Wondrous Strange

Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

March 25 - April 10, 2016

Run Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
There will be no intermission.

by Martyna Majok, Meg Miroshnik, Jiehae Park, and Jen Silverman
directed by Marti Lyons
performed by the 2015-2016 Acting Apprentice Company
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville

March 25 – April 10, 2016
in the Bingham Theatre

What haunts us? What traces will we in turn leave behind? Writing for this season’s Acting Apprentice Company, four imaginative playwrights use Kentucky’s rich ghost lore as the springboard for a wide-ranging exploration of the supernatural and uncanny, and what our stories about ghosts—chilling, poignant, or unexpectedly funny—reveal about us.

About the Playwrights
Martyna Majok’s plays have been presented at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/Women’s Project Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Round House Theatre, among others. Awards include the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Global Age Project Prize, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and the National New Play Network/Smith Prize for Political Playwriting. Majok has received commissions from Marin Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Yorker website, and The Foundry Theatre. Majok has a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. She is currently a playwriting fellow at The Juilliard School and an alumna of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood. Majok is a member of Women’s Project Lab, The Dramatists Guild, Ars Nova’s Uncharted, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects. She is the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.

Meg Miroshnik’ s plays include The Fairytale Lives of Russian GirlsThe DrollThe Tall GirlsLady Tattoo, and an adaptation of the libretto for Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki. Her work has been produced and developed by Yale Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, McCarter Theatre Center, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Lark Play Development Center, Chicago Opera Theater, Washington Ensemble Theatre, and others. Awards: Whiting Award, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award. Commissions: South Coast Repertory, Steppenwolf, and Yale Repertory. She is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center. Miroshnik holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel. She grew up in Minneapolis and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a founding member of The Kilroys.

Jiehae Park’s playwriting credits include Peerless (Yale Repertory, world premiere; Cherry Lane Mentor Project, workshop production). Awards: Princess Grace, Leah Ryan Award. Development: Playwrights Horizons (currently commissioned), Soho Rep.’s Writer/Director Lab, Berkeley Repertory’s Ground Floor, The Public Theater’s 2015 Emerging Writers Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 52nd Street Project, 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Residencies include MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the McCarter Theatre’s Sallie B. Goodman Artists’ Retreat. As a performer, Park’s credits include La Jolla Playhouse, Studio Theatre, REDCAT, A Collection of Shiny Objects, Tiny Little Band, and Ripe Time/The Play Company (upcoming, February 2016). Park holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

Jen Silverman is a New York-based playwright. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, she premiered The Roommate (2015 Humana Festival). Other plays include The Moors (Yale Repertory Theatre), Crane Story (Off-Broadway, The Playwrights Realm), and Phoebe in Winter, produced Off-Broadway by The Playwrights Realm and Off-Off Broadway by Clubbed Thumb. She is a member of New Dramatists, and has developed work at the O’Neill, PlayPenn, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Center Stage, The New Harmony Project, and the Royal Court in London, among other places. The Hunters was selected for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor: Lynn Nottage), and Still won the Yale Drama Series Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Helen Merrill Fund Award as an emerging playwright. Silverman attended Brown University, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Juilliard. jensilverman.com

About Actors Theatre’s Apprentice/Intern Company
Now in its 44th year, the Apprentice/Intern Company is one of the nation’s oldest continuing pre-professional resident training companies.  The A/I Company is comprised of two distinct parts whose members work together on productions and projects throughout the season.

Each year, over 2,000 young artists audition for only 20 spots in the Acting Apprentice Company.  This one-of-a-kind bridge program is designed to transition recent college graduates into professional careers by teaching the practical skills necessary to be competitive in major markets, as well as methods for creating their own work.  Apart from Actors Theatre’s mainstage season, the Acting Apprentice Company performs its own five-show season, which culminates in a specially commissioned work in the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Members of the Intern Company work directly with department managers and staff, receiving hands-on training in administrative, technical, and/or artistic leadership.  Internships are vital positions, as interns take leadership roles in the development and production of A/I Company projects and are directly involved in productions throughout the season.

Audience Advisory: This play contains haze, strong language, adult situations and strobe lighting.
Age Recommendations: Ages 16+

The Buzz about Wondrous Strange 

“ ‘Wondrous Strange’ is a sweet, creepy and hilarious horror-comedy-romance.” – Eli Keel, Insider Louisville Full Review

Check out the Director’s process on the Courier Journal’s website: Full Video

“…the show still created an appropriately spooky atmosphere, punctuated with moments of inspired comedy.” – Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX Full Review

“…among the strongest offerings in the delightful history of the Apprentice Company.” – Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly Full Review 


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