Nov 12-17, 2013
In the Bullitt Cabaret
Running Time: varies by event
The Hansberry Project, in a joint venture with eSe Teatro, SIS Productions, and Pratidhwani, will host "REPRESENT!: A Multicultural Playwrights' Festival" Nov 12-17. The festival will feature staged readings of four new full-length plays, an evening dedicated specifically to showcasing the work of six very talented local writers and a new play sampler featuring 20 minute snippets of all four plays.
- Nov 12, 7:30pm, Local Playwrights Showcase
- Nov 13, 7;30pm, The Tiger Among Us by Lauren Yee (SIS Productions)
- Nov 14, 7:30pm, The Many Faces of Nia by Lenelle Moise (The Hansberry Project)
- Nov 15, 7:30pm, Everything but the Paper by Sonal Champsee (Pratidhwani)
- Nov 16, 7:30pm, No Number Home by Tencha Avila (eSe Teatro)
- Nov 17, 2:00pm, New Play Sampler- Snippets of all four plays read in one day!
Click on the links below to learn more about the theatre companies presenting REPRESENT!
The Hansberry Project
The Tiger Among Us by Lauren Yee
Contains strong language. Recommended for ages 12+
By award-winning playwright Lauren Yee, this play explores the cultural disconnect felt by an isolated Hmong American family living in rural Minnesota as two siblings seek to blend traditional Hmong family values with modern life.November in Minnesota: to bored high schooler Lia, it's just another fricking cold month. But for Lia's troubled father, November means the start of the hunting season and a chance to capture what has eluded him his entire life. For her entrepreneurial brother Pao, each day offers the opportunity to scratch out a new way of living in this rural landscape. But soon, Lia finds herself caught between her responsibilities and her dreams. And just outside their door, something is about to break.
The Many Faces of Nia by Lenelle Moise
When Jewish housewife Beth discovers that her son David is dating a black woman, her fears and prejudices grow into a series of outlandish apparitions. When the real Nia comes to dinner, invasive neighbors and family revelations muddle Beth’s attempt to be a good hostess. Set in Brooklyn in the early 1990s, The Many Faces of Nia combines snappy dialogue with magical realism for a laugh-out-loud tragedy about fantasy, stereotypes, sexuality, love and the tensions between Black and Jewish people.
Everything but the Paper by Sonal Champsee
Ketan and Rupal are separated and no one is more determined to re-unite them than Ketan's aunt Kusum, even if she has to marriage counsel them herself. Her daughter Supriya doesn't think Kusum's forty-two years of marriage makes her an expert, and wants her to leave Ketan and Rupal alone. But with two divorces and trouble in her relationship with Pavel, how much does Supriya know about relationships? As the home marriage counseling continues, Kusum and Supriya have to unravel who should be together, who should be apart, and what does marriage and divorce mean to this contemporary Indian family.
No Number Home by Tencha Avila
No Number Home depicts a real incident that happened in a small colonia east of Las Animas during World War II when one of the community's young men went AWOL and military police invaded the secluded settlement looking for him. Through rich dialogue in Spanish and English, traditional Mexican music, and lyrical writing, the play explores questions of citizenship, identity, and the values of community and cultural legacy.
Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco, currently living in New York City. She was a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, and a member of The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group. She has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship, the PONY Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, the Sundance Theatre Lab, and the Wasserstein Prize. Her play Samsara has been a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and was workshopped at the O'Neill Conference. Her full-length work has been produced at AlterTheater, Artists at Play, City Lights Theatre Company, Company One, fu-GEN, the Hub Theatre, Impact Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Pan Asian Rep, Playwrights Realm, SIS Productions, and others. Lauren is a Time Warner Fellow at the Women's Project Playwrights Lab, a member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab, the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre, a Core Writer at the Playwrights' Center, and the Playwrights Realm Page One resident playwright. She is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Encore Theatre Company (with support from the Gerbode Foundation).
Lenelle Moïse is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Her comedy Merit won the 2012 Southern Rep Ruby Prize. She wrote, composed and costars in the IRNE-nominated drama Expatriate. Her other plays include: Matermorphosis, Little Griot, Spilling Venus, The Many Faces of Nia, Cornered in the Dark, and Purple. As an actor, she co-stars with Karla Mosley in Expatriate and appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Rebel Voices, a play based on the book Voices of a People's History of the United States. Her solo performances Womb-words, Thristing, and Ache What Make have been presented across the country. Moïse was a Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival Fellow, an Artist in Residence in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, a Visiting Performing Artist in African & African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin and the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA.
Sonal Champsee is a writer from Toronto, Canada. Her short fiction appears in the anthology, Friend. Follow. Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline, published October 2013 by Enfield & Wizenty. She serves on the prose editorial board for PRISM International, and was selected to be a teaching assistant for the inaugural class of The Story Intensive, offered Fall 2013 through the prestigious www.sarahselecky.com. Sonal has attended the Humber School for Writers, is currently working on an MFA in Creative Writing through UBC’s Optional Residency program, and has studied privately with Sarah Selecky, Matthew J. Trafford, and Jessica Westhead. She blogs about writing at www.sonalchampsee.com.
Tencha Avila is a Mexican-American Chicana playwright, a member of the Dramatists Guild, and currently lives in Denver. In 1995, her ten-minute play La Pepsi Cola was one of Ten by Ten national winners and was produced at The Cleveland Playhouse. Her play Kiss Bessemer Goodbye won first place in the 2007 Met Life Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition and was produced in Spanish as El Beso del Adios in 2010 at Repertorio Espanol Theatre in New York City. Two other of her plays have also been finalists in the Met Life Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition: Angie's Fire (2008) and No Number Home (2009). Her play Did It! was a winner of the 6 Women Playwriting Festival of 2008 and was produced in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Her play The London Impromptu was a semi-finalist in the McClaren Comedy International Competition of 2011. No Number Home won first place at the Multicultural Playwrights Festival and it made the semi-final rounds at the National Playwrights Conference of 2013. No Number Home made it to the semi-final rounds of the 2013 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference.