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Jackalope develops plays for all ages!
this is what is chose no i'm not sorry and yes if you'd ask i'd do it again by Daria Miyeko Marinelli is a new play about choice that offers agency to young actors, flexibility to educators, and tries to make sense about loss. Company member Will Kiley directs the development process.
this is what i chose... was originally commissioned and developed in 2017 & 2018 in partnership with Broadway Training Center of Westchester under Artistic Directors Jason Brantman and Fiona Santos. Through a collaboration with director Will Kiley, this is what i chose... has since received a reading at the University of Texas at Austin, acceptance into the 2020 Cohort of The Kennedy Center & TYA-USA’s New Visions New Voices via Jackalope Theatre, and a year-long workshop at Weiss High School.
ABOUT THE PLAY: Even after William’s death, high school life has trudged on. But when Sara & Aimée start planning “Alive Together” to honor William, his sibling Vivian finally takes a stand and ask-demands Sara to cancel the event. But should Vivian get to decide, given that William and Sara were “a thing, like romantically” and The Band has been planning their band debut for the event? And did anyone think to ask Brett and Aüge who really knew Will, but have been cutting class all year? And what’s going on between Brett and Aüge anyway? With a changing storyline based on moments of choice, this is what i chose and no i'm not sorry and yes if you'd ask i'd do it again is a bifurcating modular play which explores who has ownership over a tragedy, when to stand by your friends, and what it is to try and make sense of a loss when you still have to show up and survive school every single day.
This eight-week writing intensive
is designed for a class of 8 writers
interested in developing new, full-length
plays through a workshop development process
and meets virtually on Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm on Zoom.
UPCOMING SESSIONS: SUMMER 2021 SESSION [FULL]
DEADLINE: Applications are currently closed. (Stay tuned for the '21/'22 Season session dates, to be announced later this summer.)
TEACHING ARTIST BIO:
Calamity West (she/her) is a Chicago-based, award-winning playwright. Her plays have appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout, The Goodman, Jackalope Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, Steep Theatre, and TimeLine. In 2014 Calamity was recipient of the 3Arts Award. Calamity holds a BA in dramatic writing from Webster University and an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts. She currently teaches playwriting and literature at Webster University, playwriting at the University of Chicago, and dramatic writing at the Chicago Dramatists. In 2018 Calamity founded the Playwrights Lab at Jackalope Theatre Company. West has moderated writers rooms at Victory Gardens, The New Colony, and through the Artist Development Workshop. Calamity is a proud company member of Jackalope Theatre Company. West is represented by ICM Partners and managed by Industry Entertainment. You can learn more about Calamity and her work by going to calamitywest.com