Nashville Rep announces 2019-20 Ingram New Works Lab playwrights

2020 Ingram New Works Festival Playwrights

Playwrights Jeesun Choi, Gina Femia, Morgan Gould, and Haygen-Brice Walker were selected through a highly competitive national search and will spend the year with Nashville Rep creating brand new plays for the American stage.

All great plays must be written.

And for the past ten years, Nashville Repertory Theatre has been asking, “how can we help?” to up-and-coming playwrights through its nationally renowned new play development program, The Ingram New Works Project.

To mark a decade of sharpening the scribes of tomorrow, the Rep has announced the diverse voices that will make up its upcoming 2019-20 season.

Through a highly competitive national search, playwrights Jeesun Choi, Gina Femia, Morgan Gould, and Haygen-Brice Walker were selected to spend the year with Nashville Rep creating brand new plays for the American stage.

Ingram New Works Festival: Save the Date May 11-16, 2020

The project culminates in the 2020 Ingram New Works Festival, May 11-16, featuring the premiere public reading of all the new plays developed during the residency.

“Over the past ten years, the Ingram New Works Project has transformed Nashville into a place where new art can thrive,” says Nate Eppler, director of the Ingram New Works Project and the Rep’s playwright in-residence. “Jeesun, Gina, Morgan, and Haygen-Brice are extraordinary artists and I’m thrilled to be able to bring them to Nashville to share their stories – by amplifying their voices, we continue to enrich and inspire our community.”

The project was created in 2009 with the support of co-founder Martha R. Ingram to provide an opportunity for theatre artists to develop new theatre works. Since then, it has supported the development of over 60 new plays for the stage that have gone on to development, awards, and production across the United States.

So without further ado, let us introduce you to the Rep’s next round of writers:

Jeesun Choi is a transnational Korean playwright and physical theatre artist. Her plays move through diaspora, (im)migration and transnationalism to reveal the joy and agony of the human condition. She is the 2019-20 Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. She was a fellow at National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation at Pangea World Theater. Her plays include:

  • The Seekers (2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Winner, 2019 O’Neill NPC Semifinalist, 2018-19 Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Fresh Ground Pepper)
  • Dahlia (Lark’s 2018 New Voices Fellowship Finalist, Dell’Arte International)
  • Cecilies (Red Eye Theater, Minnesota Fringe Festival).

Gina Femia has written 33 full-length plays which have been developed/produced by Page 73, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, New Georges, Powerhouse, Theatre of NOTE, Great Plains Theatre Conference and Project Y, among others. She is a 2019-2022 Core Writer with the Playwrights Center, and a current member of Page 73’s Interstate 73. She’s an alum of EST Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab and New Georges’ Audrey Residency. Her play, Allond(r)a, is included on the 2019 Kilroys List and she is the winner of the Leah Ryan Prize and Doric Wilson Award.

Morgan Gould is a writer/director and recent graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship. She’s a member of New Dramatists, EST, and a Yaddo and MacDowell Colony Fellow. As a director she has directed productions at P73, EST, Humana, Marin Theatre Company, Primary Stages, the Hangar, HERE Arts Center and Ars Nova. She is the artistic director of Morgan Gould & Friends – her own company with 13 other actors/designers/producers. Her plays include:

  • All the Stupid Bitches
  • Three Fat Sisters
  • Nicole Clark is Having a Baby
  • I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart (premiered at Studio Theatre in DC and received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination)

Haygen-Brice Walker is a Puerto Rican-American playwright-creative producer born and raised in the American South and currently making weird art in Philadelphia. Co-Founder and Creative Producer of On the Rocks. Haygen-Brice is an Affiliated Writer with The Playwrights’ Center (2018-19 Jerome Many Voices Fellow). His work has been described as if Streetcar Named Desire, Mean Girls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Beloved got trashed at a Buffalo Wild Wings happy hour and then stumbled into the neighborhood bathhouse while belting the soundtrack of In The Heights. Each day, Haygen-Brice is one step closer to becoming Jennifer Lopez – which is trite for a gay Puerto Rican – but he’s embracing the cliché and living in his truth.

The four playwrights will visit Nashville monthly to work with Eppler and other key Rep staff who provide tailor-made developmental support and radical hospitality throughout the year. The project culminates in the 2020 Ingram New Works Festival, May 11-16, featuring the premiere public reading of all the new plays developed during the residency.

Previous Ingram New Works Playwrights & Plays

Sarah Ruhl Becky Nurse of Salem

Lindsay Joelle The Messengers

Dean Poynor The Second Avenue Subway

Riti SachdevaWelcome to the Taj Palace (motel)

R. Eric ThomasCrying on Television

Nate Eppler This Red Planet

James Anthony Tyler Pranayama

Christina Florencia Castro The Very Last Wishes of Grandpa Joe

Tori Keenan-Zelt How the Baby Died

Christopher Durang Harriet and Other Horrible People

Nate Eppler Primary User

Gabrielle Reisman Pattern Seeking Animals

Stacy Osei-Kuffour Big Nose

Andrew Rosendorf Mermaid

Rebecca Gilman Rocket Science

Jonathan Alexandratos We See What Happen

Kyle John Schmidt The Secretary

Edith Freni This is About You

Helen Banner Thrill Day

Donald Margulies Long Lost

Nate Eppler The Ice Treatment

Tori Keenan-Zelt Air Space

Gabrielle Sinclair Showing

Bianca Sams Simply Bless

Doug Wright Posterity

Nate Eppler Good Monsters

Jeremy Sony Pathogenesis

Andrew Kramer Cut It Out

Dean Poynor Together We Are Making a Poem in Honor of Life

Theresa Rebeck Fever

Nate Eppler The Future Mrs.

Garret Schneider Ultrasound

Brian Walker The Friend Factory

Jennifer Blackmer Unraveled

Steven Dietz Rancho Mirage

Nate Eppler Larries

Kenley Smith Empires of Eternal Void

Andrew Kramer Crying for Lions

Michael Erickson Honor Student

John Patrick Shanley Storefront Church

Nate Eppler City of the Dead

Heidi Ervin The Hobo and The Housecat

Lisa Soland Hand on the Plough

Joe Giordano She’s Dead

Christine Mather Horns of Elfland

Mary McCallum Hunger in Paradise

Shawn Knight Henson

David Auburn The Columnist

Valerie Hart Love Out Loud

McAdoo Greer Titty Bars

Nate Eppler Long Way Down

Dianie Di Ianni Table

Matthew Carlton Blessed Event

Ross Brooks Supernova

Claudia Barnett No 231 DeGraw Street

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