SPF 12: Origin Story

Thursday, July 15th @ 6:00 PM PST/9:00 PM EST
Written By Nathan Alan Davis
Directed By Joanie Schultz

A play about work, debt, race, friendship, drive-thru windows, and a very very big, very very sudden, existential crisis.

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Roundtable reading, The Lark, 2016. Staged Reading, NYTW, Mondays @ 3 reading series, 2017. Staged Reading, WaterTower Theatre, Detour Festival, 2018. Staged Reading, South Coast Rep., NewSCRipts reading series, 2018. Workshop Production, Sonoma State University, 2019.

Nathan Alan Davis’s plays include The High Ground (upcoming, Arena Stage), Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop; Stavis Playwright Award), Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (NNPN Rolling World Premiere; Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation), and The Wind and the Breeze (Cygnet Theatre; Blue Ink Award, Lorraine Hansberry Award). He received a Windham-Campbell Prize in 2021. Other recent honors include: The Lark Venturous Fellow (2021-22), Steinberg Playwright Award (2020), Sundance Lab at Ucross Fellow (2019), and Whiting Award in Drama (2018). He is a Lecturer in Theater and Berlind Playwright-in-Residence at Princeton University.

Joanie Schultz is a Chicago-based director of theatre and opera. She has directed at theatres that include Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. In 2017-18, Joanie was Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre in the Dallas, Texas area. Prior to that, Joanie was Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG. She was also a Drama League Fellow; The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, artistic associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in Theatre Directing from Columbia College Chicago and M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University. www.joanieschultz.com

“Origin Story”

Margaret – Alaska Jackson*
Val – Julia Manis*
Anita – Anita Kalathara
Bobby – David Meyers*
Dex – Brian Ibsen*
Roxanne – Veralyn Jones
Gary – Bruce Katzman*
Stage Directions – Josh Zuckerman*

*Road Company Member