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 - Director of id-IOTS
ROBERT KERR’S 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 inWomen Playwrights: Best Plays of 2002 and Playscripts. She is the co-director/editor of the 1991 Academy award winning documentary,American Dream. Cathy lives in the Flatiron District with three men.
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'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 teaches at Baruch College. In 2008 he was a featured playwright at id Theater’s Seven Devils Playwrights Conference for his play, Wait. In that same year his play, The Point of Deviance was featured at The Macaulay Honors College’s International Symposium on Surveillance Societies. He is also a unit writer for NYC MADNESS. Greg was pleased that his latest full-length play, Goblin Universe, was a semi-finalist for the 2011 National Playwright’s Conference and is being produced at the Alley Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky as part of Inhuman: A Festival of New American Undead Theatre. He is an alumnus of Ohio University.
An interview with Greg
MAPPLETHORPE/ The Opening directed by John Stix (New Georges ManFest, The Provincetown Playhouse, New Conservatory Theater Center, Sixth@Penn, Dixon Place, Bahama’s Popop Studio.) Crash (EAT/Doubledecker with Marylouise Burke) Marrow (Axial,) Strangers ( Dixon Place,) PLUSHLUST (id NYC Sit in! with Lou Liberatore, Meg McCary,) Nerine (id NYC Sit in! with Daphne Rubin-Vega, Lynn Cohen, and Cristin Milioti,) PlayPenn 2011, Warren or, Those People (id Theater's Seven Devils 2012, world premiere Boise Contemporary Theater 2014; reading at Primary Stages with Elizabeth Wilson, Tony Arkin, Directed by Jack Hofsiss). Brian is a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow, a VCCA fellow, Wurlitzer Foundation Fellow, a Ucross Fellow and recipient of an Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Grant, Leon Levy Foundation Grant, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant, and winner of the 2010 Robert Chesley Award. An interview with Brian
Michèle Raper Rittenhouse
MICHÈLE RAPER RITTENHOUSE attended id Theater's Seven Devils Playwrights Conference,
the Double X Theatre Festival in London, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, received the
Witter Bynner Fellowship through the Abingdon Theatre Company, and received the New
Century Award. In the finalist and semifinalist category, she has received some of the BEST
congratulation letters from; The 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, NJ, and 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.