Category: Eliana Pipes
BPT’s 2020-21 season of new plays—thesis plays by our cohort of third-year playwrights—has been postponed until next year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the meantime, all five plays are currently being workshopped in collaboration with our friends at BU’s College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. A series of conversations about these plays, BPT Talks, will be held this fall via the videoconferencing tool Zoom. BPT Talks will convene on Zoom each Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of Election Day, Nov. 3) until Nov. 24.
On Oct. 20, we’ll talk about Eliana Pipes’s new play LORENA: a Tabloid Epic, which she describes this way:
LORENA: a Tabloid Epic spins out of the media hailstorm surrounding Lorena Bobbitt, who became a sensation after she used a kitchen knife to cut off her abusive husband’s penis in 1993. The tacky dystopia of American pop culture tumbles onto the stage in a series of funhouse vignettes that know no bounds, while The Playwright desperately tries to protect Lorena from the play which has clearly gotten out of her control. Then, a twist ending re-contextualizes Lorena’s outsized epic through the lens of a quieter sexual assault story that’s all too common. LORENA merges the personal with the political to reckon with our cultural sins, and bring Lorena’s story into the present day. More
Second-year MFA playwright Eliana Pipes has been named the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship. The award, given annually, is based on a student playwright's body of work. Congratulations!
Second-year playwright Eliana Pipes was awarded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, a $35,000 grant for her first feature film, a comedy titled Fauxricua. Congratulations!
With all the activity surrounding Boston Theater Marathon XXI, it's been busy around here! And there's even more to celebrate: While we were wrapping up the BTM (May 19), current MFA playwright Eliana Pipes was at the Lilly Awards ceremony in NYC, where she received the 2019 Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers for her play DREAM HOU$E! More
Tell us a little about your play.
Stiletto Envy follows Shaun and Melanie, two childhood friends who reunite for a secret meeting in their senior year of high school. I’ll do my best not to spoil the twist, but when the meeting takes an unexpected turn, Melanie is forced to reconcile the fact that her upbringing might be at odds with her heart.
What made you want to tell this story?
I’ll safeguard my twist again here—but I will say that this is a play about gender identity and love, and what it means to try and reach out to someone before you have the words to describe your identity. For me this play really centers around showcasing a pair that are full of heart, so meant for each other, and so afraid of the world. I wanted to tell this story to put some tenderness out into the world. More
Third-year MFA playwright Kira Rockwell was a second place recipient of the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting for her play The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood (produced here last October). The award, presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, recognizes the outstanding student-written play that celebrates diversity and concerns issues of gender and sexuality.
First-year MFA playwright Eliana Pipes's Snow Brown and the 7 Stereotypes was the National Finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play. The award seeks to bring recognition to the area of student-written short plays and to encourage young writers to develop the short play form in preparation for the playwriting profession. (Other plays by Eliana were cited for distinguished achievement in other categories.)
Read more about KCACTF and this year's award recipients and nominees here. Congratulations, Friends!
Three first-year MFA playwrights are Region 1 finalists for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. From left: Eliana Pipes (Snow Brown and the 7 Stereotypes) and Ally Sass (Late Night at the Serpent) are finalists for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play, and Cayenne Douglass (Variable Rates of Kindness) is a finalist for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award. Congratulations, all!