Monday, October 21, 2013

Playwrights like Space: 2013-14 LAB Residency Program

Francine Volpe and Katie Hathaway at work. 

Hello… I’m Francine Volpe.
I am a playwright and educator curating the 2013 LPAC LAB. I am so impressed with the program and delighted to help direct it.

The season started off when I got together with Handan and Steven to introduce our two new resident playwrights, Katie Hathaway and Dan McCabe to the performance spaces. Dan said “Holy”…

Today we got together to read aloud scenes from Katie’s play, Babies Just Roll and the second act of Dan McCabe’s tentatively titled play, Christina Martinez. Christina Martinez is a jaw-dropping thriller that has so much empathy for the title character. Babies Just Roll, centers on two couples. Kelsey and Mark are nearly nine months pregnant when Kelsey decides to give their baby up for adoption. When Mark leaves for Hawaii Kelsey visits his sister and her boyfriend – with plans to give the baby to them.

Both plays are fresh, alive and layered. Here are photos of us hard at work on the material today - and enjoying ourselves. That’s me on the left and Katie on the right.

Next month we’ll read new drafts. So looking forward to bringing the work into LPAC in January.

Francine Volpe is a New York City-based playwright, screenwriter and dramaturge. Her play, The Good Mother opened in 2012 under the direction of Scott Elliot and featured Gretchen Mol. The play was subsequently named finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize. In 2013 Francine was the inaugural winner of the Lanford Wilson Prize in Playwriting. Other plays include The Given (also finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize) and Late Fragment which was directed by the award-winning actor Michael Imperioli. Late Fragment, was produced at Studio Dante and The New Company in London. One-act plays include: Sweethearts and Giftbox, which was commissioned and produced at stageFARM in New York City and is published in The Best Short Plays 2008 by Smith and Kraus. Francine’s other plays have received workshops at A.C.T., Arena Stage, Rattlestick and Soho Rep, Francine’s screenplays include Queenie and I’ll Be Your Mirror. She has worked extensively as a script consultant. Francine received her B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing. She was later the recipient of a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Fellowship at The Juilliard School where she studied closely with Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang. She has twice received grants from the Lecomte du Nouy Foundation. She teaches screenwriting and playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, Primary Stages in New York, Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles, and privately throughout the country. She is a member of New Dramatists.


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