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Strange Sun is happy to announce WINNERS OF THE
2018 Greenhouse Project.
After three successful years and an overwhelming number of open submissions, Strange Sun offered $500 prizes this year for our Greenhouse Project Winners! We are so happy to be able to offer writers not only a place to hone their work, but a cash prize to accompany their work.
This year's winners are:
"We See What Happen: An Immigration Play"
"A Murther of Crows"
Come See the plays on May 20th At The Alchemical Theater Space
104 W 14th St STUDIO A
MURTHER OF CROWS @ 1:30PM
WE SEE WHAT HAPPEN @ 3:30PM
A MURTHER OF CROWS by Jessica Austgen
In the back room of a grimy Elizabethan tavern, a trio of cutthroats—burly butcher Ned, the mysteriously aristocratic Sir and young, idealistic Kit--prepare for their final job. The mood is grim—Joan, the barmaid is late delivering their orders, they’re short a lookout, and no one is willing to talk about whatever the hell happened in Scotland. Matters are further complicated when Ned’s daughter Edie arrives, disguised as her brother Edward, to volunteer as their fourth. When the dispatch is finally delivered, however, the target is more complicated than expected, leading to a charged, steel-crashing confrontation at midnight on a lonely road outside the gates of London.
Jessica Austgen is an actor, improviser and playwright living in Denver, Colorado. Her first play, DragOn (a comic con-themed drag adventure), was commissioned by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and premiered at the DCPA’s Garner Galleria Theatre in June 2017. A second commission--an adaptation of Aphra Behn's The Rover--is scheduled for a world premiere in 2019. Jessica is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Dramatist’s Guild.
WE SEE WHAT HAPPEN by Jonathan Alexandratos
We See What Happen is a comedic look at one family's need to cover up their blemishes. Jonathan is set to do his solo play about his beloved Granny's immigration to the U.S. from Greece in 1951. However, when Granny shows up unexpectedly, a bag of Jonathan's old action figures in-tow, everything changes. She sets the record straight, in order to stop Jonathan from making the same family mistakes again.
Jonathan Alexandratos is a New York City-based playwright who lives at the intersection of the emotional and the epic. Interested in how pop culture acts as the glue that holds human relationships together, much of his work features comic book and action figure tropes to earn characters' moments of catharsis. For example, Jonathan's play DUCK (produced in Strasbourg, France by PEACE Productions in June 2016) is an animal allegory about how Star Wars action figures help two lone ducks escape their loneliness in Sheep's Meadow. Jonathan was also a resident in the Nashville Repertory Theatre Ingram New Works Lab, where he created WE SEE WHAT HAPPEN, a comedic immigration play in which Jonathan's grandmother tells the story of her move from Greece to the U.S., aided by action figures that have come to life. This play was created under the mentorship of Rebecca Gilman, and received a staged reading at Nashville Rep at the end of their 2015-2016 season. This year, Jonathan was awarded a New Works Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts to tell another immigration story, that of his mother's family. Jonathan earned his MFA from Queens College in 2011, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
The event is free, and you’ll get a chance to meet the playwright and participate in the process of creating new theater!