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February 18, 2021 , A Virtual Event

Theatre Thursday: Feb. 18

The Art of Connection

Featuring Artistic Director Laura Kepley

Run time: 90 minutes

Presented by

KeyBank

Make a match this February at Theatre Thursday! We’ve paired four of our favorite playwrights with a specific Cleveland artwork, asking each to write a brand-new short play inspired by the piece. But like with any juicy romance, we’re adding a dash of intrigue — and keeping our matches a mystery! Audience members will work together to read the plays and uncover the creative couplings. Get ready for a fun, unique night that explores the love affair between theatre and visual art.

Artists

Philip Dawkins

Philip Dawkins

(Guest) is a Chicago playwright and educator whose plays include Failure: A Love Story; Le Switch; The Homosexuals; The Burn; Dr.Seuss’s The Sneetches, the Musical (with composer David Mallamud); Spamtown, USA; The Gentleman Caller; Charm; Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living and The Happiest Place on Earth. more(Guest) is a Chicago playwright and educator whose plays include Failure: A Love Story; Le Switch; The Homosexuals; The Burn; Dr.Seuss’s The Sneetches, the Musical (with composer David Mallamud); Spamtown, USA; The Gentleman Caller; Charm; Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living and The Happiest Place on Earth. Philip has won some awards and not won some others. He’s taught playwriting at his alma mater, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, Victory Gardens Theater and the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Many of Philip’s plays, including his scripts for young performers, are available through Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatic Publishing. He is currently working on an American English translaptation of Michel Tremblay’s Messe Solennelle Pour Une Pleine Lune D'été and an audio play for Audible.com.

Crystal Finn

Crystal Finn

(Guest) is an actor and writer. She was last seen at Cleveland Playhouse in Fairfield by Eric Coble, directed by Laura Kepley, and before that in Rich Girl by Tory Stewart. She also performed her one woman show Becoming Liv Ullmann at the Cleveland Playhouse New Ground Theater more(Guest) is an actor and writer. She was last seen at Cleveland Playhouse in Fairfield by Eric Coble, directed by Laura Kepley, and before that in Rich Girl by Tory Stewart. She also performed her one woman show Becoming Liv Ullmann at the Cleveland Playhouse New Ground Theater Festival where it was chosen as one of the top ten performances of the year by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Crystal’s play The Faire was produced off-Broadway with Fault Line Theater company in 2014. She recently was a semi-finalist for the biennial play commission from Clubbed Thumb, where she is an affiliated artist. As an actor Crystal has originated roles in over twenty world premiere plays, including most recently Plano by Will Arbery, also with Clubbed Thumb. Before the pandemic she was set to make her Broadway debut in Noah Haidle’s play Birthday Candles. She looks forward to acting and writing again for lots of people packed together in uncomfortable chairs. Until then, there is no place she would rather virtually be on Valentine’s day than Cleveland!

Nandita Shenoy

Nandita Shenoy

(Guest) is a New York-based writer-actor who loves hearing an audience laugh. Most recently, her Rage Play, produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble, was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequently named to the 2020 Kilroys List. Another play Washer/Dryer has been produced multiple times nationally after its world premier more(Guest) is a New York-based writer-actor who loves hearing an audience laugh. Most recently, her Rage Play, produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble, was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequently named to the 2020 Kilroys List. Another play Washer/Dryer has been produced multiple times nationally after its world premier at LA’s East West Players and an Off-Broadway production in which she also starred. Her first full-length, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by theHegira in Washington, DC, and Satisfaction recently completed a developmental run at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. One-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, You Are Here, and A More Perfect Date have been produced in New York City and regionally. Nandita has acted in world premiers of new plays by Richard Dresser, Madhuri Shekar, Chelsea Marcantel, Adam Szymkowicz, and Eric Pfeffinger as well as a season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Nandita won the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting for her commissioned one-act, Safe Haven, and a 2018 Mellon Creative Research Fellowship at the University of Washington School of Drama in partnership with Ma-Yi Theater Company. She is a proud member of the MaYi Writers Lab, the Dorset Theatre Festival’s Women Artists Working group, and the Dramatists Guild. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University. nanditashenoy.com.

Lloyd Suh

Lloyd Suh

(Guest) is the author of The Chinese Lady, Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, and others, produced with Ma-Yi, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Magic Theatre, NAATCO, Children's Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson, Milwaukee Rep, Denver more(Guest) is the author of The Chinese Lady, Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, and others, produced with Ma-Yi, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Magic Theatre, NAATCO, Children's Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson, Milwaukee Rep, Denver Center, Guthrie with Mu Performing Arts, and others, including internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA and Arena Stage, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, the Helen Merrill Award, the Lilah Kan Red Socks Award, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Horton Foote Prize, and the Guggenheim Fellowship. An alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, he served from 2005-2010 as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists, served from 2011-20 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark, and was elected in 2016 to the Dramatists Guild Council.

Sponsors

KeyBankBank of AmericaJohn P. Murphy Foundation

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