Joe WaechterJerome Fellowships 2011 // Jerome Fellowships 2012
Joe Waechter's plays include Lake Untersee, PROFILES, Good Ole Boys, The Strangler, and Memory Library. His work has been developed or produced at Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, American Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Red Eye, The Inkwell, Clubbed Thumb, Perishable Theatre, and The 25¢ Opera of San Francisco. He is the recipient of a 2011-12 Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights' Center, a 2008-09 Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, the Weston Award in Playwriting, a Jerome Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center, and will be a Playwright-in-Residence at Hanger Theatre in Summer 2012. In 2009, Joe received a travel grant to Iceland for the research and development of Hidden People, a three-part epic play with music. He also creates work for other medium, including The Hoot Owl, an opera for headphones, and Antarctica, an immersive virtual reality piece. In 2010, he founded The Awesome Collective, an interdisciplinary performance collective that explores new methods and vocabularies for collaboration in Providence, RI. Teaching credits include courses and workshops at Brown University, University of Minnesota, University of Rhode Island, and the Playwrights' Center. His play Dragonflies is available from Dramatics Publishing, and his articles have appeared in The Dramatist magazine. M.F.A. Playwriting: Brown University. www.joewaechter.com
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The Memory LibraryDescription
Dotty is literally imprisoned within the walls of her own memory—until her desire to find a husband prompts a sudden quest for freedom. The Memory Library is a haunting and theatrical play about rebuilding a past you barely remember.
It's just another night of popcorn and Jeopardy, when Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins receive a phone call that changes their lives forever. Through turns both harrowing and humorous, PROFILES explores how an unthinkable act of violence echoes through the lives of the perpetrator's family, as they struggle to find relief and forgiveness in a rapidly disintegrating world.
Director: Hal Brooks
Cast: Terry Hempleman, Charity Jones, Hugh Kennedy, Ron Menzel, Mo Perry, John Skelley
Rocky, a troubled teenager, longs to leave his parents and their twisted relationships behind and journey to the dangerous terrain of Antarctica, where the love of his life is buried under layers and layers of ice.
Somewhere in a small suburban town, a storm is gathering and a killer is on the loose. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson settle in for a normal night at home, until someone knocks on their front door ... and it's not their daughter.
THE HOOT OWL: an opera for headphonesDescription
Three unrehearsed performers receive headphones and iPods loaded with pre-recorded instructions that are performed in real time before a live audience. From a combination of song, dance, and absurdity emerges the hilarious and moving story of three Southern women, dressed in camo, departing for a weekend of deer hunting and “male”-bonding. This gripping and theatrical performance tackles the politics of role-playing, deer hunting, and—the most controversial of them all—cornbread.