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An Evening with Playwright Thomas Bradshaw

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Oct 26, 2009
Oct 26, 2009
Segal Theater
Thomas Bradshaw Photo courtesy of the artist

Thomas Bradshaw
Photo courtesy of the artist

Join us for 2009 Guggenheim Fellow and CUNY Professor of Playwriting Thomas Bradshaw‘s first public reading of excerpts from his new play Mary, a commission from The Goodman Theatre, Chicago. It’s 1983, but when David invites his boyfriend home for Thanksgiving to meet his parents for the first time, it may as well be 1803: their Virginia home, once a plantation, is tended to by Mary, a woman whose ancestors were enslaved there. Bradshaw, a “Sarah Kane with a sense of humor” (Helen Shaw) has also written Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist, Cleansed, Purity, Souther Promises, Dawn, and Prophet. In collaboration with Antje Oegel, AO International.

Thomas Bradshaw’s newest play, The Bereaved, will premiere in New York in September 2009 at The Wild Project. In 2008, two of his plays were premiered: Southern Promises, at Performance Space 122 in September, and Dawn, at The Flea Theater in November, and both were listed among the Best Performances of Stage and Screen for 2008 in The New Yorker. His play entitled Purity was produced at Performance Space 122 in January 2007, and Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist and Cleansed were produced on a double bill at The Brick Theatre in February of that year. Strom was also produced in Los Angeles in the spring of 2008. Prophet, Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist, Cleansed, and Purity are all published by Samuel French, Inc. Dawn and Southern Promises will be published by Samuel French in the fall of 2009. A German translation of Dawn was presented at Theater Bielefeld in Germany in October 2008 and published by Theater Der Zeit in that same month. Purity was published by Theaterheute in Germany in April 2008. Bradshaw received his M.F.A. from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program and is an Assistant Professor at Medgar Evers College. He has been featured as one of Time Out New York’s Ten Playwrights to Watch, as one of Paper Magazine’s Beautiful People, and Best Provocative Playwright by the Village Voice. Currently he is a Fellow at The Lark Play Development Center as well as the 2008-2009 Streslin Fellow at Soho Rep, where he has been working on his adaptation of The Book of Job, which was workshopped at Stanford and Berkeley Rep in spring 2009. He was a Fellow at New York Theater Workshop in 2006-07 and is now a Usual Suspect. Bradshaw is currently under commission from The Goodman Theater, The Flea Theater, Theater Bielefeld (Germany), and Partial Comfort Productions. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, and will be working on his new play about Queen Charlotte in England and Germany.

6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct 26, 2009
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!