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This month's reading features Joshua Conkel's OKAY, BYE. Directed by Marquicia Domingue, OKAY, BYE. marks Thriving Artists' first staged reading. Featuring local talents Elena Flory-Barnes and Jessica Severance, this darkly sarcastic piece follows two former classmates as they reconnect at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Funny, recognizable, and dark, this piece explores issues of alcoholism, suicide, and loneliness.

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

Thriving Artists envisions a society that values the right of its artists to make viable the career of their choice.  Forever eliminating the commonly accepted notion of the 'starving artist'.

To present works by artists who have changed the history of theatre and to create works that question the role of theatre in our time, age and place.

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Joshua Conkel is a playwright and TV writer. He is also a Navy brat from rural Washington State. Plays include MilkMilkLemonade (Best Off Off Broadway Show of 2009-NY Press, published by Playscripts), The Chalk Boy (Published by Original Works Publishing), Lonesome Winter (co-written with Megan Hill), The Sluts of Sutton Drive, I Wanna Destroy You, Sprawl, The House of Von Macrame as well as countless short plays. He currently writes for Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events


Conkel’s work has been seen all over the world and developed by The Management, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Old Vic/New Voices, Dixon Place, The Flea and more. He lives in Los Angeles.