Joust Theatre Company Announces Directors and Dates For WRITER'S ROUND TABLE Workshops

By: Oct. 11, 2018

Joust Theatre Company Announces Directors and Dates For WRITER'S ROUND TABLE Workshops

Join the Joust in the second half of the 2018 Writer's Round Table, featuring THE COLONY by Gina Stevensen & ROSENSTRASSE: A NARRATIVE PROTEST by Jacob Marx Rice.

THE COLONY, written by Gina Stevensen, directed by Nana Dakin. November 16th at 8pm and November 17th at 2pm at DCTV (87 Lafayette St) in New York City.

A young woman named Carrie Buck arrives at a mysterious medical facility. Where is her daughter? What is this place? Why is she here? Based on true events surrounding the 1927 Supreme Court case Buck vs. Bell, The Colony explores the xenophobia and reckless patriotism that swept through America nearly a hundred years ago, and the present-day reverberations of this controversial legacy.

Nana Dakin is a Thai-American director of new plays, classics and devised performance based in New York City. She is excited by theatre that digs into our cultural assumptions, especially those that uphold systems of inequality. Recent projects include an all-female production of Shakespeare's "Richard III", the devised multimedia performance "Wonder/Wander: An Interactive Tarot Card Reading" and the and the development of new plays by Anchuli Felicia King, Gina Stevensen and Nora Sørena Casey. Nana is a core member of B-Floor Theatre, Thailand's vanguard physical theatre company, and a 2018/2019 New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Directing Fellow. BA: Sarah Lawrence College, MFA Theatre Directing: Columbia University.

ROSENSTRASSE: A NARRATIVE PROTEST, written by Jacob Marx Rice, directed by Julia Sears. November 15th at 8pm and November 17th at 8pm at DCTV (87 Lafayette St) in New York City.

In 1943, at the height of World War II, a group of German housewives staged the only open protest against the Nazi regime. Based on an incredible true story, Rosenstrasse follows three women trying to save their Jewish husbands from deportation to the concentration camps. Ilse, Marta and Doris must overcome their differences and come to terms with their complicity in order to protect those they love.

Julia Sears straddles the world of art and activism to create communication across disparate sectors with similar goals for social justice. Selected Directing: Hamlet (The Horse in Motion) Bullet Catchers (Clutch Productions), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Opera House Arts), Unequilibrium (HERE Arts), The Life Model (On The Boards), Artaud Artaud (Signature Theatre), Kit & Dabney (Live Source @ La MaMa), Three Sisters (Barn Arts Collective),The Human Incubator (The World Egg), Liliya, Wives Tale (Exquisite Corpse Company), Bitch: A Play About Antigone (Capital Fringe Festival). She is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers and a resident artist with Exquisite Corpse Company. She has trained with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Folger Shakespeare Library (DC), American Shakespeare Center (VA), Synetic Theatre (VA), The Shakespeare Forum (NY) and is graduate of the University of Washington.

Both productions are stage managed by Anna Aschliman. Casting will be announced at a later date.

THE COLONY and ROSENSTRASSE: A NARRATIVE PROTEST mark the second half of the 2018 Writer's Round Table. The Writer's Round Table is a new developmental writers' group comprised of four carefully selected playwrights whose work challenges and/or reimagines systemic norms. These four playwrights will join us for a 9-month developmental process to exchange ideas and develop their plays which will culminate in each play receiving two public workshop performances, presented in repertory in the Spring and Fall of 2018

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. For more information, visit