2014 Featured Playwright
VISIBLE FROM FOUR STATES by Barbara Hammond
Mason County, U.S.A. is home to a spectacular hilltop, a death row inmate, a Pastor with a vision for a cross that that will be visible from four states, and two old friends who find themselves caught at the intersection of faith, justice, preservation and reinvention. Faced with choices that challenge them to the core, the inhabitants of one small town struggle to balance their way of life with the ever-increasing demands of a modern world.
Barbara Hammond's Bio
Barbara Hammond is a New York playwright, filmmaker and songwriter. She is a New Dramatists resident, received a 2012 Helen Merrill Playwright Award, is a 2010 Edward Albee Foundation Fellow, a Yale Playwrights Festival mentor playwright, a repeat resident at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, and was named one of the Influential Women of 2011 by the Irish Voice. She is currently working on commissions for the Royal Court Theatre and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Her plays and film have been seen in and won awards from the far-flung - Berlin, Dublin, London, Paris, Big Sur and Queensland, Australia - to New York City, where she is a long-time resident of the Lower East Side. Her plays include Visible from Four States, The Eva Trilogy: Eva the Chaste, Enter the Roar and The Great Walk (La Grande Randonée), Beyond the Pale, Summerland, Norman and Beatrice, Paper Tigers and a collection of three one-acts entitled New York in June. Film: June Weddings.
NO MORE SAD THINGS by Hansol Jung
A girl catches a last-minute flight to Maui. A boy finds a girl on the shores of Ka’anapali. Something strange and something familiar pulls them closer. They spend the week together. Maybe they fall in love. And maybe love changes things. But not everything.
Hansol Jung's Bio
Hansol Jung is a playwright and director originally from South Korea. Her work has been developed at the Bushwick Starr, Asia Society New York, Lark Play Development Center, OD Musical Theater Company (Seoul), Cultural Conversations New Play Festival, and Yale Cabaret. Her works include Dis/Oriented: Antonioni in China (with Yin Mei and Bora Yoon), Among the Dead, Still Murky, No More Sad Things, and Cardboard Piano. She has translated over thirty American musicals into Korean, including Evita, Evil Dead the Musical, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, while working on several award winning musical theatre productions as director, lyricist and translator in Seoul, South Korea. She is the recipient of Playwrights’ Centre Core Apprenticeship, the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award, the Pierre-Andre Salim Memorial Scholarship at Yale School of Drama, and was a 2014 finalist for the Ruby Prize (Southern Rep).
THE SKINWALKERS by Jennifer Rumberger
Violet always knew she’d return to save her sister Lily from the clutches of their unrelenting and controlling mother Crystal one day. But when Lily calls her, just days before her eighteenth birthday, claiming to have seen a strange man in her bedroom, Violet knows that time is now. But Crystal has other plans for Lily, and she's not about to let anyone -- not even her own daughter -- stand in her way.
Jennifer Rumberger's Bio
Jennifer Rumberger is a Chicago-based playwright and actress. She has recently worked with Redmoon Theater and Chicago Dramatists, where her short plays Crazy Horse, Snow and The Salmon received staged readings. She is a founding member of the Living Room Playmakers in Chicago, and her plays The Bride, Crazy Horse, and 3:45 AM were featured in their 2013 inaugural season. Her full length plays The Skinwalkers, Open Blue Sky, and The Ferry will have readings this year with The Gift Theater Company in Chicago, Wordsmyth Theater in Houston, and Living Room Playmakers. She previously attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has worked as an actress in London, New York, Toronto, and Chicago. She received an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University in 2013.
WETIKO by Greg Paul
Russ, an ex-marine, decides to adopt "Jack", a pit-fighting dog putting his already shaky transition to civilian life to the test. But when Bead, the animal's owner shows up with a plan of his own, Russ is forced to face the truth of Jack’s violent past. Will his determination to rehabilitate Jack salvage his broken life, or destroy it?
Greg Paul's Bio
Greg Paul likes to write about things that are unseen and unexplained. He teaches theater at Baruch College, as well as mentoring and directing at NYU/Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. In 2008 he was a featured playwright at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference for his play, WAIT. In that same year his play, The Point of Deviance was presented at The Macaulay Honors College’s International Symposium on Surveillance Societies. His play, Goblin Universe, was a semi-finalist for the 2011 National Playwright’s Conference and was later produced in 2013 at The Alley Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. Greg has also written the book and lyrics for several musicals, among them The Lady’s Child produced at NYU/Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, and The Amazing True Adventures of Buckbean Bushytail produced at Jalopy Music Theatre. Other works include Motherland, When The Man Comes Around, and Stand Up For Bastards. He is an alumnus of Ohio University. Greg is thrilled to be returning to Seven Devils and McCall!
HEATHENS by Heidy Kraay
Lost in a blizzard, Brian stumbles upon Michael’s warm and welcoming cabin. Lost and longing to please God, Michael's chance for salvation stumbles in from the cold. One disciple is a good beginning...but Michael has his eye on disciple number two. With Brian's help, she’ll join them soon--the key to the New World, she can save us all.
Heidi Kraay's Bio
Heidi Kraay loves bridging gaps between genres through collaboration. Plays, including Heathens, Dirt, Me and My Shadow, Kilgore and others have been presented by Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, id Theater Sit Ins, Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival, HomeGrown Theatre (Boise, ID) and others. Her most recent work, Dirt, a devised play, is being produced in May with thanks to id Theater’s project Bridgeworks. Published work includes Kilgore (Independent Play(w)rights), Survivors (theBOISEAN) along with several poems, essays and stories. Heidi holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Boise State University and is a new MFA candidate at California Institute of Integral Studies. A teaching artist living in Boise, Idaho, she loves working with young writers and performers through Boise Contemporary Theater and The Cabin. Heidi is thrilled to return to Seven Devils Playwrights Conference as a playwright. www.heidikraay.com
FIRST SNOW by Christopher G. Ulloth
In the first snow of winter, two young lovers venture into an abandoned and fire-ravaged mining town. Eager for escape and dreaming of their yet unrealized futures, they brave the mysterious and desolate place where the burning earth meets the frozen sky, only to discover that the escape they seek may be the very thing that tears them apart.
Christopher G. Ulloth's Bio
Christopher G. Ulloth is a New York City based playwright and dramaturg. His plays have been presented at the 92nd Street Y and Bloomsburg University. Recent dramaturgical work includes Bad Husband by Dano Madden, with id Theater and The Artful Conspirators. He is the Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y Resident Artists and a playwright intern with Project Y Theatre. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Bloomsburg University.
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