Meet The Playwrights of Our My Crazy Childhood Showcase
Last month, we ran a call for submissions for stories revolving around the theme of My Crazy Childhood and selected 5 stories that are being worked on by our pool of international actors for our upcoming free My Crazy Childhood Showcase.
Before we release the synopses of the stories that will be showcased, we would like you to meet our featured playwrights! We've got such a talented, experienced group in this Village collaboration, it is only right to dedicate a post to them! <3 Enjoy and stay inspired!
Playwright of Killing Pastor
Tiffa Foster is a playwright and screenwriter in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She dropped out of her college theater program in the fall of 1999 and switched to studying bioethics and Mandarin. She’s been an HIV-test counselor, an ESL teacher, a chemistry and physics instructor, a Department Chair at a small college, a hospice volunteer, and a healthcare volunteer for a health care clinic especially for sex workers. In January of 2019, she randomly decided to take a writing class and started writing plays, monologues, arias, and screenplays. Since that fateful day, she’s won several awards for her plays and screenplays and her works have been performed in the UK, Hong Kong, Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. Adult(ish) Material is her first full-length play.
Playwright of Aishwarya
Rajkumar Thiagaras is a bilingual theatre practitioner from Singapore. Notable acting credits include 12 Angry Men (Avant Theatre); Anything Can Happen / Something Must Happen (Wild Rice); and To Speak Quietly (Pink Gajah Theatre). In 2019, his plays Chandramukhi (Avant Theatre) and Ashes, Ashes (Toy Factory Productions) were produced. Recently, he wrote and performed a monologue, The Patient, for Why? (Avant Theatre). His short story, “The White Lotus: Sinking to the Bottom” was published in the anthology In This Desert, There Were Seeds by Ethos Books and Margaret River Press. Raj is currently a member of the Brown Voices playwriting collective.
Playwright of Vision Quest
Molly Kirschner is a playwright and poet. Her play L’appel du Vide was produced at UNDER St. Marks Theater in New York City in 2017. A monologue from this play was included in Best Men’s Stage Monologues 2018, edited by Lawrence Harbison. Her play Vagabonds had a staged reading at The Kraine Theater in New York City for the 2019 Estrogenius Festival, and has received further development through Estrogenius. Previously, this play was read at Dixon Place in New York City in 2016, and was included in the 2017 Soundings Reading Series at Writers Theatre of New Jersey. Kirschner has published two books of poetry.
Playwright of Ice Cream Run
Over 100 of Tom Misuraca's short plays have been produced and stage read globally, often winning audience favorite awards. Eleven of his full-lengths have been produced in California, Texas, Michigan and New York. His most produced play, GEEKS! THE MUSICAL, went on to be produced Off Broadway in 2019. In 2014, Tom won two writing awards: The Pickering and the Las Vegas Little Theatre New Works Award. In 2019, he again won the LVLT New Works Award with FIGMENTS. His monologue, MOUSING, will be performed in London this Fall. For more info, please visit www.tommiz.com.
Playwright of Stuffed
Jane M. Lee lives and writes in New York. Her short plays Life or Death and Family Emergency have been produced multiple times at theaters across the United States and Canada. Her one-act play Open House was selected for production by Tomo Suru Players in Vancouver; was a winner in the Theatre In the Raw Biennial One-Act Playwriting Contest also in Vancouver; and reached the Third Round of the Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing in Windsor, Berkshire, UK. Her full-length play Good Neighbors has reached the Finalist, Semifinalist, and Quarterfinalist Rounds of six different playwriting competitions.