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An anthology of 10 plays by emerging playwrights, produced in NYC during the 2006 - 07 theatre season. The book contains a detailed introduction, permission information, production list, and the complete script for each play. Included, in addition, is an Appendix of new American Plays produced in NYC during the same season. Plays included: "The Telling Trilogy", a gripping and and often chilling full length play that explores the nature of loss; "What Happened When", two young men, brothers who have recently been separated, reunite of a night of reminiscence and truth telling; "Antarctica", in this sometimes surreal fantasia of growing up, Magda and Winnie set out to become the first American Girls to make an expedition to the South Pole; "Cleansed", an envelope-pushing drama about a biracial teenage girl who joins a white supremacist group; "Linnea", A young writer who is obsessed by Dostoyevsky lives out his own NYC dream version of "The Idiot" in this remarkable coming-of-age tale; "... and we all wore leather pants", in this wild and pyrotechnically poetic comedy, a Midwestern American family searches for redemption in the world of heavy metal & glam rock; "Marvelous Shrine", 17-year-old Marvelous isn t sure if he s gay, but he knows he wants to play music. His parents battle over his destiny; "In Our Name", a triptych of short, breathtaking one-acts about the ways that the War in Iraq has hit home; "Universal Robots", a riveting sci-fi cautionary tale inspired by the lives and works of Czech writer/activists Karel & Josef Capek, especially the play "R.U.R." which gave us the word robot. ; "Fall Forward", a play about choices and figuring out what really matters, originally performed in a Methodist Church two blocks from the World Trade Center.

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CRYSTAL SKILLMAN is a playwright. She was born in San Diego, CA in 1974, and was raised both there and in Wappinger Falls, NY. She graduated from The New School with a degree in Theatre Studies, and studied at The Hartford Art School and Parsons School of Design. DANIEL TALBOTT is an actor, director, playwright, and artistic director. He was born in the Bay Area and moved around the country with his family before landing back there for high school. He trained as an actor at the American Conservatory Theater s Young Conservatory, Solano College Theatre s two-year actor training program, and The Juilliard School. He is the artistic director of Rising Phoenix Repertory. CAROLYN RASHIP is a writer, director, and illustrator. For the past ten years she has held various positions with the New York International Fringe Festival. She lives in Brooklyn, and is currently working on a novel and the grownup picture book version of "Antarctica". THOMAS BRADSHAW is a playwright. He was born in Summit, NJ on March 18th, 1980, and grew up in Orange, NJ. He graduated from Bard College, where he studied with Chiori Miyagawa, with two B.A. degrees: one in Playwriting and one in Sociology. He received an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, where he studied with Mac Wellman. Thomas is a Playwriting Professor at Brooklyn College, and also teaches playwriting at Medgar Evers College. JOHN REGIS is an actor, a director, a teacher, and a playwright. He was born in Marblehead, MA on July 4, 1958, and raised in both Peabody, MA and Hampton, NH. He received a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University, and studied with Stella Adler and Mario Sileti at the Stella Adler Conservatory. John teaches drama and videomaking at the Bank Street School. ROBERT ATTENWEILER is a writer and independent producer. He was born in 1975 and raised in Mansfield, OH. He received a B.A. in English from John Carroll University; an M.A. in English from The Ohio State University; and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University. He is the founder of the theatre company, Disgraced Productions. LESLIE BRAMM is a playwright. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 23, 1963, and raised in the Aleutian Islands, AK, Newport News, VA, San Francisco, CA, and New York City. He is the author of thirteen plays. His poetry is published in numerous magazines, and literary journals. ELENA HARTWELL is a writer and theatre artist. She was born in Bogota, Colombia, and raised in San Diego, CA. She holds a B.A. in Mass Media Communications/Theatre Arts from the University of San Diego (Magna Cum Laude), a M.Ed with an emphasis in teaching theatre from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Georgia. She is also the co-founder of Iron Pig, a company of Pacific Northwest artists dedicated to producing theatre that is both entertaining and socially responsible. MAC ROGERS is a playwright, actor, and sporadic director. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, and raised in Greensboro, NC. He also produces theater with partners Jordana and Sean Williams under their Gideon Productions shingle, and he plans to remount Universal Robots in late 2008/early 2009. He lives in a converted auto-body shop in the East Williamsburg Industrial Complex. DANIEL REITZ is a playwright, screenwriter, and director. He was born and raised in upstate New York, and graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a double degree in Honors English and Theatre. He is a member of New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild, and Rising Phoenix Repertory.

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