National Young Playwrights in Residence Festival — Echo Theater Company’s innovative National Young Playwrights in Residence program culminates in two days of public staged readings of new works on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90039. (FREE parking in the Atwater Xing lot one block south of the theater.)
Tickets are currently available. (Advance reservations: $10. At the door: Pay-What-You-Can Subject to availability)
Created to nurture the next generation of playwrights, NYPR paired six young writers, ages 18-25, from across the U.S. in year-long mentorships with established professional playwrights. Each student/mentor pair worked together to create a new play; students and mentors not located in the same geographical area collaborated via video chat and voice calls.
This month, the Echo Theater Company brings Cambria Denim of Texas; Zoe Jovanovich of Western Washington; Imani A. Redman, originally from New Jersey and currently a junior in the BFA program at Ohio University; Andrew Siañez-De La O from El Paso, Texas; Dayna Smith from Boise, Idaho; and Jorrell Watkins from Richmond, Virginia to Atwater Village Theatre for five days of rehearsals, receptions and public staged readings of the new works they created.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Program:
A Land of Plenty
Written by Dayna Smith, mentored by Jacquline Wright, directed by Teagan Rose
A group of pioneers is trapped in the Sierra Nevada mountains as winter approaches in this story of determination, responsibility and the American dream.
Written by Andrew Sianez de la O, mentored by Daria Polatin, directed by Alex Alpharao
A creature lurks in the shadows of Socorro, Texas.
Hit the Pavement or Hoboloboactive
Written by Imani Redman, mentored and directed by Mike Batistick —
Dive into the world of homeless street crew, The Mysfits, in this fusion of music, dance and poetry that explores what keeps us going when we are at the lowest of lows.
Sunday, June 24, 2018 Program:
Daughter of God
Written by Zoe Jovanovich, mentored by Mary Laws, directed byAbigail Marks
A whimsical take on Christianity that asks: What happens when Paradise isn’t perfect?
Lark and the Dark
Written by Cambria Denim, mentored and directed by Charlotte Miller
A grown-up fairy tale about Alzheimer’s disease heavily influenced by the films of Hayao Miyazaki.
Written by Jorrell Watkins, mentored by Dominic Finocchiaro, directed by Ahmed Best
The estranged members of a large, Southern black family must band together when their matriarch dies.