Events | Studio X-hibition: They'll Neglect to Tell You by TS Hawkins
In 2010, Theatre Exile formally established Studio X-hibition as a series that presents live readings of local playwrights’ scripts while they are in progress for an audience of peers and casual theater fans.⠀ These readings provide an opportunity for playwrights to see their work performed for a live audience and receive constructive critiques from their community.⠀
This is a virtual, pay-what-you-wish play reading event. Click here to grab your ticket!!!
ABOUT THE PLAY
Grace is a burgeoning therapist. Merci dangles for freedom at the bottom of a bourbon glass. College sweethearts and newlyweds, they elope to Philadelphia for a fresh beginning. Stumbling into polarizing landscapes, they struggle in the margins of heart and home. Click here to learn more about the play!
Zoom rehearsals are no easy feat. Yet, the actors work extremely hard to make the energy and chemistry seem flawless! Give a listen to the They'll Neglect to Tell You #Moodlist that helps keep the actors in the world of the play! This list of lyrical synergy has been growing with each cast. Journey with them as they manifest the electric fire that is #GraceAndMerci! Click to hear on Spotify!
ABOUT TS HAWKINS
TS Hawkins is an international author, performance poet, art activist, and playwright. Plays, short works, and books include Seeking Silence, Cartons of Ultrasounds, Too Late to Apologize, They’ll Neglect to Tell You, #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, #SuiteReality, “don’t wanna dance with ghosts...”, Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus. Hawkins’ one-act choreopoem, AGAIN, was acknowledged for having the "Best Theater Moment of 2017". #SuiteReality received the 2017 "Theatrical Reality Check" Surya Bonaly Award, an international publication in WORDPEACE Literary Journal, showcased in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre for the Black Lives, Black Words International Theatre Festival, and shares residence at the Carnegie Mellon University Hunt Library. Cartons of Ultrasounds had the pleasure of returning to New York for a limited off-Broadway run to rave reviews. Recently, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G graced Australian stages as part of Antipodes Theater Company's Ricochet Reading Series! Hawkins' residency credits include National Black Theatre SOUL Producing Resident, Swim Pony Performing Arts TrailOff Writer-in-Residence, 1812 Productions’ Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Residency, Out of Exile Artist-in-Residence, Irondale Ensemble “To Protect, Serve, and Understand”, Painted Bride Art Center’s Souls of Black Folk, and Alphabet Arts Puppets & Poets. Notable writing contributions include Fragrance of Love (Poet Tree), WORDPEACE Literary Magazine/vol. 2 Spring Edition, Closet Cases/Queers on What We Wear (Et Alia Press), Family Legacies (SONKU Collective Magazine), and the Long Wharf Theatre Blog Series. Read More!
ABOUT THE COLLABORATORS
Director - LOIS MOSES
Grace - CYNDA PURNELL
Merci - ANGELA BEY
Stage Directions - MIKAYLA JOHNSON
ABOUT STUDIO X-HIBITION
For nearly 25 years, South Philadelphia-based theatre company Theatre Exile has committed to cultivating the future of theater through new play development. New play development began in 1996 when Theatre Exile presented a world premiere of The Further Adventures of the Gavone Family, a locally written show by Joseph Sorrentino. That commitment to new and cutting-edge work has continued to thrive and grow. In 2010, Theatre Exile formally established Studio X-hibition as a series that presents live readings of local playwrights’ scripts while they are in progress for an audience of peers and casual theater fans. These readings provide an opportunity for playwrights to see their work performed for a live audience and receive constructive critiques from their community.
Through this program, Theatre Exile has contributed to the development of over 27 plays, 15 of which were later produced for regional and national audiences. Additionally, several shows have received notable awards and commendations, including the Smith Prize, Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize, and the Plays for Now grant from Venturous Theatre.
New play development has remained one of Theatre Exile’s core tenets since premiering Joseph Sorrentino’s show in 1996. Since then, Studio X-hibition has grown to include staged readings, workshop development programs, and writers’ workshops that support new, gritty, provocative theater. The annual series brings Philadelphia’s local playwrights to Theatre Exile as they explore a new piece that can challenge and provoke audiences to think about the process of storytelling.
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