Studio X-hibition New Play Development 2017/2018

by Jacqueline Goldfinger

October 23, 2017
The Latvian Society, 531 N. 7th Street

What will we do when our physical and online identities meet? Set in the underground world of virtual graffiti, Click is a techno-epic that follows college students involved in a frat rape that goes viral; exploring how the event changes their lives from 2016-2031 as new technologies allow them to create identities that walk through the computer screen and into reality.

Jacqueline Goldfinger is a Philadelphia-based playwright, dramaturg and teaching artist. She teaches playwriting at University of Pennsylvania and is the Director of Education at PlayPenn. She’s a co-Founder of The Foundry at PlayPenn and is a traveling mentor for the Kennedy Center’s ACTF. Her plays include Babel (Smith Prize for Political Theater, current NNPN Commission), Bottle Fly (Yale-Horn Drama Prize for Emerging Playwright, The National Theatre New Work Studio (London), Yale Press, PlayPenn New Play Conference), The Arsonists (Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage, La MaMa, NNPN Showcase, Sewanee Writers Conference, Disquiet (Lisbon), Kenyon Playwrights Conference, Perseverance Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Capital Stage, Know Theatre, Benchmark Theatre, Leah Ryan Prize Runner-up, Blackburn Prize nomination), Click (current Weissberger Award nominee, Emerson Stage Residency, Drama League Residency, McNally Award Commendation), Skin & Bone (Azuka Theatre, Bloomsberg Theatre Ensemble, Orlando Shakespeare PlayFest, Arden Theatre Writer’s Room, Philadelphia Critics Award Best New Play), Slip/Shot(Seattle Public, Flashpoint Theatre, Temple University, Montgomery College, PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark’s Playwrights Week Barrymore Award Outstanding New Play, Brown Martin Award, Weissberger Nomination), The Oath (Manhattan Theatre Works, Acadiana Rep, Last Frontier Writers Conference), and The Terrible Girls (Azuka Theatre, Spotlight Theatre, NYC International Fringe Festival, San Diego Playwrights Collective). She has worked on public art projects with FringeArts/Reading Terminal Market, Missing Bolts/After Orlando, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. For more information: www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com

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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In 1996, Theatre Exile began with a production of a locally written world premiere on a small second floor theater on South Street. That commitment to new work has continued and Exile has produced 16 world premieres including the Philly Originals New Work Festival. In 2011 Theatre Exile created a new play development program, the Studio X-hibition Series, which is dedicated to cultivating the future of theater.

Studio X-hibition is focused on exporting the newest ideas from Philadelphia to the larger national theatrical community and importing work that can impact the artists living and working in Philadelphia. The program has grown to include staged readings, workshop development programs, and writers’ workshops; cultivating new, edgy, and non-conformist theater. The series brings Philadelphia’s own local writers, playwrights who are part of the national dialog, and non-traditional theater makers together into one series that seeks to push the boundaries of theater, both in form and in content.