The Department Party

by Sam Marks, Huntington Playwriting Fellow • Directed by Stella Powell-Jones

As a blizzard hits, a graduate student, Frances, finds her affair with a decade-older professor, Jake, collapsing. When Jake ducks out to a faculty party, Frances is left alone at his apartment — until a surprise visitor shows up. The Department Party takes us through one evening’s delicate, nuanced look at sex, small talk, and how different phases in life drastically change our perspective.

Sam Marks is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. His play The Old Masters will be produced in New York City at The Flea Theater this spring after having its premiere at Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory of New Work series in Chicago. His play The Delling Shore received a world premiere at the 2013 Humana Festival for New American Plays. Other New York City productions include The Joke at Studio Dante (dir. by Sam Gold), Brack’s Last Bachelor Party at 59E59 Theaters, Nelson and the Bigger Man with Partial Comfort Productions, and Craft with The Bats (dir. by Robert O’Hara). He attended the Sundance Theater Institute at Banff Center and has had recent workshops at New York Stage and Film, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, and many others. Mr. Marks was selected as one of the “50 Playwrights to Watch” by The Dramatist. He is currently developing a project at HBO produced by Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci. He has developed several television series including a project for CBS that was produced by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He currently teaches playwriting at Harvard University.

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