First Draft New Play Development
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Playwright-in-Residence Chris Stezin
PRAY FOR THE DEAD Photo Credit: Keith Bridges Media
Word Driven. Audience Tested.
WOMEN'S VOICES THEATER FESTIVAL and FD Artistic Director Leslie Kobylinski featured in October's American Theater Magazine.
FD at THE ROSE Playwright-in-Residence Chris Stezin is never in the same place for long. His critically-acclaimed career in DC as an actor, playwright and former recipient of a Helen Hayes nomination for best new play has spawned storytelling that ranges farm the deranged comic madness of MONKEY BOY to the fable-esque beauty of EVERYTHING LIVES IN A CLOUD. This November he was back with a tale of a legendary rock star with a past that keeps him tied to Pittsburgh and the millennial next story who wants to know why. Audiences with an early peek raved ... "I loved it!" "…a moving story about loss and yearning", "...the acting was superb."
The FIRST DRAFT Reading Series will present a brand new musical in the new year. PRAY FOR THE DEAD by Gene Bruskin with music by Gene Bruskin and Tom Smerling is a musical tale of morgues, moguls and mutiny in the best of 'strike play' traditions. Think Sweeney Todd meets Norma Rae in this dark musical comedy about despairing morgue workers facing collective calamity. PRAY FOR THE DEAD was developed through FIRST DRAFT and will be directed by FD Artistic Associate and FD dramaturge Richard C. Washer.
Jan 26 Arts Club of Washington, DC
Feb 9 Theater-on-the-run, Arlington VA