The Huntington Theatre Company hosted its inaugural Summer Workshop from July 10 – 22, 2012. A two-week new work retreat for selected members of the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program, the workshop culiminated in public readings of the four plays in development:
- Jagun Fly by John Oluwole ADEkoje, directed by Niegel Smith
- Flight by Patrick Gabridge, directed by Jessica Bauman
**Readings are open to the public, but not open to reviewing members of the press.
The Summer Workshop is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
ABOUT THE PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS
by John Oluwole ADEkoje
Directed by Niegel Smith
One African-American family’s experience collides Yoruba traditions with contemporary urban experience. Playwright John Oluwole ADEkoje connects the break-up of the African diaspora to inner-city America through ritual and language.
John Oluwole ADEkoje's short play Cry Baby Jones was part of GRIMM (Company One) and was nomainted for an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best New Play. He was also nominated for two IRNEs for his play Love Jones. Mr. ADEkoje is a National Award winner of the Kennedy Center ACTF — Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting award for his play Street Hawker, as well as the winner of the National Triennial New Play Competition. He was recently commissioned to write a new play by the Boston Black Theater Collective. He is a recipient of the Brother Thomas Fellowship for this documentary film, Street Soldiers, for which he won the Emerging Filmmakers Award by the Roxbury International Film Festival. Street Soldiers has been shown at the Pan African Film Festival at Cannes, France, and the World Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. He is currently editing his feature film, Knockaround Kids. Mr. Adekoje is a proud recipient of the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship. He is currently a Playwright in Residence at Company One and UMass Boston and a faculty member in the theatre department at Boston Arts Academy where he teaches playwriting, filmmaking, and directing.
by Patrick Gabridge
Directed by Jessica Bauman
Sarah escapes from her life by spending most of her time at the airport, pretending to be someone else but never going anywhere. After a janitor, Carlos, attempts to befriend her, she discovers she isn’t nearly as invisible as she’d hoped. Flight gives us a drama about people lost in a place that’s not really anywhere, trying to salvage lives torn apart by loss.
Patrick Gabridge's full-length plays include Fire on Earth, Constant State of Panic, Blinders,and Reading the Mind of God, and have been staged by theatres across the country. He began writing and producing audio plays in 1993 with the No Name Radio Players and Chameleon Stage, and his work has been broadcast by NPR, Shoestring Radio Theatre, and Icebox Radio Theatre. He apparently has a strange fondness for bricks and unreasonable fury towards bad shoppers. Gabridge is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on the board of StageSource. In his spare time, he likes to farm.
UNTITLED PLAY ABOUT DEAD BODIES
by Martha Jane Kaufman]
Directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni
Lila and Ella met washing dead bodies at a Brooklyn chevra kadisha, a traditional Jewish burial society. When Lila suddenly cuts off their affair on the same day Ella receives an ominous note in the mail, Ella seeks out Brooklyn's only Jewish private eye, Sassy Feigenbaum. Martha Jane Kaufman's new play is about dead bodies and ex-girlfriends.
MJ Kaufman is a playwright, dancer, and teacher. He has received awards and commissions from the Huntington, the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights’ Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and Young Playwrights Inc. Originally from Portland, OR, MJ attended Wesleyan University and is currently studying playwriting at Yale School of Drama. His work has been translated into Russian and performed in Moscow. Kaufman was awarded the Jane Chambers Prize for Feminist Theater in 2010 for his play A Live Dress.
by Melinda Lopez
Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
On the eve of the Spanish-American war, widowed Adela runs a pharmacy, indifferent to the mounting conflict around her. But when the rebellion comes home to Havana, Adela, a loyal Spaniard, is forced to choose between country and family. By turns funny and impassioned,Becoming Cuba asks if freedom is something we all want.
Melinda Lopez previously appeared at the Huntington in Persephone, A Month in the Country, and The Rose Tattoo. Most recently she played Victoria in The Motherf**ker with the Hat (SpeakEasy Stage Company). Other credits include Oil Thief and A Girls War (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Anna in the Tropics and Theatre District (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Romeo and Juliet (Portland Stage), and Many Colors Make the Thunder-king (Guthrie Theater). She is featured in the movie Fever Pitch. Ms. Lopez is also an award- winning playwright (Sonia Flew, Orchids to Octopi, and Caroline in Jersey), and a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. She teaches playwriting at Boston University.