Playwrights Will Contribute to AFTER ORLANDO in Response to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting
Missing Bolts Productions (Blair Baker & Zac Kline, artistic directors) and NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press (OBIE-winner Caridad Svich, founder) are curating a collection of new plays from noted international playwrights in response the shooting at Pulse Nightclub, June 12, 2016.
The plays will be presented in a reading at a date and time to be announced in New York City in the fall of 2016 and subsequently published in a collection AFTER ORLANDO by NoPassport Press (Dreaming the Americas Series)
Contributing artists include: Neil LaBute (Reasons to be Pretty, Broadway); Anders Lustgarten (Lampedusa, Soho Theatre, London); Mia Chung (You for Me for You, Royal Court Theatre); Deborah Zoe Laufer (Informed Consent, Primary Stages); Caridad Svich (The House of Spirits, Denver Center); Rohina Malik (Unveiled, Victory Gardens Theatre); Oliver Mayer (Blade to the Heat, Public Theater); Winter Miller (In Darfur, Public Theater); Ken Urban (The Correspondent, Rattlestick Theatre); EM Lewis (Heads, Blank Theatre); Amina Henry (Animals, JACK); Migdalia Cruz (Miriam's Flowers, Latino Chicago Theatre Company); Matthew Paul Olmos (2015 National Latino Playwriting Award), Saviana Stanescu (Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, Women's Project Theater); Chiori Miyagawa (American Dreaming, Vineyard Theatre); Zac Kline (Messed Up Here Tonight, Renovations Theatre Company); Sung Rno (Cleveland Raining; Silk Road Rising Theatre); Stephen Sewell (The Gates of Egypt, Belvoir St. Theatre) and Anne Rumberger (Writer and publicist, Verso Books); Deborah Asiimwe (Cooking Oil, CalArts); Lisa Schlesinger (Celestial Bodies, Gets Theatre Chicago); Jessica Litwak (My Heart is in the East, La Mama ETC); Crystal Skillman (King Kirby, The Brick); Katie Pearl (Milton with PearlDamour); Jeremy O. Harris (Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1, Samuel French OOB Festival) Eric Mayer-Garcia (Louisiana State University); Ian Rowlands (Blink, national tour Wales and 59E59); Jacqueline E. Lawton (The Hampton Years, Virginia Stage Company) with more artist to be announced.
Kline and Baker note: "As theatremakers, we have the ability to bring together many singular unique voices toward a common goal. We feel it is necessary to give artists a place to respond to the tragedy in Orlando and the current state of the world. We have invited some of the most admired theatre artists worldwide to participate; to share our grief, our anger, our hope and our desire to combat the violence we are now living with on a daily basis." Svich remarks: "Making some healing art, some fiery art, some work that just says we can rise up from and through collective mourning."
Missing Bolts Production is an independent production group devoted to new works for theatre and film. They present big stories in little moments-plays and films that are heartbreakingly human; that reject artifice and show humanity and its smallest and fullest. Their work closely examines characters searching for the missing pieces in their lives and strives to show real people who are on the journey from lost to found, believing that the most fascinating aspects of life and art are the moments in-between the moments. Past work includes sold-out productions in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Figment Festival on Governors Island, and the award-winning short film Pauline. Co-artistic director Blair Baker understudies two principal roles in the Tony-Award winning play The Humans by Stephen Karam.
NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press was founded by OBIE-Winning playwright Caridad Svich in 2003. It is an unincorporated, artist-driven, grass-roots theatre alliance & press devoted to expressions of aesthetic & cultural difference through performance, theory, action, advocacy, and publication.
NoPassport exists as a virtual and live forum for the exchange of work and dreams, a network between theatres and the academy, and a mobile band of playwrights, directors, actors, producers and musicians. The mentoring of younger artists is also a key component of NoPassport's mission.
Past events include conferences at The Gallatin School, NYU, Arizona State University-Tempe and international reading schemes for the plays The Way of the Water and Spark and Upon the Fragile Shore, each read at over fifty theatres and Universities, including The Lark Play Development Center and New Dramatists.