New Play Reading

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by Eric Lane
directed by Martha Banta

July 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm







The heart of ATF’s mission is the development of new plays and musicals.  Each summer ATF selects and presents a reading of a new work. The process allows audiences not only a glimpse into the creative process, but also a chance to participate in the creation of the play through a post-show conversation with the playwright. This year the tradition continues with the return of playwright Eric Lane and his latest comic drama about two teenage misfits seeking connection as they stumble into adulthood. No stranger to ATF, Eric’s plays have been shared and developed at ATF including Times of War and last summer’s Filming O’Keeffe. Eric often praises ATF’s enthusiastic and insightful audiences for their feedback and says he is looking forward to hearing what audiences have to say about this latest piece.

Eric Lane’s award-winning plays have been published and performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and China. His play, Filming O’Keefe, was commissioned by ATF and premiered in 2013. Times of War premiered at ATF in 1999 and won the Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award, plus grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Pilgrim Project and the Maurer Family Foundation. Eric received the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation residency to develop Times of War at ATF. Times of War also was written during residencies at Yaddo, where Eric received the ʻNewmanʼs Ownʼ Foundation grant for excellence in playwriting and screenwriting. Ericʼs plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Applause Books, Poems & Plays, Meriwether Press and the Foreign Language Press (in English and Chinese). His other plays include Ride, Floating, Heart of the City, Cater-Waiter and Dancing on Checkersʼ Grave, which starred Jennifer Aniston. With Nina Shengold, Eric has edited 13 contemporary play anthologies for Penguin and Vintage Books. He received the La MaMa Playwright Award and twice won the Lamia Ink! International One-Page Play Contest. For TVʼs Ryanʼs Hope, he received a Writerʼs Guild Award. Eric is an honors graduate of Brown University.


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