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ANTARKTIKOS by Andrea Stolowitz
MainStage Reading Series
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:00PM
312 West 36th Street 3rd Floor
Somewhere between Oregon and Antarctica lie several points on a continuum: Susan, a writer at an artists residency at the South Pole; Captain Robert Falcon Scott, leader of the British Antarctic expedition of 1912; and Hilary, Susan’s 21-year-old daughter. When an insomniac EMT named Alex becomes the hapless link among them, time collapses, geographies blend and destinies emerge.
90 minutes, no intermission.
’s plays have been developed and presented nationally and internationally at theaters such as The Long Wharf, The Old Globe, The Cherry Lane, and New York Stage and Film. The LA Times calls her work “heartbreaking” and the Orange County Register characterizes her approach as a “brave refusal to sugarcoat issues and tough decisions.” Andrea’s latest play Berlin Diary premiered at English Theater Berlin/International Performing Arts Center in October 2016 and Portland’s Hand2Mouth Theatre Company in April 2017. The play was developed at PlayPenn/The National Museum of American Jewish History and the New Harmony Project. A recipient of Artists Repertory Theater’s $25,000 Fowler/Levin prize, Andrea premiered her play Ithaka at the theatre in 2013. The play had its mid-west premiere in Chicago in 2014 at InFusion Theater and its Canada premiere in May 2016. The play won the 2015 Oregon Book Award in Drama judged by Naomi Iizuka. Andrea’s play Antarktikos also won the Oregon Book Award for Drama and was published in July 2013 in TheatreForum magazine. The play world-premiered at The Pittsburgh Playhouse. It was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and received a 2015 Kilroy’s List Honorable Mention.
Knowing Cairo world-premiered at the Old Globe Theatre, which earned San Diego’s “Billie” Best New Play Award and an LA Times’ Critic’s Pick. It is published by Playscripts Inc. and continues to be produced nationally and internationally. Andrea works as a collaborating writer with the award-winning devised theater company Hand2Mouth . Her current collaboration Pep Talk is touring nationally. The San Francisco Chronicle says “The genius of ‘Pep Talk’ is that it is at once a collective unburdening…in the way the best drama has always been, while also being very funny and self-aware.” She is currently at work on their latest collaboration Psychic Utopia. Andrea is the Lacroute Playwright-in-Residence at Artists Repertory Theater where she has just received a new play commission. She is a member of New Dramatists class of 2024 and a core member at The Playwrights Center. An MFA playwriting alumna of UC-San Diego, Andrea has served on the faculties at Willamette University, The University of Portland, Duke University and UC-San Diego.