Press - 17th Annual Pacific Playwrights Festival

Lineup

ZEALOT
by Theresa Rebeck
directed by Marc Masterson
Friday, April 25, at 1 p.m., on the Segerstrom Stage

FUTURE THINKING
by Eliza Clark
directed by Lila Neugebauer
Friday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m., on the Segerstrom Stage

MR. WOLF
by Rajiv Joseph
directed by Matt Shakman

Saturday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m., on the Julianne Argyros Stage

OF GOOD STOCK
by Melissa Ross
directed by Lynne Meadow

Sunday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m., on the Segerstrom Stage

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Photos

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Future Thinking

Eliza Clark

Playwright Eliza Clark.

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Linda Gehringer, Justine Lupe and Arye Gross rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Future Thinking by Eliza Clark. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Director Lila Neugebauer and Dramaturg Kimberly Colburn rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Future Thinking by Eliza Clark. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Greg Derelian, Linda Gehringer, Justine Lupe, Arye Gross and Enver Gjokaj rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Future Thinking by Eliza Clark. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Greg Derelian, Linda Gehringer, Justine Lupe, Arye Gross and Enver Gjokaj rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Future Thinking by Eliza Clark. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Justine Lupe, Arye Gross and Enver Gjokaj rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Future Thinking by Eliza Clark. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Mr. Wolf

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Playwright Rajiv Joseph and Dramaturg John Glore rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Left to Right: Sanaz Toossi, Laura Heisler, Rajiv Joseph, John Glore  and Director Matt Shakman rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Jon Tenney and Laura Heisler rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Kaitlyn Dever, John de Lancie, Jon Tenney and Laura Heisler rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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John de Lancie and Jon Tenney rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Rajiv Joseph

Playwright Rajiv Joseph.

Zelaot

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Omid Abtahi, Tala Ashe and Penny Johnson Jerald rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Zealot by Theresa Rebeck. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Tala Ashe and Director Marc Masterson rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Zealot by Theresa Rebeck. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Alan Smyth and Omid Abtahi rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Zealot by Theresa Rebeck. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Omid Abtahi, Tala Ashe and Penny Johnson Jerald rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Zealot by Theresa Rebeck. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Adam El-Sharkawi and Alan Smyth rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Zealot by Theresa Rebeck. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Theresa Rebeck

Playwright Theresa Rebeck.

Of Good Stock

Melissa Ross

Playwright Melissa Ross.

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Evan Handler, David Denman and Noah Bean rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Evan Handler, Production Assistant Jeff Budner and Dramaturg Jerry Patch rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Katie Lowes, Tessa Auberjonois and Kathleen Early rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Katie Lowes, Tessa Auberjonois and Kathleen Early rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Evan Handler, David Denman and Noah Bean rehearse for the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Playwright Bios

Theresa Rebeck.  Her New York productions: Dead Accounts, Seminar, The Understudy, Mauritius, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection, Spike Heels, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, View of the Dome, and Omnium Gatherum (co-written, Pulitzer finalist). Among her publications are Collected Plays Volumes I, II and III, Free Fire Zone, all with Smith & Kraus, and two novels, Three Girls and Their Brother and Twelve Rooms With a View, with Random House/Shaye Areheart Books. Her films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker (adapted from her play The Scene).  She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Writer’s Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama and a Peabody Award for her work on “NYPD Blue,” the National Theatre Conference Award, the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, a Lilly Award and in 2011 she was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek. She is the creator of the NBC drama, “Smash.”

Eliza Clark's plays have been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre, Page 73 Productions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Provincetown Playhouse, The New York International Fringe Festival and Yale University. She has received commissions from South Coast Repertory and the Yale O’Neill Studio. Clark was a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s emerging writers group, Youngblood. She was the 2010 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. Her play Edgewise was co-produced by Page 73 and The Play Company in 2010, and her play Recall was produced by Colt Coeur at The Wild Project in 2012. Clark has also written for television, including AMC’s "Rubicon" and "The Killing" and is currently a writer and co-producer on a new series, "Extant", which will appear on CBS this summer.  She received her BA from Yale University in 2007.

Rajiv Joseph's plays include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The North Pool and The Lake Effect.  He is the book-writer and co-lyricist for the new Peter Pan musical, Fly, and the co-screenwriter of the upcoming Lionsgate release Draft Day. He also wrote for the Showtime series “Nurse Jackie” for seasons three and four.  Joseph received his BA in creative writing from Miami University and his MFA in playwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

Melissa Ross' plays include Thinner Than Water, You Are Here, Do Something Pretty, A Life Extra Ordinary, The Allies, and Nice Girl. Thinner Than Water was originally produced by Labyrinth Theater Company and is included in the anthology New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2011 by Smith and Kraus. It will receive its Chicago premiere this spring at The Gift Theater. Ross has had readings and workshops with The Amoralists, The Cherry Lane Theater, Dorset Theater Festival, The Juilliard School, Labyrinth Theater Company, LCT3, Manhattan Theater Club, Montana Repertory, New York Stage and Film, The New Group, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and The Pacific Playwrights Festival. She has had commissions from South Coast Repertory and Manhattan Theater Club. A graduate of Bennington College, Ross was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and is a two-time recipient of the Le Comte Du Nouy Award. She is a proud member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and Labyrinth Theater Company.