Judson Arts’ playwright development program selects one writer or writing team each month, offering 15 hours of free rehearsal time and space, and culminating in a Loft party packed with drinks, food, and a brand-spanking-new play or thing that looks nothing like a play. The art is often raw and unready, just how we like it.
Every Third Wednesday of each month:
Doors open at 55 Washington Square South at 7pm
Free drinks and eats until the show at 7:30 pm
The Astonishing 2014-2015 Magic Time Lineup
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Mike Swift : Playwright: Galveston (Marigny) Family Tree (Secret Project Robot), The Sinner (Nuyorican), Forever Neverland (Chain Theatre). Screenwriter: Striken (Sonic Ranch Films), Divorced Christmas (Magic Square Films). Assistant Director: Adam Rapp’s Through the Yellow Hour (Rattlestick), Albee’s American Dream (Cherry Lane). Dramaturg: Karen O’s Stop The Virgens (St. Anne’s/Sydney Opera House).
OCTOBER 15, 2014
Kim Yaged is an award-winning writer with a background in theater, television, and film. Her operetta www.love was showcased by the New York City Opera and won Best Musical and Best Original Production when it premiered. Kim received the Kennedy Center’s Meritorious Achievement Award for her play America. America also won the Audience Award at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival. Her stories and poetry have been published by Random House, Cleis Press, Ballantine Books, and Applause, and her photographs have been shown in London, Berlin, and Tunisia. She is currently developing an animated web series based on her play Hypocrites & Strippers, a comedy about selling sex and selling out. There’s more information about Kim and her work at www.kimyaged.com.
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Ryan Fogarty 's plays include Nodding Terms, Beating Off, Goldfish Love (2013-14 Bookshop Workshops selection) and Skin Like Milk (2014 Cherry Lane Mentor Project semifinalist). His plays have been developed/presented at Second Stage Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Labyrinth Theater Company, #serials@TheFlea, DUMBO Arts Festival and MAKEHOUSE. He is a member of Bastard Playground at The Drama League. BFA NYU Tisch, Dramatic Writing.
DECEMBER 17, 2014
Elyse Cogan is a first-time playwright but has been involved in the theatre as an actress ever since 4th grade when she made her debut in Julius Caesar in the role of Brutus. Born in the Bronx and grew up in Rockland County, she has lived in the East Village since 1986 and currently works in Music Licensing at BMG/Chrysalis. Her play Realpolitik: Based on True Dialogue But Not Real began as an acting class exercise (write a five minute scene based on a topical event – in this case the Elizabeth Edwards/Rielle Hunter imbroglio) to demonstrate that actors can write their own material instead of waiting to be offered roles. An earlier version of the play was selected for the 2010 inaugural season of the Dream Up Festival presented by Theater for the New City. The exercise worked.
JANUARY 21, 2015
Will Nolan hails from Atlanta, but has been in the NYC area since 1994. A performer, writer, and director, he is thrilled to return to the NYC stage tonight with Deeper into Lady Land! or The Gospel According to Kelly Clarkson. His first outing with tonight’s star, Leola, was in Lady Land!, performing to sold-out crowds in NYC, New Jersey, Greensboro Fringe Festival, and the inaugural Atlanta Fringe Festival. Will continues to perform with the highly successful Mortified series around the country. He is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America.
FEBRUARY 18, 2015
Kim Gainer is an writer and performer and former producing member of The Shalimar. She performed and toured internationally with company. Work with Shalimar includes: Phaedra in "La Femme est Morte" at PS 122, the Coil Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Stage Award, UK) Recent NY:"Lost Tribe" at Target Margin, "Fabulation" with Brave New World Rep, "Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret" with Superhero Clubhouse, Mariah MacCarthy's "Magic Trick" at Here Arts, "The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret" and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "The Octoroon" at PS 122. Regional: Miss Julie" at Actors Theater of Louisville, "From the Mississippi Delta" at Stamford Theatre Works and "Play by Plays" at Stageworks on the Hudson. She studied theater at The University of Michigan. She is the recipient of an artist's grant from the Bob Rauschenberg Foundation. She is also a burlesque artist who performs under the name Ms. Minty Newport. She is a proud member of Actors Equity.
MARCH 18, 2015
Jennette Selig , daughter of mildly-itinerant preachers, grew up in California, Iowa and (several times) Kansas. She studied theater and women's studies at the University of Kansas before moving to NYC, where she works with expecting and new families (as Birth Sweet Brooklyn) and in audiobook production.
APRIL 15, 2015
Ethan Dubin is an actor, writer, and sometime solo performer. He recently acted in THE WHALE at the Adirondack Theater Festival. Upcoming: he will play Chelsea Manning in WON'T BE A GHOST in the Prelude Festival 2014, directed by Anna Brenner. Ethan and Anna will conduct a September residency at SPACE on Ryder Farms developing his solo work HITLER HAD PINEAPPLES. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and an alum of the Apprenticeship at Actors Theater Louisville.
MAY 20, 2015
Kenny Finkle : Plays include: INDOOR/OUTDOOR (Off-Bway, Trinity Rep) ALIVE AND WELL (Old Globe), PENELOPE OF ITHACA (Hangar Theatre), TRANSATLANTICA (Flea Theatre, Operating Theatre Company), A THOUSAND YEARS (FIU Theatre Festival) and SYD ARTHUR (Keen Company). Upcoming: POPNATION (new musical), U R STAR (a graphic novel musical for small audiences) and a series of radio dramas about the year 1993.
JUNE 17, 2015
Deepali Gupta is a playwright and songwriter in Brooklyn. Her works include Nicky Park Memorial Park and Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (2013 NY IT Award). She is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Workshop, and an MFA student at Tisch’s Musical Theatre Writing Program. SoundCloud: deepali-k-gupta
JULY 15, 2015
Dipika Guha writes plays that are lyrical, funny and formally inventive. They include THE BETROTHED (Wellfleet Harbour Actors Theatre), THE RULES (Old Vic New Voices, Superlab Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons, BLOWN YOUTH (Barnard/New Georges) and I ENTER the VALLEY (Weissberger Nom ’14, Kilroy List). MFA: Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel.
AUGUST 19, 2015
Jay Owen Eisenberg is a New York-based actor, writer, and illustrator. He is also the person behind Here Is A Man (www.hereisman.com) and Nice Looking Doorstep (www.nice-looking-doorstep.com). Jay is currently working on the futuristic workplace web series SECUROCAM3000, which he co-created with Andy Zou, and gearing up to play Max in Taylor Mac's "HIR" at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis this winter. BFA: NYU, Experimental Theatre Wing. To learn more: www.jay-eisenberg.com.
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2014-2015 Season Lineup
September: Mike Swift
October: Kim Yaged
November: Ryan Fogarty
December: Elyse Cogan
January: Will Nolan
February: Kim Gainer
March: Jenny Selig
April: Ethan Dubin
May: Kenny Finkle
June: Deepali Gupta
July: Dipika Guha
August: Jay Owen Eisenberg