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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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Finding Fish

by Carlyle Brown

12/09/2013

Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

In the future, food is scarce and the oceans have been depleted of fish. But one fisherman on the Maine Coast keeps bringing in the catch. Could his luck have anything to do with his strange new wife? The people in power would do anything to find out, especially “The Committee,” who has sent the fisherman’s brother to reel him—and his secrets—in. Brown, himself a former sea captain, probes tough questions about sustainability through the lens of one family’s struggles.

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Director: Noël Raymond
Dramaturg: Barbara Rose-Brown
Video designer: Kevin Obsatz
Cast: John Catron*, Stephen Yoakam*, Jen Blagen*, Terry Hempleman*, Jodi Kellogg
* Member of Actors' Equity

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The Crackatook

by Barbara Field

01/06/2014

Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

The Crackatook is a fairy tale for adults of all ages. Siblings Fritz and Marie journey with their godfather Drosselmeier to obtain the rare crackatook nut, which will reverse a spell made long ago. Pulling familiar characters from the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann, this new tale reinvigorates Hoffman’s creepiness and muscle, while exploring the themes of imagination, rationalism and the end of childhood from a thoroughly modern perspective.

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Director: Jeremy B. Cohen
Sound designer: C. Andrew Mayer
Cast: Raye Birk*, Dustin Valenta, David Darrow*, Pearce Bunting*, Anna Reichert*, Charity Jones*, Adia Morris*, Nathan Tylutki

*Member of Actors’ Equity

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Goddess of Mercy

by Jenny Connell Davis

02/03/2014

Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

Kate and her boyfriend, Mike, struggle to hold it together as he tries to juggle their relationship and a transcontinental commute while she fights the condo board, tries to spice things up in the bedroom, and grows increasingly frustrated with his sister Brianna, just back from the Peace Corps and crashing on their couch. When Brianna finds out Mike’s oil company is sending him to hush up trouble in the same part of Asia she just left, their opposing views about what is right (and what is complicated) provoke an international incident that could bring tragedy to the entire family.

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Read an interview with Jenny Connell Davis about Goddess of Mercy »

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Terminus

by Gabriel Jason Dean

03/03/2014

Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

Eller Freeman and her grandson Jaybo live together down by the railroad tracks. When Eller’s health and sanity begin to fade, her tragic and violent past haunts her from the very walls of the old family home. On the verge of discovering love and a place in the world, seventeen-year-old Jaybo struggles to provide what his wily grandmother needs most.

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Seed

by Winter Miller

04/07/2014

Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

The future is bleak. The future is romantic. In this genetically modified oddball comedy set 50 miles north of old Lake SamWalton, Annie and Claret defend their territory, Mic sells seeds on the black market and Mrs. B romances a giant, handsome spider. Meanwhile in Monsanto’s labs, scientists engineer a detoxifying salmon and vegetables that bounce.

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