Flying by Sheila Cowley – 21st Century Voices – New Play Festival

2017-03-02 8:00 pm - 2017-03-02 10:00 pm
Raymond James Theatre
163 3rd St N, Saint Petersburg, FL, United States

3 Days | 4 Plays | Live Staged Readings

American Stage is proud to launch our commitment to 21st Century Voices with a New Play Festival featuring live staged readings of four new plays from four exceptional up-and-coming playwrights from Tampa Bay and beyond.

A committee comprised of a diverse cross-section of community members worked with our producing artistic director to read, evaluate and discuss hundreds of new play submissions from all over the United States. The selected works will be featured in staged readings and workshops and will provide audiences the opportunity to contribute to the plays’ development through audience talk-backs following each play reading.

Individual Tickets: $10 per reading
All-Access Pass: $30 General Public | $20 American Stage Subscribers & Act 1 Club Members

Sponsored by Rebecca & Michael Alford and Susan & Pete Greenbaum

By Sheila Cowley

The background of Flying is drawn from oral histories and memoirs of women who flew military planes in WWII so men could go and fight. It’s set after the women in the WASP program were sent home to get back to normal.

Flying looks at life propelled by stories, and the daily acts of heroism that never earn a medal.

About the Playwright

Sheila Cowley is a playwright and audio producer. Her plays have been developed in Chicago, New York, London and Florida. There have been productions of her work from New York and Texas to Ohio, Illinois, California and South Korea. Last year her play Rewrite was chosen for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education’s New Play Development Workshop, and her Fantastic Ekphrastic piece based on a painting by Lance Rodgers and performed by Becca McCoy, won the Audience Award for Best Creative Collaboration. She’s currently developing The Burlesque Astronomy Play, scheduled for a reading at Chicago Dramatists in March.

Sheila organized the Synesthesia chain-reaction performance at The Studio@620 of art inspiring other artforms, featured in The Dramatist Guild’s national magazine. Her essay, How to Develop Plays with Movement, Sound and Silence, is published on the website of Directors Lab Chicago.

Flying was a semi‐finalist in the 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and 2016 Ashland New Plays Festival. The play will receive its Equity premiere in upstate New York this summer, and be featured in a festival of new plays in Chicago.

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