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2015 Summer Workshop

This year's Summer Workshop began on July 14, culminated in public readings of four new plays on July 25 and 26 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. 

This year's plays included:

 

ABOUT THE PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS

  • Yerma

    translated and adapted by Melinda Lopez
    Directed by Melia Bensussen
    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    Commissioned by American Conservatory Theatre

    Federico García Lorca’s aching portrait of one woman’s longing to have a child finds fresh expression in Melinda Lopez’s adaptation. Consumed by her dream of motherhood, Yerma defies her husband and confronts her community. In this darkly poetic fable, Yerma’s obsessive desire propels her into a collision with the universe that is urgent and terrible in scope.

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  • Tongue Tied Tight, and Delivered

    by Kirsten Greenidge
    Directed by Caitlin Lowans
    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 6pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

    At a late Victorian picnic in a Boston park, two gentlewomen negotiate the fate of their unladylike sister over tea. At the same park in present day, a young college professor is menaced by a manic stranger with a fixation for $750 strollers and ironed linens. Tongue Tied Tight, and Delivered weaves together past and present in a rich landscape of contemporary womanhood and how “holding it together” ties us down.

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  • A Guide for the Homesick

    by Ken Urban
    Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 1pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    En route from his year in East Africa, a young aid worker goes back to a shabby Amsterdam hotel room with a fellow American. The two strangers replay their pasts and confess their fears that they betrayed the people who needed them most. Their powerful chance encounter probes the porous boundaries between private suffering and global strife in a world where the farthest distance is a plane ride away.

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  • Catch as Catch Can

    by Mia Chung
    Directed by John Steber
    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 4pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

    The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up in each other’s homes in a tight-knit middle class community, sharing the good times and the bad together. But when Tim Phelan comes home with some news, a shifting crisis is set in motion that tests the bonds and identities of each member of this extended family. Catch as Catch Can employs the theatrical convention of character doubling in an unconventional way to help us look again at the roles we play when at home with family.

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