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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!

Featured playwrights:
Aditi Brennan Kapil, McKnight Advancement Fellow
Steve Moulds, Jerome Fellow
Kira Obolensky, Core Writer
Deborah Yarchun, Jerome Fellow

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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12/08/2014 - 12/09/2014

Forget Me Not When Far Away

By Kira Obolensky

John Ploughman returns from war to find his hometown very much changed. After ten years thriving without men, the town has little place for an aging Don Juan—much less one who has been counted on the list of the dead. In order to regain his place among the living and find his lost love, he is forced to confront both the mistakes of his past and the unromantic reality of his present. A tragic comedy about shifting gender politics and the ways we learn to adapt.

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01/12/2015 - 01/13/2015


By Qui Nguyen

Sixteen-year-old Thuy dreams of joining her GI father’s American family and escaping her life in post-war Vietnam. The problem is, most of her new family doesn’t know she exists. Her arrival in their small Arkansas town causes a rift in the household and brings up years of buried secrets. Always in search of a place to belong, Thuy discovers that she isn’t the only one searching.

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02/02/2015 - 02/03/2015

Marie and Rosetta

By George Brant

Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her time and a huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Ray Charles. Marie and Rosetta chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duos in musical history.

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03/02/2015 - 03/03/2015

The REALNESS: the second break beat play

By Idris Goodwin

Thomas has escaped the ‘burbs and come to the city to savor authentic hip hop culture. He falls madly in love with Prima, a super-dope MC, and he is willing to lie, cheat, and scheme to win her well-guarded heart. But is he after real love or fulfilling a middle class rap fantasy? A meditation on authenticity and class collision, The REALNESS follows a young man’s journey for his heart and true identity.

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04/06/2015 - 04/07/2015

Romeo & Naomi Ramirez

By Kathryn Walat

She’s a rookie cop on her first undercover narcotics assignment. He’s an Honors English student trying to live up to his Shakespearean name. And this is Florida, with some of the toughest drug laws in the nation. So is it a love story...or a tragedy? Whose version are you going to believe?

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