September-October 2018 at Arts On Site

Presented by National Queer Theater

A New Play Development Program

4 new queer plays. 4 emerging queer playwrights. A slew of talented actors and directors coming together to tell new stories. 
Witness staged readings of 4 powerful and whimsical new LGBTQ plays in development and have your world turned upside down.

The National Queer Theatre Queer Village Reading Series is a new project as a part of our New Play Development Program. National Queer Theater commits to the future of LGBTQ playwrights. We both mentor and challenge our playwrights, and showcase their work with community support and feedback.

This reading series featured four new works by queer playwrights at Arts On Site in New York City's East Village 12 St Marks Pl, New York. Readings took place Sat. September 29th, Sat. October 6th, Sun. October 14th, and Sat. October 27th 2018 at 8 PM. Suggested $10 donation per ticket.

Meet the Playwrights

All The Sex I Want by Ben M. Jones
September 29th

Ben M. Jones graduated from the University of Oregon in 2017 with a BA in Theatre Arts and Journalism. While there, he wrote and directed several plays, including "Theatre!" "William Shakespeare's HOLY $#!% IT'S 2016!" and "Dancing In Starlight" in the Pocket Playhouse. He was also on the board of the Pocket Playhouse. He now lives in New York City, where he is a resident Playwright and Director with the New Short Play Festival. His plays can be found on the New Play Exchange. He is also the author of the travel book, "
#BenAndHannahGoToEurope." TheBenMJones@Gmail.com

Cercle Hermaphroditos by Shualee Cook
October 6th

Shualee Cook has been writing theatre in the Midwest for so long that she’s starting to forget how to speak Californian. She is currently a resident playwright at Tesseract Theatre in Saint Louis, and Stage Left Theatre in Chicago. Productions, readings and workshops include An Invitation Out (Mustard Seed Theatre, Benchmark Theatre Fever Dream Festival), Sunset Artists of the American West,” (2016 Chicago New Work Festival), “Tempest In A Teapot” (R-S Theatrics, 2016 Idle Muse Athena Festival), “The Geography of Nowhere’ (Mustard Seed Theatre), “Osgood Rex”, (2012 Saint Louis Fringe Festival) and “Music of the Goddess” (SATE Aphra Behn Emerging Artists Showcase). She has been a finalist for the 2016 Jane Chambers Award, a two-time finalist for the Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, and a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award.

American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables by Sam Hamashima
October 14th

Sam Hamashima’s plays include American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables, Good Intentions, Heat Wave, and Finding Earth. Hamashima’s work has been produced and/or developed by John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Post Shift Theatre, Wall to Wall Theatre Festival, and University of Michigan. Besides playwrighting, Hamashima also writes poetry. Hamashima’s slams have been performed in venues throughout Washington, D.C., Ann Arbor, and New York City. Selected poems can be found in the Solos Literary Magazine. Awards include Roy W. Cowden Fellowship, Dennis McIntyre Prize for Distinction in Undergraduate Playwrighting, Kennedy Center Undergraduate Playwrights’ Workshop, and the coveted Hopwood Award in Drama at the University of Michigan. Member and founder: Asian College Theatre Ensemble (ACTE). Hamashima earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. samhamashima.com

Drowning in Cairo by Adam A. Elsayigh
October 27th

Adam A. El-Sayigh is a playwright, producer, and scholar residing between Cairo and New York. Through his playwriting (The House of Grandma Hanem, Drowning in Cairo, and Ramadan on 42nd Street) and curatorial initiatives, Adam interrogates issues of race, colonialism and the experience of queerness in the Middle East. Adam developed The House of Grandma Hanem in NYU Abu Dhabi, and later at Theater For The New City in New York. He then developed Drowning in Cairo, through workshops in Bangalore, Abu Dhabi and New York, and recently presented it with the Golden Threads Theater in San Francisco as a part of their New Threads reading series. Adam is currently translating a collection of Egyptian short plays to English, curating the upcoming Criminal Queerness Festival of New Plays with The National Queer Theater, and workshopping his upcoming play, Ramadan on 42nd Street. Adam holds a BA in Theater with emphasis on Playwriting, Dramaturgy and World Theater from NYU Abu Dhabi.

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