Studio X-hibition New Play Development 2020
by Alexandra Espinoza
Alexandra Espinoza is a Philadelphia-based playwright, performer, director, and dramaturg. She is a member of Azuka Theatre’s New Pages Writers Group and her work has been developed nationally at the Great Plains Theatre Conference and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. In 2020, Espinoza directed the Philadelphia premiere of Angelina Grimké’s 1915 anti-lynching play Rachel at Quintessence Theatre. She is a commissioned playwright with Shakespeare in Clark Park, and also a resident playwright at Harrowgate Park in North Kensington. She is a Barrymore nominated actor and has performed with Applied Mechanics, Interact Theatre Company, Azuka Theatre, and Orbiter 3. Alexandra is a committed teaching artist and activist, has a BA in History from Harvard, an MA in Theatre from Villanova, and is a lifelong student for the liberation of Black/Queer/Latinx/Feminist folx.
Mac, an adjunct lecturer, and Nessa, a freshman, have a lot in common. They’re slightly awkward, deeply passionate about Homer’s The Odyssey, and are African-Americans in a very white department at a very white school. They stumble upon the discovery that Homer himself came from Africa, and must figure out how best to honor this truth in the face of university administrators, overbearing older siblings, the Internet, and Homer himself. HOMERIDAE is a play about who controls the narrative, and about finding your voice when it seems like no one is listening.
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:
In 1996, Theatre Exile presented a locally-written world premiere on a small second-floor theater on South Street. That commitment to new and cutting-edge work has continued to thrive and grow. In 2011, Theatre Exile created a new play development program, the Studio X-hibition Series, dedicated to cultivating the future of theater. Since that time, Theatre Exile has developed over 28 plays; 21 shows were world premieres and 15 were produced for national audiences.
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.