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'Homecoming Voices': Premiere I

Sunday, April 25, 2021 | 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Four PAD alumni were commissioned to write plays for our season. Each playwright was limited to writing one 15-25-minute piece with a cast of at least 2 but no more than 4 actors. Writers were free to write what they wanted, but each was deeply aware of the extraordinary social and pandemic moment we share. All have been provided a short list of scenic elements they could employ – things like a pillar, a road blockade, some stairs. Writers could use all, some, or none of the items. These limitations kept the production demands lean and agile. The playwrights are: Nastaran Amahdi ('00), Marisa Wegrzyn ('03), Chauncy Thomas ('06) and Liza Birkenmeier ('08); all have developed thriving careers in theatre and television, and we look forward to hearing their voices again on campus.

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Premiering Friday, April 9 and available on-demand thru April 25, 2021.

The following two plays will premiere Friday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m., and will be available on-demand thru May 2, 2021.

Written by Marisa Wegrzyn
Directed by Andrea Urice
Okay, so we may be having some roommate troubles.  And maybe one of us threw a cereal bowl at somebody’s head.  But there’s this pandemic thing happening, not to mention raging wildfires, and none of us has a job right now so the tension may be a little high.  But really, what’s the problem?

The Nicest White People that America Has Ever Produced
Written by Chauncy Thomas
Directed by Jacqueline Thompson
A black writer and a white director discuss the intersectionality of artistic integrity, power, and race in the film industry. However, a surprising request shifts the theoretical discourse to a striking reality of questionable ethics, tested friendships, and uncertain costs.

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