A HOWL OF PLAYWRIGHTS
NEW PLAYS IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
TIMELY AND PROVOCATIVE
NEW PLAYS IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
TIMELY AND PROVOCATIVE
Howl Playwrights marches with those who march for justice and equality.
We are a theatre group dedicated to nurturing, inspiring and empowering the development and sharing of new and challenging works by established and emerging playwrights. From book-in-hand readings to full, simple productions, our aim is to support new plays that tackle serious subjects with humor and insight; which take risks and go to the edge when called for; that teach via entertainment and challenge paradigms via love. We believe in diversity as essential to art and sustainability.
Starting February 7th, we will have a public reading the first Thursday of every month. There is no admittance fee, but donations are graciously accepted. Please scroll down for event dates, featured plays and playwrights.
All our readings take place in The Liberty Lounge (Downstairs) The Liberty Public House, 6417 Montgomery St. Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Please arrive fifteen minutes prior for choice seating. Come early for cocktails, or dinner, or both. libertyrhinebeck.com
Darrah Cloud’s play TURNING, will premiere at Centenary Stage in March 2020. SABINA, a musical adaptation of Willy Holtzman’s play, premieres at Portland Stage in May 2020. UNDERSTUDY JESUS received a workshop production at Rhinebeck Center for the Performing Arts in Fall 2018. OUR SUBURB premiered at Theater J in Washington, DC in 2014. JOAN THE GIRL OF ARC toured with Cincinnati Playhouse, 2014. Other plays produced across the U.S. include WHAT’S BUGGING GREG?, THE STICK WIFE, THE MUD ANGEL, DREAM HOUSE, BRAILLE GARDEN THE SIRENS, HEARTLAND, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, HONOR SONG FOR CRAZY HORSE and the stage adaptation of Willa Cather’s O PIONEERS! Alum: New Dramatists, member: Honor Roll, Howl Playwrights. Graduate of the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, and Town Supervisor of Pine Plains.
Actor/playwright. Produced Plays: Bottom Buddies, Sticky/ Mimi Entertainment, A Day of Wonderful, Axial Theater, Making Whoopee, Plan Not 9, Spittin' Devil, Half Moon Theater, Raylene's Fig, ASK Readings: Siren’s Whisper, Abingdon Theater, Women’s Projects and Productions; HERstory, Howl Playwrights. Published: A Day of Wonderful, Goddard C. Acting/Film: Night of the Living Jews( Mama Jones), Acting/Theatre: Remembering Olanna( Alex) Ancram Opera House, GoodNight Pig( Doctor) Columbia Univ. Season’s Greetings( Rachel) VoiceTheater, Heartbreak House( Mrs. Utterword,)/RTS Emma/ Apocalypse Prod., Various, Sticky : Mimi Entertainment. Member: Howl Playwrights, http:// howlplaywrights.wixsite.com/howlplay- wrights/about-us
Margie Castleman is a playwright and choreographer. She has professionally worked in London, New York, and regionally. Her career began as dancer, segued into acting, choreography, and now works as a playwright. Her three plays, CLOSING THE CHANDLERY, BLEND, WE CAN EAT LOVE, were all semi-finalists In O'Neill Theatre Conference, and LARK development. WE CAN EAT LOVE received a full Portland Stage Studio Production, March, (2019). Other credits, THE SWIM MEET, 78th Street Theatre Lab, BLEND She Writes Festival, THE BETH DAY and BOXED OFFICE, finalist 10 Minute Plays, Humana Festival, NBC daytime TV. She holds a BA in acting, from Bard College, and a MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College (Mac Wellman, chair). She's a Lifetime member of DRAMATISTS GUILD, and is currently developing work with HOWL Playwrights,
Martina has been a proud member Howl Playwrights for the past five years. Her two full-length plays, PLUCKY DUCK and AMIR IN AMERICA have had readings at Howl. As an actor, Martina's TV credits include the daytime dramas AS THE WORLD TURNS and SANTA BARBARA, the series CODE RED with Lorne Greene, MISS LONELY HEARTS for PBS, MADAME X with Tuesday Weld, many TV pilots, episodic shows, commercials and industrials. Films include GHOST, THE LONGRIDERS and BLACKOUT. Martina is a member of The Dramatists Guild.
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Recent productions: The Circus Acrobat Girl was part of New Jersey Repertory Theater's festival and also Axial Theater's Twisted Valentines Festival 2019. Miss Pudding Doesn't Work Here Anymore was featured in Axial's Twisted Valentines 2018 production. Prior, Miss Pudding was produced by Love Creek Productions in NYC, the North Park and Vaudeville Theater (San Diego, CA), and Hudson Valley Playwrights Festival (Rhinebeck, NY). Alpha Jaws premiered in The Midtown Theater Festival in NYC; Warm Milk Mamas was also in Love Creek Productions, Bad Theater Festival, in NYC, and The Last Frontier Theater Conference, Alaska; Butter the Role and Food Fight were both commissioned by Half Moon Theatre in Poughkeepsie, NY. Dear Crossing was produced by The Rosendale Theater, Know Theater, and Axial Theater.
Anthony Leiner is a local playwright born and raised right here in the Hudson Valley. Graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 2015 he has had many of his ten minute plays performed in festivals all over the state. Joining Howl Players has giving him a strong positive outlet to create and work on new pieces. He is excited to see what the future holds for his writing career.
DAVID SIMPATICO is a playwright, librettist and performance artist whose work has been presented at major theatres around the globe, including London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the New York Shakespeare Festival. Career highlights include: the stage adaptation of High School Musical (Disney Theatricals); the full length opera, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (Justine Chen, composer; commissioned by American Lyric Theatre); the sung-thru music drama, The Screams of Kitty Genovese (Will Todd, composer; Edinburgh Fringe Festival); and the libretto for Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron J. Kernis’ Garden Of Light (NY Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, conducted by Kurt Masur). David recently earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the MountainView Writers at SNHU. He is an alumnus of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater, and a graduate of Northwestern University.
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Howard Meyer is the founder of Howard Meyer’s Acting Program (in its 26th year) and the founding Artistic Director Emeritus of Axial Theatre (in its 21st season). Produced plays: Cherrie and Jerry, The Kiss, All That's Fair, Lost In Paradise (under option for a motion picture), The Contract, The Number Trilogy, Radiance, Welcome: This is a Neighborhood Watch Community, Maybe Never Fell and Senescence. Paint Made Flesh was workshopped at Steppenwolf in February 2018 and presented in New York City in June 2018 at The Cell directed by Cady McClain. His newest play, Capture, had an October 2019 workshop and public reading at The Denizen Theatre in New Paltz, NY, featuring acclaimed playwright/actor John Peilmeier. Recent honors: named one of Westchester's top 50 distinguished artists; Westchester County Board of Legislators proclaimed April 1, 2019 “Howard Meyer Day."
Nan Gatewood Satter’s one-act play Yalu River has been seen at the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Last Frontier Theatre Festival, the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival, and the Bunnell Street Arts Centre in Homer, Alaska. Her first play, The Rules of the Game, was a semi-finalist at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centre.
An actor, monologist, writer who has a passion reading and collaborating on the development of new work. It is an honor, delight and a constant source of inspiration to work with Howl.
Sam Rebelein recently graduated from Goddard College with an MFA in Creative Writing. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Bourbon Penn, Shimmer Magazine, Planet Scumm, The Macabre Museum, and elsewhere. He's been a proud member of Howl since 2016. Follow him on Twitter @HillaryScruff.
Jennifer writes, and makes theatre. She was born and raised in Texas, moved to California, started a family in New York, and they all live in Georgia. SAG-AFTRA/AEA/DG/HRC
In addition to Howl, Anne is an active member of Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s writing group in Great Barrington MA. Her short plays have been presented in numerous festivals around the country with The Kiss winning best play at the Ten Minute Play Festival at the West Side Y in New York in 2018. Her full-length play, Lady Randy, was produced by WAM Theatre and performed at Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, MA in 2019. Online: www. anneundeland.com.
Louisa Vilardi is a writer and theater director originally from Northern New Jersey where she taught high school English and Creative Writing for over a decade before moving to the Hudson Valley. Louisa was formerly a resident director and producer for New Players Company (Ridgewood, NJ). Her writing has been featured by The Huffington Post, Today Parenting Team and Scary Mommy. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America. Currently, she is developing Tough Love, her newest full-length play. www.LouisaVilardi.com
Dwight E. Watson’s plays and monologues appear in several book and monologue collections including Duo!: The Best Scenes for the 21st Century and The Book of Monologues for Aspiring Actors. His creative nonfiction appears in journals including The Chronicle Review, Ars Medica, Still Point Arts Quarterly, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. He was recently a featured writer in the popular podcast forum Read650. Professor of Theater Emeritus and Lafollette Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Wabash College, Dwight has also directed more than sixty theater productions for educational and professional theaters. Dwight now lives and works from his home in Hyde Park. A member of the Dramatists Guild, and with the support of the Howl of Playwrights, Dwight is currently developing a new full-length play, The Blacksmith’s Book.
PATTY WINEAPPLE was a Senior Vice President/Group Executive Producer at Grey Worldwide. She co-produced Broadway My Street!, a TV special devoted to the musical theater starring Jerry Orbach and Florence Henderson. Documentary work includes Animated Women, an Emmy winning four-part series and Independent Spirits, about the lives and work of animators, Faith and John Hubley. Before joining A HOWL of PLAYWRIGHTS, Patty was the producing director of Half Moon Theatre for six years.