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Playwrights’ Center


February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

A staged reading of Blemished Brown Beauties by Myah Gary.

Myah Gary is a playwright and health educator from Carbondale, Illinois. As an interdisciplinary doctoral student in Health Education and Theater, her plays focus on creating a dialog around health and social issues. Myah is the author of the full-length plays, Blemished Brown BeautiesJesus in the Ivory Tower, and Penetrate. In 2018, she wrote, directed and produced the children’s musical Kendall Saves the Day as part of The Creative Academic Performing Arts Academy (T.C.A.P.A.A) program that she founded. Most recently, her piece Blood Memory was featured at Valiant Theater, based out of Chicago. In 2018, Myah co-founded The Gary Learning Institute (TGLI). TGLI is a behavioral health, wellness, personal development, and research institution. The institute aims to add a health-theater component by the year 2021.


I started researching a project about a single crime involving Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt, but then his wife Dorothy became more fascinating. Her story spoke to me because she was a mother trying to wake the father of her children up from pledging blind allegiance to his President; she was a mother who endangered herself politically because she believed in a more equal and just world for her children. Dorothy was ahead of her time and has often not been more than a footnote in remembrance.

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Kristin Idaszak is a Chicago-based playwright, dramaturg, producer, and educator. Her recent work has focused on the intersection of gender, queerness, and climate change. She is a two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow. Her play SECOND SKIN received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Award and Jean Kennedy Smith Award, and her play ANOTHER JUNGLE was a Relentless Award Honorable Mention. She was the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre and a member of the Goodman Playwrights Unit. Kristin is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. She has received commissions from EST/The Sloan Foundation and Cleveland Play House, and is a member of the inaugural Regional Writers Project at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She was the Kennedy Center Fellow at Sundance Theatre Lab.

Nationally, her work has been seen at or developed through the Goodman Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Festival, The Drama League (with Sarah Wansley), Ensemble Studio Theatre and SPACE at Ryder Farm, the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Studio, Renaissance Theaterworks (Milwaukee), and Perishable Theatre (Providence, RI). With choreographer Erin Tracy, she has co-created Better Metaphors, which premiered at the Blurred Borders international dance theatre festival in San Diego, and Commence, for the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective. She received a residency at the Qualcomm Institute IDEAS series to develop her play RADIANCE (A WITCH HUNT). Kristin has been a finalist at Hedgebrook, New Harmony, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Local Lab, and the Playwrights’ Center Core Writer program.

In Chicago, Kristin’s plays have been produced by WildClaw Theatre, 20% Theatre Company, Theatre Seven, Cloudgate Theatre, and others. She has received an Incubator grant and an Individual Artist Program grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. She also received Stage Left Theatre’s Downstage Left Residency. She was nominated for a Jeff award for Best New Work for co-writing Theatre Seven’s WE LIVE HERE.

As a theatre teacher and mentor, Kristin has served as an adjunct instructor at The Theatre School at DePaul University and Westmont College, and a Visiting Guest Artist at Southern Illinois University, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College, Coe College, Michigan State University. She was recognized with an Excellence in Teaching award from UC San Diego, where she was a graduate teaching assistant. She has also taught master classes and seminars at the Playwrights’ Center and KCACTF. Additionally, she has mentored youth artists through the Pillsbury House + Theatre Chicago Avenue Project as well as the American Theatre Company’s docudrama project the Chicago Chronicle.

Kristin is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Cloudgate Theatre, a company dedicated to telling fiercely theatrical stories through a queer feminist lens. Cloudgate premiered her play ANOTHER JUNGLE in April 2018 in co-production with The Syndicate and will produce her play STRANGE HEART BEATING in July 2019. Previously, she served as the Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager for Caffeine Theatre and the Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. She has worked in the literary departments at the Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Trinity Rep, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. She earned her MFA in Playwriting at the University of California, San Diego. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in philosophy.
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