The Rogue Players are hosting a workshop with playwright Maya Macdonald around her play Three Anne Franks. The actors, Maya, and director Jaclyn Biskup, will be experimenting with Maya’s developing material, hearing her words in a real space, and seeing how it changes as it interacts with live actors.
TONIGHT, August 1st, come hear what they’ve been working on! We’ll have a reading, refreshments, and a fascinating window into the early life cycle of a play.
Donations will be welcomed at the door, but please don’t let finances be a barrier to attending! We’d love to have you.
Women audition to play Anne Frank in a production that could not obtain the rights to a single word from Anne’s diary. As interpretations vary, we begin to see the difference between who Anne Frank was and who we need her to be.
Maya Macdonald is a playwright and native of New York City.
Her plays include brunch, Three Anne Franks, Raw Pasta, i like your open space, Press Me Hard Into What I Want, Abageal is Asleep in a Pile of Cupcakes Again, Totally Tax Deductible, The Really Important People, and Leave the Balcony Open.
Her plays have been seen and heard at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The Bushwick Starr, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, MCC Theater Young Playwrights, Three Legged Dog, The Flea, Rising Phoenix Rep, JACK, Dixon Place, DePaul University, among others.
She is the recipient of the Irv Zarkowr Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Recently, her play Brunch was a semi-finalist for the O’Neil Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival & received an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Relentless Award.
She received her BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Hunter College under the guidance of Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & Brigade Mullins. www.mayamacdonald.net
Jaclyn Biskup is a director and producer working in theatre, television, and film. She is the recipient of an Emmy and Peabody nomination for her work on the digital series, THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSLIMS and currently works as an associate producer at New Ohio Theatre. She is the assistant to Tony Award winning director Anna Shapiro on the Broadway debut of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (Young Jean Lee) for Second Stage at the Helen Hayes. Her work in the theatre spans nearly two decades. As the founding artistic director of The Mill, she has directed and produced over 20 productions including the Chicago premieres of VENUS (Suzan-Lori Parks) and THE PRIVATE OF LIVES OF ESKIMOS (OR 16 WORDS FOR SNOW) (Ken Urban.) In NYC, work directed includes NICHOLAS, MAEVE, MARIANNE (Matthew Stephen Smith) one of Indie Theatre Now’s 20 Best of NYC Fringe, HOT STEAMS (Zach Wegner), and IT’S JUST WEIRD NOW (Halley Feiffer). Her work has been seen at MCC, Rattlestick, Dixon Place, and the NYC International Fringe. She has assisted on productions at Steppenwolf, The Public, and The American Musical Theatre Workshop. She has worked on digital projects for PBS NOVA, Delta Air Lines, Caltech, Harvard, and others and holds a BA in Theater from Northern Illinois University and an MFA in Directing and Theatrical Production from Northwestern University. http://jaclynbiskup.com
Accessibility note: The space has elevators. The bathroom stall doors are narrower than the allowance for a standard wheelchair, at 20″ wide.