Threshold New Play Festival 2021

Posted on November 17, 2021

Threshold is back! Actor's Express presents a lineup of new play readings by writers poised to make a mark on the national scene. Join us December 4th and 5th and experience why Actor’s Express is one of the leading champions of contemporary playwriting in America. This event is FREE and will take place online and in person. Stay tuned for more details and on how to  register.

December 4th, 2021

Testing by Mary Lynn Owen - 2 pm

Ezekial's Wheel by Addae Moon - 5 pm

December 5th, 2021

Oh! To be Pure Again by Kira Rockwell (Virtual Reading) - 2 pm

Virtual Talkback with all three playwrights and host 4:20pm to 6pm

Testing by Mary Lynn Owen

A year after Father's death, Mother sends an urgent email to her adult children, summoning them home to collect their things. In a room cluttered with family relics - clothes, photos, forgotten toys - Mother, Sister, Brother, and Grandpa, an interracial family, collide with the past and present, face the truth of each other's lives, and choose what to keep and what to throw away.  

Mary Lynn grew up ‘una mezcla' - a mixture - of Cuban-Americans and South Georgians, preachers and misfits. In her work, she seeks the mezcla - the moments where farce and tragedy meet, where the sacred graces the profane, and where mundanity is filled with longing.  She believes that the mezcla is a moment of possibility - for hope, and other new things.  

Mary Lynn is an Atlanta-based theater artist with a career spanning over forty years as an actor, teacher, and most recently, a playwright. Her solo play, KNEAD, in which she also performed, baking 4 loaves of bread onstage during every performance, received its world premiere at The Alliance Theatre in November 2018.

Ezekial's Wheel by Addae Moon

A play about prophecy. What is to come, what has happened and what is happening at this moment. An Afro-futuristic play focused on the life of a boy living in a fate he didn't have a say in. Addae Moon is an Atlanta based playwright, dramaturg, director and cultural worker. He is the Associate Artistic Director at Theatrical Outfit, an Artistic Associate with Found Stages Theatre and a co-founder of the performance collective Hush Harbor Lab. Addae has served as a resident dramaturg with Working Title Playwright’s Ethel Woolson Lab. He was the recipient of the 2015 International Ibsen Award for his dramaturgical work on the project Master Comic and the 2014 John Lipsky Award from the International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) for his immersive play Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906. Addae was also a member of Alliance Theatre’s 2015-2016 Reiser Artists’ Lab as co-writer on the immersive project Third Council of Lyons with Found Stages. His recent immersive co-collaborations include Frankenstein’s Ball (2019/2020) and Frankenstein’s Funeral (2019) both with Found Stages.

Oh! To be Pure Again by Kira Rockwell

Set during one hot Texas summer at a Charismatic Christian church camp, this earnest drama follows the senior girls' cabin along their journey to make an authentic connection with something bigger than themselves. A new play about female desire, submission, rebellion, and growing up in a religious culture that's obsessed with your sexual purity. Kira Rockwell is a playwright from the heart of Texas. She is a 2021 Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing with the Mass Cultural Council, a Recipient of the Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, Second Place recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Two-time Finalist for the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting/ Fellowship with New Dramatists, Two-time Finalist for the O’Neill NPC, Semi-Finalist for The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Semi-Finalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award, and more. Her plays include THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD (Workshop Premiere: Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Boston Globe Critic’s Pick, Elliot Norton Nominee); OH TO BE PURE AGAIN (MFA Playwrights’ Workshop); NOMAD AMERICANA (Fresh Ink Theatre); WICKED BITTER BEAST(S) (The Theatre School at DePaul University); and WITH MY EYES SHUT (Hollywood Fringe—awarded Best in Physical Theatre). Her work has also been developed with Actor’s Express, National New Play Network, The Kennedy Center, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, On the Verge Summer Repertory Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, and Third Culture Theatre in partnership with HBO and Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, among others. Recently under commission by Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project and Moonbox Productions. Rockwell received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.