The Drama Book Shop, currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary Year, is pleased to welcome playwright Deborah Brevoort (The Women of Lockerbie) for a reading from her latest collection of plays, The Poetry of Pizza and The Velvet Weapon, published by No Passport Press. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing.
Deborah Brevoort is a playwright and librettist from Alaska who now lives in the New York City area. She is an alumna of New Dramatists, one of the original company members of Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska and a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders, a group of individual artists dedicated to international theatre exchange. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which won the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award and the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Competition. It was produced in London at the Orange Tree, off-Broadway at the New Group and Women’s Project and in Los Angeles at the Actors Gang. It is produced all over the US and internationally. Published by DPS and No Passport Press, the play has had over 400 productions to date and is translated into 10 languages. Deborah received the Paul Green Award from the National Theatre Conference for her musical book writing and a Performing Artist/Writer Research Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in 2012. She has received grants and commissions from the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, NYFA, CEC Arts Link, New Jersey Arts Council, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Danish American Society, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Brown University, The Harburg Foundation, Banff Playwright’s Colony and others. She received the Joe Calloway Award and was a MacDowell Fellow. She has done residencies in Canada, Mexico, Australia, Denmark and the Czech and Slovak Republics. She is a resident artist at the American Lyric Theater. She is a member of ASCAP and serves on the board of the National Theatre Conference.She holds MFA’s in playwriting from Brown University and in musical theatre writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she was the Yip Harburg Fellow. She currently teaches in the NYU graduate musical theatre writing program and in the MFA playwriting programs at Columbia University and Goddard College.
The Poetry of Pizza, a cross cultural comedy about love, was produced at the Purple Rose Theatre,Virginia Stage, Mixed Blood Theatre, California Rep, Centenary Stage, Theatre in the Square and Stage 3. It premiered in Denmark, in Danish, in 2012. The Velvet Weapon, a back stage farce, was written with a grant from CEC ArtsLink and a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. It won the national playwriting contest at Trustus Theatre and received a workshop in the LaunchPad program at UC Santa Barbara in 2014.
The evening will feature readings from both plays with performances by Tony Award-winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, Caroline, or Change, The Prince of Broadway), Nicholas CHris, Rachel Claire, Eli Ganias, Stephanie Jean Lane and Will Seefried with direction by Benny Sato Ambush.
The Drama Book Shop, a 2011 Tony Award Honoree for Excellence in Theatre, is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public. To learn more, or browse the online bookstore, visit www.dramabookshop.com.