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07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015

2014-15 Playwrights' Center Member Stage Readings


Member Stage Readings are an opportunity for members to hear their new plays with the support of the Playwrights’ Center and our resources. Member Stage readings are open to all Playwrights’ Center members, except Core Writers and recipients of Playwrights’ Center fellowships.

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Queen Gertrude of the Desert

by William O. Beeman
A Member Stage Reading


Why would the life of the most influential woman in the British Empire—the “mother of modern Iraq”—be cut short in its prime? This is the tantalizing question surrounding the life of the remarkable Gertrude Bell. Gertrude was an Orientalist, a spy, a mountaineer, an aviatrix, a photographer, an archaeologist, a prolific author and translator, and the architect of the Iraqi state. During and after World War I, she worked alongside some of the most accomplished military and political figures in the world, including T.E. Lawrence—“Lawrence of Arabia” and Sir Winston Churchill. Her death in Baghdad in 1926 remains a mystery. This play provides clues from the events that framed her astonishing career—her passionate love life, her adventures in the Arabian Desert, her mentoring of the Iraqi royal family, and her establishment of the Iraq National Museum. As Iraq seems to be falling apart today, the life and work of Gertrude Bell is an epic account of the politics of empire in the 20th Century.

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09/28/2014 - 09/29/2014

Taste of the Season


You’re invited to a special fundraiser to kick off the Playwrights’ Center’s 2014-15 season!

Join us and hear four inspiring playwrights read excerpts from their new plays. During each excerpt you will enjoy wines creatively paired for each playwright by a local sommelier.

Please stay to meet and mingle with the artists after!

Get tickets for Sunday, September 28 »

Get tickets for Monday, September 29 »

You can also get tickets by contacting Julia at or 612-332-7481.

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