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2018 Virgin play festival

The Martha Heasley Cox virgin play festival

December 9-14, 2018

Our play festival centers on bringing emerging and mid-career playwrights together, giving each writer the time and space to create and experiment and hear their work out loud.

Recent writers have included: Jessica Hagedorn, Ashlin Halfnight, Barbara Hammond, John Kolvenbach, Lauren Yee, Clare Barron, Dipika Guha, Han Ong, Mfoniso Udofia & many, many more. It's an exciting opportunity for writers to get space and time to work, for us to get to know new playwrights and familiar playwright's work, and for our audience to meet new playwrights and new plays. We invite Magic Family patrons to join us for readings presenting new work by writers we love.

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2018 playwright Line Up

   THE FOUR CORNERS: BY ASHLIN HALFNIGHT                       Sunday, 12/9 at 4:00pm

   Ashlin Halfnight is an award-winning writer for stage, film and TV. Recent credits include the Emmy-winning Netflix show, Bloodline, the high-school sports drama, The Sticks [pilot], and Maybe There’s A Tree, starring Colin Mochrie & Creed Bratton. His feature films include Astraea, Survival Box, and Diving Normal. Ashlin’s  plays have been performed across North America and Europe, and include Artifacts of Consequence, A Hard Wall at High Speed, and  God’s Waiting Room. Ashlin is a Fulbright Scholar, former professional hockey player signed by the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, a  Howard Stein Playwriting Fellow, 2017 Sloan Grant recipient with The Apothetae Theater Company, and was the 2006 artist in   residence at the National Theater of Hungary. Ashlin holds an honors English BA from Harvard, and an MFA in Playwriting from   Columbia. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and sons, and enjoys whiskey, new socks, and the film Footloose.

THE FOUR CORNERSIn an unnamed, upstate New-England town amid the opioid epidemic, four fair-weather friends are drawn together by a plan to rob a pharmacy. As loyalties are tested, friendships exploded, and best-laid plans undone, Ashlin Halfnight(writer of audience favorite The Resting Place) delivers an unflinching, surprisingly funny, deeply human, and unexpectedly classic drama about a rural America that is too often ignored.

   DON’T EAT THE MANGOS: BY RICARDO PERÉZ GONZÁLEZ                   Sunday, 12/9 at 7:00pm

   Ricardo Peréz González splits his writing time between NYC and  LA, where he writes for Designated   Survivor.   His first play, In Fields Where They Lay, was hailed by the NY Times as “gripping” and “moving drama.”   Since  that debut, the Sundance Institute selected Ricardo for their Inaugural Writer’s Intensive, and his Alan  Turing  Biopic, The Tender Peel, won an Alfred P. Sloan Grant. He is also an alumnus of the Emerging Writers  Group at  the Public Theater and a winner of the MetLife Nuestras Voces national playwriting award.
 DON'T EAT THE MANGOS:  With families and lives of their own, sisters Ismelda, Yinoelle, and Wicha are still caring for their ailing Mami and Papi just outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico. As tensions rise in the family home, storms rage, secrets emerge, and someone’s got to check on Papi’s fluids. In this hilarious and biting drama, playwright Ricardo Peréz Gonzáles explores the bonds of familial obligation and asks: how do we carry the trauma our parents pass down?

  MAN OF GOD: BY ANNA MOENCH                                                                                  Tuesday, 12/11 at 7:00pm

   Anna Moench is an award-winning Asian American playwright and screenwriter. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation. Anna is an alumna of UCSD’s MFA Playwriting program, the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Jam at New Georges. Upcoming productions: Man of God at East West Players in 2019, Birds of North America at Thrown Stone Theatre Company in 2019. Anna is currently writing the feature film adaptation of Holly Black’s NYT bestseller The Cruel Prince for Universal Pictures.

MAN OF GOD:  A hidden discovery in a hotel bathroom changes the lives of four Korean-American Christian girls on a mission trip to Thailand. Their communal rage and disillusionment fuel increasingly violent revenge fantasies amidst the no-holds-barred neon bubblegum sex-tourism mecca of Bangkok. MAN OF GOD is a funny feminist thriller about that moment when girls realize the male gaze has  been watching all along—and decide they’re definitely gonna do something about it.

    MAMA’S GONNA BUY YOU: BY CHISA HUTCHINSON                              Wednesday, 12/12 at 8:00pm

  Chisa Hutchinson (B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A NYU - Tisch School of the Arts) is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter. She is currently working mercenary-style on a screenplay for A&E/Lifetime and two indie film originals. Chisa’s happily presented her other plays, which include Dirt Rich, She Like Girls,This Is Not The Play, Sex On Sunday, Tunde’s Trumpet, The Subject, Somebody’s Daughter, Alondra Was Here, Surely Goodness And Mercy, From The Author Of,  Amerikin and Dead & Breathing at such venues as the Lark Theater, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Company, Mad Dog Theater Company, Rattlestick Theater, and others. She has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a Resident at Second Stage Theater, a Humanitas Fellow, a New York NeoFuturist, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group.

   MAMA’S GONNA BUY YOU: When the politically-incorrect Carol offers pregnant Danielle a job as her live-in chauffeur, Danielle thinks she’s found a convenient—if patronizing—solution to her financial worries. As the lives of the two women become more  and more intertwined,  and Danielle nears her due date, Carol’s ulterior motives begin to shadow her seeminglyn generous offer. With a cast rounded out by a babbling coworker, a non-committal baby-daddy, and an unfortunately-named gynecologist, and a kid with too many questions, MAMA’S GONNA BUY YOU is a grimly  funny psychological thriller that skewers the disturbing agendas beneath well-meaning white people’s ‘good intentions.’

    EAT AND YOU BELONG TO US: BY MJ KAUFMAN                              Thursday, 12/13 at 8:00pm

  MJ Kaufman is a playwright and television writer. Recent productions include Masculinity Max in the Public   Theater Studio program, Sensitive Guys at InterAct Theater and Walrus in the Body of a Crocodile at Clubbed   Thumb as well as development at New York Theater Workshop, New Georges, Page73, Yale School of   Drama, The Lark and Huntington Theater. MJ has been part of the WP Theater Lab, the Public Theater’s   Emerging Writers Group, the New Museum’s X-ID Rep and is currently a resident playwright at New   Dramatists.

EAT AND YOU BELONG TO US:  Grands, the grandparent of the family, returns from their gender-affirmative surgery speaking French and talking of fires. Their genderqueer grandchild, Jaime—obsessed with Joan of Arc—mysteriously vanishes the same week. On the battlefields of medieval France and the family dinner table, Eat and You Belong to Us explores contemporary queerness, gender identity, and how we become who we are meant to be. In this fantastical comedy, the family  must learn what they’re willing to die for, and, more importantly, what they’re willing to live for.

    ADIA AND CLORA SNATCH JOY: BY MFONISO UDOFIA                                  Friday, 12/14 at 8:00p

   Mfonso Udofia, a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College   and obtained her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.  While at ACT, she co-pioneered  The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Hunters Point. Productions of   her plays Sojourners, runboyrun, and Her Portmanteau have been seen at New York Theatre Workshop,   Playwrights Realm, Magic Theatre, National Black Theatre, Strand Theater Company, and Boston Court.   She’s the recipient of the 2017 Helen Merrill Playwright Award, the 2017-18 McKnight National Residency  and Commission at The Playwrights’ Center, and is a member of New Dramatists.

ADIA AND CLORA SNATCH JOY: In the wake of her mother’s death, Adiaha Ufot travels to Wilmington, NC in search of the man who knew her mother last. Instead of Azell, Adia finds Clora—and a house that looks strangely familiar. Together, Adia and Clora reconcile their pasts and imagine new ways forward.

2017 Playwrights