Yesterday we introduced you to Rachel Lynett, our Fall 2018 Playwright. Now we share a bit about the chosen play, GOOD BAD PEOPLE, which will serve as the artistic centerpiece for a community conversation around grief and loss, gun violence, racism and police brutality, and the media's place responding to tragedy. The play was developed with Jackalope Theatre and dramaturg Heather Helinsky, and we are so excited to bring it to our SoCal audience!
In GOOD BAD PEOPLE, June returns home in an attempt to make amends with her family after her brother, Amiri, is shot by a police officer. But when her family refuses to make a statement and her personal beliefs are questioned, suddenly June is forced into the spotlight and must decide which is more important: making amends with her family or standing up for her brother's life.
After reading through over 150 submissions and making some tough calls, we are pleased to announce our next playwright! Meet Rachel Lynett below, and stay tuned for a post tomorrow to learn about her powerful play we'll be bringing to Orange County in September: GOOD BAD PEOPLE!
Rachel Lynett is an Arkansas-based playwright and theatre artist. Her recent playwriting credits include HE DID IT as part of UCF's inaugural Pegasus PlayLab (June 2018); GOOD BAD PEOPLE as a finalist for Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre (2018), a finalist for Henley Rose Award (2018), part of American Stage Theatre Company's 21st Century New Voices New Play Festival (2018), part of Jackalope Theatre's CIRCLE UP series (2017) and a finalist for Unicorn Theatre Plays In Progess (2018); WELL-INTENTIONED WHITE PEOPLE as the Downstage Left Residency with Stage Left (2017), part of Orlando Shakespeare New Play Festival (2017), and receiving honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroys for her play (2017. Her play, ABORTION ROAD TRIP received a workshop production produced by Theatre Prometheus as part of Capital Fringe where it won Best Comedy (2017) and then was later presented by Theatre Prometheus, as a part of the 2017 Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival. Other recent credits include her play ABORTION ROAD TRIP credited as a semifinalist for The Bridge Initiative 2017, CHOOSING YOU as part of the CulturalDC Source Festival 2016, BREATHE ME IN as a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference 2016, and BREATHE ME IN as a finalist for the Kernodle Play Award (2016). WELL-INTENTIONED WHITE PEOPLE will have its world premiere with Barrington Stage Company in August 2018.
With heavy hearts, we want to honor our founding advisory board member, Courtny Eddeen Greenough, whose memorial took place in Temecula today. Courtny was a driving force in launching TBT, and we join the rest of the local arts community in mourning her loss, remembering her impact, and celebrating her life.