16 Burdick Reading Series

Be among the first to see the most recent works from around the country, presented in a script-in-hand workshop production in the Keating Theatre. The reading series facilitates an exciting exchange between playwright and audience. This year we have chosen plays that will spark your imagination and celebrate the new American play.

The Richard & Betty Burdick Reading Series performance schedule:

Teenage Dick by Mike Lew / Saturday, April 30 at 2:00pm
The Rescued by Julie Marie Myatt / Saturday, May 7 at 2:00pm
How To Use A Knife by Will Snider / Saturday, May 14 at 2:00pm

SUBSCRIBE NOW! See all 3 new-play readings for $25!
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Teenage Dick by Mike Lew / Saturday, April 30 @ 2:00pm

Shakespeare’s Richard III gets a contemporary makeover in this dark high school comedy. Richard, an ambitious and fiercely intelligent teenager with cerebral palsy, is determined to become Class President. However, his competition is the able-bodied, handsome, and popular football jock Eddie. Through an escalating series of schemes and plots, Richard will stop at nothing to defeat his competition - but at a devastating cost.

Mike Lew’s plays include Tiger Style! (Alliance, Atlanta; upcoming at La Jolla Playhouse and Huntington Theatre), Teenage Dick: vaguely from Richard III (workshops at The Apothetae/Public Theater, Florida Studio Theatre, Lark and Playwrights Foundation), Bike America (Ma-Yi, NYC; Alliance, Atlanta; workshops at Juilliard, Lark, Kennedy Center and Playwrights Foundation); microcrisis (Ma-Yi, NYC; InterAct, Philly; Next Act, Milwaukee); Stockton (AracaWorks and EST workshops); People’s Park (Victory Gardens workshop); Tenure (24 Hour Plays on Broadway), In Paris You will Find Many Baguettes… (Humana); Roanoke (Humana); and Moustache Guys. His plays are published with Samuel French and Playscripts. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, a Tony voter, and is the recipient of the Lanford Wilson Award, Helen Merrill Award, a NYFA fellowship, the Kendeda and AracaWorks Grad Playwriting Awards, Heideman Award, Pacific/Rim Prize, and is a Samuel French Festival Winner. He is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest collective of Asian-American playwrights in the country, and serves on the Members’ Council of Ensemble Studio Theater. He is also a former staff writer for Blue Man Group, Bon Appetit, and PBS Kids’ PEG+CAT, and an alumnus of Youngblood and TCG Young Leaders of Color. He is married to fellow playwright Rehana Lew Mirza, who he met in Ma-Yi Lab. Training: Juilliard (2013), Yale (2003).

The Rescued by Julie Marie Myatt / Saturday, May 7 @ 2:00pm

How do you readjust to civilian life after having been incarcerated? How does it affect you emotionally, physically, and mentally? How do you relate to your fellow kind? Playwright Julie Marie Myatt asks these challenging questions through a lively group of rescue animals. Over one day in a suburban home, these bruised, lovable, and resoundingly human group of cats and dogs pontificate the meanings of life, love, and freedom in modern day America while their new owners are away.

Julie Marie Myatt’s play The Happy Ones premiered at South Coast Repertory, and won the LA Drama Critic Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding New Play. Her play Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Kennedy Center as part of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. Her play Someday premiered as part of Cornerstone Theater’s Justice Cycle. Her play My Wandering Boy premiered at South Coast Repertory in the 2007, was part of Pacific Playwrights Festival, and was also produced in New York as part of the 2007 Summer Play Festival. Boats On A River premiered at the Guthrie Theater, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and was recorded for the LA Theatre works radio play series, “The Play’s The Thing.” Her ten-minute play, Mr. and Mrs. premiered at the 2007 Humana Festival. Her play The Sex Habits of American Women was produced by the Guthrie Theater, among others, and premiered at the Magic Theatre. Her work has been developed or seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Rep, Cherry Lane, A.S.K. Theatre Projects, LAByrinth Theater Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, ACT Seattle, among others. She received a Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center, a McKnight Advancement Grant, Mark Taper Forum Fadiman Award, and a Master Playwright Residency – Michener Center for Writers and Department of Theatre and Dance, UT/Austin. She is currently working on commissions for Yale Repertory, and Cornerstone Theatre Company. She is an Alumni of New Dramatists, was the Mellon Playwright in Residence at South Coast Repertory 2013-2016, and teaches playwriting at Northwestern University.

How To Use A Knife by Will Snider / Saturday, May 14 @ 2:00pm

Set in a fast-paced, high-stakes kitchen of a Wall Street restaurant, How to Use a Knife tells the story of George, a recovering alcoholic who lands a job at a high-end restaurant in New York City. There, he meets Steve, a mysterious, quiet dishwasher from Africa who has a similarly broken past. But when disturbing questions about Steve’s past begin to surface, both men are forced to confront their inner demons and move on with their lives.

Will Snider was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. His plays include How to Use a Knife (upcoming Rolling World Premiere with NNPN), Extinction, Strange Men (2016 KCACTF Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting), and Death of a Driver, and have been produced or developed at MCC, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NNPN/Kennedy Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Great Plains Theatre Conference, #[email protected], FringeNYC, the claque, and MAKEHOUSE. He is a member of the Obie-winning playwright group EST/Youngblood and spent three years working in agricultural development in East Africa. He is pursuing an MFA at UCSD under Naomi Iizuka. BA: Columbia.