- 1313.January.SaturdayRaymond James Theatre163 3rd St N, Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
ABOUT THE PLAY: Alexa, a home shopping host, is at the top of her field and ready to take the leap into network broadcasting. After routine wisdom teeth extraction, she wakes up deaf. (It can happen—inspired by a true story.) Now Alexa faces many choices which will change—or end—her life. Does she get a cochlear implant when she’s just reacted so drastically to surgery? Would it be better to learn American Sign Language? Can she continue her career in television or should she find another path?
Everyone has a different opinion from her brother, who wants the implant right away for her network audition, to her more cautious husband. Alexa must sort through everyone’s beliefs, including her own, as a speech pathologist leads her to see that silence is a wonderful way to learn to communicate.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Brooke Downs has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. She now teaches a variety of writing and literature courses there.Raymond James Theatre163 3rd St N, Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
ABOUT THE PLAY: In a quiet New Jersey beach town, four women are about to have a very unusual reunion. Kari, Rachel, Janet, and Joy are the 1988 graduates of a center for teenagers with eating disorders. Thirty years later, their lives have taken vastly different directions, but there is still one secret that unites them…
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Alex Rubin is a New York-based writer for stage, TV, and film. Alex’s plays and songs have been produced in readings and concerts at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Theater for the New City, Primary Stages, The Steinhardt School at NYU, Temple University, Hofstra University, 54 Below, The Davenport Theater, Peter Schneider Productions, Wide Eyed Productions, The Rep Group, Little Black Dress INK, Acadia University, Lama Theater Co.’s Fest of the Best, Samuel French OOB Festival, Renegade Theatre Festival, and more.
She has had residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm and The National Winter Playwrights Retreat and is a BMI Musical Theatre Workshop lyricist. Alex was a semi-finalist for the 2015 Davenport Songwriting Competition, The O’Neill Summer Conference, and Red Women’s Theatre Award. She was a finalist for ESPA Drills, Sanguine Theatre Co.’s Project Playwright, the Jane Chambers Award, Wide Eyed Productions’ Reading Series,and AACT NewPlayFest. She is the 2013/14 Big Vision Empty Wallet Playwriting Fellow, a member of The Creators program and a member of the 2nd Annual Playwrights Collective Writers Group. Alex is the winner of the Francis Ford Coppola Award and The 85th Annual Writers Digest Award in Playwriting. This year, her work will be featured at The Drama League’s Directorfest under thedirection of fellow Ilana Ransom Toeplitz and in William Street Rep’s Lab Series.