Category Archives: Contemporary American Voices Festival

Playwright Jen Silverman and ‘All the Roads Home’

Writer Jen Silverman is obsessed with character and all of its manifestations in her work. “I am only interested in plot in so much as it illustrates how far a character is willing to go to get what they want. I am also really interested in families and the ways we are seen and not… Continue reading →

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Playwright Jonathan Payne and ‘Poor Edward’

Playwright Jonathan Payne’s day job is as a social worker, supporting people with mental health issues who want to go back to college. Through his work he met an unlikely couple, D and A (names withheld for privacy). They were homeless and A struggled with schizophrenia. “I am working on the fringes of society and… Continue reading →

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Playwright Christopher Chen and ‘Passage’

Christopher Chen is trying to do nothing less in his work as a playwright than create a new form. “I think one of my goals as a playwright is to really find ways to activate the audience, and myself as a writer in the process, by specifically trying to turn over subject matter in new… Continue reading →

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Playwright Clare Barron and ‘Dance Nation’

In Clare Barron’s play Dance Nation, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plot to take over the world. A play about ambition, growing up and how to find our souls in the heat of it all.  LWT: Can you talk about the inspiration for the play? Barron: I wrote this play because I wanted to explore ambition and… Continue reading →

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Playwright Jeff Augustin and ‘The Last Tiger in Haiti’

Jeff Augustin’s The Last Tiger in Haiti takes place on the final night of Kanaval. A group of restaveks (abandoned children living in servitude) dream of freedom, trading spellbinding tales blurring fiction and reality. When two of them reunite 15 years later, their truths are more haunting than they could have imagined. LWT: What was… Continue reading →

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Playwright Boo Killebrew and ‘Miller, Mississippi’

Set in volatile Civil Rights-era Mississippi, Boo Killebrew’s Miller, Mississippi is a Southern Gothic tale of one family’s heartfelt and devastating descent into ruin. As the country attempts to lurch towards a future of racial equality, the Miller family is poisoned by their own legacy. LWT: Could you talk about the inspiration for Miller, Mississippi? Killebrew:… Continue reading →

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