Join us for our First Acts Playwright's Salon!
Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Our first-ever First Acts 12-week residency for emerging playwrights has just wrapped! We'll celebrate on Thursday, December 10 with a toast to the end of the year and a celebration of new beginnings. AlterTheater Literary Manager Diana Burbano will moderate a discussion with the playwrights about their process, their experience with the residency, and their hopes and dreams as they embark on their careers! Most importantly, this event will be an opportunity for the writers, an all BIPOC cohort, to share their visions for the future and why representation for marginalized groups is still elusive, even amidst a new visibility.
The five playwrights in this year's cohort (lily gonzales, Alicia Margarita Olivo, Devin Porter, Jasmine Sharma, and Baylee Shlichtman) have written a one-act play and got to spend 2 hours in rehearsal this week with actors and a director to help bring their words to life. Artistic directors Eric Ting (Cal Shakes), Rhiana Yazzie (New Native Theater), and Alter's own Alicia Coombes (Ghosts of Bogotá) and Jeanette Harrison spent time with Alter favorites Michael J. Asberry (Landless), Kahlil Leneus (The Amen Corner), Linda Girón (Ghosts of Bogotá), Sullivan Jones (we knew him as Matt Jones, in Intimate Apparel, Two Sisters and a Piano, and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot...before he made his Broadway debut in the multi-Tony-nominated Slave Play!).
This experience has been powerful for all of us, and we can't wait to see where these plays head next. You're invited to join us on December 10 at 5pm; register for this free salon here.