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DEBORAH YARCHUN

Deborah Yarchun is a New Jersey born, Air Force raised and Austin-rooted playwright; her plays are just as geographically discombobulated. Her plays include Portmanteaux, Painted Desert, Freezeframe, and Kaddish and have been produced through the 2011 Theater Masters Festival (the Wild Project), the Young Playwrights Festival XXIV (Playwrights Horizons), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Cardboard Box Collaborative Theater and developed through WordBRIDGE, Sanctuary Playwrights Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Rising Sun Performance Company, the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and Philadelphia Dramatists Center.  In June 2010, she co-produced her one-act play Next Year In Jerusalem at site specific venues in the East Village.  Deborah is a two time winner of the Young Playwrights Festival National Playwriting Competition and a past recipient of the VSA Arts Playwright Discovery Award. She is a 2013 MFA Candidate at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop where she is an Iowa Arts Fellow.

Portmanteaux

In the wake of graduating college, Liza, a 22-year old composer deeply in debt, creates soundscapes of her isolated existence in her now roommate-devoid, shelled out apartment. Her life-agenda and sense of unyielding independence are suddenly thrown into disarray when she collides with Dale, a 22-year old anarchist with a diametrically opposed concept of life. An exploration of life-altering intersections, virtual proximity, and that sometimes oh-so fine line between independence and isolation.