2014 MAINSTAGE PLAYWRIGHTS



Matthew Ivan Bennett  |   Cody Daigle  |   David Hilder  |   John Morogiello  |   Josh Wilder



Matthew Ivan Bennett

Salt Lake City, UT


Matthew Ivan Bennett is a resident playwright of Plan-B Theatre Company, with whom he's premiered several plays, including Eric(a), which won Best Drama at the United Solo Theatre Festival (New York), and Mesa Verde, which was nominated for a Steinberg award. His radio plays have been broadcast nationally through KUER, and his adaptation of Frankenstein received Best Feature Program from the Utah Broadcasters Association. His short works have been at Salt Lake's Wasatch Theatre, in Chicago's Circle Theatre, Hunger Artists Theatre Ensemble in Fullerton (LA), at Rising Sun Performance Company in New York, at Monkeyman Productions in Toronto, and at the Source Festival in DC. He’s written an anti-bullying play for children, Different=Amazing, which toured to Utah schools, and has had poetry published in Western Humanities Review and Sugar House Review. Matt earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts at Southern Utah University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.



The Cause


John Brown has been called "the father of American terrorism"—and has been hailed as a hero. Before attacking Harpers Ferry, Brown went to the Underground Railroad conductor (and ex-slave), Harriet Tubman. According to history, Brown and Tubman became fast friends. She approved of Brown's plan and agreed to recruit men for the attack; yet she never joined him in Virginia, and she sent him no men. The Cause is historical fiction that imagines what might have happened between these friends, and plumbs the when and why of committing ourselves to violence. Hounded by a federal marshal, Brown meets Tubman in the Boston home of Dr. John S. Rock (the second African-American doctor in US history and a fierce supporter of non-violent resistance). When the house is beset by the marshal, Brown must quickly convince Tubman to join his violent revolution or face his fate alone.




Matthew Ivan Bennett  |   Cody Daigle  |   David Hilder  |   John Morogiello  |   Josh Wilder



Cody Daigle

Scott, LA


Cody Daigle is the resident playwright of The Playhouse Tulsa. Plays for The Playhouse Tulsa: William and Judith, Tulsa! A Radio Christmas Spectacular, Little Women and the recently commissioned The Bottom of the Sea. Other plays: Providence (MTWorks), A Home Across the Ocean (MTWorks), 18 Victoria (AUI), and The Survivalists (Acadiana Repertory Theatre). Plays for Young Audiences: The Book of D (Delta Grand Youth Company), The Infinite Pages (AUI) and The Guardians of Sanzom (AUI).





In the Bones


A family grieves for a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who’s killed himself over guilt from an incident overseas. In four scenes, each moving ahead one year, a family’s grief resonates, mutates and refuses to let them go.




Matthew Ivan Bennett  |   Cody Daigle  |   David Hilder  |   John Morogiello  |   Josh Wilder



David Hilder

New York, NY


David Hilder’s plays and musicals include Drown (Great Plains Theatre Conference 2014; current semi-finalist, 2014 National Playwrights Conference/O’Neill Center; ESPA Drills at Primary Stages 2013); Drop of Kindness (semi-finalist, 2013 NPC/O’Neill Center); The Insidious Impact of Anton (Absolute Theatre – Winner, seven StageSceneLA Awards; Winner, 2010 Ashland New Plays Festival; Finalist, Lark Playwrights Week); Just exactly like (The Flea Theater; Finalist, 2010 Heideman Award); I Have Something to Tell You (composer, Gihieh Lee; Raw Impressions); Maps (composer, Gilles Chiasson; Dixon Place Not for Broadway Festival; Raw Impressions); Leave the Room (Finalist, Lark Playwrights Week and Abingdon’s Wolk Award); Bay Orchard High (Expanded Arts, Cullen/Dumas Productions); Dinner Party! (EST, Smatterfest, Particle Wave Theatre); and, naturally, others. He currently attends Hunter College’s MFA Playwriting unit, led by Tina Howe. He is also a director and a recovering actor. Education: University of Pennsylvania, the O’Neill Center’s National Theater Institute. He tweets, too: @hilderthtrguy. www.davidhilder.com



Drown


Bonita jumped off a pier and never came up for air. Now she and her survivors have to figure out where they’re going next.




Matthew Ivan Bennett  |   Cody Daigle  |   David Hilder  |   John Morogiello  |   Josh Wilder



John Morogiello

Montgomery Village, MD


John Morogiello is a Playwright in Residence at the Maryland State Arts Council. Plays include Engaging Shaw (Old Globe, Vienna’s English Theatre in Austria, New Jersey Rep, Oldcastle, and Abingdon Theatre Company off-Broadway) and Blame It On Beckett (Colony, Abingdon). Both plays have been published by Samuel French. Others include Stonewall’s Bust (Mountain Playhouse), Irish Authors Held Hostage (Greenwich Street, Warehouse, and Edinburgh’s Bedlam Theatre), Men and Parts (Actors Theatre Louisville, Shadowbox Cabaret), Gianni Schicchi (Rep Stage), and The Matchmaker’s Guide to Controlling the Elements (2Co’s Cabaret, Alleyway Theatre). He is a regular contributor to Flagpole Radio Cafe in Newtown, Conn. His articles have been published in The Washington Independent Review of Books, American Theatre, Dramatics, and in programs and study guides for Long Wharf, Huntington, Everyman, and Belmont Playhouse.



Civilizing Lusby


Two men hope to make a killing off of a proposed railroad in Maryland during the Gilded Age. But they get more than they can handle after condemning the shack of a Chesapeake Bay waterman. The waterman plans to make a killing of his own.




Matthew Ivan Bennett  |   Cody Daigle  |   David Hilder  |   John Morogiello  |   Josh Wilder



Josh Wilder

Minneapolis, MN


Josh Wilder is a playwright and teaching artist hailing from Philadelphia. He is the first national Jerome Many Voices Fellowship recipient at The Playwrights’ Center and a 2014-2015 Jerome Fellowship Finalist. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Josh was a 2012-13 Theater Fellowship recipient at The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh. Josh’s works have been developed at The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Playwrights’ Center, The Alchemical Theatre Lab, The Lark and New York Theatre Workshop. Currently Josh is developing his play cycle, The Dandelion Plays. Training: BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.



Leftovers


In inner city Philadelphia, an abnormally huge dandelion has grown through the sidewalk in front of the house of, Jalil and Kwamaine, two brothers who are waiting for the arrival of their nonexistent father. Leftovers tell the story of the brothers as they figure out their journey to manhood without their father and discover the reality of their dreams. A poignant, poetic, gritty play full of family, magic, and Cliff Huxtable.