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Without playwrights, Table|Room|Stage would be nothing at all – as cold and lonesome as an empty table, a musty room, a darkened stage. But then, what would theatre itself be without playwrights? Nothing! Just a lot of waiting… waiting without even the slimmest possibility that Godot will ever show up. Thank goodness we don’t have to live in such a dark and dreary world!

At Artists Rep, we celebrate playwrights At the TableOn the Workbench, and with productions by the most exciting writers we can find. We seek to create a welcoming, effective environment for these essential storytellers, whether they are in residence for a week-long workshop, are here for rehearsals of their play, or a part of our ongoing work as Resident Artists.  

Starting in March 2017, Andrea Stolowitz will be our Lacroute Playwright-in-Residence. Under the generous patronage of Ronni Lacroute, Andrea has several years to focus entirely on writing plays and developing her career. She will be in residence at Artists Rep for at least two years and will use part of that time on Refugee Radio. Over five years, Andrea will create several new plays, cultivate professional relationships with other theaters, and most importantly, have time to think, to write, and to be here, where theatre happens. This is all possible through Ronni Lacroute’s commitment to art and to Oregon – a remarkable gift to us all!

 

Andrea Stolowitz’s plays have been developed and presented nationally and internationally at theaters such as The Long Wharf, The Old Globe, The Cherry Lane, and New York Stage and Film. The LA Times calls her work “heartbreaking” and the Orange County Register characterizes her approach as a “brave refusal to sugarcoat issues and tough decisions.”

A recipient of Artists Repertory Theater’s $25,000 Fowler/Levin New Play Prize, Andrea premiered her play ITHAKA at the theatre in 2013. The play had its mid-west premiere in Chicago in 2014 at InFusion Theater and its Canada premiere in May 2016. The play won the 2015 Oregon Book Award in Drama judged by Naomi Iizuka. 

Andrea’s play ANTARKTIKOS also won the Oregon Book Award for Drama (2013) and was published in July 2013 in TheatreForum magazine. The play world-premiered at The Pittsburgh Playhouse in March 2013 and was workshopped at The New Harmony Project (IN), Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, and Seattle Repertory Theater. It was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and received a 2015 Kilroy’s List Honorable Mention. 

KNOWING CAIRO world-premiered at the Old Globe Theatre, which earned San Diego’s “Billie” Best New Play Award and an LA Times’ Critic’s Pick. It is published by Playscripts Inc. and continues to be produced nationally and internationally. It was presented at Profile Theater (OR) in 2013.

Andrea’s latest play BERLIN DIARY was presented at English Theater Berlin/International Performing Arts Center in October 2016. The play was supported through a DAAD fellowship, a year-long residency at ETB/IPAC, and grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, and The US Embassy. The play was developed at PlayPenn/The National Museum of American Jewish History and the New Harmony Project. BERLIN DIARY will be presented in Portland, Oregon in April 2017. It was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize and is currently a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Andrea works as a collaborating writer with the award-winning devised theater company Hand2Mouth Theater (www.H2M.org). Her current collaboration PEP TALK is touring nationally. The San Francisco Chronicle says “The genius of PEP TALK is that it is at once a collective unburdening...in the way the best drama has always been, while also being very funny and self-aware.” She is currently at work on their latest collaboration PSYCHIC UTOPIA.

Andrea is a resident company member at Artists Repertory Theater (www.artistsrep.org) where she is commissioned to develop REFUGEE RADIO.

An MFA playwriting alumna of UC-San Diego, Andrea has served on the faculties at Willamette University, The University of Portland, Duke University and UC-San Diego.

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