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2013 New Play Workshop


by Colin McKenna

Something is wrong in Ron's suburban neighborhood, but he's the only person in the family who seems to notice. Streets are deserted and cell phones are dead. The only communication Ron is receiving is from a single radio station, buried deep in the AM dial.


Colin McKenna (playwright) is a New York-based playwright. His plays include THE SECRET AGENDA OF TREES (Cherry Lane Mentor Project, The Wild Project NYC), PARKING LOT LONELY HEART (Boomerang Theatre, NYC), PASTURES OF PLENTY (La MaMa ETC, NYC), ANY-BODY (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and LAST HORSEMAN. Colin's plays have been developed at Cherry Lane, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Dramatists Guild, where he was a Dramatist Guild Playwrighting Fellow. Colin was named The National Theatre Conference's Stavis Award for Outstanding Emerging Playwright for his play THE SECRET AGENDA OF TREES, which also won The John Golden Playwriting Award, The Goldberg Prize at NYU, and was selected as a finalist by Edward Albee for the Yale Drama Series. He holds degrees from Fordham University, Columbia University, and NYU Tisch, where he earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing and was awarded the Goldberg Playwrighting Fellowship and full scholarship. Colin is currently at work on a new play, COLD SNAP.


by Kait Kerrigan

A small-town newscaster seizes her opportunity for a big break when an unidentified Muslim woman jumps in front of a commuter train on the one-year anniversary of a major terrorist attack. Delving into the haunted life of the train's conductor, his ailing mother and his hapless colleague, Transit explores the power of faith in the face of fear - and of fear in the face of faith.


Kait Kerrigan is a Brooklyn-based playwright, lyricist, and bookwriter. She made her Off-Broadway debut in 2006 with her musical HENRY AND MUDGE, which went on to win her the Kleban Award for Most Promising Librettist. Her plays include TRANSIT, DISASTER RELIEF, and IMAGINARY LOVE, which world premiered at the Hapgood Theatre. Her musicals (all written with Brian Lowdermilk)  include THE UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SAMANTHA BROWN, which was produced at the Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre, TALES FROM THE BAD YEARS, and the forthcoming REPUBLIC. Her work has been developed at Theatreworks/Silicon Valley, Primary Stages, the Goodspeed, the Macdowell Arts Colony, the Orchard Project, the Lark Playwrights Center and CAP 21. She is currently a member of Page 73's Interstate 73 writers' group. Kerrigan is an alumna of Barnard College, and a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and founding member of For more information, visit

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