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March 10

March 10, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

Great Plains Theatre Conference announces 2016 playwrights

OMAHA, Neb. — The Great Plains Theatre Conference, hosted by Metropolitan Community College, is proud to announce its 2016 MainStage and PlayLab playwright selections for its 11th annual conference. Representing top emerging playwrights nationwide, the 26 selected playwrights will travel to Omaha May 28–June 4 to participate in the GPTC at MCC’s historic Fort Omaha Campus.
Each year, the GPTC welcomes hundreds of local participants while also attracting theatre artists from across the country. A total of 680 scripts were submitted for consideration for the 2016 GPTC with plays selected through a blind reading process.
During the Conference, the MainStage and PlayLab scripts are rehearsed by local and national directors and actors and performed in staged readings. At the end of each reading, playwrights receive feedback from national playwrights, theatre scholars, directors and the public in a guided-response setting.
All MainStage and PlayLab readings are free and open to the public. 
2016 MainStage playwrights
Elizabeth Heffron (Seattle, Washington), “Portugal”
Ben Hoover (Brooklyn, New York), “Midlife”
Caroline Prugh (Brooklyn, New York), “Night at the Big Chief Hotel”
Gabrielle Reisman (Brooklyn, New York), “Catch the Wall”
Tori Sampson (New Haven, Connecticut), “If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must be a Muhfucka”
2016 PlayLab playwrights
Brian Bornstein, (Lincoln, Nebraska), “Killing Crazy”
Matthew Capodicasa, (Astoria, New York), “Frelmetsch the Maneater”
Eugenie Carabatsos, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), “We Will Not Describe the Conversation” 
Nate Eppler, (Nashville, Tennessee), “The Ice Treatment”
Gina Femia, (Brooklyn, New York), “The Violet Sisters”
Bennett Fisher, (Portola Valley, California), “Don’t Be Evil”
Jeremy Gable, (Philadelphia), “D-Pad”
Daniel Giles, (Brooklyn, New York), “Breeders: A Comedy”
Paul Cameron Hardy, (Brooklyn, New York), “Royal Jelly”
Paul Hufker, (Union City, New Jersey), “Snowed In:  An Imagining”  
Julia Izumi, (New York), “Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book-Signing, and Other Things”
Lindsay Joelle, (New York), “The Trojan Woman”
Erin Lane, (Chicago), “Upstairs”
Christian Levatino, (Los Angeles), “King Dick”
Sarah Mantell, (New Haven, Connecticut), “Tiny”
Bonnie Metzgar, (Chicago), “5 More”
Genne Murphy, (New Haven, Connecticut), “Giantess”
Emilio Rodriguez, (Hamtramck, Michigan), “Mamacita and the Negrito”
Celine Song, (New York), “Tom & Eliza”
Thomas W. Stephens, (Washington, DC), “Countdown to the Happy Day”
Deborah Yarchun, (Minneapolis), “Great White”
About the GPTC:
GPTC’s mission is to enable playwrights and theatre artists to share time, energy and talent in the service of developing craft, creating new work and strengthening community on a local and national scale. Through the Conference, playwrights connect with guest artists and one another in a supporting and encouraging environment and critique one another’s work, develop work together and form future creative alliances. All daytime Conference readings are free and open to the public. PlayFest, GPTC’s evening theatre festival for the community is also free and open to the public and is held in various locations throughout Omaha during the conference’s week.
The Conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Humanities Nebraska. 
Additional links:
Great Plains Theatre Conference website

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