Ensemble Studio Theatre has revealed its 2018 winter and spring lineup: three world premieres by playwrights-to-watch Sylvia Khoury, Abby Rosebrock, and Chiara Atik.
In January, EST and The Radio Drama Network will present Khoury’s Against The Hillside, a new drama about a drone pilot and a young Pakistani woman that examines the human cost of drone warfare. The new play, which was developed through EST’s Youngblood program as well as The Lark and Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, will be directed by William Carden. Performances will begin January 31 ahead of a February 8 opening night. The run is scheduled through February 25.
In March, Youngblood will present Rosebrock’s comedy Dido of Idaho, about a hard-drinking musicologist, who, after heartache and hitting rock bottom, attempts to reconnect with her estranged, evangelical mother. The Radio Drama Network co-production will be directed by Mikhaela Mahony for a run scheduled March 14–April 8. Opening night is March 22. Dido of Idaho was developed through SPACE on Ryder Farm and EST’s Youngblood program.
In May, EST teams up with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the world premiere of Atik’s play Bump, directed by Claudia Weill. The new play follows three different stories connected by the topic of childbirth: a girl in Colonial England, expectant mothers on a pregnancy message board, and a mechanic about to become a grandfather. Atik, who is a Youngblood graduate, developed the play through the EST/Sloan Project as well as the SPACE on Ryder Farm initiative. Performances will begin May 9 ahead of a May 17 opening night. The run is scheduled through June 4.
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