Wednesday, 26 April 2017 20:44

Introducing Rae Binstock

Salt Lake Acting Company is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2017 Davey Foundation Theatre Grant: Rae Binstock and her play A LAND OF NO MERCY.

The finalists were:
KINGS OF AMERICA by Sean Patrick Nill
THE ROOM WHERE I WAS HELD by David Zax

Rae’s play was selected from 30 script submissions received from around the country. The selection committee was comprised of theatre professionals as well as collaborators and friends of David Fetzer. They were Carleton Bluford, Jason Bowcutt, Kathleen Cahill, Cynthia Fleming, Brynne Frauenhoffer, Alexandra Harbold, Whit Hertford, Julie Jensen, Shannon Musgrave, Betsy Ross, Morag Shepherd, Katherine Vondy, and Robin Wilks-Dunn.

A LAND OF NO MERCY will receive a weeklong workshop at the Salt Lake Acting Company this summer. The artistic team will be comprised of local artists including a director, dramaturg, stage manager, actors, and design specialists. The workshop will culminate in a public staged reading at SLAC on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 7pm.

About the Play
The apartment sits on the corner of Monroe and Clinton, tucked away in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It’s a cozy little place, just big enough for two—but which two? Yetta and Solomon, the Jewish immigrants from 1915, business owners fighting to get through each day and hold on to a world thousands of miles away, while they worry about starting a family in the Land of Opportunity? Or Maria and Alex, the millennial oddballs of the present who sweep into the neighborhood on a tide of gentrification, struggling to keep their college relationship viable in the face of new stressors, new ambitions, and new neighbors? A century apart but close enough to touch, two couples inhabit the same cramped apartment. Their stories weave together, contrasted throughout history, a collage of youth, hope, and uncertainty in what Tony Kushner calls “the melting pot where nothing melted”.

About the Playwright
Rae Binstock was raised in Cambridge, MA and earned her BA from Columbia University, where she was mentored by Ellen McLaughlin and David Henry Hwang. Her full-length plays include Watch Me Burn (LezPlay – Pride Films & Plays, Idle Muse Theatre’s Athena Festival, The Fresh Fruit Festival), Expedition (Monster Piece Theatre Collective, National Theater for Student Artists, Seymour Brick Memorial Prize for Playwriting), We Are The Light Of The World (Red Theater’s National Playwriting Prize, winner of the 84th National Writer's Digest Writing Competition) and The Snowstorm (2016 Historic Elitch Theatre New Works Festival, Harold Clurman Playwright’ Division Pick). Rae is a member of New Perspective Theatre’s Short Play Lab, a contributing writer at Slate.com, and a co-creator of the web-series Rejected. She is an O’Neill Conference semifinalist and the recipient of a 2017 artistic residency with The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Rae lives in Brooklyn, NY.

About The Davey Foundation
The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists was created to honor the life of David Ross Fetzer and his commitment to the film and theatre arts. The Foundation is excited to make grants available to artists 35 and younger for the development of innovative film and theatre projects, and to provide the mentoring framework that will allow the Davey grantee to flourish. More information at www.thedaveyfoundation.org

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 18:12

Introducing Brynne Frauenhoffer

Salt Lake Acting Company is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2016 Davey Foundation Theatre Grant: Brynne Frauenhoffer and her play SYNCHRONICITY.

The finalists were:
CHILL by Eleanor Burgess
SINNER-MAN by Liz Maestri
PASSING TIME IN ANIMAL TOWN by Ryan Oliveira

Brynne’s play was selected from 33 script submissions received from around the country. The selection committee was comprised of theatre professionals as well as collaborators and friends of David Fetzer. They were Jason Bowcutt, Kathleen Cahill, Cynthia Fleming, Mark Fossen, Martine Green-Rogers, Julie Jensen, Dave Mortensen, Shannon Musgrave, Chase Ramsey, Betsy Ross, Morag Shepherd, Katherine Vondy, and Robin Wilks-Dunn.

SYNCHRONICITY will receive a weeklong workshop at the Salt Lake Acting Company this summer. The artistic team will be comprised of local artists including a director, dramaturg, stage manager, actors, and design specialists. The workshop will culminate in a public staged reading at SLAC on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7pm.

About the Play
On a dangerous rural highway, two teen girls wreck their cars exactly two years apart. Sarah was driving sober in broad daylight; Mal was driving drunk at 3 a.m. Only Mal survives. When Mal encounters Sarah’s ghost at the crash site, she’s forced to consider why she’s still alive and begins to look for ways to help her new (ghost) friend. Meanwhile, Mal’s mother, feeling guilty over the injustice of her daughter’s survival, befriends Sarah’s grieving mother. Through these unusual, fraught friendships, the four women search for purpose behind their unfair fates.

About the Playwright
Brynne spent most of her childhood performing THE LION KING as a one-woman show and writing spec scripts for Pokemon; as an adult, she has decided to basically keep doing things like that forever. After graduating with a BFA in Drama from The University of Oklahoma, she moved to Chicago, where she now pursues playwriting, acting, and comedy. She has served as script supervisor on the world premieres of Laura Jacqmin's LOOK, WE ARE BREATHING and Elaine Romero's A WORK OF ART, and assistant directed the world premiere of Dana Lynn Formby's AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP. Her short plays have appeared in the 6th Annual Chicago One-Minute Play Festival and in an upcoming anthology by Smith & Krause. In addition to workshopping SYNCHRONICITY, she is currently revising her feature-length screenplay, BURY ME, and developing an adaptation of JANE EYRE for Adapt Theatre Company in Chicago. You can read about her and check out her writing at www.brynnefrau.com.

About The Davey Foundation
The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists was created to honor the life of David Ross Fetzer and his commitment to the film and theatre arts. The Foundation is excited to make grants available to artists 35 and younger for the development of innovative film and theatre projects, and to provide the mentoring framework that will allow the Davey grantee to flourish. More information at www.thedaveyfoundation.org

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SLAC is proud to partner with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists to offer a playwright 35 years of age or younger the chance to develop a new script.

 

The grant provides:

  • Travel and accommodations to Salt Lake City
  • A weeklong workshop with a professional director and company of actors 
  • A staged reading and post-play discussion at SLAC - free and open to the public

 

The 2017 Davey Foundation Grant is awarded to Rae Binstock for her play, A LAND OF NO MERCY. 

Read more about her here.

The 2017 finalists were KINGS OF AMERICA by Sean Patrick Nill and THE ROOM WHERE I WAS HELD by David Zax.

 

Past Winners:

2016 - Brynne Frauenhoffer for her play SYNCHRONICITY. Read more about her here.
Finalists: CHILL by Eleanor Burgess, SINNER-MAN by Liz Maestri, and PASSING TIME IN ANIMAL TOWN by Ryan Oliveira.

2015 - Katherine Vondy for her play THE FERMI PARADOX. Read about her here

 

 

For more information about this grant, contact Shannon Musgrave, Associate Artistic Director: 801-363-7522 or

 

 

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