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Joust Theatre Company to Present 'AN EXAMINATION OF IDENTITY' Workshop Series

Joust Theatre Company to Present 'AN EXAMINATION OF IDENTITY' Workshop Series

The Joust Theatre Company has announced The Joust Workshop Series: An Examination of Identity, a series of four new plays that explore identity, belonging, and the responsibility we have to raise our unique voices amidst adversity.

These workshops will be presented seasonally, with specific dates and locations to be announced soon.


Spring

q u e r e n c i a: an imagined autobiography about forbidden fruits by Benjamin Benne

Milo's favorite fruit are bananas: also, he just turned 13 and is grappling with his sexual identity. If that weren't complicated enough, his estranged aunt has just been released from prison and the gym class bully has picked him as the new target. Having never left his neighborhood in L.A., he dreams about what it would be like to escape... but in the meantime, at least he has his neighbor Zoe, who has sworn to be his BFF with a drop of blood. And, in their world, Blood is supposed to be the strongest bond.

Benjamin Benne: Benjamin is a queer, mixed baby of Guatemalan heritage, born and raised in Los Angeles County. He's a national recipient of a 2016-17 Playwrights' Center Many Voices Fellowship, and finalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Award. Plays include: Terra Incognita, at the very bottom of a body of water, and What I Washed Ashore/Astray.

Summer

Incorruptible: The Tragical Historie of Maximilien Robespierre by Jacob Marx Rice

Incorruptible follows the incredible life of Maximilien Robespierre, from radical revolutionary to national hero to mass murderer. Performed by a gender-queered ensemble in a wild array of theatrical styles, Incorruptible captures the wild spirit of the French revolution, when anything was possible.

Jacob Marx Rice: Jacob's plays have been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Nuyorican Poets Café, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others. His work focuses on bringing a darkly comic, truthful lens to dangerous subjects to help people face the things that scare them. P lays include Chemistry (2014 Excellence in Playwriting Award at the New York International Fringe Festival, 2015 Producer's Pick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, 2016 Producer's Encore Pick at the H ollywood Fringe), Coping, (2015 Fringe NYC FringeFAVE).

Autumn

Naked: What Women and Their Bodies Represent to America by Clinnesha Dillon Sibley

Unprecedented bonds occur when two slave women a re forced to subm it to their master and mistre ss' sexual advances. Naked is an ode to black women and a call to action for intersectional feminism.

Clinnesha Dillon Sibley: Clinnesha's plays have been called feminist, protest, political, southern and circular. Works include Tell Martha Not to Moan, Bo und by Blood, Search Team, Thorns and Uprooted-- all of which have received national recognition by reputable organizations including Penumbra Theatre, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Kentucky Women Writers Conference and NYCPlaywrights. Naked: What Women and The ir Bodies Represent to America won the 2017 Mississippi Theatre Association Adult Playwriting Award.

Winter

Book of Esther by Gina Stevensen

Within the confines of an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, a new generation of women is pushing the boundaries. Esther grew up in a loving and religious family, but she is seventeen now and can feel a larger world outside her own. Will her questioning take her too far to come home?

Gina Stevensen: Gina's plays include Book of Esther (top ten finalist: 2017 Jewish Playwriting Contest, semi-finalist: 2016 Princess Grace Award, workshop production: Binghamton's KNOW Theater), The Time Crawlers Save the World (grand prize winner: Manhattan Repertory Theater's 2012 play competition, space grant recipient: Looking Glass Theater), and Cruel Sister (Columbia University). Gina is the Writing Coordinator for Tribeca Performing Arts Center's Writers in Performance Workshop and a core member of The Hess Collective.


The Joust Theatre Company is an artistic ensemble determined to produce relevant, sensitive, and fearless work that captivates audiences by capturing the spirit of facing challenges great and small. Previous works include: The Monthly Joust Series, Assistance by Leslye Headland, The Rules by Dipika Guha and Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman. For more information, visit www.jousttheatre.org.


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