Dorothy Streslin New American Writers Group

This fall and spring (and for the next three years) I’ll be meeting with seven other NYC playwrights sharing pages as part of the Dorothy Streslin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages.

An integral part of this initiative is our Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, which has been fostering the creation of new works by emerging playwrights for nearly 20 years. Throughout its history, the Group has helped launch the careers of over 40 writers and supported the creation of close to 150 new plays. Led by our artistic staff, the Group is composed of eight up-and-coming writers who participate in the program for a three-year cycle.

Deadlines – check. Inspiration – check.

SHEEPDOG at South Coast Rep this April

Three readings as part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival, directed by Leah C. Gardiner . Press release HERE.

Sheepdog
by Kevin Artigue
directed by Leah Gardiner
dramaturg: Jerry Patch
Friday, April 20, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m., in the Nicholas Studio
Another black man killed by a white cop. Only this time the cop is the man you love. And you’re a black woman and a cop yourself. Can you trust your heart if the story keeps changing and you don’t know who or what to believe?

About the Festival:

Created in 1998, the Pacific Playwrights Festival has grown into one of the leading festivals of new plays in the country and showcases some of the best new work on SCR’s radar. The festival offerings generate lively conversation, future world premieres and subsequent productions for numerous playwrights. Of the 131 plays presented in the first 20 years of PPF, nearly all have gone on to productions at SCR and/or other theatres nationwide.

Irons in the fire

I’ve been in a long six-month period of development with many projects. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

-an original TV pilot that puts a revisionist supernatural spin on the California Gold Rush

-an adaptation of a sci-fi book into a feature

-a new play called SHEEPDOG (just finished) about a police officer shooting

To write this play I’ve been talking with police officers – primarily officers of color – conducting interviews and diving deep into the complex issue of police violence in this country. I’ve been truly fortunate to speak with Officer Nakia Jones, whose brave testimony after the Alton Sterling shooting struck a chord with me and millions across the country.

journalists in Mexico

A sad situation. The murder of journalists is on the rise. NY Times article here.

Mexico is one of the worst countries in the world to be a journalist today. At least 104 journalists have been murdered in this country since 2000, while 25 others have disappeared, presumed dead. On the list of the world’s deadliest places to be a reporter, Mexico falls between the war-torn nation of Afghanistan and the failed state of Somalia. Last year, 11 Mexican journalists were killed, the country’s highest tally this century.