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2018 PlayLAb Resident Playwrights

Boni B. Alvarez, Skylight resident playwright

BONI B. ALVAREZ

is a Los Angeles-based writer-actor. His plays include BLOODLETTING, FIXED, NICKY, DALLAS NON-STOP, and RUBY, TRAGICALLY ROTUND. His work has been produced/developed at Playwrights’ Arena, Echo Theater, Coeurage Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Chalk Rep, Moving Arts, Artists At Play, InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a resident playwright with New Dramatists. Most recently, he has performed with CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre, Echo Theater, and Critical Mass Performance Group at REDCAT.

MEREDITH BESSER

is a playwright and essayist. Her plays include: THE OTHER BROTHER, THE WEDDING DRESS, ABBIE'S ROAD, and BOTH SIDES NOW. Readings of her work have been held at the Skylight Theatre’s INKubator series, Skylight’s Greenhouse, and ALIMENTO, an annual fundraising event to benefit Art Division. Essays have appeared in New Monologues for Women by Women, Literature: The Human Experience, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. Besser is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Jonathan Ceniceroz, Skylight Resident Playwright

JONATHAN CENICEROZ

is experiencing a renaissance as of late, with his play THE CRUISE premiering at LATC last season and two new works this year: MONTE CARLO / MONTENEGRO, a tragicomedy about a casino dealer stuck in the former Yugoslavia and NO BURN DAY, written for PlayLabs, about a professor scientist whose complicated home life is changed when he responds to a natural disaster — a large gas blow in the form of an ancient chimera.

Fielding Edlow, Skylight Resident Playwright

FIELDING EDLOW

is a writer, actor and stand-up comedian. She has had her plays developed/produced with Naked Angels, NY Stage & Film, Circle X Theatre Co, NY & LA Fringe Festival, and Comedy Central Stage. Her solo show, COKE-FREE J.A.P., was performed in the NYC Fringe Festival and was subsequently developed as a half-hour comedy pilot at Showtime. Her full-length play, ICU, had a rave-reviewed, extended workshop run at Circle X Theatre and was nominated for an Ovation Award for “Best Writing.” Fieldingedlow.com

Tim Furlong, Skylight Resident Playwright

TIM FURLONG

is a writer, producer and occasional director. His credits include television—HOW SUPERMAN DEFEATED THE KKK  and MILLION DOLLAR CAR HUNTERS and theater—ROAD CONVERSION, CAST OUT and INCONCEIVABLE! Tim has produced close to 100 hours of television which appears on various networks such as History, Discovery, Destination America, HGTV, TruTV, CMT, Nat Geo, A&E and the BBC. In addition, Tim’s plays and short plays have been produced at Globe Theatre and the Skylight Theatre.

Tom Lavagino, Skylight Resident Playwright

TOM LAVAGNINO

is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, fiction author and journalist. His plays include ELEANOR TUESDAY (2018 Marandy Award/Julie Harris Playwright Competition); SIXTY FORTY TWENTY (First Place, 2013 Writer's Digest Playwriting Contest); and NINETEEN KINDS OF PERIL (2010 runner-up, Yale Drama Series Prize). Tom was selected as a “PLAY LA” fellow (Humanitas/Center Theatre Group) in 2015-2016, and is privileged to have been a member of the Skylight Theatre’s PlayLAb since June 2012. www.tomlavagnino.com.

Penelope Lowder, Skylight Resident Playwright

PENELOPE LOWDER

is a native of Los Angeles and holds a bachelor's degree from the USC School of Drama. She has performed in numerous productions in London, New York, and Los Angeles. Ms. Lowder's plays have been produced at the Skylight Theater, Company of Angels, and Mc Cadden Place Theater. She is the recipient of the 2012 Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship and her play THE FOLLICLE PRISON WAR was selected for the 2011 NAACP Short Plays festival. In 2014, two of her short plays, 15 MINUTES and 4CLOSURE were made into films and were screened at the Women of African Descent Film Festival in New York. Her first novel, THREE SECONDS OF HELL, a series of short stories about her father's time in a motorcycle gang in the 1950's south was published in December of 2017 and she is working on a new mystery, Pearl and The White Gold Murders. She is a former member of Los Angeles Theater Center Playwrights Workshop, Skirball-Kenis Writer’s Workshop and the Robey Playwrights Workshop and is a current member of the Skylight Theater Playwright’s Lab.

Rhea MacCallum, Skylight Resident Playwright

RHEA MACCALLUM

is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and script consultant, whose plays have been produced across the United States and six continents. She was honored to participate in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and was named a finalist by the Actors Theatre of Louisville for the Heideman Award for her play, YESTERDAY ONCE MORE. Her play THE 7th DISORDER won TADA! Youth Theater’s 15th Annual One-Act Playwriting Contest and INDEPENDENCE DAY won Best Drama at the Life and Death Matters Film and Theatre Festival. Her work has been produced by companies such as Write Act Repertory, Shelterbelt, EBE Ensemble, ACME Theatre Productions, Small Fish Radio, Whitefire Theatre, Parish Players, Boxfest Detroit, Artists’ Exchange, Cheeky Monkey, Articulate Theatre Company, Play Club West, and the Women’s Theatre Project. Her plays and monologues have been published by Smith & Kraus, Heuer Publishing, Original Works Publishing, Pioneer Drama, JAC Publishing, themonologueshop.com and nowcasting.com. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP, LAFPI, Playground-LA's Writer's Pool (2016-2018) and Lifetime Member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. Rhea earned her BA from USC and her MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School, New School University in New York City. @rheaplaywright rheamaccallum.com

Roger Q. Mason, Skylight Resident Playwright

ROGER Q. MASON

has had work play at New Group, McCarter Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA; Son of Semele Theatre; Chicago Dramatists; and Kraine Theatre. His play THE WHITE DRESS was semi-finalist for the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. His piece HARD PALATE was a New York Theatre Innovator Award nominee. Mason holds an MFA in Writing from Northwestern University, MA in English from Middlebury College, and BA in English and Theatre from Princeton University.

David Myers, Skylight Resident Playwright

DAVID MYERS

has had work developed at Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Vic, The Royal Court, and more. His HOW TO CONQUER AMERICA was written through Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor program and a finalist for the Humanitas Prize at CTG; his FROM UNDER THE TREE was read in Pasadena Playhouse’s Hothouse Series; and his most recent THE WORLD AS IT SHOULD BE was recently workshopped at Skylight Theatre. Other works include: MUZUNGU (Mixed Phoenix, NYC), BODY PARTS (self produced in San Diego), and 1800 ACRES (Riverside Studios, London). He’s had short play commissions from La Jolla Playhouse, Chalk Rep, Moving Arts, and Cornerstone, and he completed a year-long residency at South Coast Rep. He’s written and sold two screenplays and two original television pilots. He’s from Houston, Texas. He has a BA from Brown University and an MFA from UCSD. He currently teaches at Chapman University and UCSD. Surrounded by life, he lives in LA with his wife, two sons, two cats, and a fish named Lightning.

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