Prudence by Stefen Lanfer – 21st Century Voices – New Play Festival

2017-03-04 4:00 pm - 2017-03-04 6:00 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 Stefen Lanfer
In 1833, when two dozen Black girls came to a new school in rural Connecticut, they met insults and assaults. The State passed laws threatening fines and whippings should they remain. Their white teacher, Prudence Crandall, was jailed. The ensuing trials were breathlessly covered in the national press, and nearly forced the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether nonwhites were citizens. Yet, when Connecticut’s highest court dismissed the case, a mob took justice in its hands, destroying the school with lead pipes, as the girls hid upstairs. Prudence traces these events through the eyes of a young Black woman and her classmates visiting the Prudence Crandall Museum. Weaving together past and present, the story becomes their story, of striving to claim America’s promise, only to be beaten back – though never into division, despair, or submission – by men with a different view of what makes our nation great.

About the Playwright

Stefan Lanfer’s plays include Hadron Collision Therapy (Boston Theatre Marathon, FRESH PRODUCE’d), Helicopter Parents for Hire (Vermont Playwrights Circle, Artists’ Exchange), Cry, The Beloved Country (Book-It Repertory), Gary Grinkle’s Battles with Wrinkles (Long Wharf, Open Eye, published by Dramatic Publishing), and Christmas in the Valley (Playhouse Merced). Lanfer has worked in artistic management at Long Wharf Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. In his current day job, he leads communications at the Barr Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in New England. A member of the Dramatists Guild, Lanfer is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing.

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