Page 73 Productions, an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to developing and presenting works by early-career playwrights, will support the development of four new plays by playwrights Mary Hamilton, Kait Kerrigan, Kimber Lee, and Cori Thomas as part of their 2013 Page 2 Workshop, it has been announced by Liz Jones and Asher Richelli, Co-Executive Directors of Page 73 Productions.
Each playwright will receive a week or more of rehearsal, culminating in a final presentation. Please note, not all presentations are open to the public, some are invitation only and will be thus noted. The Page 2 Workshop was designed to offer writers resources beyond a one-day reading to develop their work.
Kicking off the 2013 Page 2 Workshop will be the semi-staged reading of DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING by Kimber Lee, directed by Thomas Kail (IN THE HEIGHTS, LOMBARDI, MAGIC/BIRD). The reading will feature a cast of 12: David Ayers, Jenni Barber, John Behlmann, Jordyn DiNatale, Alfredo Narciso, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Larry Pine, Brian Quijada, Phyllis Somerville, Samantha Soule, Joe Urla, and Amy Kim Waschke. The play will receive two readings that will be free and open to the public on Monday, January 14 at 7:30pm and Tuesday, January 15 at 3pm. Both readings will be held at the 4th Street Theatre at 83 East 4th Street. Reservations are required, to RSVP please visit page73.org/differentwords.
In DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING, it's summertime in a small town in southwestern Idaho. Past and present reside uneasily in a complicated web of relationships among people living in the town, and the return of a prodigal child may or may not provide the release they all seek.
Kimber Lee has twice been a semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. She recently received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin Playwriting Program. Plays include FIGHT, DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING, and BROWNSVILLE SONG, and her work has been produced and developed by the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival (2012), the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program (2011-2012), Represent Playwrights Festival at ACT Theatre/Seattle (2012), The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis (Core Apprentice 2010-2011), Theatre of the 1st Amendment/First Light Discovery Program (2011), Great Plains Theatre Conference (2010, Mainstage Playwright), Theatre Masters National MFA Playwriting Competition (2009), Southern Rep (2011 Ruby Prize Finalist Reading), UT Austin Theatre & Dance (2010 Mainstage), and Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company (2007). Her play FIGHT received the 2010 Holland New Voices Award. Kimber has been a two-time Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights' Festival, a Finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Ruby Prize, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and the PONY Fellowship at the Lark Play Development Center. She is currently a Fellow in the 2012-2013 Playwrights' Workshop at the Lark, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.
Thomas Kail's recent directing credits include the Broadway shows IN THE HEIGHTS, LOMBARDI, and MAGIC/BIRD. Off-B'way: IN THE HEIGHTS. Lincoln Center Theater: BROKE-OLOGY, WHEN I COME TO DIE. New York City Center: THE WIZ. Paper Mill: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. National tour: IN THE HEIGHTS. Co-creator and director of hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme, which played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, HBO Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center. Graduate of Wesleyan University, CT.