FM50 New Play Reading: PLAYGROUNDS, by Sarah Sander

Posted by MB - April 15, 2013

Please join Project Y on Sunday, April 21st for our FEMININE MYSTIQUE 50 YEARS LATER reading series.  Next up in the series: A reading of Sarah Sander’s latest play, PLAYGROUNDS, an intimate and poetic look into the world of the women who take care of other people’s children, nannies.  The reading will be directed by Suzanne Agins.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21st at 7pm

ART/NY Bruce Mitchell Room

520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor


FREE! (and free wine provided too!)

The Actors:

Danielle Skraastad, Deonna Bouye, Kathryn Kates, Sarah Hayon, Ryan Jennifer and Molly Ward

About the Play:

Hoping for a fresh start, Justine moves to New York to work as a nanny for Cynthia, a distant cousin. However life within the confines of Cynthia’s home proves tense and dangerous. For a time, Justine finds refuge with the caretakers at the local playground, but all too soon, Justine is forced to make a difficult decision as the past and the present converge in a violent nightmare.

About the Playwright:

Sarah Sander’s plays include 7 Dreams of Her, FlyOver Country, Mud Season and Playgrounds. She has seen her work developed and/or produced at the Kennedy Center, LARK New Play Development Center, DC Arts Center, Florida Studio Theatre, Inkwell Theatre, University of Iowa, Hatchery Festival and Project Y in association with Middlebury College.  She’s been named a finalist for Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Playwriting Fellowship, Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission, P73’s Playwriting Fellowship, WordBridge Playwrights’ Lab, Actors Theater of Louisville’s Heideman Award, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab and Source Theater Festival. Honors also include nominations for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, National Theatre Conference’s Stavis Award and Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Weissberger Award. She’s been a member of P73’s writing group, Interstate 73 (2011-2012) and served as a National New Play Network Playwright in Residence at Florida Studio Theater (2009-2010). A graduate from the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, she received her BA from Middlebury College. Check out her interview with Adam Symkowitz here.

About the Director:

Suzanne Agins: Most recent: world premiere of Radiance by Cusi Cram for the LAByrinth Theater Company, developed in Rising Phoenix’s Cino Nights series.  She made her Off-Broadway debut with the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jailbait by Deirdre O’Connor for the Cherry Lane Theatre.  Ms. Agins served as Artistic Associate for New Plays at Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2005-2007.  Other recent directing projects include:  Alligator by Hilary Bettis (Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference); Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation by Cusi Cram, inspired by Lope de Vega’s play, at Princeton University (developed with LAByrinth Theater Company); The Burden of Not Having a Tail by Carrie Barrett (Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference); Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels at Dorset Theater Festival;  Lucy and the Conquest by Cusi Cram (World Premiere, Williamstown Theatre Festival);  Wing It, a new musical inspired by Aristophanes’ The Birds, by Gordon Cox and Kris Kukul (World Premiere, Williamstown Theatre Festival); three Maddy Mann stage shows created with Ryan Migge (Ars Nova, soloNOVA festival at the DR2, Dixon Place); Maddy Mann’s webseries QUADS!;The Secret Narrative of the Phone Book by Gordon Cox (World Premiere, Kraine Theater); Lascivious Something by Sheila Callaghan (Cherry Lane Mentor Project).  She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of California, San Diego, is the recipient of a 2006 Princess Grace Directing Fellowship (Robert & Gloria Houseman Theater Award), an adjunct faculty member at Princeton University (her alma mater), and a member of SDC and the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab.


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