OMAHA, NEB.: Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) has selected 20 playwrights to participate in the 14th annual conference’s 2019 PlayLab program. Hosted by Metropolitan Community College, this year’s convening will take place May 26-June 1.
The selected playwrights were chosen from a pool of more than 850 blind submissions. Each of the playwrights will work on their projects with a creative team and cast composed of local and national talent. The lab will culminate in a staged reading, after which the playwrights will receive feedback from other playwrights, theatre scholars, directors, and public audiences.
This year’s selected playwrights and projects include:
Ian August of Lawrenceville, N.J., Brisé
Nancy Bell of St. Louis, The People in the Cabin
Amy Berryman of New York City, Walden
Matthew Ivan Bennett of Salt Lake City, Art & Class
EllaRose Chary of New York City, The Lake and the Mill
Ian Cohen of New York City, Old Wounds
Edward Einhorn of New York City, Alma Baya
Alexandra Espinoza of Philadelphia, Homeridae
Emily Feldman of New York City, The Best We Could (A Family Tragedy)
Steven Haworth of Garrison, N.Y., Monkey in the Shade
Emmanuel Leadon of Glenn Heights, Texas, Cave Canem
Laura Leininger-Campbell of Omaha, Neb., Worms
John Minigan of Framingham, Mass., Queen of Sad Mischance
Matt Minnicino of New York City, Wyrd
Andrew Rosendorf of Minneapolis, Refuge
Whitney Rowland of Minneapolis, Wayfinding
Emma Stanton of Chicago, When the Tsunami Knows Your Name
Ryan Stevens of Los Angeles, The Resurrectionist
Josiah Thomas Turner of Stevens Point, Wisc., Uncle Tom’s Nephews
LaDarrion Williams of North Hollywood, Calif., Black Creek Risin’
Founded in 2006, GPTC brings playwrights and theatre artists together to develop new works. The conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and Humanities Nebraska.