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Play4Keeps Podcast | Creating the World We Want to See: A Conversation with Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden

EArt, race, activism, smoothie diets, and the future of American theatre. There’s lots on the table in this conversation between friends and multi-hyphenate theatremakersReginald Edmund andKyle Haden.Theyget personal, from discussing their experiences as Black men and artists, to making each other laugh and appreciating how they balance one another. They also talk aboutthe work they’re doing to amplify Black stories, like with the activist theatre organization Reginald founded, theBlack Lives, Black Words International Project. Reginald Edmundis the founder and managing curating producer for Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, this project gives voice to some of the most contemporary political black writers from the US, Canada, and the UK, asking them to explore the question “Do black lives matter today?” In addition, he is a resident playwright at Tamasha Theatre in London, England; an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre; an artistic associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago; and an artistic patriot at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He was also a 2010-11 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center. You can listen to his play SOUTHBRIDGE on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast today:https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/southbridge/ Kyle Haden is now in his sixth season as artistic director of ANPF as well as an Equity actor, director, and assistant professor of acting at Carnegie Mellon University. On stage, Kyle has performed at regional theatres nationwide, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and more. He most recently performed in the world premiere of We Are Among Us at City Theatre. As a director, Kyle was named a 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow, and has directed various productions across the country, including the world premiere ofHazardous Materials(ANPF 2016) at Creede Repertory Theatre. Heis also a Senior Coordinating Producer with Black Lives, Black Words International Project.

52 MIN2 w ago
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Creating the World We Want to See: A Conversation with Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden

Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SOUTHBRIDGE by Reginald Edmund

EReginald Edmund | In SOUTHBRIDGE, a white widow has been assaulted and an angry mob is at the jailhouse door demanding the sheriff lynch the accused. The only way to untangle the truth is for the accused, a young Black man called Stranger, to relive the events that led him to the hangman's tree in Athens, Ohio, in the year 1881. Based on historical events, it is the second play in Reginald Edmund's nine-play City of the Bayou Collection. Featuring the cast of Chris Butler, TaiReikca L.A., Cedric Lamar, Nubia Monks, Annie Paul, and James Ryen. SOUTHBRIDGE was was winner of the 2010 Southern Playwrights’ Competition, the 2013 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play, and the 2013 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, as well as runner-up for the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks National Playwriting Awards in 2009. Reginald Edmund is currently the founder and managing curating producer for Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, this project gives voice to some of the most contemporary political Black writers from the US, Canada, and the UK, asking them to explore the question “Do Black lives matter today?” In addition, he is a resident playwright at Tamasha Theatre in London, England; an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre; an artistic associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago; and an artistic patriot at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He was also a 2010-11 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center. He received his BFA in theatre performance from Texas Southern University and his MFA in playwriting from Ohio University. His nine-play series titled The City of the Bayou Collection includes SOUTHBRIDGE, JUNETEENTH STREET, THE LAS CADILLAC, and ALL THE DYING VOICES, which were developed at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago, Deluxe Theatre, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Bush Theatre (UK), Boston Court @ Theatre, the Landing Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, and The National Theatre (UK). Learn more here: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/southbridge/

109 MINJUL 7
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SOUTHBRIDGE by Reginald Edmund

Play4Keeps Podcast | Cultivate Your Voice: A Conversation with Diana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas

EDiana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas speak to the moment and are as vulnerable and open in this conversation as they are on the page. Their talk weaves through their history of working together, their passion for promoting and advocating for theater artists of color, and how they cultivated their own voices. They also share how they got their start in theater and what advice they’d give to their younger selves: “Continue to do your own work. Don’t try to make work in order to please or try to get the attention of the gatekeepers or the major producers. Yes, it’s important at some point, but at the end of the day it’s more important to cultivate your voice and cultivate your tribe, to be your champions, so that you can bring them along with you once you get that opportunity.” Listen to SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast, featuring Anthony Heald, Nancy Rodriguez, and Gabriel Michael Goodfriend: https://play4keeps.org/play/silueta/ A...

57 MINMAY 19
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Cultivate Your Voice: A Conversation with Diana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas

Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton

EDiana Burbano, Chris Shelton, Tom Shelton | SILUETA is a two-person play inspired by the true story of Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-American performance artist and sculptor, whose life ended in a harrowing 34-story fall from the SoHo apartment she shared with her husband, Minimalist sculptor, Carl Andre. Ana, 36 at the time of her death in 1985, was a rising star in the SoHo art scene, known for her signature siluetas–provocative impressions of her naked body in blood, earth, fire and and other manifestations of nature. Carl, already famous as a founding father of geometric, building-block Minimalism, was past the peak of his career. It was a marriage of opposing artistic temperaments, fueled by ferocious ego and ambition on the part of both. Due to the emotional violence of their relationship and Carlʼs enigmatic behavior following Anaʼs death, he was accused and tried for her murder. Although Carl was eventually acquitted, the incident polarized the art world and became a cause célèbre for feminists, many of whom still believe in Carlʼs guilt. Although there is much speculation about what actually happened that terrible night, only Carl, now an old man still living in that same 34th-floor apartment, really knows. Or does he? Silueta imagines an elderly Carl, desperate to recover artistic potency, but blocked by a past he is unwilling to remember and face. He is haunted by the passionately ʻrealʼ ghost of Ana, equally desperate to discover the truth of her death and, more important, the truth of her life and Carlʼs love. Our audio performance features Nancy Rodriguez as Ana, Anthony Heald as Carl, and Michael Gabriel Goodfriend reading stage directions. Learn more about the playwrights and the play on our website: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/silueta/ The ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast is created in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

76 MINMAY 5
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton

Play4Keeps Podcast | Cherishing Time: A Conversation with Lauren Yee and Joe Ngo

ELauren Yee and Joe Ngo check in with each other from their respective coasts. They share what they’re doing during self-isolation: Joe’s practicing a new language as well as guitar and Lauren’s taking a break from her all-work regimen to enjoy time with loved ones. They ask: “Do weekends even matter anymore?” and “What comes next?” They share their hopes for live theater experiences becoming more treasured post-quarantine and their worries for small theaters surviving to the other side. “People will need a place to put their feelings,” says Joe, “A place to allow themselves to be challenged and at the same time say it’s okay.” Lauren Yee is an award-winning playwright from San Francisco and was named by American Theatre Magazine as the second most-produced playwright in the country last year. Her recent top honors include the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Doris Duke Artist Award, and a residency with New York’s Signature Theatre. Her play KING OF THE YEES was a winner...

63 MINAPR 21
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Cherishing Time: A Conversation with Lauren Yee and Joe Ngo

Play4Keeps Podcast | Singing Our Song: A Conversation with Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker

ENate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker join us on the podcast today for a conversation that brings connection and catharsis. They put our feelings into words and deftly share what they’re experiencing and thinking about during this pandemic. Listen as they talk about the power of championing other playwrights, finding inspiration in shorter projects, being okay with not meeting old benchmarks, and accepting help from those who want to give it. What’s your coping mechanism during this time? What advice would you want to give yourself a week from now? Nate Eppler is a playwright and new play advocate currently serving as Director of the Ingram New Works Project and Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre. He was a winner at ANPF 2018 for his play Primary User, which is scheduled to receive its world premiere this summer at the San Francisco Playhouse. It will also be part of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2020-2021 season. Stephanie Alison Walker is a playwright and screenwriter. Her plays are known for mining humor in darkness, personalizing the political, and exploring the strength of women. She is a two-time ANPF winning playwright for 2016’s The Madres and 2018’s The Abuelas. Both plays received their world premieres at Chicago’s Teatro Vista. As mentioned in the conversation, here is the list created by Stephanie and playwright Donna Hoke to help promote and support playwrights whose work was postponed or cancelled during the pandemic: https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1VN4TJDHbBIjgdW1r0_CkeJq2lzY0MI2nQO1F_tOTSis/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR3rwKjDtH5-2TXcbC2BEMeUH64Dqpl6f_zUOYJ7mpMNOe0TGtN1ED8ERNo Ashland New Plays Festival’s Play4Keeps Podcast is created in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

67 MINAPR 6
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Singing Our Song: A Conversation with Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker

Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: DONNA ORBITS THE MOON by Ian August

EIan August | Something is not quite right with Donna: she’s a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a minor celebrity to all the bake sale planners in town, but something is making her spacey, and she’s not sure what it is. Therapy is out of the question and church isn’t the place to share one’s distress. Donna will need to pass through space and through time—all the while listening to an unlikely voice—and try to break free from her gravitational pull to learn just how she can land. Our audio performance features Liisa Ivary and Eric Poppick. DONNA ORBITS THE MOON was produced at Tiny Dynamite in Philadelphia in 2019 and was the winner of the Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwrights Award in 2011. It had a developmental production with Utah Contemporary Theatre in 2010 and a world-premiere production with the NJ Repertory Company in 2011, followed by a run at Passage Theatre in Trenton in 2012. Ian August is a past ANPF winner for his play THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING in 2018. His full-length plays include: BRISÉ (Selection, 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference; Finalist, 2019 Seven Devils Playwright Conference); THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING (Winner, 2018 Ashland New Plays Festival and 2018 DVRF New Playwright Program; Semi-Finalist 2018 O’Neill Conference); INTERVIEWESE (Winner, Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Fest; Finalist, 2018 B Street Theatre New Comedy Fest); COBBLER (Finalist, B Street Theatre 2019 New Comedy Fest); and more. His YA play, PARKER AND THE CITY IN THE SEA, debuted at the 71st Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in the summer of 2018. Other works have been published by Samuel French, Inc., The Pitkin Review, Smith and Kraus Publishing, and the One-Act Play Depot. He is a founding member of the Princeton-based playwriting collective, the Witherspoon Circle, and is a graduate member of the Philadelphia playwriting workshop, The Foundry. Be sure to also check out the hilarious and informative conversation Ian shares with Beth Kander on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast, here: https://play4keeps.org/play4keeps-podcast-tiny-quiet-little-love-song-beth-kander-and-ian-august/ The Ashland New Plays Festival Play4Keeps Podcast is proudly made in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

74 MINMAR 23
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: DONNA ORBITS THE MOON by Ian August

Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: MRS. HARRISON by R. Eric Thomas

ER. Eric Thomas | MRS. HARRISON by R. Eric Thomas is about two women and one story. At their 10-year college reunion, Aisha and Holly meet by chance. Is this the first time or has it just been a long time? They can’t agree. Aisha is a black, successful playwright; she’s on the cover of the alumni magazine. Holly is a white, struggling stand-up comedian; she’s here for the free drinks. Aisha’s most successful play bears a striking resemblance to a tragic event in Holly’s life. Is it a coincidence or is it theft? As a rainstorm interrupts the outdoor reunion, they find themselves trapped inside, together. They both have a story that they’ve been telling themselves about what happened all those years ago and they’re both willing to fight for the truth in the present. Learn more about the play on our website, here: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/mrs-harrison/ Our recording features Christiana Clark and Rachel Crowl with stage directions read by Grant Luecke. R. Eric Thomas is an award-winning playwright and humor writer. He is the recipient of a 2017-2018 National New Play Network commission for the play NIGHTBIRD and the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award. We recorded his new play MRS. HARRISON on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast. He is also a senior staff writer at Elle.com, where he writes the daily humor column “Eric Reads the News.” He is the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and his newly released memoir Here For It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America is out now. Lin-Manuel Miranda said of Eric: “Pop culture-obsessed, Sedaris-level laugh-out-loud funny... [R. Eric Thomas] is one of my favorite writers.” Be sure to catch R. Eric's conversation with Haygen-Brice Walker from our last release! They discuss their experiences at Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Project, which is directed by ANPF 2018 winner Nate Eppler, as well as how they see their work. They cover everything, including comfort zones as writers, sex and queer experience on stage, the special vibes and challenges of self-producing fringe shows, teaching yourself to write screenplays, and more—including sending earnest, heartfelt texts to J.Lo. The ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast is a production of Ashland New Plays Festival.

67 MINMAR 10
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: MRS. HARRISON by R. Eric Thomas

Play4Keeps Podcast | Living Their Best Lives: A Conversation with R. Eric Thomas and Haygen-Brice Walker

EYou’ll be laughing from the word hello with these two: from ill-fitting corduroy pants during fashion week to stipends spent on Buffalo Wild Wings, take a journey with R. Eric Thomas and Haygen-Brice Walker. They discuss their experiences at Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Project, which is directed by ANPF 2018 winner Nate Eppler, as well as how they see their work. They cover everything, including comfort zones as writers, sex and queer experience on stage, the special vibes and challenges of self-producing fringe shows, teaching yourself to write screenplays, and more—including sending earnest, heartfelt texts to J.Lo. R. Eric Thomas is an award-winning playwright and humor writer. He is the recipient of a 2017-2018 National New Play Network commission for the playNIGHTBIRDand the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award.We recorded his new play MRS. HARRISON on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast. He is alsoa senior staff writer atElle.com,wherehewrites the daily humor column“Eri...

59 MINFEB 25
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Living Their Best Lives: A Conversation with R. Eric Thomas and Haygen-Brice Walker

Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: EVEN FLOWERS BLOOM IN HELL, SOMETIMES by Franky D. Gonzalez

EEVEN FLOWERS BLOOM IN HELL, SOMETIMES (A MIXTAPE) by Franky D. Gonzalez is an examination of prison inmates trying to discover meaning in the face of isolation and doubt in their own worth over a 25-year bid. The play explores familial ties, love, race, inmate-correctional officer relations, the passing of time, and the succeeding generation of individuals who deal with the challenges of trying to avoid a life of crime or resigning oneself to becoming a part of the system that swept up previous generations. This recording was underwritten by Nancy and Bill Grove and was recorded in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. The cast features Cameron Davis, August Gabriel, Angela Hernandez, Paul Michael Garcia, Grant Luecke, Alexander Palacios, Vilma Silva, Carlos-Zenen Trujillo, and Delvin Williams. The play wasan ANPF 2019 finalist and was alsoa semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. It was selected for development by the Repertorio Español’s Nuestras Voces Nation...

142 MINFEB 10
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: EVEN FLOWERS BLOOM IN HELL, SOMETIMES by Franky D. Gonzalez

Latest Episodes

Play4Keeps Podcast | Creating the World We Want to See: A Conversation with Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden

EArt, race, activism, smoothie diets, and the future of American theatre. There’s lots on the table in this conversation between friends and multi-hyphenate theatremakersReginald Edmund andKyle Haden.Theyget personal, from discussing their experiences as Black men and artists, to making each other laugh and appreciating how they balance one another. They also talk aboutthe work they’re doing to amplify Black stories, like with the activist theatre organization Reginald founded, theBlack Lives, Black Words International Project. Reginald Edmundis the founder and managing curating producer for Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, this project gives voice to some of the most contemporary political black writers from the US, Canada, and the UK, asking them to explore the question “Do black lives matter today?” In addition, he is a resident playwright at Tamasha Theatre in London, England; an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre; an artistic associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago; and an artistic patriot at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He was also a 2010-11 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center. You can listen to his play SOUTHBRIDGE on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast today:https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/southbridge/ Kyle Haden is now in his sixth season as artistic director of ANPF as well as an Equity actor, director, and assistant professor of acting at Carnegie Mellon University. On stage, Kyle has performed at regional theatres nationwide, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and more. He most recently performed in the world premiere of We Are Among Us at City Theatre. As a director, Kyle was named a 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow, and has directed various productions across the country, including the world premiere ofHazardous Materials(ANPF 2016) at Creede Repertory Theatre. Heis also a Senior Coordinating Producer with Black Lives, Black Words International Project.

52 MIN2 w ago
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Creating the World We Want to See: A Conversation with Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden

Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SOUTHBRIDGE by Reginald Edmund

EReginald Edmund | In SOUTHBRIDGE, a white widow has been assaulted and an angry mob is at the jailhouse door demanding the sheriff lynch the accused. The only way to untangle the truth is for the accused, a young Black man called Stranger, to relive the events that led him to the hangman's tree in Athens, Ohio, in the year 1881. Based on historical events, it is the second play in Reginald Edmund's nine-play City of the Bayou Collection. Featuring the cast of Chris Butler, TaiReikca L.A., Cedric Lamar, Nubia Monks, Annie Paul, and James Ryen. SOUTHBRIDGE was was winner of the 2010 Southern Playwrights’ Competition, the 2013 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play, and the 2013 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, as well as runner-up for the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks National Playwriting Awards in 2009. Reginald Edmund is currently the founder and managing curating producer for Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, this project gives voice to some of the most contemporary political Black writers from the US, Canada, and the UK, asking them to explore the question “Do Black lives matter today?” In addition, he is a resident playwright at Tamasha Theatre in London, England; an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre; an artistic associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago; and an artistic patriot at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He was also a 2010-11 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center. He received his BFA in theatre performance from Texas Southern University and his MFA in playwriting from Ohio University. His nine-play series titled The City of the Bayou Collection includes SOUTHBRIDGE, JUNETEENTH STREET, THE LAS CADILLAC, and ALL THE DYING VOICES, which were developed at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago, Deluxe Theatre, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Bush Theatre (UK), Boston Court @ Theatre, the Landing Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, and The National Theatre (UK). Learn more here: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/southbridge/

109 MINJUL 7
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SOUTHBRIDGE by Reginald Edmund

Play4Keeps Podcast | Cultivate Your Voice: A Conversation with Diana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas

EDiana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas speak to the moment and are as vulnerable and open in this conversation as they are on the page. Their talk weaves through their history of working together, their passion for promoting and advocating for theater artists of color, and how they cultivated their own voices. They also share how they got their start in theater and what advice they’d give to their younger selves: “Continue to do your own work. Don’t try to make work in order to please or try to get the attention of the gatekeepers or the major producers. Yes, it’s important at some point, but at the end of the day it’s more important to cultivate your voice and cultivate your tribe, to be your champions, so that you can bring them along with you once you get that opportunity.” Listen to SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast, featuring Anthony Heald, Nancy Rodriguez, and Gabriel Michael Goodfriend: https://play4keeps.org/play/silueta/ A...

57 MINMAY 19
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Cultivate Your Voice: A Conversation with Diana Burbano and Tlaloc Rivas

Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton

EDiana Burbano, Chris Shelton, Tom Shelton | SILUETA is a two-person play inspired by the true story of Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-American performance artist and sculptor, whose life ended in a harrowing 34-story fall from the SoHo apartment she shared with her husband, Minimalist sculptor, Carl Andre. Ana, 36 at the time of her death in 1985, was a rising star in the SoHo art scene, known for her signature siluetas–provocative impressions of her naked body in blood, earth, fire and and other manifestations of nature. Carl, already famous as a founding father of geometric, building-block Minimalism, was past the peak of his career. It was a marriage of opposing artistic temperaments, fueled by ferocious ego and ambition on the part of both. Due to the emotional violence of their relationship and Carlʼs enigmatic behavior following Anaʼs death, he was accused and tried for her murder. Although Carl was eventually acquitted, the incident polarized the art world and became a cause célèbre for feminists, many of whom still believe in Carlʼs guilt. Although there is much speculation about what actually happened that terrible night, only Carl, now an old man still living in that same 34th-floor apartment, really knows. Or does he? Silueta imagines an elderly Carl, desperate to recover artistic potency, but blocked by a past he is unwilling to remember and face. He is haunted by the passionately ʻrealʼ ghost of Ana, equally desperate to discover the truth of her death and, more important, the truth of her life and Carlʼs love. Our audio performance features Nancy Rodriguez as Ana, Anthony Heald as Carl, and Michael Gabriel Goodfriend reading stage directions. Learn more about the playwrights and the play on our website: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/silueta/ The ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast is created in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

76 MINMAY 5
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: SILUETA by Diana Burbano, Chris Shelton, and Tom Shelton

Play4Keeps Podcast | Cherishing Time: A Conversation with Lauren Yee and Joe Ngo

ELauren Yee and Joe Ngo check in with each other from their respective coasts. They share what they’re doing during self-isolation: Joe’s practicing a new language as well as guitar and Lauren’s taking a break from her all-work regimen to enjoy time with loved ones. They ask: “Do weekends even matter anymore?” and “What comes next?” They share their hopes for live theater experiences becoming more treasured post-quarantine and their worries for small theaters surviving to the other side. “People will need a place to put their feelings,” says Joe, “A place to allow themselves to be challenged and at the same time say it’s okay.” Lauren Yee is an award-winning playwright from San Francisco and was named by American Theatre Magazine as the second most-produced playwright in the country last year. Her recent top honors include the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Doris Duke Artist Award, and a residency with New York’s Signature Theatre. Her play KING OF THE YEES was a winner...

63 MINAPR 21
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Cherishing Time: A Conversation with Lauren Yee and Joe Ngo

Play4Keeps Podcast | Singing Our Song: A Conversation with Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker

ENate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker join us on the podcast today for a conversation that brings connection and catharsis. They put our feelings into words and deftly share what they’re experiencing and thinking about during this pandemic. Listen as they talk about the power of championing other playwrights, finding inspiration in shorter projects, being okay with not meeting old benchmarks, and accepting help from those who want to give it. What’s your coping mechanism during this time? What advice would you want to give yourself a week from now? Nate Eppler is a playwright and new play advocate currently serving as Director of the Ingram New Works Project and Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre. He was a winner at ANPF 2018 for his play Primary User, which is scheduled to receive its world premiere this summer at the San Francisco Playhouse. It will also be part of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2020-2021 season. Stephanie Alison Walker is a playwright and screenwriter. Her plays are known for mining humor in darkness, personalizing the political, and exploring the strength of women. She is a two-time ANPF winning playwright for 2016’s The Madres and 2018’s The Abuelas. Both plays received their world premieres at Chicago’s Teatro Vista. As mentioned in the conversation, here is the list created by Stephanie and playwright Donna Hoke to help promote and support playwrights whose work was postponed or cancelled during the pandemic: https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1VN4TJDHbBIjgdW1r0_CkeJq2lzY0MI2nQO1F_tOTSis/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR3rwKjDtH5-2TXcbC2BEMeUH64Dqpl6f_zUOYJ7mpMNOe0TGtN1ED8ERNo Ashland New Plays Festival’s Play4Keeps Podcast is created in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

67 MINAPR 6
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Singing Our Song: A Conversation with Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker

Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: DONNA ORBITS THE MOON by Ian August

EIan August | Something is not quite right with Donna: she’s a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a minor celebrity to all the bake sale planners in town, but something is making her spacey, and she’s not sure what it is. Therapy is out of the question and church isn’t the place to share one’s distress. Donna will need to pass through space and through time—all the while listening to an unlikely voice—and try to break free from her gravitational pull to learn just how she can land. Our audio performance features Liisa Ivary and Eric Poppick. DONNA ORBITS THE MOON was produced at Tiny Dynamite in Philadelphia in 2019 and was the winner of the Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwrights Award in 2011. It had a developmental production with Utah Contemporary Theatre in 2010 and a world-premiere production with the NJ Repertory Company in 2011, followed by a run at Passage Theatre in Trenton in 2012. Ian August is a past ANPF winner for his play THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING in 2018. His full-length plays include: BRISÉ (Selection, 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference; Finalist, 2019 Seven Devils Playwright Conference); THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING (Winner, 2018 Ashland New Plays Festival and 2018 DVRF New Playwright Program; Semi-Finalist 2018 O’Neill Conference); INTERVIEWESE (Winner, Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Fest; Finalist, 2018 B Street Theatre New Comedy Fest); COBBLER (Finalist, B Street Theatre 2019 New Comedy Fest); and more. His YA play, PARKER AND THE CITY IN THE SEA, debuted at the 71st Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in the summer of 2018. Other works have been published by Samuel French, Inc., The Pitkin Review, Smith and Kraus Publishing, and the One-Act Play Depot. He is a founding member of the Princeton-based playwriting collective, the Witherspoon Circle, and is a graduate member of the Philadelphia playwriting workshop, The Foundry. Be sure to also check out the hilarious and informative conversation Ian shares with Beth Kander on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast, here: https://play4keeps.org/play4keeps-podcast-tiny-quiet-little-love-song-beth-kander-and-ian-august/ The Ashland New Plays Festival Play4Keeps Podcast is proudly made in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

74 MINMAR 23
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: DONNA ORBITS THE MOON by Ian August

Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: MRS. HARRISON by R. Eric Thomas

ER. Eric Thomas | MRS. HARRISON by R. Eric Thomas is about two women and one story. At their 10-year college reunion, Aisha and Holly meet by chance. Is this the first time or has it just been a long time? They can’t agree. Aisha is a black, successful playwright; she’s on the cover of the alumni magazine. Holly is a white, struggling stand-up comedian; she’s here for the free drinks. Aisha’s most successful play bears a striking resemblance to a tragic event in Holly’s life. Is it a coincidence or is it theft? As a rainstorm interrupts the outdoor reunion, they find themselves trapped inside, together. They both have a story that they’ve been telling themselves about what happened all those years ago and they’re both willing to fight for the truth in the present. Learn more about the play on our website, here: https://ashlandnewplays.org/play/mrs-harrison/ Our recording features Christiana Clark and Rachel Crowl with stage directions read by Grant Luecke. R. Eric Thomas is an award-winning playwright and humor writer. He is the recipient of a 2017-2018 National New Play Network commission for the play NIGHTBIRD and the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award. We recorded his new play MRS. HARRISON on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast. He is also a senior staff writer at Elle.com, where he writes the daily humor column “Eric Reads the News.” He is the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and his newly released memoir Here For It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America is out now. Lin-Manuel Miranda said of Eric: “Pop culture-obsessed, Sedaris-level laugh-out-loud funny... [R. Eric Thomas] is one of my favorite writers.” Be sure to catch R. Eric's conversation with Haygen-Brice Walker from our last release! They discuss their experiences at Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Project, which is directed by ANPF 2018 winner Nate Eppler, as well as how they see their work. They cover everything, including comfort zones as writers, sex and queer experience on stage, the special vibes and challenges of self-producing fringe shows, teaching yourself to write screenplays, and more—including sending earnest, heartfelt texts to J.Lo. The ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast is a production of Ashland New Plays Festival.

67 MINMAR 10
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: MRS. HARRISON by R. Eric Thomas

Play4Keeps Podcast | Living Their Best Lives: A Conversation with R. Eric Thomas and Haygen-Brice Walker

EYou’ll be laughing from the word hello with these two: from ill-fitting corduroy pants during fashion week to stipends spent on Buffalo Wild Wings, take a journey with R. Eric Thomas and Haygen-Brice Walker. They discuss their experiences at Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Project, which is directed by ANPF 2018 winner Nate Eppler, as well as how they see their work. They cover everything, including comfort zones as writers, sex and queer experience on stage, the special vibes and challenges of self-producing fringe shows, teaching yourself to write screenplays, and more—including sending earnest, heartfelt texts to J.Lo. R. Eric Thomas is an award-winning playwright and humor writer. He is the recipient of a 2017-2018 National New Play Network commission for the playNIGHTBIRDand the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award.We recorded his new play MRS. HARRISON on the ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast. He is alsoa senior staff writer atElle.com,wherehewrites the daily humor column“Eri...

59 MINFEB 25
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Living Their Best Lives: A Conversation with R. Eric Thomas and Haygen-Brice Walker

Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: EVEN FLOWERS BLOOM IN HELL, SOMETIMES by Franky D. Gonzalez

EEVEN FLOWERS BLOOM IN HELL, SOMETIMES (A MIXTAPE) by Franky D. Gonzalez is an examination of prison inmates trying to discover meaning in the face of isolation and doubt in their own worth over a 25-year bid. The play explores familial ties, love, race, inmate-correctional officer relations, the passing of time, and the succeeding generation of individuals who deal with the challenges of trying to avoid a life of crime or resigning oneself to becoming a part of the system that swept up previous generations. This recording was underwritten by Nancy and Bill Grove and was recorded in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. The cast features Cameron Davis, August Gabriel, Angela Hernandez, Paul Michael Garcia, Grant Luecke, Alexander Palacios, Vilma Silva, Carlos-Zenen Trujillo, and Delvin Williams. The play wasan ANPF 2019 finalist and was alsoa semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. It was selected for development by the Repertorio Español’s Nuestras Voces Nation...

142 MINFEB 10
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Play4Keeps Podcast | Free full play: EVEN FLOWERS BLOOM IN HELL, SOMETIMES by Franky D. Gonzalez
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