Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plot to take over the world one routine at a time. And if their new routine is good enough, they'll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron's raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every pli and jet is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.
Join us to celebrate the release of Clare Barron's Dance Nation, with a special reading from actors Ellen Maddow and Lucy Taylor and a discussion with the playwright.
Clare Barron is a playwright and performer from Wenatchee, Washington. Her play Dance Nation recently received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons (NYC) in May 2018. It is the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Other plays include: You Got Older (Page 73; Steppenwolf; RADA) which received an Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Play, and was a Susan Smith Blackburn finalist; I’ll Never Love Again (The Bushwick Starr); and Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb; Woolly Mammoth). She is the recipient of a Whiting Award for Drama, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award at The Vineyard, and the Page 73 Fellowship; and is a member of New Dramatists. Clare lives in Brooklyn.
Lucy Taylor is a New York based theater, screen and voice actor. Born in the UK and raised in Australia, she trained at The Victorian College of the Arts and moved to NYC in 2005 to become a member of renowned theater company Elevator Repair Service, collaborating on the creation of and performing in the acclaimed trilogy Gatz, The Sound and the Fury, and The Select: The Sun Also Rises. Most recently, she played the part Ashlee in Clare Barron’s hit show Dance Nation at Playwright’s Horizons.
Chiara Atik's plays include Daisy and Five Times in One Night. She is the author of numerous articles for Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, New York, and many online blogs, as well as the book, Modern Dating: A Field Guide. Her screenplay, Fairy Godmother, was on the 2016 Blacklist.
Ellen Maddow is a playwright, composer, performer and founding member of Talking Band. Her roles include The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, The Room Sings, The Golden Toad, Betty and the Blenders, Marcellus Shale (La Mama); The Peripherals (Dixon Place), The Lily’s Revenge (HERE). She is the recipient of an Obie Award, a Frederick Loewe Award in Musical Theatre, a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, and the NEA/TCG Award for Playwrights.