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Mia has just endured an embarrassing wake for her deadname lead by her gun-toting radical Mormon feminist sister when she receives a summons from Britney Spears demanding they both meet her at a diner in rural Idaho. Dream is being stalked by the paparazzi as his depression reaches it's zenith. Delilah is leaving her family for seemingly no reason. A teenager goes missing with no body or clues except for his obsession with the stars.

Theatre can inspire action. ACTivate is ACTLab's newest series of readings in collaboration with both theatrical and civic partners. Together we share a play about important contemporary issues. Local civic and service organizations are invited to be part of the conversation following the play and share knowledge and action steps.

Part of the series: ACTivate Reading Series

Nelle Tankus is a queer trans woman playwright interested in making weird gay shit. Her full-length work has been seen at Copious Love Productions (The Untitled Play About Art School, directed by L. Nicol Cabe), Annex Theater (Eat Cake, directed by Catherine Blake Smith, and Gay City Arts (Safe, directed by Gary Zinter). Her shorter works have been seen at Mo-Wave, The Pocket Theater, Volunteer Park, The Erickson Theater, 14/48, and have been presented in association with MAP Theatre, ACT's 1-Minute Play Festival, Fantastic Z. Theatre Company, Annex Theatre's Spin the Bottle, Forward Flux's collaborate/create, and in Portland with Fuse Theatre Ensemble. Nelle is a 2015 Lambda Alumni in Playwriting, was shortlisted for the 2016 Sewanee Writer's Conference, and is an alumni of Parley: A Playwright's Group. She will be attending University of New Mexico's M.F.A. Dramatic Writing program beginning Fall 2017.


Umbrella ProjectUmbrella Project was founded in response to direct needs of our community:

  • We must further the life of new plays beyond readings and first productions.
  • We must find new sources of funding and grow audiences for new plays.
  • We must advocate with playwrights to get their work produced outside of the communities in which they premiere.
By building local and national networks of theaters, playwrights and other artists, we move plays forward. Learn more about how we work here.

Umbrella Project was founded by Norah Elges, Erin Bednarz, and Gavin Reub in 2014.