From Page to Stage: Scenes From Student Playwrights

March 21, 2012

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Tom Mula. Photo by Jennifer Girad.

Students from Columbia College Chicago's playwrighting classes present their work, hosted by Lisa Schlesinger and Tom Mula.

Lisa Schlesinger's plays include Wal-martyrs, Celestial Bodies, Twenty-One Positions (with Naomi Wallace and Abed Fattah Abusrour), Same Egg, Manny and Chicken, Rock Ends Ahead, Bow Echo, The Bones of Danny Winston, The Go Back Land, and The Artist of Transparency. She is currently at work on Harmonicus Mundi, the second play in her Celestial Bodies trilogy. She has received commissions from the BBC, the Guthrie Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Portland Stage Company. She is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Playwrights Residency Award and winner of the BBC International Playwriting Award, and has received grants and awards from the NEA, CEC International, the Bush Foundation, and the Iowa Arts Council, among others. She has recently published work in American Theatre magazine, Yale University's Theater magazine, and the Performing Arts Journal. She received her M.F.A.s from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Iowa Playwrights' Workshop, and is coordinator of the Playwriting Program at Columbia College Chicago.

Tom Mula has been an award-winning playwright, actor, and director for nearly thirty years and has taught in the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago as a senior lecturer since 1986. His plays W!, The Golem, and his work on Nicole Hollander's Sylvia's Real Good Advice were all recognized by the Joseph Jefferson Committee; he is also the proud author of Almighty Bob. His novel Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol was published in 1995 by Adams Media, and it became a Chicago Tribune bestseller. The audio version was broadcast nationwide on NPR for six seasons; the play received the Cunningham Prize from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul. It premiered in 1998 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, was Jeff-nominated, and received an After Dark Award. Since then, it has received hundreds of productions nationally and worldwide, including productions in South Africa and Australia. His acting credits include seven seasons as Goodman Theatre's Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and a Jeff Award for his performance in Hot Mikado. His story "Graven Images" appeared in Hair Trigger 31 and received a Certificate of Merit from the Columbia [University] Scholastic Press Association.

This event contains explicit language and adult themes.

Story Week Festival of Writers features some of the best, most diverse voices at work today in fiction, film, theater, art, music, and publishing. Other events from this festival recorded by Chicago Amplified—listed in the order they were presented—are as follows:

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Reading/Grad Open Mic Featuring Megan Stielstra
Bonnie Jo Campbell and Don DeGrazia
Bonnie Jo Campbell and Donna Seaman
Portraits of an American Dream: The Female in Contemporary Fiction
Full Time Fiction Writing Faculty Reading featuring Betty Shiflett
Beyond the Dream: What It Takes to Get Published
From Page to Stage: Scenes From Student Playwrights
Conversation with Playwright Young Jean Lee
Surviving the American Dream
Reading, Conversation, and Book Signing with John Sayles
Literary Rock & Roll: American Dreamers with Heidi W. Durrow, John Sayles, Patricia Ann McNair, musical guest Canasta
Chicago Classics

Recorded Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Stage Two.