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Wilbury Theatre Group Names Darcie Dennigan Playwright-in-Residence

The Rhode Island-based playwright, poet, and community engagement manager will develop new works at the theatre.

PROVIDENCE, R.I.: The Wilbury Theatre Group has named Darcie Dennigan its playwright-in-residence. The residency is part of the company’s new-works development program, Studio W, and offers a two-year renewable term at the discretion of the artistic director.

Darcie Dennigan.

“Darcie is a unique and exciting voice in the theatre,” said artistic director Josh Short in a statement. “She embodies a curiosity and an enthusiasm for community engagement and storytelling that those of us lucky enough to work with her admire, and her writing manages to be at once incredibly vivid while concise and close to the bone. There are no wasted words in Darcie’s writing, so I’ll waste no more here: We are elated to have her with us.”

The Wilbury Theatre Group presented Dennigan’s The Pleiades as part of Studio W in October, and her play The Happy End, an adaptation of Mónica de la Torre’s book The Happy End/All Welcome, will be staged next month. Dennigan has served as Wilbury Theatre Group’s community engagement manager for the Providence Fringe Festival since 2016. For the residency, she will be given the opportunity to develop new work with the support of workshops, and private and public readings at the theatre. An award-winning poet, she is also the author of the novel Slater Orchard (coming this fall), and a collection of performance texts titled The Parking Lot and other feral scenarios.

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