Over the past three decades, InterAct has made a robust commitment to supporting local playwrights through productions, readings, workshops, and commissions. Core Playwrights furthers this commitment by offering artistic and professional developmental support to four talented regional writers. The program is a two-year journey designed to bring the Core Playwrights closer to their full potential through one-on-one dramaturgy, developmental readings and professional support. Each year of the residency culminates in a weekend of public readings in December.
MEET THE 2018-20 CORE PLAYWRIGHTS
L M Feldman is a queer, feminist playwright who writes theatrically adventurous, physically kinetic, intimate, inquisitive, deeply honest plays – usually about outsiders, often about searchers, always about the human connection. Her plays include THRIVE, OR WHAT YOU WILL (New Georges Audrey Residency); ANOTHER KIND OF SILENCE (Magic Theatre Virgin Play Festival, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, PlayPenn Conference, O’Neill Finalist, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Drama League workshop); AMANUENSIS (Georgetown University, Northwoods Ramah Theatre commission); A PEOPLE (Orbiter 3, Jewish Plays Project Top Plays); THE EGG-LAYERS (Jane Chambers Honorable Mention, O’Neill Finalist, New Georges/Barnard College co-commission); GRACE, OR THE ART OF CLIMBING (Denver Center, Art House Productions, Nice People Theatre, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award Nomination, Barrymore Nomination, Kilroys List); several ensemble-devised works, including GUMSHOE (New Paradise Labs + the Free Library of Philadelphia + the Rosenbach Museum), WAR OF THE WORLDS: PHILADELPHIA (Swim Pony + Drexel University), AND IF YOU LOSE YOUR WAY, OR A FOOD ODYSSEY (The Invisible Dog, New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination), LADY M (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival), and others; and a baker's dozen of short plays. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, L is also an educator (Bryn Mawr College, University of the Arts, PlayPenn, Jefferson Medical School/Lantern Theatre), a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a Foundry mentor, and a performer & dramaturg of contemporary circus. She trains & coaches at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and teaches dramaturgy to circus artists at Circadium and around the country. Hailing from Miami, L has lived in seven cities and is now based in Philadelphia – where she is an InterAct Core Playwright and a member of Orbiter 3 (Philly’s producing-playwrights collective). She is writing three new plays. www.laurenfeldman.com, www.orbiter3.com, www.newplayexchange.org
David Jacobi's plays have been performed and developed throughout the U.S. and in China, including Sideshow Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, RISK IS THIS, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop, SLC Playwrights Lab and PlayPenn. He is a winner of the Holland New Voices Award, Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences Award, a Relentless Award semifinalist, and has been nominated for the Weissburger. David was the 2015 Shank Fellow at Pig Iron Theatre Company and is currently commissioned by the Denver Center and South Coast Rep. He received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College and an MFA from UC San Diego.
Jarrett McCreary has been interested in writing since he was 8 years old. Throughout the years, he has participated in all sides theatre has to offer, from Teaching Artist (Philadelphia Theatre Company, Wilma Theater) to actor (Philly Young Playwrights). But writing has never left. Since self-producing his play THE CHILDREN OF EDGAR AND NINA for 2016 FringeArts Festival, Jarrett has been trying his hardest to create more engaging art and collaborate with more theater artists around the city. He is ecstatic about this new opportunity to work with a theatre company he deeply admires!
Haygen-Brice Walker is a Puerto Rican-American playwright-creative producer born and raised in the American South and dividing his time between Philadelphia and the Twin Cities, where he is a 2018-2019 Jerome Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights' Center. His work is a kaleidoscopic clash of caffeine, history, pornography, violence, pop-culture, myth, and magic. He was awarded the 2013 Excellence in Playwriting Award from the University of the Arts; was a Semi-Finalist for Forward Flux Theatre Company’s THREE NEW AMERICAN PLAYS Commission; and a Finalist for the Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play. He is an alum of PlayPenn’s The Foundry and a 2018/2020 Core Playwright at InterAct Theatre Company. In addition, Haygen-Brice is the Co-Founder (along with Director-Creative Producer, Elaina Di Monaco) of ON THE ROCKS , a production company devoted to the deep fried, late-night, millennial, unapologetically queer, BYOB, theatrical dumpster-fires Elaina and Haygen-Brice make together. Each day, Haygen-Brice is one step closer to becoming Jennifer Lopez, which is trite for a gay Puerto Rican, but he's embracing the cliché and living in his truth. haygenbricewalker.com, ontherocksphilly.com
CORE PLAYWRIGHTS SO FAR
6th Annual Core Playwrights Weekend: December 14-16, 2018
David, Jarrett, Haygen and L spent a week digging into fresh new scripts, working with directors and actors to find the next step in their new play journey. Here’s what they worked on:
David Jacobi: UNTITLED YOUTH GROUP PLAY
Three youth group leaders with wildly varying degrees of enthusiasm and actual biblical knowledge take a group of teens on a Christian work trip to Haiti hoping to find a deeper relationship with God. After a series of Old Testament-level catastrophes, the group falls into chaos. Now the leaders find themselves struggling to hold onto their faith while battling a mob of kids who have abandoned theirs. Directed by Jack Tamburri. Commissioned by South Coast Repertory.
Jarrett McCreary: DIRT, ASH, DEAD TREE
A young black boy, after losing everything, drifts into a fantasy world of memories and monsters. He wonders and wanders in search of his home, his will to live, and the answers to his many questions surrounding what it truly looks like when one considers taking their own life. Directed by Cat Ramirez. Read it on the New Play Exchange!
Haygen-Brice Walker: rhonda[‘s dad] dies in the end/no one really cares/[s]he was a racist/anyways
Rhonda just won a presidential election for an extra-curricular club at Mineral Falls High School. Moni isn't happy about it. Raúl has started to go by Ralph, because that's easier for the [white] teachers to remember. Kila has a lot to say about Amber Sunshine’s take on THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Dylan and LaRoyce can't stop wrestling. Oh and Rhonda's Dad will be dead soon. A messy mashup of a play about white privilege, white liberalism, white tears, white ghosts, Jon Benet Ramsey, diversity trainings, all the fucked up shit about high school, and WEST SIDE STORY. Directed by Elaina Di Monaco. Developed with support from the Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN
L M Feldman: THRIVE, OR WHAT YOU WILL
In the 1700s, Jeanne Baret, disguised as a man, became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe—but everything we know about her life comes from the journals of the men who knew her. This epic tale of historical fiction about our country’s present moment is part love story, part feminist wrestling with history, and part theatrical celebration of awe and the human need to thrive. Directed by Larissa Lury. Supported by the New Georges Audrey Residency. Read it on the New Play Exchange!
CORE PLAYWRIGHT PROGRAM
Ideal applicants are hungry for a rigorous development process, and also interested in mining dramatic veins that are in line with the mission of InterAct Theatre Company: to produce thought-provoking theatre that challenges the ideas and issues of our time.
Applicants must live in the Greater Philadelphia area (no more than 50 miles from Center City) and must be able to commit to two full seasons of development at our center city theatre space.
The two year residency includes…
Group meetings in which a Core Playwright’s script is read and discussed
Two one-on-one developmental meetings each season with the Literary Manager
A public staged reading as part of Core Playwrights’ Weekend
Access to office resources: dominate our WiFi, copy your script, or meet in our conference room
Season subscriptions for the two-year term.