Anthropocene, a world premiere production written by Stieren Guest Artists Kristin Newbom and David Hancock, directed by Rachel Joseph, and performed by Trinity students.

Please join us at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 11th for The Process and Promise of New Play Development: a conversation with Stieren Guest Artists Kristin Newbom and W. David Hancock. Playwrights Kristin Newbom and W. David Hancock, discuss the process of writing their latest work Anthropocene and experiences with new play development over the course of their careers. The talk will be presented via zoom and open to all the Trinity community. The lecture is made possible through the Jane & Arthur Stieren Arts Enrichment Series.

Kristin’s plays include TELETHON (Clubbed Thumb - NYC, Portland Playhouse), REVELATIONS (The XChange Theatre - NYC) OUR LOT (Clubbed Thumb), BLUESTORY (Compound - Seattle, and The Overtime Theater - San Antonio) OUR SERIAL REMAINS (Trinity Rep/Brown University New Play Festival) EDUCATED FLEAS (commissioned by New City Theatre - Seattle), HAPPY? (commissioned and produced by Consolidated Works - Seattle), SAKES ALIVE (produced by The Compound) THE PIRATE PLAY (commissioned and produced by Youth Theater Northwest), and SUBROSA (commissioned and produced by Alice B. Theater - Seattle). Before attending Brown University (MFA playwriting 2005), Kristin was Co-founder and Co-artistic Director of The Compound, Seattle’s experimental performance group. Her TV and film credits include SPAZ an original television series (currently optioned by Wrapt Films, UK), and the screenplay adaptation of HEDDA a feature-length film (Seattle International Film Festival).

W. David Hancock is an internationally-produced playwright, currently based in St. Paul. His work has been seen at theatres such as Cherry Lane, the Abbey Theater, Studio Theatre, and, most notably, the Foundry Theatre, where he is the most-produced playwright in their twenty-five year run.

His plays with the Foundry Theatre have included The Convention of Cartography (1994), Deviant Craft (1995), The Race of the Ark Tattoo (1998), and Master (2017). Hancock won Obie awards for both The Race of the Ark Tattoo and The Convention of Cartography. Deviant Craft was a Village Voice Choice three weeks in a row, and Master was a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick and nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

Hancock’s other plays include Our Lot, presented by Clubbed Thumb in 2011, and The Incubus Archives, presented by the Rude Mechanicals and Hyde Park Theatre in 2002. In addition to his Obies, Hancock has been honored with the Whiting Writers’ Award, CalArts/Alpert Award in Theatre, the Hodder Fellowship, and has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony.

Hancock’s most recent work, Cathexis, is an interactive, robot facilitated judicial event co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and a TCG Global Connections grant. Cathexis was created in collaboration with Compagnie Elapse and partners in Holland, Belgium, Serbia, and Bosnia.  Cathexis was most recently seen at Le Cube’s Centre de Création Numérique in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. 

As an author of short stories, his work has been featured in The Massachusetts Review, Hunger Mountain Review, and Ping•Pong. His short story collaborations with Spencer Golub have been featured in Chicago Quarterly Review, Pacific Review, and InDigest.

Most recently, Hancock was the McKnight Fellow at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. It is his second fellowship with the Center. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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