Who are these id-IOTS?
Cathy Caplan, Robert Kerr, Dano Madden, Jeni Mahoney, Greg Paul, Michèle Raper Rittenhouse and Brian Quirk.
What do these id-IOTS do?
We meet twice a month to share work, write stuff, have a few drinks, maybe even a snack.
Get to know these id-IOTS!
ROBERT KERR's (Director of id-IOTS) plays include The Potato Creek Chair of Death (Ensemble Studio Theatre; published by Playscripts Inc.); The Sticky-Fingered Fiancée with composer Mat Eisenstein (Raw Impressions Musical Theatre and Bedlam Theatre); To Whom (Brick Theater) and The End of the Road (Juilliard). End Times, The Living Section, Meet Uncle Casper and Kingdom Gone have been read and/or developed at the Lark Theatre, the Actors Studio, Playwrights Horizons, id Theater’s Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the Inkwell Theater, the Lyubimovka Festival in Moscow, and the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Playwriting fellowship at Juilliard, Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, founding member of Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis, which produced his plays This the Word, The Secret Word for Today Is Carrot and Six Characters in Search of Water. www.robertkerr.net
CATHY CAPLAN's plays include Lapis Blue Blood Red, about the 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi; Silver Nitrate, based on photographs from 1930’s Berlin; Model, which re-creates a fashion shoot from the mid-70’s, and hair blood vinyl, co-authored with Rinde Eckert and The Juggernaut Theatre Company. She received playwriting support from New York State Council on the Arts, The National Council For Jewish Culture, Bel Geddes Foundation Award, AE Ventures Foundation, Laurie Tisch Sussman Foundation, and the Liman Foundation. Cathy was a Juilliard Playwriting Fellow and resident artist at Mabou Mines and Women’s Interart. Her work has been seen or heard at PS 122, HERE, HB Playwrights Foundation, Guild Hall, Lark Theater Company, Naked Angels, The New York International Fringe Festival, The Blue Heron, First Fashion Playfest, Baltimore’s Theater Project, and Stanford Center for the Arts. Lapis Blue Blood Red is published by Smith & Kraus in Women Playwrights: Best Plays of 2002 and Playscripts. She is the co-director/editor of the 1991 Academy award winning documentary, American Dream.
DANO MADDEN is a playwright and director. His plays have been produced and/or received development by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, The Artful Conspirators, World At Large Theatre, Mile Square Theatre, Burnt Studio Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Kitchen Theatre Company, Rutgers University, The University of Tulsa, Bloomsburg University, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Boise Contemporary Theater and Boston Theatre Works, among others. He was the winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2007 National Student Playwriting Award and a finalist of the National New Play Network’s 2010 Smith Prize. Dano is the Associate Artistic Director of The Artful Conspirators and an adjunct professor of playwriting at NYU. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with his favorite person, Lauren, and their cat Beth. www.danomadden.com
JENI MAHONEY's play Fata Morgana was the recipient of an NEA ArtWorks Grant, premiered at Boise Contemporary Theater and was selected as an Honorable Mention on the 2015 Kilroy List. Other plays including The Feast of the Flying Cow... and Other Stories of War, Mercy Falls, The Martyrdom of Washington Booth, Running in Circles Screaming, Come Rain or Come Shine, Kandahar, Light, and Gogli Mogli have been presented at the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Center, InterAct Theater (Philly), Source Theater Festival (D.C.), L.A. Theater Center, MidWest New Play Festival (Chicago), Lark Theater's Playwrights Week, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYU's hotINK Festival, And Toto Too (Denver), Circus Theatricals (L.A.) and London's Greenwich Playhouse among others. Her plays are published through Applause, Playscripts and IndieTheaterNow.com. When not suffering over her own work, she is co-Artistic Director of id Theater, Artistic Director of Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and Secretary of the National Theater Conference. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. www.jenimahoney.com
GREG PAUL likes to write about things that are unseen and unexplained. Some of his plays include: WAIT (2008 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference); The Point of Deviance (Macaulay Honors College’s International Symposium on Surveillance Societies); Goblin Universe (The Alley Theatre/Louisville KY and semi-finalist for the 2011 National Playwright’s Conference); The Lady’s Child with composer Lisa Dove (NYU/Playwrights Horizons Theatre School); The Amazing True Adventures of Buckbean Bushytail with composer Lisa Dove (Jalopy Music Theatre, Special Music School); Wetiko (2014 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Finalist for 2015 National Playwrights Conference, stage reading and development with Barefoot Theater Company), When The Man Comes Around (staged reading at The Actors Studio, semi-finalist 2016 National Playwrights Conference). He is a founding member of Juggernaut Theatre Company and The Northern Light Opera Company in Park Rapids MN, which has produced a number of his plays for children. Greg is also a member of id Theater's id-iots at Play playwrights group and The Playwrights/Directors Unit at the Actors Studio.
An interview with Greg
BRIAN QUIRK - New York, NY. Playwright. Quirk’s plays include WARREN (or) Those People, produced at Boise Contemporary Theater and nominated for 2015 Pulitzer Prize; MAPPLETHORPE/The Opening, produced at The Provincetown Playhouse, San Francisco’s NewConservatory Theater Center, San Diego’s Sixth@Penn, and The Bahama’s Popop Studios. Developmental work and readings include: Playpenn, Seven Devils, Primary Stages, The Atlantic Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theater, Hudson Stage, The Actors Studio, Thingamajig Playwrights Festival, The Caldwell Theater, Dixon Place, id Theater, The Axial Theater, and Emerging Artists. Quirk is Weissberger-nominated and the recipient of The Robert Chelsey award given to an emerging gay/lesbian playwright, the Erik A Takulan memorial endowed fellowship from Djerassi Resident Artists Program, a Leon Levy Foundation Grant, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant both from the MacDowell Colony, and an Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Grant. A three-time MacDowell Colony Fellow, with residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ucross Foundation and The Wurlitzer Foundation. Quirk received his BFA from NewYork University and is proud member of id Theater’s id-iots at Play writing group, a Dramatist Guild member, and alum of the Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit and Project Y Playwrights group. Upcoming (Im)Pulse Spring 2017, Spectrum Dance in Association with Seattle Rep directed by Donald Byrd and the Jane Gueting Camp Fellowship at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. An interview with Brian
MICHÈLE RAPER RITTENHOUSE attended id Theater's Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the Double X Theatre Festival in London, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and received the Witter Bynner Fellowship through the Abingdon Theatre Company and the New Century Award. In the finalist and semifinalist category, she has received some of the BEST congratulation letters from; Seven Devils (3), The O’Neill (4), Chesterfield Film Project (3), New Century Writers (2), Julie Harris Playwright Award, Jane Chambers Playwriting Award,
Southwest Theatre Association, National New Play Contest, Louisville Theatre Center One-Act Play Competition, Christopher Wolk Playwriting Award. Her plays have been presented at the following theatres: Lincoln Center - Bruno Walter Auditorium, Joseph Papp’s NY Public Theatre - Free at Three Series, Abingdon Theatre Company, Access Theatre Company, Nat Horne Theatre, The Coast Playhouse - LA, Dougherty Art Center - Austin (which burned down during the run of the show), Mary Moody Northen Theatre - Austin (didn’t burn down thank goodness), Nomad Theatre - Boulder, New Jersey Institute of Technology - Newark, Rutgers University - New Brunswick and Newark campuses, and the Wagner Theatre in the International New Playwrights Festival. She is the Director of Theatre Arts and Technology Program at NJIT in conjunction with the Rutgers-NJIT Joint Theatre Program.