Summer Play Festival Selects Brown and Reed for 2009 Donmar Residencies

News   Summer Play Festival Selects Brown and Reed for 2009 Donmar Residencies
Playwrights Stephen Brown and Sylvia Reed have been selected for residencies at the Donmar Warehouse for the theatre's fifth year of collaboration with the Summer Play Festival.

Brown and Reed, who both participated in the 2008 Summer Play Festival in Manhattan, will collaborate with the Donmar staff through workshops and rehearsals that culminate in the readings of their plays.

In addition to play development, the exchange will afford the playwrights the opportunity to immerse themselves in the British theatre industry under the auspice of the acclaimed Donmar Warehouse.

Reed's plays include Kingfisher, Full Moon Rabbit Dance, Alligators, American Flag and Works in Progress.

Brown, a London-based playwright, will see a U.K. tour of his work Future Me in spring 2009. In addition to his plays Elephant and Faster, he has adapted Occupational Hazards, Bleak House and The Master and Margarita.

SPF press notes for Brown's Future Me read: "One irreparable mistake propels Peter from successful lawyer to prison inmate as his world gets turned upside down. In this powerful drama, Peter wrestles with his personal desires and societal taboos, as he copes with his choices and tries to re-build relationships." SPF press notes for Reed's The Ones That Flutter read: "Roddy learned early in life that he was capable of completing tasks that others could not. Now retired, and with the fate of his family's home resting in his hands, this evocative drama follows Roddy as he grapples with the ghosts of his past, and seeks peace in a world where the morality of his job defines him.

SPF, which operates under the umbrella of Living Room for Artists, has produced over 70 original works, providing writers a financially supported protected environment in which to explore and hone their material with the aid of established professionals. SPF was founded in 2004 by Arielle Tepper Madover, the Tony-winning Broadway producer of Frost/Nixon, Monty Python's Spamalot and The Pillowman.

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