Thursday, April 23, 2015

Production Opening in May

Mixed Blood Theatre to produce YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN in May, 2015

Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis, MN) will present my new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN starting in May, as part of their 55454 series which examines the African and Muslim experience in America. I'll have the chance to workshop the play for two weeks, then it will enjoy a short weekend run.

I'm thrilled to be working with the Lortel-nominated Owiso Odera again, and collaborating with Aditi Kapil (director), Antu Jacob, and Irungu Mutu for the first time.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Play Reading at Book Culture (UWS)

This Saturday afternoon, head out to Book Culture on the Upper West Side to browse some legendary literary inventory, and also to hear a new play. My new full-length drama TOO WONDERFUL will have an informal reading as part of the Bookshop Workshop reading series. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Synopsis: In April, 2014, 273 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their boarding school in northern Nigeria. TOO WONDERFUL is the story of a retired school teacher from South Carolina who has a vision from God telling her where the girls are, and commanding her to go get them.

WHEN: Saturday April 18, @ 3:00 PM
WHERE: Book Culture 536 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025 (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Production Opens This Week



My new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN will open for a limited-run production starting this coming week at Center Stage in Greenville, SC. It won their New Play Festival last year, and I'm very excited to get to work with them again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:00pm
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 7:00pm

PRESS: Preview article in The Greenville News

Saturday, August 23, 2014

24-Hour Play Fest This Weekend

I'm very excited to be one of the five playwrights in this weekend's 24-Hour PlayFest at Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC. I'll be participating virtually from here in NYC, but I'm glad to be working with such talented directors, actors, and fellow writers.

WHEN: Sunday, August 24, at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Trustus Theatre (520 Lady St, Columbia, SC 29201)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two Productions for 2014 / 2015

I'm very glad to share that my new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN will have two limited-run productions this coming season.

Center Stage (Greenville, SC) will present the play in September, 2014, as part of their inaugural "On the Fringe" series. The series examines edgier work and runs in rep with their mainstage production of Hands on a Hard Body book by Doug Wright, lyrics by Amanda Green, music by Trey Anastasio & Amanda Green. I'm honored to continue to work with Centre Stage after winning their New Play Festival in 2013.

Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis, MN) will present the play in May, 2015, as part of their 55454 series which examines the African and Muslim experience in America. I'll have the chance to workshop the play for two weeks, then it will enjoy a short weekend run. I'm thrilled to be working with Owiso Odera again, and collaborating with Aditi Kapil (director), Antu Jacob, and Irungu Mutu for the first time.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

New Play at Great Plains

Great Plains Theatre Conference Reading of TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFEMy new play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE will be read as part of the 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, NE. GPTC is a highlight of the year because they create a collaborative, supportive community around new plays. I'm honored to be invited back for the second year in a row. Plus the food is great.

WHERE: GPTC / MCC Room 201-F
                 (32nd Avenue and Sorensen Parkway)
WHEN: Monday, May 26 at 3:30 PM

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Play in Nashville (and LiveStream)

Ingram New Works Festival Reading of TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFEMy new play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE will be read as part of the 2014 Ingram New Works Festival with Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville.

LiveStream on HowlRound.TV for the Ingram New Works Festival Reading of TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFEUPDATED: Check out the LiveStream of the evening online (and now archived.) Special thanks to Shane Burkeen and HowlRound.TV for this service.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coming Up: Ingram New Works Festival

Ingram New Works Festival Reading of TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFEI'm very glad to share the dates for upcoming readings of my new play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE as part of the 2014 Ingram New Works Festival with Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville.

WHERE: Tennessee Repertory Theatre / NPT Studio A
                 (161 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN)
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 13, at 7:00 PM

Also, check out this short interview on Tennessee Rep's Blog.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Short Play Readings: NYC, Nashville

My new short play THE END OF THE WORLD WILL COME WHILE I'M IN LINE is sweeping the nation! Check out two readings coming up. This play uses 3 actors to play 10 characters standing in a grocery store line on a Sunday evening. Existential thoughts seep in, and maybe we move forward, or maybe we're all waiting for something yet to come.

New York - The Drawing Board is reading a series of short plays highlighting the work of NYC playwrights.

WHERE: MEC - 825 Seventh Ave, 2nd floor. (Bring photo ID)
WHEN: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Nashville - Playhouse Nashville is reading a few new short plays over the course of two nights.

WHERE: Street Theatre Company (1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN)
WHEN: Sunday, February 9, and Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New Play Symposium with Doug Wright

I'm honored to be spending the week working with Doug Wright as part of the Ingram New Works Lab with Tennessee Rep. Doug is a warm and generous mentor who is guiding our new play development process in a week-long symposium. At this early stage, with a play still finding its form, the help and experience of someone so seasoned is invaluable, and I am looking forward to the next steps.

Come check out his talk at Vanderbilt this Wednesday. Register here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Anthologized

YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN a new play by Dean Poynor, published as part of the GPTC ReaderMy new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN has been published in the Great Plains Theatre Conference Reader: 2013 Mainstage. As one of only five plays selected, this new book highlights my work alongside other rising playwrights. It also represents the next step in the life of this play - with more to come.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

THE MORE BEYOND Workshop with The Drawing Board

I'm very excited to be diving into a workshop with The Drawing Board (NYC) to explore my new play THE MORE BEYOND. We had a great reading earlier this year and I am grateful to have the chance to take this next step, and hear the script in detail. I've partnered with director Joshua Gelb to bring scenes to life, and I'm looking forward to a great time.

A story of wreckage and recovery, this play follows an underwater treasure hunter from Key West, FL trying to find a sunken ship, and his own lost glory.

Cast: 33 characters played by 17m, 4f (plus chorus and a guitarist)
Locations: Multiple