Emerging Writers Geraldine Inoa and Gracie Gardner in Conversation

Geraldine Inoa and Gracie Gardner have a lot in common. Both are young writers who are relatively self-trained (neither chose to pursue an MFA) and who go back and forth between the worlds of theatre and television. Both women are also the recipients of very prestigious awards, The Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission and The Relentless Award, associated with Shonda Rhimes and Phillip Seymour Hoffman respectively. Additionally, both have plays being produced in New York this month. We speak with Geraldine and Gracie about their experiences working in theatre and TV, from the realities of balancing writing with day jobs to the unspoken gendered rules on how writers are expected to present themselves.

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Antoinette Nwandu on Pass Over

In Pass Over, a new play by Antoinette Nwandu now playing at LCT3 at Lincoln Center, two black men stand on a corner waiting to get out and move on. Inspired by Waiting for Godot and Exodus, through its use of language and metaphor, it’s a play of epic proportions. It also marks Antoinette’s Off-Broadway debut. We speak with Antoinette about her process for writing Pass Over, how spirituality affects her work and life as a writer, how her career has changed, and more.

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Lindsey Ferrentino’s Spring Doubleheader: “This Flat Earth” and “Amy and the Orphans”

Less than three years later after making her Off-Broadway debut, playwright Lindsey Ferrentino has two productions running Off-Broadway: “Amy and the Orphans” at the Roundabout and “This Flat Earth” at Playwrights Horizons. We speak to Lindsey about writing “This Flat Earth” and “Amy and the Orphans,” her career trajectory, writing female protagonists, and more.

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Martyna Majok and Danya Taymor on “queens”

In the new play “queens,” written by Martyna Majok and directed by Danya Taymor, a group of female immigrants find their paths crossing in a small apartment in Queens. We talk to Martyna and Danya about the process of writing and staging “queens,” autobiography in work, and how they structure their lives as theatre artists.

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Susan Soon He Stanton, Palmer Hefferan, and Jennifer Ikeda on “Today Is My Birthday”

In “Today Is My Birthday,” a woman returns home to Hawai’i to figure out her life. In an unusual twist of form, the play’s over 50 scenes all happen over the phone, on the radio, or through other forms of indirect communication. We talk to Susan Soon He Stanton, Palmer Hefferan, and Jennifer Ikeda about the play.

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