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Studio X-hibition New Play Development 2021

Join us for another year of Theatre Exile’s new play development series, Studio X-hibition! Through this program, Theatre Exile has presented live readings of local playwrights’ scripts while they are in progress for an audience of peers and casual theater fans. These readings provide an opportunity for playwrights to see their work performed for a live audience and receive constructive critiques from their community. 

This year, Theatre Exile is proud to present an Out of Exile original by national best-selling author and playwright R. Eric Thomas on May 10, followed by a choreopoem by international author and performance poet TS Hawkins on May 17. These events will be virtual and pay-what-you-wish donations to register. 

Read about this year’s readings and reserve your spot today!

The Ever Present
by R. Eric Thomas

The Ever Present takes place outside, as a group of residents discusses a vacant lot. The neighbors all have a connection to the house that was once on the land and they all want a say as to what will happen next. In this fun, family-friendly show, Eric will bring characters from different backgrounds together to seek the elusive thing forever sought and rarely found in South Philadelphia: consensus. Theatre Exile presents a Studio X-hibition virtual reading of The Ever Present, an Out of Exile original play.

Monday, May 10, 2021
7 p.m.
Zoom – Register here.
This is a virtual, pay-what-you-wish event. 

About R. Eric Thomas:
R. Eric Thomas, a national bestselling author and playwright, won the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play and the 2018 Dramatist Guild Lanford Wilson Award and was a finalist for the 2017 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. He is the recipient of a 2017/2018 National New Play Network Commission and has also been commissioned or produced by Arden Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, Simpatico Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre, About Face Theatre, City Theatre Miami, Act II Playhouse and more. His debut memoir-in-essays, Here For It, was published by Ballantine Books in February 2020 and Reclaiming Her Time, a biography of Rep. Maxine Waters co-authored with Helena Andrews-Dyer, was published in fall 2020.

R. Eric Thomas’s website: Rericthomas.com
New Play Exchange website: https://newplayexchange.org/users/892/r-eric-thomas

 

They’ll Neglect to Tell You – A Choreopoem
by TS Hawkins

Grace is a burgeoning therapist. Merci dangles for freedom at the bottom of a bourbon glass. College sweethearts and newlyweds, they elope to Philadelphia for a fresh beginning. Stumbling into polarizing landscapes, they struggle in margins of heart and home. Theatre Exile presents a Studio X-hibition virtual reading of They’ll Neglect to Tell You, a choreopoem written by international author and performance artist TS Hawkins. 

Monday, May 17, 2021
7 p.m.
Zoom – Register here.
This is a virtual, pay-what-you-wish event. 

About TS Hawkins:
TS Hawkins is an international author, performance poet, art activist, and playwright. Plays, short works, and books include Seeking Silence, Cartons of Ultrasounds, Too Late to Apologize, They’ll Neglect to Tell You, #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, #SuiteReality, “don’t wanna dance with ghosts…”, Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus. Hawkins’ one-act choreopoem, AGAIN, was acknowledged for having the “Best Theater Moment of 2017”. #SuiteReality received the 2017 “Theatrical Reality Check” Surya Bonaly Award, an international publication in WORDPEACE Literary Journal, showcased in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre for the Black Lives, Black Words International Theatre Festival, and shares residence at the Carnegie Mellon University Hunt Library. Cartons of Ultrasounds had the pleasure of returning to New York for a limited off-Broadway run to rave reviews. Recently, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G graced Australian stages as part of Antipodes Theater Company’s Richocet Reading Series! Hawkins’ residency credits include National Black Theatre SOUL Producing Resident, Swim Pony Performing Arts TrailOff Writer-in-Residence, 1812 Productions’ Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Residency, Out of Exile Artist-in-Residence, Irondale Ensemble “To Protect, Serve, and Understand”, Painted Bride Art Center’s Souls of Black Folk, and Alphabet Arts Puppets & Poets. Notable writing contributions include Fragrance of Love (Poet Tree), WORDPEACE Literary Magazine/vol. 2 Spring Edition, Closet Cases/Queers on What We Wear (Et Alia Press), Family Legacies (SONKU Collective Magazine), and the Long Wharf Theatre Blog Series.

TS Hawkins’s Website: tspoetics.com


We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS, AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS, and SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

About Studio X-hibition

For nearly 25 years, Theatre Exile has committed to cultivating the future of theater through new play development. New play development began in 1996 when Theatre Exile presented a world premiere of The Further Adventures of the Gavone Family, a locally written show by Joseph Sorrentino. That commitment to new and cutting-edge work has continued to thrive and grow. In 2010, Theatre Exile formally launched Studio X-hibition, which presents live readings of local playwrights’ scripts while they are in progress for an audience of peers and casual theater fans. These readings provide an opportunity for playwrights to see their work performed for a live audience and receive constructive critiques from their community. 

Through this program, Theatre Exile has contributed to the development of over 27 plays, 15 of which were later produced for regional and national audiences. Additionally, several shows have received notable awards and commendations, including the Smith Prize, Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize, and the Plays for Now grant from Venturous Theatre.

New play development has remained one of Theatre Exile’s core tenets since premiering Joseph Sorrentino’s show in 1996. Since its formal launch in 2010, Studio X-hibition has grown to include staged readings, workshop development programs, and writers’ workshops that support new, gritty, provocative theater. The annual series brings Philadelphia’s local playwrights to Theatre Exile as they explore a new piece that can challenge and provoke audiences to think about the process of storytelling. Through another program, Out of Exile, Theatre Exile commissions playwrights to create an original play for theatergoers of all ages.


Past Studio X-hibition