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Supported by a grant from The Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation, The Ruth Easton Lab gives the nation's most exciting writers the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. The Center's Core Writers travel to Minneapolis from across the country to move their plays closer to production with the support of the finest dramaturgical minds in the nation, under the leadership of Associate Producer Hayley Finn.

The Core Writer Program
The Playwrights' Center invites committed professional playwrights to apply for the Core Writer Program. Created in recognition of the particular needs of emerging and established writers, the Core Writer Program is intended to significantly further a playwright's career. The Core Writer Program is available to writers both locally and nationally.

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Forget Me Not When Far Away

by Kira Obolensky

12/08/2014 - 12/09/2014

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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Dust

by Qui Nguyen

01/12/2015 - 01/13/2015

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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Marie and Rosetta

by George Brant

02/02/2015 - 02/03/2015

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

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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Romeo & Naomi Ramirez

by Kathryn Walat

04/06/2015 - 04/07/2015

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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