Playwrights Retreat to Ohio

Information about retreats organized by the Ohio State University Department of Theatre for the International Center for Women Playwrights (ICWP), whose work is archived in Ohio State's Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Third Night

 Here's the group, playwrights and readers, around a statue of Brutus Buckeye (the OSU mascot) in his mime garb, in the lobby of the Drake Performance and Event Center.  L to R:  in front, sitting or kneeling:  Carolyna Bradford, Therese Nolan, Susan Apker; standing Meg Barker, Linda Evans, Diane Rao Harmon, Mrinalini Kamath, Geralyn Horton (bending down), Jenni Munday (peering under Brutus' upraised arm); on Brutus' left, Joe Cofer, Sarah Worthington, Farzana Moon, and poking his head up behind Farzana, Bill Symons

Susan Apker joined us tonight, having driven from Oklahoma. Unhappily, she had troubles with her flash drive, so wasn't able to share work with us.  We did hear scenes from (and the synopses are mine, not the playwrights' -- so my apologies for misrepresenting work I'm hearing as it develops!):

Diane Rao Harmon:  Rom -- life in a Polish DP camp immediately after WWII; romance with a black marketeer is potentially a problem for one of two women, the only members of their large family to survive the Holocaust
Meg Barker:  TDot Lake; a mysterious explosion causes disjunctions in an otherwise bucolic Canadian National campside

 Linda, Meg, and Diane listen as the first two scenes from Meg's play are read.

Geralyn Horton:  Reviving Susanna:  Another scene from the play Geralyn's developing about an idealistic graduate student passionate to revive the work and reputation of Susanna Centlivre, the second professional female English playwright (heyday ci. 1710)
Mrinalini Kamath:  May I Help You? -- petty rivalries, friendships, and a mysterious new hire in a ticket selling agency
Linda Evans:  Fireballs:  a curmudgeonly man running for local office must cope with a daughter who, having won a major prize in physics, is upstaging him when she returns home.  Then there's the 26-year-old son, who sleeps a lot.
Jenni Munday:  I've Always Liked This Place:  a farce; I was laughing so hard at that I didn't take any notes!



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