Playwrights In Residence - 2017-2018
Marilynn Barner Anselmi
Marilynn Barner Anselmi lives and writes in rural North Carolina. Despite this fact, her work has been performed around the country (and world!) including Pride Plays and Films (Chicago), MT Works (NYC), The August Wilson Center (Pittsburgh, PA), Tennessee Women's Theatre Project (Nashville, TN), Detroit Repertory Theatre, and The Blank Theatre (Hollywood, CA). The short film version of her play You Wouldn't Expect was recently named a winner at the XXXI. Black International Cinema Berlin (Berlin, Germany).
Larry Parr has had hundreds of regional productions. Dramatist Guild and Sarasota Area Playwrights Society member. Awards include: HI-HAT HATTIE Kansas City's Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, Florida Individual Artist Recipient, American Cinema Foundation's First Prize for Screenwriting; MY CASTLE'S ROCKIN' Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre's ScriptFest, first white playwright produced in the history of the National Black Theatre Festival; INVASION OF PRIVACY 1999 Gold Coast Players best-play award, The National Arts Club's Playwrights First Award in Manhattan, Ashland New Play Festival, Theatre Conspiracy's New Play Competition, Florida Individual Artist Recipient, and Dezart Performs Audience Favorite, Best Actresses, Beat Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress in Palm Springs; SUNDEW Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater's Annual Play Competition, Judith Chapman Best Director Desert Theater League Awards; HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW Florida Individual Artist Recipient, The Sarasota County Arts Council's John Ringling Fellowship Grant, Daytony Award (Dayton's Tony Award) Best Overall Production; SHUNNED Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater's ScriptFest Winner, Utah Shakespeare Festival, New American Playwrights Project, Julie Harris Playwright Award Finalist. He was a winner of Florida Studio Theatre's Short Play Competition nine years in a row. He won STAGES '93, the 1994 Porter Fleming Playwriting Competition, The Arion Award For Music Excellence, Civic Recognition Award, and the Broome Agency's Best-Novel Award. In 2000, and in 2010, Florida Studio Theatre presented him with the Barbara Anton Playwriting Award. In 2002, he was chosen as a participant in The Floridian Project with a play about Harry T. Moore. www.larryparr.info
David Hanson is a founding member of the Midwest Dramatists Center in Kansas City and the author of several plays, screenplays, and two books. He is currently the "Immersive Theater" King of Kansas City after putting in installations for immersive plays at Kansas City's Union Station (Bird in the Hand), Crown Center (Audience), and last year's Check Mate in a warehouse in the Cross Roads District. Balcony People marks David's return to traditional theater - back to his roots. His first play Clearance Sale at the Five and Dime was a finalist for the L. Arnold Weisberger National Play Award and premiered at Alice's Four Floor in New York City. Other productions include Theatre of the Mind and The Boy Who Sang on Buses at Untitled Theatre Company 61's 24-7 Festival in New York City, and Crying on Trains at the 6X10 short play festival at the Barn Players in the Kansas City area. He has had numerous public readings of plays including a full length Crying on Trains at the Leawood Stage Company and The Xmas Party and The Ritual at the Kansas City Playwrights Festival. His historical play Counter Melody won the Rockhurst University's Plays In Progress award. He is a graduate of Trinity University, the University of Southern California, and the BMI Librettist workshop in New York.
Michelle Tyrene Johnson
Michelle is a Kansas City, Mo.-based former journalist and former attorney who is a diversity and inclusion consultant. As a playwright, Johnson has had plays in playwriting festivals locally and nationally, including in Houston, Texas; Medford, Connecticut;and Louisville, Ky, as well as in four NYC festivals for her plays "Wiccans in the Hood," "The Negro Whisperer," "Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen" and "Echoes of Octavia." In 2014, the award-winning production "Trading Races" and "Wiccans in the Hood" were produced by Philadelphia's BrainSpunk Theater, leading to BrainSpunk making Johnson their Playwright-in-Residence. Johnson's "Echoes of Octavia," which has been produced by KC Melting Pot Theater, will be in the 2016-2017 season of NYC's Rhymes Over Beats Theater Company. Her play "Rights of Passage" has been seen in Springfield, Mo., NYC's UP Theater reading series and featured in the 2016 Kansas City Repertory Theater's OriginKC New Works Festival. Most recently, Johnson's play "Justice in the Embers," co-produced with StoryWorks, KCPT, and The Living Room Theater, had successful productions in Kansas City and the Bay Area in July 2016.
Vicki is an award-winning playwright who has had her work produced by numerous theatre companies and festivals. She has been a Playwright in Residence at Script2Stage2Screen in Palm Desert, CA for four years. She has been a Playwright in Residence at Script2Stage2Screen in Palm Desert, CA for four years. Vicki is proud to be one of the founding members of Midwest Dramatists Center. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Dramatists’ Guild. For further information and reviews, please go to vickivodrey.com.
2017 marks Jason's 20th year in theatre (surprising, considering he still appears to be in the sweet flower of his youth!) Having escaped, er, moved from the southeast to the Coachella Valley in 2008, he is thrilled to have found a theatrical home with Script2Stage2Screen for eight consecutive seasons and grateful that the zany characters and warped plots that spring from his head continue to amuse and entertain audiences. Like his previous works, One Nut Shy of a Fruitcake was written from the perspective that anyone who doesn't recognize how ridiculous our species is simply isn't paying attention.