The Playwrights’ Center presents reading of Gabriel Jason Dean’s new play TERMINUS02/10/2014
(Minneapolis, MN—February 10, 2014)—The Playwrights’ Center presents a reading of Core Writer Gabriel Jason Dean’s new play Terminus, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, on Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m., as part of the Center’s 2013-14 Ruth Easton New Play Series. The reading is free and open to the public. The Playwrights’ Center is located at 2301 E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.
Terminus is part of a seven-play collection Dean is creating called The Attapulgus Elegies, set in a small mountain town in North Georgia like the one in which he grew up. This play centers on Eller Freeman, who lives with her grandson Jaybo 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, 17-year-old Jaybo struggles to provide what his wily grandmother needs most.
“For me, this play cycle is a politically charged project,” says playwright Gabriel Jason Dean. “It looks at the past 30 years of our political administration in this country and what that’s meant for people at the bottom. But it never does that in a huge, overt way; it just does it by spending time with these folks. I see these seven plays as a window into a world that we don’t see very often onstage. And when we do see it, these portrayals of poor environments in the rural South, most of the stuff is really sentimental or caricatured or about ennobling the poor in some way. My hope is to show a part of American life that does exist, with people that are real, that an audience can connect with.”
Playwrights’ Center Producing Artistic Director Jeremy B. Cohen says, “Gabriel talks about growing up in a family full of storytellers, and that really comes through in his writing. Terminus introduces us to such intensely human characters—complex, imperfect, vulnerable, strong—that we find ourselves changed just by spending a couple hours with them.”
Gabriel Jason Dean’s plays have been produced or developed at New York Theatre Workshop, The Lark, New York Stage and Film, Oregon Shakespeare, the Kennedy Center, PlayPenn, ASSITE/International, A Red Orchid Theatre, Theatre Row, Hangar Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater, People’s Light & Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and more. His honors and awards include the Paula Vogel Prize, Ken Ludwig Prize and Theater for Young Audiences Award from the Kennedy Center; the 2014 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University; the 2013 American Alliance for Theatre & Education Distinguished Play Award; the James A. Michener Fellowship at University of Texas at Austin; and winner of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival. Gabriel’s full bio is available at gabrieljasondean.net.
The Ruth Easton New Play Series provides Playwrights’ Center Core Writers with 20 hours of workshop time to develop a new play in collaboration with top-notch actors and other theater artists. The workshops culminate in a public reading, giving audience members a uniquely intimate and accessible way to experience the thrill of raw new work and be part of the creative process.
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