When Chani is not performing, she works as a vocal coach by day and teaches dance by night.
Opening night is Thursday, February 9, The four finalists will be heard in staged readings February 8 - 10,during the Festival of New Plays celebrating new work.
When a cryptic but ominous letter arrives from her brother on the oil fields, thirteen-year-old Cozbi sets off for Anwar, Alaska to find him. Armed with a book by Donald Trump and an axe, Cozbi battles her way through an Arctic wilderness in pursuit of her missing brother, squaring off against a host of monstrous Ass-Hats on each rung of the corporate ladder.
Part mythic journey, part workplace satire, Borealis is a darkly comic adventure about family obligation, career aspiration, and what we leave behind to make our way to the top.
A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Wiser than the powerful men who keep her in her place, Joan longs to use her mind and take charge.
The trustees of the Laurents / Hatcher Foundation, Inc. have announced that Jiréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy For Your Pocket is the recipient of the annual Laurents / Hatcher Foundation Award. The Jag was a finalist in the Laurents Hatcher Award Competition. The play was also a finalist in the Premiere Playwright’s Contest hosted by Kean University in Reparation won the E. Desmond Lee Playwriting Prize (University of Missouri-St. Louis). He is currently the Playwriting Fellow of the Department of Theatre and Creative Writing at Emory University. “Our panel unanimously felt the enormous skill and power of Jiréh Breon Holder’s play. It’s a most worthy recipient of this award,” added David Saint, president of the Laurents Hatcher Foundation.
Her ambition will take her on a surprising journey, all while her lover watches longingly from the sidelines, wondering where he fits in her topsy-turvy world. Oil rig worker Sonny must come off the rig to care for his aging father and win back his pregnant girlfriend.
Arugula Suarez just wants to fit in. In an alien world where the only things that make sense are Roller Derby and salad, Arugula and her father, Nancy, must find out what it means to be human before time runs out for Planet Earth. Reservations for the readings are required and can be made by calling the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at His plays include Too Heavy for Your Pocket (Roundabout Theatre Company production, Alliance Theatre production, Kendeda Playwriting Prize, & Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award), The Dancing Granny (Alliance Theatre production), and Some Bodies Travel (co-written with Tori Sampson.) Television: New Amsterdam.
MFA: Yale School of Drama. Holder has also won the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, which will support a second production of Too Heavy for Your Pocket at the Roundabout Theater Company in New York. She’s the winner of the Wasserstein Prize, two NEA Art Works Grants, the ATHE-Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, two MacDowell Fellowships, an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, and was a finalist for the Heideman Award, the Laurents/Hatcher Prize, the BBC International Playwriting Competition, and the Princess Grace Award.
He is currently the Playwriting Fellow of the Department of Theatre and Creative Writing at Emory University. “Our panel unanimously felt the enormous skill and power of Jiréh Breon Holder’s play.
It’s a most worthy recipient of this award,” added David Saint, president of the Laurents Hatcher Foundation. His play Too Heavy for Your Pocket was the recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition National Graduate Playwriting Competition, and had an extended off-Broadway run at the Roundabout Theatre.
He was a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards and honored as the Fellowship of Southern Writers' . She is the recipient of the National Art Club’s Kesserling Prize, Laurents/Hatcher Citation of Excellence, ASCAP Cole Porter Playwriting Prize, Holland New Voices Playwriting Award, Paul Newman Drama Award, made the Kilroys List, finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn, nominated for the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, and is the only two time finalist for the Kendeda Playwriting Prize.