Cory HinkleCore Writers 2009 // Core Writers 2010 // Core Writers 2011 // McKnight Advancement Grants 2012
Cory Hinkle's plays include A Disappearance in Two Parts, The Killing of Michael X, Little Eyes, SadGrrl13, Phosphorescence, and Cipher. He is the recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant, two Jerome fellowships, a MAP Fund Grant and a Jerome Travel and Study Grant. Most recently, he was the recipient of a PWC/NET Grant to co-create Brecht's Brain with Theatre Novi Most. He is a co-creator of Fissures (lost and found), which was co-commissioned by Actors Theater of Louisville and the Playwrights' Center and premiered at the 2010 Humana Festival. His play Little Eyes was produced in a Workhaus Collective production at the Guthrie Theater and he has been commissioned twice to write a play for the Guthrie's graduating class of B.F.A. students. His writing has been produced or developed at Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Minneapolis' Southern Theater (with Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp's Moving Company), the Williamstown Theater Festival, SPF Summer Play Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Illusion Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Salvage Vanguard, P73 Productions, Hangar Theater, and Red Eye Collective, among others. He is a former MacDowell Colony fellow, resident at the Hermitage Artist's Retreat and Tofte Lake Center. His work is published by Heinemann, Playscripts Inc. and Dramatic Publishing. He is a Core Alumnus of the Playwrights' Center, a member playwright of the Workhaus Collective and he earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University. More info at www.coryhinkle.com.
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A Disappearance in Two PartsDescription
A writer receives a grant to work on a novel about the disappeared people of Oklahoma – the Native Americans who tried to create their own state in 1906, the Oklahoma socialist uprising in 1917, and Tulsa's black community whose homes were razed after a riot in 1921. As his novel develops, the line between history and story blurs and the writer finds his way back to his absent father, his disappeared brother and his own buried, personal history.
The Killing of Michael X, a New Film By Celia WallaceDescription
Somewhere in Middle America, teenagers Celia and Randy careen down a dark highway in a stolen Lexus. Cut to: Big Pharma, a disappearing brother, a femur unearthed in a backyard dig. Celia has a slasher film playing in her head, and she won’t slow down ‘til the credits roll.
A send-up of American mores, Little Eyes is a dark comedy about our fears and anxieties. Set in a suburb in fly-over country, the lives of a single mother and her young son are forever changed when a mysterious man arrives selling a Project to Renew America’s Future. Meanwhile the neurotic neighbors across the street untangle the repercussions of a wild block party. In these frightening and troubled times, will these average Americans prevail or will their delicate worlds shatter into a million pieces?
The End of BeautyDescription
Cast: Annie Enneking, Terry Hempleman, Clarence Wethern
Directed by Leah Cooper
Michael and Margaret seem happily married and comfortable in their lives as tenured professors of the visual arts at a small quaint college in Wichita, Kansas. But when Margaret's former student, a well-renowned painter, returns to Wichita, the darker side of their relationship rears its head. A play that spans twenty-five years, The End of Beauty examines the beauty of the things we love and how those things can change in a single night.
Playwriting Seminar: The Language of CharacterDescription
This seminar will be part lecture, part discussion, and part writing exercise exploring the language of developing characters.
Taught by 2012-13 McKnight Advancement Grant Fellow Cory Hinkle
Each month, the Playwrights' Center offers a seminar about the craft of playwriting. These sessions are taught by playwriting fellows and run from 6-8:30 pm in the Rehearsal Room at the Playwrights' Center. Seminars are free to current members and cost $20 for non members. Please contact Julia Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 332-7481 to sign up, or if you have any questions about learning opportunities at the Playwrights' Center.
PhosphorescenceDescription A hallucinatory journey through a soldier's decaying mind in an American military prison in the deserts of Iraq. Loosely based on the Abu Ghraib scandal, PHOSPHORESCENCE explores cycles of violence that spread through our bodies, minds and media and moves from terrifying violence to poetic beauty.
SadGrrl13Description A tale of sensational news and vigilante violence in a play that bleeds between cyberspace and real life. In SadGrrl13, gender is mutable, sex becomes a game and reality can shift with a single keystroke.
CipherDescription In a secret location, two clerks monitor the thoughts of suspected terrorists. When their assignment gets tough, they begin to ask questions which is a dangerous thing to do. A chamber piece of science fiction for four actor with occassional songs.