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ART 2019

Of Monsters, ASTEROIDS, Fables and Robots

2018 was a year of unexpected twists and turns.... From a Scandinavian sex curse to an angelic visitor and from a haunted house in Virginia to the world of Macbeth and its Acadiana flavored companion piece, the 2018 season has been full of twists and turns.

We thank playwrights Karen Saari (Bad in Bed), Mark Scharf( The Quickening), David Hilder(The Insidious Impact of Anton), Lindsay Joy(A Dagger In His Smile) and Vanessa Miller(adapter of Macbeth) for the gorgeous work that we were so honored to produce over the past year. We also thank the casts and crews of the productions for their hard work and dedication and we especially thank you, our audiences and supporters, for continuing to help us renew our commitment to the development of new work by being such amazing friends to Acadiana Rep. We saw so many new faces throughout this season and we look forward to seeing you all again and, hopefully, meeting more!

2018 also saw us honored with a 2017/2018 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause award. This award honored our commitment to equal production of male and female playwrights, something we have been passionate about for the last few seasons and plan on continuing in 2019.

In 2018, we welcomed new company members, new ARTPass holders, and we continue to grow as this region’s only theatre company dedicated completely to the development of new work.

In 2019, we have no intentions of slowing down!

Over 1400 playwrights answered our call for submissions earlier this year and we have narrowed it down to the four shows that we will share with you in 2019. We are so excited about this year and, in the coming weeks, will spotlight each playwright and show. We are also going to be launching a reading series....but more on that later. 2019 ARTPasses will officially go on sale TODAY online (acadianarep.org) or you can pick yours up at any performance of The Macbeth Project. It’s a great time to be part of Acadiana Repertory Theatre and we want you to get involved with your time, talent, or treasure! Get in touch with us today about auditions, backstage or tech opportunities, or ways you can become an individual or corporate sponsor.

And now we are pleased to announce our 2019 season!


 
 
 Brad McEntire’s plays have been described as “kitsch with significance.” They often feature strange situations, misfit charcaters and quirky humor. Three of his short plays,  I Brought Home a Chupacabra, Dinosaur and Robot Stop a Train a nd  Raspberry Fizz  are published through Dribble Funk Books and are available on Amazon.com. He is also the author of the comics collection  I Hate Hawk Season . He is a satellite member of The Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, part of the New Play Exchange online and has studied playwriting with Will Power as part of the Dallas Playwrights Workshop at Southern Methodist University. In 2015, McEntire served as the first theatre-artist-in-residence at the Kathy George Indie Artist Residency in Ashford, Oregon. Recently, his play  Que Serà, Giant Monster  won the Texas Playwright’s Festival with Wordsmyth Theatre in Houston, Texas.  McEntire also has regional and NYC credits as a stage actor and was a commercial actor represented by the Mary Collins Agency from 2008-2015. For the last several years McEntire has toured his original one-person shows  Cyrano A-Go-Go ,  Chop  and  Robert's Eternal Goldfish  to venues and festivals all over North America. Since 2008 he has served as artistic director of the small-batch theatre company  Audacity Theatre Lab . McEntire is also the founding producer of the Dallas Solo Fest and chief editor of the website TheSoloPerformer.com. He currently produces and hosts the podcast  The Cultivated Playwright .  McEntire holds a BFA in theatre and performance from the College of Santa Fe and a MA in theatre (with a concentration on playwriting) from Texas Woman's University. He is currently based in Dallas, TX where he lives with his wife and son.

Brad McEntire’s plays have been described as “kitsch with significance.” They often feature strange situations, misfit charcaters and quirky humor. Three of his short plays, I Brought Home a Chupacabra, Dinosaur and Robot Stop a Train and Raspberry Fizz are published through Dribble Funk Books and are available on Amazon.com. He is also the author of the comics collection I Hate Hawk Season. He is a satellite member of The Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, part of the New Play Exchange online and has studied playwriting with Will Power as part of the Dallas Playwrights Workshop at Southern Methodist University. In 2015, McEntire served as the first theatre-artist-in-residence at the Kathy George Indie Artist Residency in Ashford, Oregon. Recently, his play Que Serà, Giant Monster won the Texas Playwright’s Festival with Wordsmyth Theatre in Houston, Texas.

McEntire also has regional and NYC credits as a stage actor and was a commercial actor represented by the Mary Collins Agency from 2008-2015. For the last several years McEntire has toured his original one-person shows Cyrano A-Go-Go, Chop and Robert's Eternal Goldfish to venues and festivals all over North America. Since 2008 he has served as artistic director of the small-batch theatre company Audacity Theatre Lab. McEntire is also the founding producer of the Dallas Solo Fest and chief editor of the website TheSoloPerformer.com. He currently produces and hosts the podcast The Cultivated Playwright.

McEntire holds a BFA in theatre and performance from the College of Santa Fe and a MA in theatre (with a concentration on playwriting) from Texas Woman's University. He is currently based in Dallas, TX where he lives with his wife and son.

Que Sera, Giant Monster

by Brad Mcentire

February 15th-23rd

Charles is having a very rough day. It only gets worse when he runs into an ex who is, herself, having a ridiculously rough day. The giant monster destroying the city doesn't bode well, either.


Final Flight

By Olivia Z. Cote

June 7th-15th

When an asteroid long ago predicted to cause a global mass-extinction suddenly appears in the sky, seventeen year-old Gabbi Raleigh is forced to confront the harsh truth of her own mortality. The realization is shared by Gabbi’s estranged aunt Margot, who returns unexpectedly after nine years without contact, determined to be reconciled with her dying younger sister before the end of days. Meanwhile, a therapist haunted by her troubled past receives a visit from a personal hero in a turn of events that just may set both their souls at rest. All have to wonder:

Is fulfillment attainable? And if so, can one find it in just forty-eight hours?

 Olivia Z. Cote is a New York-born, Boston-based actor-playwright, and a recent graduate of Boston University (BFA, Theatre Arts). Her original work has been produced by Brunch Theatre, as well as the Boston Center for American Performance (Boston Theatre Marathon XIX). FINAL FLIGHT has been developed with Nora's Playhouse and the Boston University School of Theatre, and was a 2018 semi-finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.  www.oliviazcote.com

Olivia Z. Cote is a New York-born, Boston-based actor-playwright, and a recent graduate of Boston University (BFA, Theatre Arts). Her original work has been produced by Brunch Theatre, as well as the Boston Center for American Performance (Boston Theatre Marathon XIX). FINAL FLIGHT has been developed with Nora's Playhouse and the Boston University School of Theatre, and was a 2018 semi-finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. www.oliviazcote.com


 ADAM SZYMKOWICZ’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Slovenia and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as Portland Center Stage, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among others.  Published plays include  Deflowering Waldo ,  Pretty Theft ,  Food For Fish ,  Hearts Like Fists,   Incendiary ,  Clown Bar ,  The Why Overhead ,  Adventures of Super Margaret, 7 Ways To Say I Love You, Rare Birds, Marian Or The True Tale of Robin Hood,  and  Nerve . His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, Original Works Publishing, and featured in New York Theatre Review, the Dionysian, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus books.  He was the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series. He has been to The Orchard Project and to JAW at Portland Center Stage, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, and took part in The Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters program. Szymkowicz received a grant from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, Single Carrot Theater, and Flux Theater Ensemble.  Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, and was a member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and of the first Ars Nova Play Group.  He has interviewed 1000 playwrights on his blog. Szymkowicz is the Literary Manager at The Juilliard School, supporting the playwriting program there.  For more, go to www.adamszymkowicz.com.

ADAM SZYMKOWICZ’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Slovenia and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as Portland Center Stage, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among others.

Published plays include Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, Incendiary, Clown Bar, The Why Overhead, Adventures of Super Margaret, 7 Ways To Say I Love You, Rare Birds, Marian Or The True Tale of Robin Hood, and Nerve. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, Original Works Publishing, and featured in New York Theatre Review, the Dionysian, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus books.

He was the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series. He has been to The Orchard Project and to JAW at Portland Center Stage, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, and took part in The Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters program. Szymkowicz received a grant from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, Single Carrot Theater, and Flux Theater Ensemble.

Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, and was a member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and of the first Ars Nova Play Group.

He has interviewed 1000 playwrights on his blog. Szymkowicz is the Literary Manager at The Juilliard School, supporting the playwriting program there.

For more, go to www.adamszymkowicz.com.

The Wooden Heart

By Adam Szymkowicz

September 6th-14th

Mitch wants to be a carpenter. Heather wants to be a woodcarver. The wolf wants to be an intellectual. Ruby wants to escape the wolf. The woodcutter wants to escape the narrator. A fable-inspired play about love and wood and finding your purpose.


Proceed to Highlighted Route

by Erica Mann

Annabelle Powell has always dreaded Christmas with her parents. Luckily, this year she has the perfect buffer —her good-natured fiancé, Jack. But her defenses are no match for what she finds when she arrives at her family home: the unveiling of a conversational A.I. of her brother, Milo, who was killed in an accident six months earlier. An absurd tragedy, PROCEED TO HIGHLIGHTED ROUTE explores grief in the modern age.

 Erica was born in Mount Pleasant, SC and raised in Houston, TX. Prior to receiving her MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama in 2018, she worked for the award-winning Off-Broadway Vineyard Theatre in a variety of capacities, including Fundraising and General Management.

Erica was born in Mount Pleasant, SC and raised in Houston, TX. Prior to receiving her MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama in 2018, she worked for the award-winning Off-Broadway Vineyard Theatre in a variety of capacities, including Fundraising and General Management.