The winner of the 2016 nuVoices Festival is:
THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE
When his elderly father, Oscar, proposes moving in with him, Richard, happily settled with his partner David, is less than enthusiastic about the idea. Unbeknownst to Oscar, an adopted son will soon be occupying the spare bedroom in Richard and David's beachside condo. Years of unspoken hostilities and resentments are unleashed, spiraling the men into a vicious game of finger pointing. Tensions reach a breaking point when Oscar's growing suspicions over the circumstances of his wife's death lead him to make a startling accusation against his son.
Playwright Meridith Friedman was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received her BA from Connecticut College, and her MFA in Writing for the Stage & Screen from Northwestern University. Her play THE FIRESTORM is a current National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere, receiving productions in Chicago, Dallas, and Boulder. Her work has been developed and workshopped at The Kennedy Center, Chicago Dramatists, The Greenhouse Theatre Center, Curious Theatre Company, the NNPN National New Play Showcase, New Repertory Theatre, The Lark, Actor's Express, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kitchen Dog Theater, Stage Left Theatre, LOCAL Theatre Company, The Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, The American Southwest Theatre Company at NMSU, The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, Florida Repertory Theatre, and the Ashland New Play Festival. She was the NNPN Playwright-in-Residence at Curious Theatre Company for their 2010-2011 season, a 2012-2013 Dramatist Guild Fellow, and the recipient of a 2013-2014 Downstage Left Playwriting Residency at Stage Left Theatre. She was awarded the 2014 NNPN Annual Commission to write and develop a new play with Curious Theatre Company, THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE. Meridith was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Drama at Kenyon College for the 2011-2012 academic year, and taught two sections of screenwriting to undergraduates while completing her graduate work at Northwestern University. She has also taught playwriting to talented high school and middle school dramatists at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Curious Theatre Company. She is currently working on the books for two new musicals.
Sarah Provencal (Director) - Sarah earned her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy (Directing emphasis) at Virginia Commonwealth University where some of her favorite projects include directing Karen Hartman’s Troy Women and playing Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. After earning her MFA, she worked and trained abroad in London, England. Highlights include working with Punchdrunk on The Drowned Man, training with physical theatre companies, and directing two premieres: Cutting Edge: An Interactive Fairytale, and The Last Hour of Antigone. Here in Charlotte, Sarah most recently directed Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles with Three Bone Theatre, and Rapture, Blister, Burn with Charlotte’s Off Broadway; she has also directed at UpStage, The Warehouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, performed with Chickspeare, taught master classes for the Film Actor’s Studio and Taproot Ensemble, and regularly presents workshops at Southeastern Theatre Conference on directing, devising, and women in theatre. She is an adjunct Professor of Theatre and Box Office Manager at Winthrop University and a teaching artist at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
Charlotte's Premier Festival of New Works
nuVoices was created by Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte to honor and encourage emerging playwrights of the American Theatre, as well as develop the next generation of regional artists. The nuVoices Festival is a springboard to catapult new plays to the national stage through our existing relationship with the National New Play Network. This year's festival will be held January 10th - 17th, 2016.
The residency will encompass a four-day festival that will feature two public, script-in-hand readings for each of the four plays selected and a presentation of our Public Good project. Following the end of the festival, a festival winner, who will be determined by a panel of audience members, arts professionals, and ATC staff, will be invited by the theatre to have a full production mounted in the 2016-2017 season.
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s nuVoices for a nuGeneration Play Festival is expanding to include our inaugural Public Good project. This project will explore the Eugenics board of North Carolina's crimes & reparations.
nuVoices is made possible by Knight Foundation.
Our 2016 nuVoices participants:
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON
The first play in Mr. Edmund's "City of the Bayou" Collection, The Daughters of the Moon follows a runaway slave girl and a former plantation mistress wanted for murder as they embark on a perilous journey North towards freedom, guided by an Ancient African Goddess.
Playwright Reginald Edmund, is a Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright and an Artistic Associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago, he was a 2010-2011 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center. His play Southbridge was runner up for the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks National Playwriting Awards, and most recently named winner of the 2010 Southern Playwrights’ Competition and the Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play. His nine play series titled ‘The City of the Bayou Collection’, include The Ordained Smile of Sadie May Jenkins, Southbridge, Juneteenth Street, The Redemption of Allah Black, and White America and others were developed at esteemed theaters including Ensemble Theatre of Houston, Playwright Center-Minneapolis, Pangea World Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, Wordsmyth Theatre, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. Reginald Edmund received his BFA in Theatre- Performance from Texas Southern University and his MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University in ‘09.
BRIAN DAYE (Director) is an actor, writer and director based in Huntersville. His combined experience in all three disciplines spans over 30 years ranging from feature films to network television to local and regional theatre. In fact, one the first theatrical roles Brian performed in Charlotte was with….Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte as “Sheriff Conroy Atkins” in “Book of Days” almost 15 years ago! He went on to perform additional roles in “Blue Door” and “Cuttin’ Up” for ATC. Brian directed his own original piece “One In The Spirit” in local and regional productions throughout NC, VA and GA. He also performed in, wrote and directed readings and productions for Lee Street Theatre in Salisbury and directed the Tony nominated “HOME” by Samm-Art Williams for Charlotte’s OnQ Productions. Brian is ABSOLUTELY THRILLED, BLESSED and THANKFUL TO GOD to have been given an opportunity to direct for the 2016 nuVoices New Play Festival. He’s looking forward to reuniting with Dan, Chip & Carrie and meeting everyone involved with the Festival. Collaborating to create new work is fascinating, challenging and invigorating and Brian is ready to help make it happen!
THE MERMAID HOUR
Working class parents Pilar and Bird try to navigate their tween daughter's gender transition, while she rocks her first crush, discovers the power of the internet, and decides they aren't moving fast enough to keep up.
Playwright David Valdes Greenwood’s plays have been staged across the US and in the UK. His work has been produced or developed by the Humana Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Huntington Theatre Company, Portland Stage, and others. He is a former Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow and Brother Thomas Artist Fellow, and a current Cimientos Fellow. His published plays include Brave Navigator (Samuel French) and the forthcoming Bully Dance (Adirondack Press). Upcoming work includes world premieres of the drama Full Code with Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (winner of the Generations Playwriting Prize) and Raggedy And at Pride Plays in Chicago, as well as a staged reading of Vow Keepers at IATI in New York. The Mermaid Hour was commissioned as part of the Sloan Project at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York.
Lyndsay Burch (Director) is thrilled to be returning to Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte and the nuVoices Festival after serving as an assistant director in 2013 for Carl aka Karl. A Charlotte native, Lyndsay has served as a director and assistant director at Elon University, the Hangar Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and B Street Theatre. Her most recent credits include: Grounded (B Street Theatre), Halftime with Don (National Playwrights Conference) and Handle with Care (B Street Theatre). Lyndsay has had the opportunity to study directing through the Yale School of Drama’s Summer Directing Intensive, the Hangar Theatre Lab Company and the National Theatre Institute. Lyndsay is a member of the 2015-2016 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Class and a proud Artistic Associate at B Street Theatre in Sacramento.
Photographer Jenny Leonard just happens to be at the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, and takes several pictures of people jumping to their deaths from the upper floors of the North Tower. One photograph in particular haunts her-a shot of a man who looks as if he is flying. Her quest to discover this man's identity brings her face to face with her photographer's role as a witness to tragedy and loss; with society's refusal to admit that a man facing death could willingly choose to take his own life; and, in the end, with the victim himself.
Playwright Matthew Wells is a New York-based playwright whose productions include God's Country, performed at Charlotte Rep's New Playwrights Festival and produced Off-Off Broadway at Theatre Club Funambules; The Goose Girl (Theatre of N.O.T.E., LA); The Mildred Piece, (InCoAct, NYC); Don Juan in Hell's Kitchen (Ariel Theatre Co, NYC; Tapestry Theatre Co, VA); The Auschwitz Circus (A Theatre Co, NYC); and Scarlet Woman (2011 Frigid Festival, NYC; Edmonton Fringe; Winnipeg Fringe; Gremlin Theatre, St. Paul). His comedy about subatomic physics, Schrödinger’s Girlfriend, won a Sloan Grant from Ensemble Studio Theatre, premiered at The Magic Theatre in San Francisco, and was produced at the Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA. His play about Oscar Wilde, Oscar and Adonis, won the 2000 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival One-Act Play Award. And his play Beautiful Day was a finalist at both the 2013 National Playwrights Conference and the 2013 Lark Playwrights Week. His what-if comedy about Hamlet in his fifties, Countrie Matters, was part of the PlayLab series at the 2015 Great Plains Theatre Conference; his ten-minute play Romeo and Rosaline was read at the Red Bull Theater Short Play Festival in July 2015; and his ten-minute play Elvis at Auschwitz was done by Nylon Fusion in August 2015 as part of their This Round’s On You series. Published works include the short-story version of "The Auschwitz Circus," which was the cover story of the June 1996 issue of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction; and a book of poetry, Out Of Sequence.
Sean Kimbro (Director) is the Artistic Director of Quixotic Theatre, and graduate of Appalachian State University. Previous directing credits include Fat Pig, Dying City, T-Bone & Weasel, and The Pillowman. He is currently directing a production of Dog Sees God for Appalachian Creative Theatre. Additionally, he has several sound and lighting design credits, and has been nominated for two Metrolina Theatre Awards for sound design, as well as for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2012. Other passions include snowboarding and live music.
Allyson Currin - The Sooner Child
David Myers - How to Conquer America: A Mostly True History of Yogurt
Donna Hoke - Brilliant Works Of Art
Eric Coble - Margin Of Error
James McLindon - Herod's Sin (Working Title)
Jonathan Fitts - The Scenographer
Margaret Baldwin - Coyote Hour
Mia McCullough - The Anatomy of Pain
Nayna Agrawal - Dharma
Ron Hirsen - Land Where My Fathers Died
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