Monday, April 13, 2009

the Kelly Writers House and the Philadelphia Dramatists Center present

a workshop presentation of "Dandelion Momma"
a play by ArtsEdge Resident GREG ROMERO
directed by WALLY ZIALCITA
dramaturgy by TERRI EPP

performed by

Monday, 4/20 at 7:00 PM
the Writers House garden | 3805 Locust Walk
no registration required - free and open to the public

In "Dandelion Momma," an eight year-old girl takes care of wayward dandelions and sees the lights inside of people. A farm girl and a writer search for life inside of each other while planting seeds in the hardened soil of the Great Depression. A one hundred year-old woman reflects on her life through broken pieces of memory. The ground becomes
harder, the girl becomes tired, the air becomes heavier, and something new must be born.

GREG ROMERO'S plays have been produced off-off Broadway by City Attic Theatre and Working Man's Clothes Productions, and across the country by Salvage Vanguard Theater, Rude Mechanicals Theatre Collective, Theater In My Basement, Specific Gravity Ensemble, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and in elevators, porches, warehouses, loft apartments, punk stages, museums, basement crawl spaces, and public bathrooms. Romero has been
commissioned by The Cardboard Box Collaborative, Austin Script Works, and Audacity Theatre Lab, and is a member of Philadelphia Dramatists Center, and The Dramatists Guild of America. He has been a finalist for the Heideman Award, a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award and his works have been published by Heinemann Press and Playscripts, Inc. Romero received a BA in Liberal Arts from the Louisiana Scholars College and an MFA in Playwriting from The University of Texas-Austin where he held the James A. Michener Fellowship. Most recently, Romero was selected as the first-ever Resident Writer of the ArtsEdge Residency, created by The Kelly Writers House and The University of Pennsylvania.

ARTS EDGE is a new collaborative residency project designed to encourage the careers of emergent writers and artists. Through ArtsEdge, the Kelly Writers House, the Fine Arts Department of the School of Design, and Penn's Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) will subsidize the rent of a shared live/work space near Penn's campus for an emergent writer and artist. ArtsEdge aims to support the creative work of young artists and writers, create a live/work environment that will inspire interdisciplinary exploration, and enrich West Philadelphia by encouraging young writers and artists to live and work here. Residencies last for one year and include a dedicated studio for each writer/artist, shared living space, and close affiliation with the writing and artistic communities at Penn. During the course of their residencies, writers and artists will be encouraged to develop at least one collaborative project with the Writers House or Fine Arts Department. Qualified applicants may also be considered to teach one course at Penn in the spring semester.

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