Horse Trade Presents Plays by The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group
UNDER CONSIDERATION is a 90-minute event featuring new one-act plays by members of The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group including 2008 playwrights Chris Cragin and Pia Wilson, 2009 playwright Bridget Kelso, and 2011 playwrights Sevan Greene, Sukari Jones, Aaron Levy, Anna Moench, Jerome Parker, and Stella Fawn Ragsdale.
The Emerging Writers Group seeks to target playwrights at the earliest stages in their careers. In so doing, The Public hopes to create an artistic home for a diverse and exceptionally talented group of up-and-coming playwrights.
UNDER CONSIDERATION will play a limited engagement at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery), April 14, 15, & 16 at 7pm.Tickets ($10) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.
Chris Cragin spent her childhood in the Phillippines, Hong Kong and China before returning to Oklahoma where she spent her teenage and college years. While earning her MFA in Stage Directing from Baylor University, she found her true artistic passion, playwriting. Since, she has written seven full length plays including: The River Nun (Public Theater EWG Spotlight reading), War in a Manger (commissioned by Art Within Theatre in Atlanta), Emily (Firebone Theatre, NYC in 2009, Acacia Theatre, Milwaukee 2008, and workshopped at Pacific Theatre Vancouver, 2007), Deadheading Roses (Firebone Theatre, Acacia Theatre, and published by Original Works Publishing), Debutantes Anonymous (workshopped at The Lamb's Theatre), Love and Money, and Lady of the Dunes. She is currently writing the book to a musical, Son of a Khrusty (NDNW Drama League Fellowship). Chris also has six one act plays: Milking Success (Actor's Theatre of Louisville Semi-Finalist and MWTC finalist), Peanut Butter or Soy (Baylor University), Pankhurst (Baylor University), Nathaniel, Dig (The Public EWG retreat), and Port Authority (The Public EWG retreat). She and her husband, Steven Day, provide the artistic and managerial direction for their company, Firebone Theatre (www.firebonetheatre.com).
Sevan Kaloustian Greene is a Lebanese?Armenian/Pakistani actor and playwright. Gulf War, Part I Refugee. Member of Rising Circle Theatre Collective's 2010 InkTANK Writer's Lab. NYTW 2011 Teaching Artist at the Khalil Gibran Academy. William Saroyan 2010 Playwriting Prize Finalist. Plays: Forgotten Bread, DOON, Say Something, Narrow Daylight, Babel. Screenplays: "N.Y.B.", "(in parentheses)." Coming Soon: "Sketchy Arabs" - a web-base sketch series. As an actor: Lortel Award?Winning Betrayed (Culture Project, LATW, Kennedy Center, PBS), NYTW's Aftermath, Prospect'sMapquest, FringeNYC's hit Perez Hilton Saves the Universe.... TV/Film: "The Stoop," "If the Lie Succeeds," "M.O.N.Y.," "Blue Bloods." www.sevangreene.com
Sukari Jones' musicals include The River Is Me, The Lucifer Effect, Candyland, Snobbles the Greatand Egg! She is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Advanced Workshop. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program where she was twice awarded the Yip Harburg Outstanding Lyricist Award. Her musical work has been featured at several venues including Barrington Stage Company, Joe's Pub, and the Goodspeed Opera House. Her first full-length straight play "LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!!" has been developed at the Tofte Lake Center's Emerging Artists Program, the Vineyard Arts Project and the Lark Play Development Center.
Bridget Kelso uses her writing to explore and define herself and her world. She is a writer, an actor, and a mother, and has lived in Harlem for the last 20 years. Hailing from Chicago, Bridget has performed on several prominent New York stages and around the world. She has also appeared on daytime television and in several commercials. Her interest in African and African American theatrical techniques was cultivated while she was devising and implementing educational theatre workshops in the NYC Public Schools as a member of the Creative Arts Team. Her NYU Masters Thesis project, Symptoms of Liberty, dramatized Nat Turner's famous slave rebellion and incorporated the traditional African techniques of call and response, storytelling and spiritual co-existence. She is deeply interested in exploring the Antebellum time period in her work, as she feels this time period represents a little examined period of strength and creativity for African Americans. Bridget is currently working on a children's book series based on her experiences with her son, a book of poetry, and a new play, A Little Bird Sings Freedom. Her writing has appeared in Harlem Parent Magazine and Essence. She is eternally grateful to her family and friends for their love and support and honored to be a member of The Public Theater's 2009 Emerging Writers Group.