Category: Alums

Violette’s RX MACHINA Clauder Gold Prize winner

March 1st, 2021 in Alums, awards, Blog, Caity-Shea Violette, new plays

Third-year MFA playwright Caity-Shea Violette’s play Rx Machina is a 2020 Gold Prize winner in Portland Stage’s Clauder Competition, which includes a $1,500 cash award plus a workshop at Portland Stage.

Congratulations, Caity-Shea!

Zacarías named 2021 USA Fellow

February 9th, 2021 in Alums, Blog, Karen Zacarías

Playwright alum Karen Zacarías has been named a United States Artists 2021 USA Fellow, which includes a $50,000 unrestricted award. United States Artists celebrates artists and cultural practitioners who have significantly contributed to the creative landscape and arts ecosystem of the country, and aims to promote the work of these visionary practitioners to a broader public while allowing them to decide how to best support their lives.

Congratulations, Karen!

Big KCACTF Region 1 news for Douglass

February 5th, 2021 in Alums, awards, Blog, Cayenne Douglass, KCACTF, new plays, short plays

Playwright Cayenne Douglass (upper R) virtually toasts the team of her play WROL at this year's KCACTF Region 1 Festival. (Photo: Cayenne Douglass)

Third-year MFA playwright Cayenne Douglass’s one-act play WROL received The Planet Earth Award at last week’s Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region 1 Festival. (Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was held virtually this year.) WROL is also a finalist for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play at KCACTF’s National Festival this spring.

Douglass’s ten-minute plays Emily and If You See Something… were selected as Region 1 finalists for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award, which will also be presented at the National Festival in April.

Congratulations, Cayenne!

Scheer’s ‘A Very Herrera Holiday’ at New Rep

November 23rd, 2020 in Alexis Scheer, Alums, Blog, new plays, one-act plays

Happy opening (last Saturday) to Alexis Scheer (and to fellow BU alums Sarah Shin and Amanda Figueroa) whose A Very Herrera Holiday is part of New Repertory Theatre's Showstopper Virtual Play Series. The production runs online through Dec. 13!

BPT Talks: a tiny q&a with Ally Sass

November 19th, 2020 in 2020/2021 Season, Ally Sass, Alums, Blog, BPT Talks, new plays

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 Nov. 24, we'll talk about Ally Sass's new play Incels and Other Myths, which she describes this way:

After bullying forces Elaine Roberts’s 15-year-old son Avery to leave his high school, Elaine is increasingly unsettled to watch him find solace in a constant glow of YouTube videos, Reddit pages, and the intense battlegrounds of World of Warcraft. It is when Avery informs Elaine that he’s found a home among the much reviled “incel” community that Elaine, a professor of Women in Mythology, decides she must covertly follow Avery into these online realms, going so far as to make her own account on World of Warcraft. In this digital landscape, Elaine taps into an intoxicating new reality that begins to shape how she sees her own world. Incels and Other Myths takes us on a modern, mythical journey deep into the underworld of a mother and her son. What starts as an investigation of various internet communities, becomes a surreal exploration of gender, power, and masculinity. More

BPT Talks: a tiny q&a with Caity-Shea Violette

October 22nd, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Caity-Shea Violette, new plays

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. 27, we'll talk about Caity-Shea Violette's new play Rx Machina, which she describes this way:

Rx Machina unpacks big pharma’s impact on everyday American culture and illuminates the search for humanity in a healthcare system that views patients as consumers and pain as profitable. An ambitious pharmaceutical sales representative’s relentless pursuit of a rigidly principled pain management doctor leads to an intoxicating, forbidden relationship that comes with a cost. Ethical boundaries are blurred in a literal manifestation of doctors being in bed with drug reps that forms a love triangle fueled by money, sex, and power. Set in 2015, two years before the federal government would officially recognize it as the Opioid Epidemic, Rx Machina explores who gets to get better and who gets left behind. More

BPT Talks: a tiny q&a with Eliana Pipes

October 15th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, BPT Talks, Eliana Pipes, new plays

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

Douglass’s ‘Kindness’ finalist at City Theatre

September 8th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Cayenne Douglass, new plays, short plays

Congratulations to third-year MFA playwright Cayenne Douglass, whose short play Variable Rates of Kindness was named a finalist for the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting! Additional congrats to Boston Theater Marathon playwrights Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich and John Minigan, who also made the final list.

Bauer’s one-act ‘Democracy Sucks’ streaming now

August 25th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Monica Bauer, new plays, one-act plays

Alumni playwright Monica Bauer’s one-act play Democracy Sucks is streaming through Aug. 30 as part of Edinburgh’s Free Fringe Festival. Congratulations!

Violette’s ‘Slow Jam’ a winner at Sam French OOB

August 21st, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Caity-Shea Violette, new plays, short plays

Congratulations to third-year MFA playwright Caity-Shea Violette​, whose short play Slow Jam is one of six plays selected as winners of this year's Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival!