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Theater

Kane Repertory in St. Charles picks next group of playwrights for play lab

ST. CHARLES – Kane Repertory Theatre in St. Charles announced the latest group of four plays being workshopped in ​The New Play Lab​ ​and streamed live on YouTube.

The playwrights have had their works produced and/or developed off-Broadway and in professional theaters across the country, a news release stated.​ ​The works touch on many current issues that make up the cultural landscape, such as group identity, femininity/masculinity, political corruption, and morality in sports.

The plays being workshopped in cycle three are:

"The Humanities," ​by Zayd Dohrn, streaming started Aug. 19; 2019 O'Neill Festival Selection; appeared in the 16th Annual New Stages Festival at Goodman Theatre

"Be Mean to Me," ​by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, streaming at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26; ​semifinalist for Premiere Stages at Keane, IATI Theater

"Moreno,"​ by Pravin Wilkins, streaming at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2; O’Neill Finalist 2020

"The Broken Hearts of a Corrupted White House," ​by Matthew Paul Olmos, streaming at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; workshopped at New Dramatists in 2019

"We invite audiences to join us every Wednesday until Sept. 9 for our virtual play readings on YouTube Live," the release stated. "You, the audience, will get a firsthand look at the development of these works. You can also become an integral part of the creative process by joining us for post-performance discussions with moderator Kay Martinovich, the playwright, director and cast."

The livestreams are ​free of charge​. T​o help support this work and the artists involved, consider a donation of $25, the release stated. ​Donations can be made through a ​Venmo ​account ​@KaneRep​ or via the website.

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About ​The New Play Lab​

In May, Kane Repertory Theatre announced ​The New Play Lab​, a weekly virtual program that focuses on ​helping professional playwrights from across the U.S. develop new full-length plays​.

Once a play is selected for ​The New Play Lab, Kane Rep ​provides the playwright with actors, a director, a Zoom rehearsal room, and a virtual stage. In the first two cycles, it has presented eight plays, collaborated with 61 artists and presented virtual content to over 1,300 virtual audience members.

Kane Repertory Theatre in St. Charles is a home for professional, intellectually stimulating theater, the release stated, adding, "By using visceral performance to explore values in America, we seek to spark conversation, evoke empathy, and strengthen the community."

The troupe notes its goal is to be one of the Midwest’s leading regional theaters by forming an ensemble of master of fine arts graduates from Northern Illinois University, providing patrons of all ages with first-class theater education, and engaging new audiences through various outreach efforts.

To learn more, visit www.kanerepertorytheatre.com or email ​info@kanerepertorytheatre.com.

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