Next up in Studio X-hibition New Play Development

Mon, 04/02/2018

Next up in Studio X-hibition New Play Development

Boycott Esther by Emily Acker
April 30th, 2018
The Latvian Society, 531 N. 7th Street

Emily Acker’s Boycott Esther tells the story of a young woman working for a Hollywood mogul enmeshed in a workplace sexual misconduct scandal. Based on true events, this play chronicles the aftermath of such a harrowing and world-altering discovery.

Acker is a founding member of the Barrymore award winning playwrights collective, Orbiter 3. She was a member of the The Foundry @ PlayPenn (2013-2016) and a Core Playwright at InterAct Theatre Company (2014-2016). Her plays include The Matter of Nadiyah Hassan (development: Azuka Theatre & Northwestern University), Kill Me Softly, Lower Merion (development: InterAct

Theatre Company, The Foundry @ PlayPenn & Temple University), I Am Not My Motherland (2016 Finalist, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, produced: Orbiter 3), Brute-ish (development: InterAct Theatre Company) and The Sympathizer. She contributed to the final season of All My Children on Hulu+ and is the creator of the television remake of Three Up Two Down with The Weinstein Company. She is a proud educator and alumna of Philadelphia Young Playwrights. She received her B.S. from Northwestern University in 2013.

Whisper's Gone by MJ Kaufman
May 5th, 2018
The Latvian Society, 531 N. 7th Street

Nine-year-old Bailey is having a really fun summer until her older sibling Whisper disappears. Camp counselors and parents are thrown into confusion but Bailey knows where Whisper went. It all has to do with a top-secret time travel mission. Does she know enough about time-travel to find them?

The funny and heartwarming story of Whisper’s Gone touches on family dynamics, divorce, growing up transgender, sibling loyalty, and, of course, time-travel.

Family-friendly! Recommended for 7 and up! Kids 12 and under are free! Just call the Box Office at 215-218-4022 to reserve these tickets.

MJ Kaufman is a playwright and devised theater artist working in New York and Philadelphia. Their work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, the New Museum, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Page73, Colt Coeur, Yale School of Drama, Lark Play Development Center, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theater, Crowded Fire, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Harmony Project and performed in Russian in Moscow. MJ received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, the 2013 Global Age Project Prize, and the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. MJ is currently a member of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers' Group, a member of the WP Theater Lab, and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. MJ has co-curated the 2016 and 2017 Trans Theater Festivals at The Brick. 

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