Tag Archives: Dipika Guha

Playwrights Foundation-Resident Playwrights Initiative

THE REWRITE:


Edition

January 20, 2017

Why are these writers smiling?  Because they’re Playwrights Foundation RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHTS!

Meet the current cohort (clockwise from left): Michael Gene Sullivan; Jon Bernson; Victoria Chong Der; Min Kahng; E.Hunter Spreen; Lisa Ramirez; Patricia Cotter; Jonathan Spector; Dipika Guha and the newest RP, Noelle Viñas (both not pictured).

Our Resident Playwrights Initiative is a four-year professional development program that provides an artistic home and launches careers.

We’re excited to share some of their new projects – Click HERE to see a small sampling of what they’ve been up to this winter.  Celebrate creativity and the value of art – get out and see one of these fine productions!


Jon Bernson      Victoria Chong Der    Patricia Cotter


Dipika Guha     Min Kahng          Lisa Ramirez


Jonathan Spector     E. Hunter Spreen    
                           Noelle Viñas   Michael Gene Sullivan

DON’t MISS OUR NEXT ROUGH READING


by Jon Bernson

“One moment. The present. You are in the present moment.”
Journey with us to learn the Way of the Moonwalk.


directed by Jon Tracy

Mon 1/23  7:30PM
Roble Hall, Stanford
Tues 1/24  2PM
Custom Made Theatre

Always Pay What You CanReserve a seat HERE


This weekend in SF



six/eleven

by
E. Hunter Spreen   (Resident Playwright)
An environmental morality play.

Fri 1/20 & Sat, 1/21 at7:30PM,University High School Theater, SF

Tickets HERE



FOR TODAY: Great advice from Resident Playwright Min Kahng

Artmakers and storytellers – write books, draw comics, paint paintings, do stand-up, code video games, make movies, become a YouTube sensation, craft poetry, animate short-films, make documentaries, design fashion, sing original songs, choreograph a number, create theatre!

Make us laugh. Help us grieve, heal, and breathe.

Challenge our notions. Engage us in social dialogue.

Teach us to be kind and empathetic. Remind us who we are.

Show us who we can be.

Let’s keep inundating our culture with our varying narratives and perspectives. We’re playing a cultural long-game here – centuries in the making. We can be influencing tomorrow’s voters in profound ways today. There are short-term horrors to be concerned and grappled with to be sure, but never doubt the power of your craft to shape the country in the long-run.

(Oh, and do drag! Lots and lots of drag!)

 

Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616 16th st, Ste 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

View as a web page.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Guest Blogger

Playwrights Foundation- INTERVIEW WITH PLAYWRIGHT DIPIKA GUHA AND ROUGH READING OF HER PLAY LIFTED

 Playwrights Foundation- INTERVIEW WITH PLAYWRIGHT DIPIKA GUHA AND ROUGH READING OF HER PLAY LIFTED

We had the chance to interview Dipika Guha on her process, motivation, and experience as a Resident Playwright at PF

You can view the entire interview on Vimeo, but here’s just a sampling of some of her remarkably insightful thoughts:

 

“As a playwright, we have the opportunity to begin the world again when we write plays, and my plays tend to be set in imagined worlds that draw very real resonances from history, but they’re always slightly askew…I think there’s an attempt in that to foster a kind of imaginative space.”

 

   

“I think tragicomedy in particular strikes me … of life being both things simultaneously, that speaks to me as being true…There something in that multi-genre device that is thorny and poses the question rather than a simple solution.””

“There is such a diversity of aesthetic and voice in this room it’s truly thrilling to be part of the [Resident Playwrights] Initiative.

 

 

 

It’s the Last Rough Readings of the Year!
November’s Rough Readings presents two intimate readings of Dipika Guha’s new play Lifted in early draft form, offering audiences a rare opportunity to engage directly with the artistic process of bringing a play to life.

Be sure to email rsvp@playwrightsfoundation.org to save yourself a seat!

Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616-16th Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

View as a web page.

Leave a comment

Filed under Performances

The Playwrights Foundation- Submit your play for the 39th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival

Leave a comment

Filed under Call to Authors and Contests

Playwrights Foundation- Fall’s Rough Reading Series

Playwrights Foundation- Fall’s Rough Reading Series

We do like it rough – and we know you do too! (New plays that is…) This fall’s Rough Readings Series offers an intimate experience witnessing a very new work coming to life by three incredible writers! Monday’s are in the South Bay at Stanford University, and Tuesdays are in the Bay Area.

We hope you’ll join the conversation!

Warmly,

Playwrights Foundation

Rough Readings are PAY WHAT YOU CAN
Reservations are strongly suggested
See you in the Seats!

HERCULINE and LOLA
By Dipika Guha
Directed by Amy Mueller
in partnership with Theatre of Yugen

Monday, OCTOBER 14, 7:30pm at Roble Hall, Stanford U
Tuesday, OCTOBER 15 at 7pm. NOHspace, San Francisco
Featuring: Rosie Hallett, Emilie Talbot*, Brian Herndon*, Paris Hunter Paul, David Sinaiko, Kat Zdan, Lynne Soffer* and Jessica Bates (*= AEA members)

HERCELINE and LOLA was inspired by the 19th century diary of the first “true hermaphrodite,” Herculine Barbin. This play weaves poetically back and forth between the 21st and 19th centuries as the two discover their unique identity and grapple with societies that refuse to make room for their them. A beautifully poetic exploration of two individuals who live in the margin of a gender normative world.

Dipika Guha writes plays that are lyrical, funny and formally inventive. Her plays have been developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, WordBRIDGE, New Century Theatre Company and Tobacco Theatre (UK) among others. She was raised in India, Russia and the United Kingdom. Dipika has a BA from University College London, was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University and graduated from the MFA Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama where she studied with Paula Vogel.

GO ON LIVING
A POET’S JOURNEY THROUGH A CHINESE PRISON
By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Directed by Mei Ann Tao
In Partnership with UC Berkeley

Monday, November 4, 7:30pm at Roble Hall, Stanford University
Tuesday, November 12, 3pm in Zellerbach Room 7, UC Berkeley.

GO ON LIVING is an experimental adaptation of Chinese Dissident Poet Liao Yiwu’s memoir FOR A SONG and A HUNDRED SONGS, which captures his four brutal years as a political prisoner for the incendiary poem, “MASSACRE”, written in response to the June 4th 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square. Brutally funny and shockingly poignant within its bleak prison reality, we follow Liao’s journey from a hedonistic, womanizing apolitical avant-garde poet to Prisoner 0-9-9, finding the societal microcosm between cell walls.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play LIDLESS received the Yale Drama Series Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Keene Prize for Literature, and the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. In 2011 she was awarded the Wasserstein Prize for her most recent work, THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS, which ran this fall in London at the National Theatre. Her plays have been produced by the Goodman Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 2 on the West End, Page 73 Productions in New York, Interact Theatre in Philadelphia, Borderlands Theatre in Tuscon, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia. Frances was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei and Beijing.

OZMA of OZ
the book for a trip hop musical with Z.O.N.K.
Adapted and Directed
by Rob Melrose
In partnership with The Cutting Ball Theater.

Monday, December 2, 7:30pm at Roble Hall, Stanford University

Tuesday, DECEMBER 3, 7pm at The Thick House, San Francisco

OZMA OF OZ is based on L. Frank Baum’s third book in the Wizard of Oz series chronicling Dorothy’s return to Oz. Journey with Dorothy through Ev, a fairy kingdom separated from Oz by a dangerous impassable desert. Come into contact with a Princess with 31 interchangeable heads, a talking Sawhorse, the world’s first robot, a hungry tiger and the beautiful and powerful Ozma of Oz!

OZMA OF OZ is a collaboration with Bay Area electro-rock group Z.O.N.K. – who have composed a driving score giving this classic a major 21st Century spin.
The Rough Readings is series of seven new plays performed as concert readings, directed with the Bay Area’s top professional theater artists. Playwrights Foundation partners with The Center For New Plays at Stanford University and Bay Area theaters with the goal of providing playwrights an opportunity to hear an early draft of a new play on its feet in front of an audience, while providing valuable networking opportunities as the play moves along through its development process.
Staged Readings are PAY WHAT YOU CAN at the door
Reservations are strongly suggested

Funding for the Rough Reading Series comes from the National Center for New Plays, The San Francisco Foundation, Grants for the Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the RHE Charitable Foundation and generous individuals like yourself. Your support allows us to continue to discover and supprt local and national playwrights, directors and actors in an effort to promote the inception and development of new plays.
Read Our Blog!

Like us on Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter

Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616-16th Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

http://www.playwrightsfoundation.org

Leave a comment

Filed under Performances

Playwrights Foundation- Bay Area’s Plethora of New Plays and Writing

Playwrights Foundation- Bay Area’s Plethora of New Plays and Writing

A down(W)right scary treat: the Bay Area’s plethora of new plays and writing in October! (Not to mention the frightening supernatural prolification of Lauren Gunderson – premiering two plays simultaneously with only a Golden Gate between them!) Therefore, between bridges, bars, and bodies – of the heavenly, politic, unalive and gender ambiguous variety, PF Alumni will keep us in constant motion with a little something for everyone, and their friends.

THE TAMING
by Lauren Gunderson (PF Resident Playwright)
Directed by Marissa Wolf

What happens when a conservative senatorial aid, a liberal political activist, and a newly-coronada Miss Georgia walk into a bar?

THE TAMING takes on America’s overheated political rhetoric, some surprising truths about our founding fathers, and the passions of three slightly insane women who just might be revolutionary geniuses.

OPENING THIS WEEKEND!
October 3-26, 2013
at the Thick House, 1695 18th St. SF, CA

Marin Theatre Company
presents
I AND YOU
by Lauren Gunderson

October 10-November 3
Only in high school would two completely unconnected people – cranky, chronically ill Caroline
and levelheaded basketball star Anthony – be paired to collaborate on a project
to deconstruct a poem about the interconnectivity of everything.
Nina Wise’s
THE KEPLER STORY
at California Academy of Sciences.
(Developed in part on PF’s Bay Area Playwrights Festival)

FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Sundays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 6:30pm

Motion Institute, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, presents THE KEPLER STORY, an immersive performance work
designed for planetarium domes about 17th Century mystic and astronomer Johannes Kepler.
Golden Thread Productions
presents
444 DAYS
by Torange Yeghiazarian
Directed by Bella Warda

A tangled web of love and betrayal between an American hostage and his Iranian captor who meet again decades after the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis. A gripping tale of international espionage.

October 17 to November 3rd at Z Below
470 Florida St. San Francisco

Ragged Wing Ensemble presents
BURIED IN THE BODY
Written by Anthony Clarvoe
(PF Resident Playwriting Instructor)
Directed by Adam L. Sussman

October 19 thru November 2

She always said
everything happens at once

Our 4th annual fall festival featuring an original play and immersive installations.

A FREE EVENT HAPPENING IN LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT OAKLAND.

Part of the Playwrights Foundation’s ROUGH READING SERIES
HERCULINE and LOLA
(The Recently Discovered Tale of a Twenty First Century American Hermaphrodite)

Written by Dipika Guha
A Concert reading Directed by Amy Mueller
Presented in conjuction wth Theatre of Yugen
Monday October 14, 7:30pm
Stanford University
Tuesday October 15, 7pm
NOH Space

Herculine and Lola is an epic love story about two people stranded in their own times in a history that can only see in black and white. It is inspired by the 19th century diary of the first ‘true hermaphrodite’, Herculine Barbin.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN
at the door
Get out of your seats!
Join our friends over at Litquake to meet, write, play and crawl with fellow literary enthusiasts.

Read Our Blog! 

Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter

Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616-16th Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173
http://www.playwrightsfoundation.org

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Performances

Playwrights Foundation- TWO NEW PLAY FESTIVALS COMING UP

Our Monthly Suggestions for Great Theater

Dear Randy,

The entire Bay Area is abuzz about a stellar season full of great plays – and we’re not just talking Niners football!

Don’t miss these golden opportunities from some of our star players!

TWO NEW PLAY FESTIVALS COMING UP!

Cutting Ball‘s RISK IS THIS

Crowded Fire‘s MATCHBOX SERIES

(CFT features new works by 4 PF Artists!)

RISK IS THIS
The Cutting Ball Experimental
New Plays Festival

Featuring:

THE INSECT PLAY
   Written by Josef and Karl Čapek
In a new version by Bennett Fisher

PASSING
   Written by Dipika Guha
Directed by PF Artistic Director Amy Mueller

SIDEWINDERS
   Written by Basil Kreimendahl
January 26 – February 9
EXIT on Taylor

2013 MATCHBOX READING SERIES
Presented by Crowded Fire Theater

Featuring:
THE INVISIBLE PLAY
Written by PF Resident Playwright
Christopher Chen

THE TAMING
Written by PF Resident Playwright
Lauren Gunderson

BLUE GOD COUNTDOWN
Written by PF Resident Playwright
Geetha Reddy

TRUCK STOP
Written by PF Guest Resident
Lachlan Philpott

January 28 – February 5
The Thick House

 

FROM PF Resident Playwright Tanya Shaffer

The world premiere of

THE FOURTH MESSENGER

Book and lyrics by Tanya Shaffer

Music and lyrics by Vienna Teng

Directed by Matt August

February 6 – March 10

At the Ashby Stage in Berkeley

What if the Buddha were a woman? What if she were alive today? Loosely inspired by the life of the historical Buddha, this captivating new musical imagines a modern day “awakened one” – a world-famous spiritual teacher known to her followers as Mama Sid. Mama Sid has a past, however, which she’s kept hidden for many years, until a mysterious young woman shows up at her ashram and starts asking questions. Epic and intimate, comic and profound, The Fourth Messenger investigates what it means to be both enlightened and human. Addictive melodies and subtle, intricate harmonies bring the story vividly to life, adding depth and resonance that linger long after the lights come up.

Click here for tickets.

FROM PF Resident Playwriting Instructor Anthony Clarvoe

Aurora Theatre Company is proud to present:
OUR PRACTICAL HEAVEN

WORLD PREMIERE – GLOBAL AGE PROJECT PRIZE WINNER

By Anthony Clarvoe
Directed by Allen McKelvey
January 25th – March 3rd

 

Six women, three generations, one family. Over multiple holidays, a family gathers in a home none of them expects to long survive the rising sea. They do chores, text each other, and dance. They watch the birds and watch each other, while struggling for loyalty, legacy, and turf. By the end, everything has shifted and a new generation is in charge, but of what? Written by  Anthony ClarvoeOur Practical Heaven addresses the changing tides of communication, gender roles, and society in a place where even the notions of home and family remain fluid.

Get your tickets now at www.auroratheatre.org or 510-843-4822. Click here for more information.

Magic Theatre presents

SE LLAMA CRISTINA

by Octavio Solis (Teaching at PF in Feb. 2013)
NNPN Rolling World Premiere

Directed by Loretta Greco
Begins January 23

Enter this incredible, multi-layered fever dream from the mind of cherished Bay Area playwright and Playwrights Foundation Alumnus Octavio Solis in which a young man and woman wake up in a strange room, and must piece together their past identities and relationship while they construct a new future and grapple with the possibility of being parents. Featuring Rod Gnapp* (Annapuma, What We’re Up Against), Sean San José* (Intersection for the Arts, Campo Santo), Sarah Nina Hayon* and Karina Gutiérrez. Get $5 OFF tickets with the code PFCRISTINA5 at www.magictheatre.org or call 415-441-8822. (Subject to availability. Offer not applicable to previously purchased tickets or Opening Night.) *Member of Actors’ Equity Association.

“As fantastical as a superhero comic bookand thrice as funny!” – SF Chron

“A rock-’em, sock-’em Riot…

Troublemaker is freakin kick-A!” – KQED

Dan LeFranc, winner of the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, is making trouble at Berkeley Rep. Bradley and his crew battle middle-school goons, bear dogs and zombie pirates. And worst of all, grown-ups.

Playing now through Feb. 3. For tickets, click berkeleyrep.org or call 510-647-2949.

Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.Playwrights Foundation – 1616-16th Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

 

View as a web page.

Leave a comment

Filed under Performances