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August 9, 2016 8:00 pm
August 9, 2016 10:00 pm

Join us for So and So #95 !!!

NC WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS OUT LOUD! Featuring Monika Gross, June Guralnick, Lynden Harris, and Adrienne Earle Pender

Monika Gross is a director, writer, and performer. She is the 2015-2016 NC Artist Fellow for Playwriting. Monika grew up in Chapel Hill and holds a BFA in Drama from the UNC School of the Arts. In NYC, she was Artistic Director of Theatreworkers (1982-90), directing many original productions and of Smarty Pants Theatre (1990-2001), where she directed and performed in her own plays and adaptations. She is currently Artistic Director of At-A-Site Theater, creating theater in unusual spaces and in familiar spaces in unusual ways, arranging theater and audiences to meet unexpectedly. She curates and performs Celebrating the Birthdays of Dead Writers: the afterlife of the written word, an intimate street performance, where short selections from the works of dead writers on their birthdays are offered to be read to random passersby. The work has been performed in Asheville, New York City, Dublin, Westport, Limerick and Galway, and at flea markets in South Carolina.

June Guralnick is a native New Yorker and her plays, performance projects and multi-media installations have been presented at venues including the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Abrons Arts Centre/Henry Street Settlement (NY), Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (NC), Bethany Arts Centre (CA), Burning Coal Theatre (NC), AS220 (RI), Spirit Square (NC), the North Carolina Museum of Art, and beamed to the International Space Station! Works include Memories of Childhood, Containments: The Home Project, In Gold We Trust (with Guy Nickson), Art Tales of Thaddeus, Women of the Light (with Cynthia Mitchell), Space Interlude, Dreams of Flight, Finding Clara, Across the Holy Tell, On the Dreamhouse Sea, and most recently, Birds of a Feather: A Comedy About De-Extinction. Awards include Silver Medal-Pinter Drama Review Prize, NC Arts Council Literature Fellowship, Southern Appalachian Repertory New Plays winner, Festival51 finalist, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Writing Fellows, Hambidge Center for the Arts Writer-in-Residence, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams Scholar (University of the South). June is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Playwrights Center, and International Centre for Women Playwrights.

Lynden Harris is the Founder/Director of Hidden Voices, a radically inclusive, participatory and co-creative organization committed to creating just, compassionate, and sustainable relationships that connect communities across difference and provide pathways for global change (www.hiddenvoices.org). Through Hidden Voices, Lynden collaborates with underrepresented communities to create award-winning works that combine narrative, performance, mapping, music, digital media, animation, and interactive exhibits. During her decades of work as an artist facilitating community connections, Lynden developed the Hidden Voices Process, a participatory workshop model designed to empower change through collective visioning and collaborative action. This process facilitates a dynamic exchange between documentary, art, and community that allows for a multiplicity of voices and a multiplexity of understandings. Lynden also teaches at Duke University and writes about community voices, the arts, and social justice issues. She is a member of the MAP Fund Class of 2016 and in 2014 was named a Founding Cultural Agent for the US Dept. of Arts and Culture, a people-powered movement mobilizing creativity to build a world rooted in empathy, equity, and social imagination.

Adrienne Earle Pender began her writing career in 2001. Her first play, The Rocker, was a finalist in the FutureFest 2002 Festival of New Works in Dayton, Ohio. The Rocker received its world premiere in 2004 at Theatre in the Park (Raleigh). Additional works include Stone Face, which was a selection in the Reader's Theater at the 2003 National Black Theater Festival and an alternate selection for the 2004 Edward Albee 12th Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska; Somewhere In Between, which had a staged reading at the Drama Book Shop in NYC, 2010, a staged reading at Wordsmyth Theater in Houston in May, 2014, and a full production at Theater in the Park, September, 2014. Adrienne's latest play, “N," is a finalist in the 2016 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest and will have a staged reading at the Eugene O'Neill Festival in California in September, followed by its world premiere at Theatre in the Park in February, 2017. Adrienne was named a Tao House Fellow by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation and served as Artist-in-Residence in September, 2015. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and is a member of the Dramatist Guild.

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