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Los Angeles Times – CRITIC’S CHOICE!
“STUNNING… a superb Echo Theater Company production” — Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
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“TENDER, POIGNANT AND FIERCE… You go on a ride with these girls and through their lives you see their world – and see it shattered. You’ll laugh with them, you’ll cringe with them, and ultimately you’ll probably weep with them.… don’t miss ‘The Wolves’.” — Anthony Byrnes, KCRW 89.9 FM
“RECOMMENDED…. STAGE RAW TOP 10… RARE MAGIC” — Katie Buenneke, Stage Raw
On Stage and Screen
“TRIUMPHANT… The ensemble is fantastic… fully realized, complex human beings… I would have happily watched these characters for longer than the 90 minutes we are given with them” — Erin Conley, On Stage and Screen
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.
FINALIST 2017 Pulitzer Prize; West Coast Premiere
Sarah DeLappe’s debut play THE WOLVES (The Playwrights Realm/NY Stage & Film/Lincoln Center Theater) was a co-winner of the Relentless Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Yale Drama Series Prize. Other honors include the Page One Fellowship at the Playwrights Realm and the Sky Cooper New American Play Prize. Fellowships and developmental support include The MacDowell Colony, The Ground Floor, LCT3 Playwright in Residence, Ars Nova Play Group, Clubbed Thumb, SPACE on Ryder
Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner – talking shit, passing the time, and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda and derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, PASS OVER crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young men stuck in a cycle just looking for a way out.
West Coast Premiere
Antoinette Nwandu is a New York-based playwright. In June, Steppenwolf presented the World Premiere of her play Pass Over that sparked a national conversation about bias in the theater community. Her play Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate received a World Premiere at Victory Gardens in February 2018. Antoinette is currently under commission from Echo Theater Company and Colt Coeur. Her work has been supported by The MacDowell Colony, The Sundance Theater Lab, The Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor: Katori Hall), The Kennedy Center, P73, PlayPenn, Space on Ryder Farm, Southern Rep, The Flea, Naked Angels, Fire This Time, and The Movement Theater Company. She is an alum of the Ars Nova Play Group, the Naked Angels Issues PlayLab, and the Dramatists Guild Fellowship. Honors include The Whiting Award, The Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, The Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize, and a Literary Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Antoinette’s plays have been included on the 2016 and 2017 Kilroys lists, and she has been named a Ruby Prize finalist, PONY Fellowship finalist, Page73 Fellowship finalist, NBT’s I Am Soul Fellowship finalist, and two-time Princess Grace Award semi-finalist. Antoinette graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in English and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Cultural Politics from The University of Edinburgh.
HANDJOB explores the misogyny, homophobia, and racism that bubble to the surface during an encounter between a gay writer and a man he hires to work as a “shirtless cleaner.” This darkly funny and disturbing play takes a look at what happens when the artist’s vision is blind to the deepest sensitivities in our culture, with unexpected consequences…
Erik Patterson’s play One of the Nice Ones recently won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Playwriting. Other plays include Yellow Flesh/Alabaster Rose, Red Light Green Light, He Asked For It, Sick, and Hand job. His plays have been produced by Playwrights’ Arena, the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre of NOTE, Evidence Room, The Actors’ Gang, and the Echo Theater Company, as well as developed through the Lark Play Development Center, Moving Arts, Black Dahlia, Naked Angels, and the Mark Taper Forum. With his screenwriting partner Jessica Scott, Erik has written projects for Castle Rock, Warner Bros., Warner Horizon, Universal, ABC Family, and Disney, to name a few. He has been nominated for three Ovation Awards, the LA Weekly Award, the GLAAD Award, and two Emmy Awards. He is the recipient of the Humanitas Prize and the WGA Award. Erik is a graduate of Occidental College and the British American Drama Academy.