Andy Boyd (Os Confederados), Kristin Slaney (Hockey Messiah), and Jay Stull (Undone), three playwrights from Columbia University School of the Arts' MFA program, will see their plays presented in Roundabout Theatre Company's Rehearsal Hall in September. The new play reading series will be held September 24–27.
The three plays—Boyd's Os Confederados (directed by Whitney White, September 24), Slaney's Hockey Messiah (directed by Ellie Heyman, September 26), and Stull's Undone (directed by Knud Adams, September 27)—are the winners of Columbia@Roundabout’s 2018 New Play Reading Series.
The series awards playwrights from Columbia's current MFA program and recent alumni with a cash prize as well as a reading at Roundabout followed by a post-reading reception.
Five finalists have also received cash prizes in recognition of their work: Melis Aker (When My Mama Was a Hittite), Matt Barbot (Princess Clara of Loisada), Jack T. Calk (Not All That Far), Samantha Cooper (And, And, And Isabella Bootlegs), and Stephen Foglia (Outer Banks).
The selection committee consisted of two representatives from Roundabout Theatre Company: Director of New Play Development Jill Rafson and Artistic Consultant Robyn Goodman; and two representatives from Columbia University: Christian Parker, Chair of the Theatre Program at Columbia University School of the Arts, and David Henry Hwang, head of the Playwriting concentration for the program.
Readings will be open to industry members and other guests by invitation only.