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ADAA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FINALISTS FOR THE $10,000

2016 SAROYAN/PAUL HUMAN RIGHTS PLAYWRITING PRIZE 

FINALISTS


The Good Minister from Harare
 by June Carryl

A low-level bureaucrat is plunged into a nightmare wonderland of red tape, government thugs and revolutionary zealots after a visit from his father. When the past won’t stay buried, do you turn a blind eye and live, or die a martyr in the bloody business
of liberation?
Gutting by Jeremy J. Kamps Fourteen year-old Kali and her mother Eunice return to the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans two years after Hurricane Katrina to find that “home” is no longer there. Despite the forces of systemic racism driving them away and apart, this mother and daughter learn that loving each other is both an act of resistance and renewal.               

The Madres by Stephanie Alison Walker


It’s Buenos Aires, 1979. Two women search covertly for Belen, nine months pregnant and one of the many disappeared people in Argentina’s so-called “Dirty War.”

RUNNERS-UP

Paradise by Laura Maria Censabella

Yasmeen Al-Hamadi is a devout Yemeni-American Muslim girl at a struggling inner-city Bronx high school.  Dr. Guy Royston is her disaffected science teacher, a former Evangelical with a mysterious past.  An unlikely research team, together they embark on a neurological study, leading to stormy conflicts over love, faith and culture. 


Doing Time 
by Jerry Goralnick

Based on actual events that took place in July and August of 1957 when Judith Malina, co-founder of The Living Theatre and Dorothy Day, co-founder of The Catholic Worker shared a cell for thirty days in the New York City Women’s House of Detention for protesting civil defense drills.  All the incarcerated women in the House of Detention were twenty-year-old prostitute junkies and as they came to know who Dorothy was they would come to her and confess their life stories.

Zona Rosa by Carlos Morton

An activist medical doctor trying to spread awareness of the AIDS epidemic in 1980’s Mexico City is murdured along with four other Gay men in a homophobic crime.

How to Conquer America by David Myers

In 1975, an un-proven research assistant created an ad campaign that turned a queer fermented-milk product into the 9 billion dollar a year phenomena it is today. Now, Arlene Hoffman, along with the ghost of her dead immigrant father, will tell us how she did it. A story of culture, appropriation, family, and the American Dream.

Bhuta/Kala by Nathaniel Sam Shapiro

Bhuta/Kala follows a troupe of Balinese Hindu religious theatrical performers, who simultaneously are perpetrating the Indonesian political genocide of 1965 while preparing and ultimately enacting the famous play of Barong and Rangda, a traditional tale of good versus evil. As the personal, political, and religious blend together,  the play asks when neighbors take up arms against neighbors throughout history, what stories have perpetrators told themselves to enable their inhuman acts?

The Hunters by Jen Silverman

When a Vietnamese-American man kidnaps the grandson of the American soldier who killed his grandfather, he must confront the thin line between reparations and revenge. Can we ever find a way past the histories that determine our lives, or does history loom too large to ever be overwritten?

HONORABLE MENTIONS

People Like Us by Melanie Anne Ball

Otherland by David Cote

When After All, It Was You and Me by Kevin Doyle

Silence by Jason Grote

Kidnap Road by Catherine Filloux

This is Only A Test by Eric Reyes Loo

Sh ofu, Wianbu Pi by Lucy Sheen

A Guide For The Homesick by Ken Urban

How to Wear A Headscarf Tutorial (Part One) by Alannah Olivia 

 
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The last year has been a very good one for my new play about the mothers of the disappeared in Argentina, The Madres. I have been terrible about updating my site with all of the exciting news, so here I am doing it now in one big post.

 

 

BOULDER ENSEMBLE THEATER COMPANY – Generations Prize

As the winner of the Generations Prize, I traveled to Boulder, CO for a week-long workshop of The Madres culminating in a public reading at the Boulder Public Library directed by Heather Beasley. It was an incredible experience. The Generations prize is for playwrights who are parents to children under the age of 18. I strongly encourage anyone who fits that demographic to apply!

Rehearsing The Madres for the Generations Prize reading with BETC.

Rehearsing The Madres for the Generations Prize reading with BETC. Pictured L to R: Daniel Jimenez, Chris Kendall, Jaime Lujan & Gabriella Cavallero

EUGENE O’NEILL NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE

The Madres was a FINALIST for the O’Neill this year! This was the first time I’ve reached the Finalist level with any play for the O’Neill.

“It is the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s pleasure to recommend Stephanie Walker and their play THE MADRES as a finalist for our 2016 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one of 54 finalists out of more than 1,450 submissions, the strength of its writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process. Our readers responded to the way women at the center of the play gave us a sharp and empathetic view into the larger political situation.” – source – New Play Exchange

KITCHEN DOG THEATER’S FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS – FINALIST

I was very happy that The Madres was a named a finalist for Kitchen Dog Theater’s festival of new plays.

 

JANE CHAMBERS FEMINIST PLAYWRITING CONTEST – RUNNER-UP

The Madres was a runner-up for the Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Contest. The announcement of the award called The Madres, “taut, elegant and expertly crafted.” The award was given to Emma Stanton’s powerful play NO CANDY. I was honored to be a runner-up.

THE ROAD SUMMER PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 7

the-madres-poster-2-210x280The Madres received an amazing reading at The Road Theater’s Summer Playwrights Festival 7. The reading was directed beautifully by Emily Chase and had an outstanding cast including: Arianna Ortiz, Denise Blasor, Marcelo Tubert, Kyla Garcia and Daniel Penilla.

The wonderful cast of The Madres at The Road's SPF7

The wonderful cast of The Madres at The Road’s SPF7

ASHLAND NEW PLAY FESTIVAL WINNER

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The Madres is a winner of the 2016 Ashland New Play Festival! I’m thrilled to be traveling to Ashland, Oregon in October with The Madres for the festival. I’ve heard amazing things about this festival and have submitted many plays over the years. I’m very excited to work with my director Leah Anderson to bring The Madres to life in Ashland.

 

 
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Photo by Dave Rivas

Photo by Dave Rivas

Last night my new play THE MADRES was read in San Diego and it was magical.


The reading was presented by Amigos del Rep of the San Diego Rep. It was directed by the incredible Herbert Siguenza and featured the talents of Arianna Ortiz, Catalina Maynard, John Padilla, Daniel Penilla and Alexandra Lemus.


I have wanted to write about the unbelievably courageous and inspiring Madres de La Plaza de Mayo/ Las Madres de Los Desaparecidos for a long time.


This play is dedicated to them and their extraordinary stand in the face of the indescribable circumstances of the “Dirty War.”


I learned so much about the play last night by hearing it reflected back to me by the savvy San Diego audience that filled the house.

Gracias, San Diego!
Gracias, Amigos del Rep!

 
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My new play THE MADRES about the mothers of the disappeared in Argentina is a finalist for the Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize!


From the official press release:


After reviewing over 230 play submissions, Center Theatre Group announced today that 10 finalists have been chosen for the first annual Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize. The award will be given to the best new, unproduced play written by a Southern California playwright.


The winning playwright will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an additional $5,000 will be given to a Southern California theatre to subsidize the play’s world premiere production. Two runners-up will each be awarded a cash prize of $2,000.


The winning and runner-up plays will be developed with CTG’s literary staff, led by CTG’s
Director of New Play Development Pier Carlo Talenti, and presented in staged readings at the Kirk Douglas Theatre Rehearsal Room from February 12-14, 2016.


The winner and two runners-up will be announced at the annual Humanitas dinner on Monday, January 11, 2016, at the Directors Guild.


The complete script of THE MADRES is available to read on the New Play Exchange.

 
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