Friday, October 23 at 5pm
Ever wonder what Willy’s wife would say to his mistress? Or how John Proctor would fare in the #metoo era? Well... get ready. Goodman hosts playwrights Eleanor Burgess (Wife of a Salesman) and Kimberly Belflower (John Proctor is the Villain) as they reimagine Arthur Miller’s classics. Lisa Portes moderates.
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KIMBERLY BELFLOWER is a playwright and educator originally from a small town in Appalachian Georgia. Her play, Lost Girl, is published by Samuel French and won the 2018 Kennedy Center Darrell Ayers National Playwriting Award. Her latest work, John Proctor is the Villain, was included on the 2019 Kilroys List and was scheduled for a 2020/2021 rolling world premiere in the time before COVID-19. Kimberly's plays have been commissioned, produced, and developed by Ojai Playwrights Conference, Studio Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Alliance Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, We the Women Collective, Theatre Emory, Peppercorn Theatre, Less Than Rent Theatre, Cohen New Works Festival, as well as many colleges and universities across the country. Kimberly is currently a Playwriting Fellow at Emory University, and has also worked as a writer and narrative lead for Meow Wolf, Santa Fe's celebrated immersive arts collective. She proudly holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.
ELEANOR BURGESS'S work has been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Geffen Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, the Alliance Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Milwaukee Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Company, and more, and developed at Playwrights Horizons, The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Alley Theatre, the Hermitage Artists Retreat, the Lark Play Development Center, and the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop. She has been a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Page 73's writers' group Interstate 73, The Civilians’ R&D Group, and New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, she studied history at Yale College and Dramatic Writing at NYU/Tisch.
LISA PORTES is a director, educator, advocate and leader whose aim is to define and promote a new American narrative that is driven aesthetically and politically by the world we are becoming, rather than the world we’ve been. Goodman Theatre credits include the world premiere of Ghostwritten by Naomi Iizuka; as well as El Grito del Bronx, Little Certainties and Elliot, A Soldiers Fugue for the Latino Theatre Festival; Missing for New Stages and Conduct of Life for A Celebration of Latina/o Theater Artists. Portes has created work regionally for CalShakes, Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Children’s Theatre Company, Olney Theatre, and South Coast Rep. In Chicago she has directed for Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Timeline Theatre, American Blues, Silk Road Rising, Next Theatre and Teatro Vista. New York credits include productions at Playwrights Horizons and Soho Rep, and developmental work at New York Theatre Workshop and the Public Theatre. She serves on the Board of TCG, the Executive Board of SDC, and is a co-founder and advisory board member of the Latinx Theatre Commons. In 2016 she was honored with the SDC Zelda Fichandler Award for Directors. Recent projects include Rightlyndby Ike Holter (Victory Gardens), The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa Fasthorse (Cincinnati Playhouse), I Come from Arizona by Carlos Murillo (Children’s Theatre Company) Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías (Denver Center); Breach: A Manifesto on Race in American through the Eyes of a Black Girl Recovering from Self Hate by Antoinette Nwandu (Victory Gardens), and Glass Menagerie (CalShakes). Recent online projects include About Vika Ivanova and A Woman’s Calling by Maria Ogevna for Flash Acts and The Model Play by Madie Doppelt for DePaul. Upcoming projects include The Our Town Project by Ike Holter with Jackalope Theatre, Quixote Nuevo by Octavio Solís at Round House Theatre, Tiger Style by Mike Lew at South Coast Rep. LisaPortes.com