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Thursday, April 28, 2011

On the Ground Floor With...Reginald Edmund

On May 1-4, work by this year’s MFA class – Peter Floyd, John Greiner-Ferris, and Heather Houston -- will be featured in our annual Ground Floor New Play Series, along with Reginald Edmund’s Southbridge.

All four readings are free – reserve your seat and get additional information here.

Southbridge was the winner of the 2011 Southern Playwrights’ Competition, and comes to BPT as part of the Sister City Playwrights Exchange. The mission of Sister City is to swap talented, under-recognized playwrights in several regions of the USA and in Canada and England. In the past six years, fourteen swaps involving significant Play Labs in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, London, Minneapolis, New York, and San Francisco helped emerging playwrights find connections, develop material and discover how their unique voices resonate in a new region.

Playwright Reginald Edmund
Southbridge is the second part of playwright Reginald Edmund’s The City of The Bayou series: A white widow is assaulted, and an angry mob is at the jail house door, screaming. "Lynch him!" The only way to untangle the truth about the events is for the accused, Christopher C. Davis, to look into the events that have lead him to a tree stump in Athens, Ohio in the year 1881.

About the playwright:
Reginald Edmund is a 2009-2010, 2010-2011 Many Voices Fellow playwright originally from Houston, Texas, where he was Artistic Director for the Silver House Theatre, as well as the founder and producer for the Silver House Playwrights Festival and the Houston Urban Theatre Series. Reggie was the inaugural recipient of the Kennedy Center Fellowship at Soul Mountain Retreat, as well as the 2009 National Runner-up for the Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks Playwriting Awards.

The nine play series he is working on is titled The City of The Bayou Collection, and includes Redemption of Allah Black, Juneteenth Street, Southbridge, Last Cadillac, The Ordained Smile of Saint Sadie May Jenkins, Blood Moon, and White America. The plays have been developed at Karamu House Theatre, County Playhouse Theatre, Ensemble Theatre of Houston, the Playwrights' Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Company and the Mid-American Theater Conference. He received his BFA in Theatre-Performance from Texas Southern University, and his MFA in playwriting at Ohio University under the guidance of Charles Smith.

Recently, Reggie spent a month in residence at the MacDowell Colony working on The Ordained Smile of Saint Sadie May Jenkins, and consulted with dramaturg Liz Engelman during its further development and revision. His play Southbridge which was presented in May 2010 at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK, was named winner of the 2011 Southern Playwrights’ Competition. Reggie is also a co-founding Playwright of The Unit Collective, an independent group of theater artists of color that produces Minneapolis Madness, a monthly new work showcase at the Playwrights’ Center. Members of this organization include playwrights such as Jessica Huang, Anton Jones, May Lee Yang, Joe Luis Cedillo, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Kristoffer Diaz, and more…

Reggie will be in attendance at the reading on May 2; please join us to celebrate this exciting new work by a playwright on the rise!

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