New Dramatists Hosts Book Launch Party For Kreitzer's New Play Collection

New Dramatists Hosts Book Launch Party For Kreitzer's New Play Collection

NoPassport Press and its "Theatre & Performance Play Texts" Series is proud to announce the publication of a new play collection "SELF DEFENSE and other plays."

This volume collects for the first time four astonishing, rigorous, heartbreaking plays from acclaimed US playwright Carson Kreitzer. It contains SELF DEFENSE, THE LOVE SONG OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, 1:23, AND SLITHER.

To celebrate this event, Kreitzer will read selections from her work at a NoPassport Press Book Launch Party & Salon, which will take place on November 3, 2011 at New Dramatists (424 West 44th Street, NYC) from 4 PM-6:30 PM. RSVP to 212-757-6960

Billed as a Pen & Swill event at New Dramatists, this Book Launch Party & Salon will also celebrate playwright Chiori Miyagawa's upcoming collection "America Dreaming and other plays," as well as the ongoing work of NoPassport. In addition to Kreitzer's reading, this warm and convivial gathering will feature short readings by NoPassport Press authors Susana Cook, Kia Corthron, Migdalia Cruz, Christine Evans, Linda Faigo-Hall, Catherine Filloux, David Greenspan, Matthew Maguire, Chiori Miyagawa, Saviana Stanescu, and Caridad Svich. The event will be moderated by Randy Gener, a Series Editor of NoPassport Press.

As with all No Passport Press titles, Kreitzer's play collection "SELF DEFENSE and other plays" is now available from No Passport Press and as Print on Demand, as well as on and on

With a preface by eminent theatre director MarK Wing-Davey and an introduction by dramaturg and scholar Mead K. Hunter, both of which contextualize Kreitzer's body of work, "SELF DEFENSE and other plays" is a collection that is destined to have undeniable impact on the field of American theatre.

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Carson Kreitzer
Carson Kreitzer's plays include "The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer," "SELF DEFENSE or death of some salesmen," "1:23," "Flesh and the Desert," "The Slow Drag (New York and London)," "Freakshow," "Slither," "Dead Wait," and "Take My Breath Away," featured in BAM's 1997 Next Wave Festival. "Behind the Eye," her new play about surrealist muse and WWII combat photographer Lee Miller, premiered at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in April 2011, directed by MarK Wing-Davey.

Her plays have been produced or developed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Public Theater, The Royal Court Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Portland Center Stage, Perishable Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Mabou Mines, Frank Theatre, the Actors Gang, and Next Theatre, among others. Grants: NEA New Play Development Program, NYFA, NYSCA, TCG, Jerome and McKnight Foundations, Loewe Award in Music-Theatre, and the first Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship at the Lark Play Development Center. BA: Yale University. MFA: Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin.

Ms. Kreitzer is a resident playwright at New Dramatists; an associated artist with Clubbed Thumb and New Georges; and a member of The Workhaus Collective, The Playwrights' Center, and the Dramatists Guild.

Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould have been commissioned by Yale Rep and New Dramatists as part of New Dramatists's Full Stage USA program. They are working on a musical called Lempicka, about the art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka

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