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KRISTEN D. SIMPSON

Kristen D. Simpson hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is a resident artist with Tricklock Company, the theatre-in-residence at the University of New Mexico. She is the 2011 Playwright Resident for the inaugural Institute of Creativity, Consciousness, and Community (IC3) at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for her work with students from at-risk neighborhoods. Works include Traitors, Four Days in the Delta (2007 University Playwright’s Workshop at the Kennedy Center , KUNM Radio Theatre Broadcast, February 2009), Habia Una Vez (2009 Bonderman Playwriting for Youth Symposium Semi-Finalist), and You Can’t Eat Meat on Fridays (2002 KCACTF Region IV Ten Minute Play Finalist.) She received her MFA in 2007 from the University of New Mexico, where she held the Robert Hartung Scholarship for Dramatic Writing.

Traitors

Benedict Arnold is haunted by memories of battle, and as his friends change to enemies all around him, he inexplicably finds himself on a ship in a crashing sea. Peggy Arnold, pregnant and alone, watches as her husband succumbs to a reality she cannot follow him into. Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot fight to understand why their best friend subjects himself to so much danger, and resist the urge to fight each other. Senator Joseph McCarthy finds his calling: to protect America from the ultimate danger. Led by guides with the ability to manipulate reality, Traitors peeks into what really happened in the eleventh hour leading up to radical double-crossings. Through the three interweaving storylines, Traitors travels through different countries, different centuries, and the living room next door, in order to ask: how will history remember someone after their decision has been made?