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Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
Guest Artist Lee Blessing - For the Loyal
Toby and Mia are on the fast track to the future: graduate students with a baby on the way and a college coaching job on the horizon. But Toby stumbles on a secret that threatens to throw their entire future into jeopardy. Caught between honesty and loyalty, Toby finds himself holding the fate of hundreds in his hands, while Mia embarks on a journey to discover who she really is and--given the world she's in--whether doing wrong is the only way left to do right.
Lee Blessing has written over thirty plays, including A Walk in the Woods (nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Going to St. Ives, A Body of Water, Thief River, Two Rooms, Eleemosynary and Cobb. Two of his plays have opened recently—the world premiere of Courting Harry at History Theatre in St. Paul, MN and Great Falls—which had its south-of-the-Equator debut at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney, Australia. Blessing’s plays have earned two Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association awards, as well as Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and L.A. Critics Association awards among others. His TNT movie “Cooperstown” won the Humanitas Award. For more than a decade he has headed the Graduate Playwriting Program at Rutgers University. Blessing is married to the award-winning playwright and TV writer-producer Melanie Marnich.
Rita Kniess Barkey - The Humming
Sarah has no interest in stopping her ailing father Roj from killing himself; in fact, she’d love to see him thrown in an unmarked grave. But when she discovers that Roj’s weapon of choice is her Winchester rifle, the past she thought she'd be burying is resurrected and she finds herself face-to-face with the loss she’d been so determined to survive.
More than a dozen of Rita Kniess Barkey’s plays have been produced around the country. Recent works include Firewall, selected for the 2011 Pandora Festival in Phoenix; Techno Tango, a 2012 finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; and Very F.B., a 2012 finalist at the Double (XX) Festival in Seattle. She has had staged readings at Chicago Dramatists, Indiana Theater Works, and Missoula Colony, among others. Accolades include a Basile Emerging Playwright award, an Indiana Arts Commission fellowship, as well as a Community Outreach Award from the Mary Anderson Center. She did her graduate work in theater and playwriting at Indiana University and earned an MFA in English from The Ohio State University. Rita currently resides in Missoula, Montana, where she is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and a founding member of Zoola Playwrights, a collective dedicated to producing new plays.
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