Play Crawl 2018
Micah Pilkington is honored to be among the Play Crawl playwrights and thankful for the theatre lovers who attend each year. Her performance pieces have appeared in Denver at Rough Draft Playwrights and at the Stage Werx and Dark Room theatres in San Francisco. Her print credits include Wiley Education and an obscure literary journal. She currently edits books while studying public service at CU Denver, where she served as a 2018 Ethics Fellow. She gets weepy when she thinks about And Toto Too's wonderful work as an arts nonprofit and recommends giving them a big donation. Thanks to Susan Lyles for the invitation! https://www.clippings.me/micahpilkington
Second Star to the Right
Jenny Stafford is a bookwriter, lyricist, and playwright. Her lyrics have been heard on Broadway (Cirque du Soliel’s Paramour, Original Broadway Cast Album available), and she holds an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her works include The Homefront (with Sam Salmond, Village Festival of New Musicals), The Artist and the Scientist (with Brandon Anderson, produced Off-Off-Broadway at CAP21), Extended Stay (with Scotty Arnold, Florida Festival of New Musicals), Prodigy (workshop productions through Collaborative Development Project, Two Rivers Theatre Company, and Indiana University), To Have and to Hold (produced by Prospect Theatre Company and Barrington Stage), Cinderella (commissioned and produced by the Spotlight Youth Theatre), Two Bugs are Better Than One (commissioned and produced Off-Broadway by the New York City Children’s Theatre, all with Willem Oosthuysen), The Star Child (with Sarah Underwood and Josh Freilich, produced at French Woods), Awakening (with Joel B. New and J. Oconer Navarro) and Beating a Dead Horse (winner of the 2017 Reva Shiner Comedy Award, produced through the Bloomington Playwrights Project and the Athena Project). Her work has been featured at the Lincoln Center Songbook Series (The Lyrics of Jennifer Stafford), Prospect Theatre Company, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre Songwriter Salon, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, 54 Below, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, and numerous other NYC venues, including multiple inclusions in William Finn’s Ridiculously Talented concert series. Awards include the 2017 Reva Shiner Comedy Award, finalist status for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Competition, as well as second prize in the McLean Drama Company Playwriting Competition, and the Paulette Goddard Award. She’s been an Artist in Residence at the Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, Village Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, CAP 21, the Ross Ragland Theatre and the Berkshire Playwrights Theatre. Dramatists Guild member. Dramaturge and contributing writer for Bingo Boyz: Columbine, which received the Denver Post’s Ovation Award for best new work. She is a founding member of the Dirtyfish Theatre Collective. Recently, the Pandemic Collective produced the one-act play, A Bit of Snuff. This month her full-length play, Uncle Rooster, will be produced at the Brick Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.
Rebecca Gorman O'neill
King of the bookbar
Rebecca Gorman O’Neill was born in Akron, Ohio; she escaped at age 17 to attend Dartmouth College. Rebecca went on to earn her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Her original plays have been produced across the country, and productions in Denver include Auto-da-Fe at the LIDA Project and The Greater Good at And Toto too. Her play Mynx & Savage was a semi-finalist at the O’Neill Theatre Conference, and her plays Tell-Tale and The Greater Good are available through Eldridge Publishing and Next Stage Press, respectively. She is Professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches playwriting, screenwriting, cinema studies, and the graphic novel. https://newplayexchange.org/users/5673/rebecca-gorman-oneill
LESLIE C. LEWIS
Leslie C. Lewis is a writer and producer with a background as a musician, conflict resolution specialist, and non-profit executive. Her short and full-length plays have received performances, staged readings and workshops in the West. She is the author of non-fiction essays and articles for the academic and popular press, receiving awards for subject matter on the environment and contemporary culture. Leslie is a co-founder, co-producer and emcee of Rough Draught Playwrights, a live performance venue presenting Colorado playwrights’ works-in-progress, and a founding member of Dirtyfish Theater, a playwrights collective creating and producing original work in Denver. Radio credits include a series of essays addressing contemporary social issues which she wrote and broadcast for Connecticut Public Radio. She lives in Longmont, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and assorted critters. www.leslieclewis.com
Not in Kansas
Linda Berry's published credits include short fiction for children and adults, preschool curriculum, a newspaper entertainment column, craft articles, poetry, and six cozy mystery novels, in addition to plays. This is her sixth year with the play crawl. She loves the challenge of telling a story in such a compressed form. www.ogeechee.avigne.org
Doin' it Our Way
Jennifer Faletto’s plays include The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995, f/k/a Bathroom Hate (2015 Reva Shiner Comedy Award finalist), Domestic Animals (2016 Woodward/Newman Drama Award finalist & 2016 O’Neill semifinalist) and This L Jennifer’s plays have been developed and produced at The Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival, Amphibian Stage Productions, Venus Theatre Company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Best Medicine Rep, The Blank, Panndora’s Box, The Capital Fringe, The Great Plains Theatre Conference and Short + Sweet. Jennifer studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia and holds a BFA in theatre performance from TCU. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory (Chicago).
A Boys Guide to Brutal Honesty
Jessica Austgen is a Denver-based actor, improviser and playwright. Her newest play, Sin Street Social Club, will have its world premiere in 2019 at the Arvada Center. www.jessicaaustgen.com
Catherine Wiley’s plays have been seen on the front range, Seattle, and Omaha. Sheltered, based on stories told by homeless women, has been performed by over forty women in a variety of venues since 2015. Her latest play, The Liberation, is set in Paris and she is at work on a play set in northwest Colorado. Wiley studied community-based theater at Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, and playwriting at the Kenyon Playwrights’ Conference. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Colorado Denver and is very happy to be writing again for the Play Crawl.
LISA WAGNER ERICKSON
WE'RE PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER
Lisa Wagner Erickson’s work has been featured across the United States by Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Edge Theater, And Toto too Theatre Company, DirtyFish Theater, Acoma Center, Playwrights of the Western Region Conference (Denver), Estrogenius Extended Festival (NYC), Stickball Productions, Marran Theater (Boston), and Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (Sacramento) among others. Lisa has been a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region VII 10-minute play winner, a semi-finalist for the PlayPenn. Development Conference, and the Landing Theater’s New American Voices series as well as a featured playwright at Denver Center for the Performing Arts Local Playwright Slam. She is the founder of Theater 29, a new venue dedicated to work by Colorado playwrights and a co-founder of DirtyFish Theater, Denver’s award-winning playwrights collective. https://lisawagnerericksonplaywright.weebly.com/
melissa lucero mccarl
TONI THE tIGER
Author of Painted Bread, a full- length play named Best New Work by the Denver Post about the tumultuous life of Frida Kahlo (recently produced by the Aurora Fox.), and recently the world premiere of her play Lost Creatures (Henry nominee for Best New Play) at And Toto too Theatre Company. Commissioned by the Mizel Arts Center to write Poignant Irritations, celebrating the unorthodox life and love of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Commissioned by the Curious Theatre Company to write for the War Anthology directed by Bonnie Metzgar of the Public Theatre. Winner of the Steven Dietz award for the one act Carlene Yakkin’. Melissa has been named best local playwright by Westword newspaper and the Denver Post.
CHRISTIE BRENNER WINN
Christie is a native of Colorado where her plays have been produced throughout the state. She received her BA in Theater at the University of Northern Colorado and her Masters in Teaching Language Arts at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She was a professional children's theater actress and a theater teacher before hopping on the 'playwright train.' Christie is currently writing monologues about historical women in the theater for 365 Women A Year: A Playwriting Project, and is collaborating with Theatre 'O' in Boulder. As always, thank you to Susan and the gang. https://www.pinterest.com/kikitoast/christine-brenner-winn-playwright/