Sponsored by Bonnie and Terry Burman
“You can’t be a playwright without believing there’s an audience for adventurous work.”
—David Henry Hwang
Come and be part of the adventure! Join us for a very special weekend
and be there at the beginning as we give voice to these exciting new plays.
The PlayWorks Weekend
BSC’s Staged Reading Series
Performances May 10-12 at the St. Germain
AMERICAN UNDERGROUND* by Brent Askari, directed by Julianne Boyd.
CITIZEN SCIENTIST* by Christina Quintana, directed by Arpita Mukherjee.
GRANT & TWAIN by Elizabeth Diggs, directed by Regge Life.
*Denotes Burman New Play Award winners
$15 per reading, $30 for all three*. General Admission.
*The $30 price for all three shows can only be purchased by visiting the Box Office or calling at 413-236-8888.
Friday, May 10
7:00pm: Citizen Scientist
Saturday, May 11
2:00pm: Grant & Twain
7:00pm: American Underground
Sunday, May 12
2:00pm: Citizen Scientist
By Brent Askari
Directed by Julianne Boyd
An interracial couple enjoys a visit from their college-aged son when a young Muslim woman arrives at their back door looking for safe passage via a new Underground Railroad. This riveting thriller takes us inside a stark vision of an unapologetic America. To premiere at BSC October 2-20.
By Christina Quintana
Directed by Arpita Mukherjee
Kian, an actuary, and Neema, an astronomer, meet exploring the starfield for exoplanets and battling their recent losses. Together, they discover the planet Kepler-64b and learn what it means to be present here on Earth.
Grant & Twain
By Elizabeth Diggs
Directed by Regge Life
At age 62, Ulysses Grant is bankrupted in a Wall Street swindle. His only hope to restore his honor is to write his memoir of the war. His friend Mark Twain makes an audacious proposal — he will publish the book and make it the biggest best-seller in American history. Grant writes in a race with death when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer and discovers an enemy in his own house. Recipient of the Edgerton Foundation for New American Plays award.
BRENT ASKARI is a Persian-American writer and actor living in Portland, Maine. Brent’s play Hard Cell was part of the 2017 PlayPenn development conference and is being produced as part of Geva Theatre Center’s 2018-2019 Mainstage Season. Some of his other recent plays include: Digby’s Home (Semi-finalist O’Neill Playwriting Conference, produced at Mad Horse Theatre); Cocktails and Travails (Winner of Neil Simon Festival’s National New Play Contest and produced at The Theater Project); Bending Reeds (Semi-Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Blank Stage Living Room Series). Brent was part of HBO’s New Writers Project and has written screenplays for Paramount Pictures, Marvel Films, MTV and Reveille Entertainment. Brent has acted in numerous theatrical productions across the country and is an ensemble member of Mad Horse Theatre Company. Brent also narrated the nationally syndicated children’s television program Animal Science, which was nominated for a national Daytime Emmy in 2014.
CHRISTINA QUINTANA (CQ) is a writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Her plays include: Azul (2017 Kilroys List; forthcoming World Premiere: Southern Rep, April 2019), Scissoring (INTAR; Finalist Alliance/Kendeda; now available from Dramatists Play Service), Evensong (APAC; Kilroys List Honorable Mention), Enter Your Sleep (Yale Cabaret) and The Great Lonely Roamer & The Night That Changed Everything (NYU Voices Festival). She is the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Playwrights Realm, Van Lier New Voices at the Lark, Queer/Art, CubaOne and Lambda Literary. Her chapbook of poetry, The Heart Wants, was released from Finishing Line Press in 2016, and her poem “She-lium” was featured on Radiolab in collaboration with Emotive Fruition. An alumnus of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre and a current WP Lab Member, she holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. For more, visit cquintana.com
ELIZABETH DIGGS is a playwright and Professor of Dramatic Writing at Tisch, NYU. Her plays have been produced Off Broadway and at major regional theatres in the U.S. and abroad. Her plays include: Nightingale, Close Ties, Goodbye Freddy, American Beef, Dumping Ground, Priceless, How to Plant a Rose and Cluster’s Luck. Prizes include the Los Angeles DramaLogue award for playwriting, the CBS/FDG prize and runner-up for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Diggs wrote for the groundbreaking TV drama St. Elsewhere. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Dramatists Guild and PEN.