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2016 New Play Workshop


by Chelsea Marcantel | July 14-16, 2016 | $20

Bohdi is a hypnotherapist. Jevne is a YouTube artist. Ollie sells haunted dolls online. Cath just left her job to move to Oregon with her boyfriend. And they are all building a house together in the back yard. In a world where bigger is always better, can tiny really be happy? Or is this a recipe for disaster? A comedy about what happens when the world shrinks. 


Chelsea Marcantel

Chelsea Marcantel is a playwright originally from Louisiana, who lived for many years in Chicago, and is now a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellow at The Juilliard School in New York City.  Chelsea is an active self-producer of her own work, and has also collaborated with Victory Gardens, The Hypocrites, The Side Project, 20% Theatre, Collaboraction, The Inconvenience, Jackalope Theatre, Hobo Junction Productions, Cabaret Vagabond, and The State Theatre, among others.  Elsewhere, her work has been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Minneapolis, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and North Carolina. She has also taught in the English and Theatre departments at Virginia Intermont College and Emory & Henry College.  In 2009, she was given the Emerging Playwright Award by The Chicago Union League Civic and Arts Foundation.  Chelsea has been profiled as a premiere self-producing playwright in TimeOut Chicago and The Dramatist magazines, and was described as such by Todd London in his keynote address to the Dramatists Guild National Convention in 2011. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and The Playwrights Center.


by Nick Gandiello | August 3-5, 2016 | $20

Maryanne and Allan Dempsey's son disappeared in a deep cave dive many years ago and now a young and ambitious diver wants to retrieve his remains at great personal risk. This achingly beautiful play investigates the depth of loss when we unexpectedly lose someone we love and what might arise after they are gone.  


Nick Gandiello

Nick Gandiello is a playwright, screenwriter, and teaching artist based in NYC.  He grew up on Long Island, where he fell in love with Hip-Hop and the Theatre. He attended Ithaca College, where he received a BA in Drama and minored in both Scriptwriting and Psychology.  Nick holds an MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama, where his play OFF THE REALNESS was produced. Nick is the 2015 Page 73 Productions Playwriting Fellow, and was a member of the 2014 Interstate 73 Writers Group.  Page 73 organized a roundtable workshop of OCEANSIDE, and invited Nick to their Summer Residency at Yale to work on SUNRISE HIGHWAY. Nick is an alumnus of the 2012-13 Ars Nova Play Group,  where he received support on OCEANSIDE, BLACK FLY SPRING,  SUNRISE HIGHWAY and more.  His play HIP-HOP DOCUMENTARIES was produced in THE NETFLIX PLAYS and his play CANDYLAND was produced in GAME PLAY. His play BLACK FLY SPRING received a developmental production at Xavier University in 2014.  Nick traveled to the campus to lead workshops in Playwriting and Theater Business with the students. Nick has attended residencies at the Blue Mountain Center and SPACE on Ryder Farm where he has developed several plays including BLACK FLY SPRING, SUNRISE HIGHWAY, and THE GLOW OVERHEAD. Nick is the Literary Manager of Young Playwrights Inc., where he has also been a teaching artist, dramaturge, and script evaluator.

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