InterAct has made a robust commitment to supporting local playwrights through main stage productions, readings, workshops, and commissions. The InterAct Core Playwrights Program furthers this commitment by offering developmental support to four talented local writers over two years.

The program is a two-year journey designed to bring the Core Playwrights closer to their full potential through one-on-one dramaturgy, monthly developmental readings, and professional support. Each year of the residency culminates in a weekend of public readings.

Friday, December 16 - Sunday, December 18


Friday, December 16 @ 8PM
MRS. HARRISON by R. Eric Thomas
Directed by Jarrod Markman

Ten years ago Holly and Aisha spent the last night of senior year telling each other stories. Then Aisha bounced. Now they meet again at their college reunion--Aisha is a successful playwright; she's on the cover of the alumni magazine. Holly is a struggling stand-up comedian; she's here for the free drinks. They both have questions about what happened all those years ago and they're both hiding the truth about the present.

Saturday, December 17 @ 4PM
Directed by Rebecca Wright

A dark comedy about the Quaker settlement of Pennsylvania. Inspired by the famous series by Philadelphia painter Edward Hicks (1780 - 1849) Peaceable Kingdom is a fable about the longing for utopia. In a mythical Quaker colony inhabited by wild creatures both native and foreign to the Americas, the audience is offered a birds-eye-view of two cultures encountering each other for the first time. Peaceable Kingdom is also a warning: an exploration of how ecosystems are impacted by invasive species, be they squirrels, giant cats, or human beings.  

Saturday, December 17 @ 8PM
BRUTISH by Emily Acker
Directed by James Ijames
In a story about sexual discovery, infidelity, love and family, Emily Acker's new dark comedy BRUTISH, bluntly reimagines a society ruled by the Matriarchy and forces a new perspective on the classic American family drama.

Sunday, December 18 @  2PM
Directed by Matthew Decker
Nine year old Bailey is having a really fun summer until her older sibling Whisper disappears. Camp counselors and parents are thrown into confusion, but Bailey knows where Whisper went. It all has to do with a top-secret time-travel mission. Does she know enough about time-travel to find them?




EMILY ACKER is a member of The Foundry and a founding member of Orbiter 3. Her plays include Milk and Honey, The Matter of Nadiyah HassanWill Work For Silence, I Am Not My Motherland, and Safe Space, co-written with Emma Goidel and Douglas Williams for the 2014 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. She is the winner of the Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwriting Competition, Philadelphia YoungPlaywrights’ Annual Playwriting Competition, and Northwestern University’s Agnes Nixon New Work Festival. She contributed to the final season of All My Children on Hulu+. Her work has been commissioned by Act II Playhouse and developed by Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, YoungPlaywrights Inc., Northwestern University and Temple University. She received her B.S. from Northwestern University.

MARY TUOMANEN is a company member of Applied Mechanics -- an immersive theater ensemble -- and Orbiter 3, Philadelphia's first producing playwright's collective. She is a graduate of the Lecoq School of Movement Theatre in Paris and a 2014 finalist for the Haas Emerging Artist Award. Her solo work has been performed at the Annenberg Center (Saint Joan, Betrayed, 2014), Bloomsberg Theater Ensemble, Phillips Exeter Academy, Temple University and the Kimmel Center Innovation Studio (Hello! Sadness!, 2015). Hello! Sadness! was developed through an invitation to the Dael Orlandersmith Solo Performance Residency at the Kimmel Center. Her physical theater collaboration with Aaron Cromie, The Body Lautrec, was supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference. She has also collaborated with Aaron Cromie on commissions from the American Philosophical Society (A Paper Garden, 2011) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Between Clinics, 2016). In 2017, she will have the inaugural residency at Christ Church Neighborhood House for her play A Peaceable Kingdom. As a performer, she has performed in many regional theaters including the Arden, InterAct, People's Light and Theater Company, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, and the Opera Philadelphia/Bearded Ladies premiere of Andy: A Popera, in which she starred as young Andy Warhol. Her play Marcus/Emma was developed at Theatre Exile in 2015 and will premiere in the 2016-17 InterAct Theatre Company season. 

R. ERIC THOMAS is a playwright and stand-up dramedian. He has been called “one of the most talented storytellers in Philly” by the Philadelphia Weekly. His produced plays include Time Is On Our Side (commissioned by Simpatico Theatre Project, developed with PlayPenn; 2016 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play), Human Resources (world premiere: City Theatre; 2015 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting finalist, Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival finalist), the wordless puppet play Frieda the Invisible Woman (FringeArts/Simpatico, developed with Aaron Cromie), When You Put It Like That It Just Sounds Ridiculous (2014 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting finalist), The Spectator (Run of the Mill Theatre Company) and the solo shows Always the Bridesmaid (First Person Arts Festival, 2012, Gayfest! 2014) and Will You Accept This Friend Request? (First Person Arts Festival, 2011). He is a third year member of The Foundry, a Philadelphia playwrights lab.

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MJ KAUFMAN's work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, Yale School of Drama, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Aurora Theater, Crowded Fire, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Harmony Project and performed in Russian in Moscow. They have received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, Playwrights Foundation, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Young Playwrights Inc., and Huntington Theatre, where they are a playwriting fellow. MJ received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, 2013 Global Age Project Prize, and 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. MJ is a member of the Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group, The Falcons, an Audrey Resident at New Georges and a Resident Artist at The Drama League. Original from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and recently received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.

The deadline is passed  for applications for the 2016-2018 Core Playwrights

Thank you so much to everyone who applied this year! Stay tuned for details on 2017 - 2019!