedy of Errors, (freeFall Theatre), The Foreigner (American Stage).

Theatre22 seeks to be a forum where artists and audiences alike are brought to the experience of awareness, understanding and healing of the human condition and the recovery of the spirit through the gifts of the performing arts and entertainment.

We strive to serve our culturally diverse area as a meeting ground for the enrichment and growth of our community through educational resources and the expression of thought provoking, belief challenging works.

We are here to serve as a home to self-producing artistic and technical visionaries to explore, contribute and expand for the betterment of their crafts and the enrichment of our society.

Learn more about Theatre22 by visiting their website.

Theatre22 seeks to be a forum where artists and audiences alike are brought to the experience of awareness, understanding and healing of the human condition and the recovery of the spirit through the gifts of the performing arts and entertainment.

Learn more about Theatre22 by visiting their website.

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