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Dec192012

Remarkable Playwrights Joining the Inge Spring Line-Up

Playwright Kuros CharneyThe Spring 2013 Inge House Playwrights-in-Residence, for the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College bring a wealth of accomplishment and expertise as the latest guest artists to live in the historic William Inge Boyhood Home.

Playwrights Kuros Charney and Larissa Fasthorse work on new scripts, and each have a original play development workshop and reading featuring professional guest artists .  The readings of these exciting new plays will take place Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10, at the William Inge Theatre at ICC.

The accomplished duo will also teach playwriting at Independence Community College from January 22 to March 14 in an intensive eight-week seminar style session.

Major funding is provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great country should have great art.

Kuros Charney wrote and directed the play “Shame and Desire” (Stella Adler Theatre), which was recommended by the LA Weekly for its “delicious script, chock-full of snappy one-liners and Byzantine plot threads that keep the audience guessing right up to the surprise ending.”

His other plays include “The Man from Brazoria County” (Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights New Works Lab), for which he was awarded an Edward Albee fellowship; “The Moving Forward of Souls” (Coronet Theatre, Los Angeles); “Anger” (Elephant Theatre, Los Angeles); “The Silent Exile” (finalist: Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition; NYC staged readings: Theatre Row, the WorkShop Theater, Urban Stages); “Body Language” (semi-finalist: Susan Nims Distinguished Playwriting Award; Last Frontier Theatre Conference; NYC Staged reading: theNEST), and “The Obliterati” (Julie Harris Playwriting Award, Second Winner; Princess Grace Award, Top 3 Finalist).

He co-wrote the screenplays “Used Books,” developed with producer LeVar Burton (Eagle Nation Films), and “The Sea Between,” commissioned by producer Elizabeth Kahn (Forever After Project, Inc.).

He holds a bachelor’s from UC San Diego and an MFA from USC, and currently teaches at William Paterson University and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. He lives in New York City. (For more info, please visit www.kuroscharney.com.)

Playwright Larissa FastHorseLarissa Fasthorse is a playwright and choreographer from the Sicangu Lakota Nation. She started her career as a very rare Native American ballet dancer from South Dakota, but she always loved to write.

After injuries forced Larissa to stand still, she worked in the film and TV industry as an executive and writer but missed the collaboration of theatre. Then a commission and production of “Average Family” from the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis brought her home, and she hasn’t left since.

Larissa’s second commission with Children’s Theatre Company, “Fancy Dancer,” based on her life story, won the 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished New Play Development Grant and a 2011 NEA Art Works Grant. It is in development to be directed by Peter Brosius.

An Equity production of “Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: A Class Presentation,” was the first of three commissions with Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles, and has been honored with the 2012 Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and
Education .

Currently Larissa is under commission with the Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences for “A Dancing People,” which will bring together her dance and writing backgrounds into a blend of text and movement. Her newest play, “Hunka,” has been a part of Arizona Theatre Company’s inaugural Café Bohemia season.

Additionally, Larissa is under commission with Cornerstone Theatre Company, AlterTheater and Mountainside Theater who will premier her new play, “Cherokee Family Reunion,” in July 2012. Larissa is a member of the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop 2011-12.

The Inge Center has helped developed over 50 full length plays and hundreds of short plays over the last ten years.  The Inge Center is named for the late William Inge, a native of Independence and Pulitzer and Oscar-winning playwright and screenwriter whose 100th birthday will be celebrated during next year’s William Inge Theatre Festival, May 1-4, 2013.

The final night is a celebratory retrospective of William Inge’s work, on the occasion of Inge’s 100th anniversary of his birth, on May 3, 1913.

Tickets will be available on line starting March 1st at www.ingecenter.org or by calling (800) 842-6063 ext. 5835.

The Inge Festival is named for the late William Inge, an Independence native who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (“Picnic”) and Oscar for Best Screenplay (“Splendor in the Grass.”)

Major funders of the Inge Center are the National Endowment for the Arts, the William Inge Festival Foundation, the Independence Chamber of Commerce, and Independence Community College; the Inge Center’s host and chief sponsor.

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