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BILL & JUDY GARRETT FINISH LINE COMMISSION

New Play Series 2018 Feb. 16 – 18

Join Cygnet Theatre for the second annual Bill and Judy Garrett Finish Line Commission. Discover new work and diverse voices during this multi-day event which includes an opening reception, staged readings, and forums. Two talented playwrights will work toward brining their dream play to life… helping them get closer to that finish line of a fully produced production.

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DUST

by Danielle Mohlman
Friday, February 16 – 8:00pm
Wrestling with the reality that he has just killed every young woman he’s ever spoken to, Boy spends his last minutes spinning a story that looks not unlike J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. These women – these sirens – compete to be heard as their story unfolds. They are Lost Girls. They are mermaids. They are everything. And then there’s Wendy. His Wendy. Boy is convinced that she’s the only person who understands him. Until she doesn’t. Part dance, part theatre, Dust plays like a music score that’s been infiltrated by poetry, giving voice to the unspeakable

WHEN IT COMES

by Mike Sears
Saturday, February 17 – 8:00pm
WHEN IT COMES is a folktale with music about Buck and Erma, a young, optimistic, blue-collar couple who build a house only to discover they need the moon to make it complete. They begin a journey to retrieve the moon, one that will test the very fabric of their love.

alone above a raging sea

by christopher oscar peña
Saturday, February 18 – 8:00 PM
For a family who only sees one another on holidays and special occasions, Christmas promises a comforting togetherness. When Andy misses his flight, however, he is left to pursue a connection with a total stranger, while his sister Alex must face their parents alone. A contemplative look at the nature of intimacy, alone above a raging sea contrasts the secrets of a family with the surprising honesty of a one night tryst.

Danielle Mohlman is a nationally produced feminist playwright based in Seattle, WA. Her plays have been produced by Rorschach Theatre, Forum Theatre, dog & pony dc, Hubbard Hall, the One Minute Play Festival, the Atlas Intersections Festival, Pinky Swear Productions, and Field Trip Theatre. Her plays have been developed at the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities named Danielle a finalist for the Larry Neal Writers’ Award for Dramatic Writing in both 2012 (for Stopgap) and 2014 (for Nexus) and she was the recipient of the DCCAH Artist Fellowship from 2014 to 2015. Her play Nexus is among the 2015 Honorable Mentions on The Kilroys list. In 2016, Danielle studied with Naomi Iizuka and Ken Weitzman at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. In 2017, Dust was a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Earlier this year, her election play Halcyon received a reading at the Cherry Lane Theatre and her NASA play Voyagers was workshopped at the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York. Danielle is an alumnus of Emerson College and Playwrights’ Arena at Arena Stage, part of the New Play Institute.

christopher oscar peña is a writer originally from California, now residing in Harlem and LA.  His plays include a cautionary tail (The Flea Theater, New York), The Strangers (Clarence Brown Theater, Knoxville), and awe/struck (Sundance Theater Lab).  He has received fellowships/awards from Sundance, The Lark Play Development Center, New York Theatre Workshop, The Playwrights Realm, The Kennedy Center, and Old Vic New Voices.  His work is published through NoPassport Press and Smith and Kraus.  He has been commissioned by the Goodman Theater, The Clarence Brown Theater and Yale Rep.  He is a proud member of New Dramatists, was named one of “The 1st Annual Future Broadway Power List” by Backstage, and wrote on the Golden Globe nominated, debut season of Jane the Virgin.  Currently, he teaches playwriting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and writes for the critically acclaimed, hit HBO show, Insecure, where he also appears on screen as Gary.

Mike Sears is an actor and playwright. Regionally, he has performed at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse,Cygnet Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, New Village Arts, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company, and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. As a playwright, Sears has written Felt and The Corpse Bride, both of which received Best of the Fest Awards at the Actors Alliance of San Diego Festival. He has also written The Pied Piper: A Punk Opera, which premiered at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego. His most recent play, Cowhead, part of three-play trilogy inspired by his home state of South Dakota, is scheduled for a private reading in early 2016.

Schedule

Friday, February 16, 2018

7PM: FINISH LINE RECEPTION
Mix and Mingle with the playwrights and creative team.  Enjoy hosted wine and food on the Elaine Lipinksy patio, then head in for the first play of the series. Must have single play or series pass to attend.

8PM: DUST
by Danielle Mohlman

POST-SHOW FORUM
Enjoy a post show chat with the playwright and creative team immediately after the reading.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

6PM: DESIGNER SHOWCASE
Get a behind-the-scenes look at both of the plays in the series. Hear from the playwright and designers on how they brought each work to life.

8PM: WHEN IT COMES
by Mike Sears

POST-SHOW FORUM
Enjoy a post show chat with the playwright and creative team immediately after the reading.

SUNDAY, February 18, 2018

8PM: alone above a raging sea
by christopher oscar peña

POST-SHOW FORUM
Enjoy a post show chat with the playwright and creative team immediately after the reading.

Box Office Assistance

Phone: 
619-337-1525

Email:
boxoffice@cygnettheatre.com

 

The Box Office (walk-up and phone) is available from noon until 6pm, or until the last curtain time of the day.

Thank you Bill and Judy Garrett