Rough Draft Festival 2017

The Rough Draft Festival is a celebration of artists/organizations and their work under development. Rough Draft features a wide array of artists whose work is at various levels of development. RD Festival provides stipends and space for artists to develop their work- in- progress. I am so pleased to work with these amazing artists on the Rough Draft Festival's 4th edition,
and hope you'll join us to see their excinting new work. 

Lab Director, Festival Curator, Handan Ozbilgin


Full of grace

March 24th, 2017 - March 27th, 2017

Written by: Scott Barrow
Directed by: Kelly O'Donnell
Little Theatre

Journeys of LGBT Catholics is a docudrama that explores the intersection of faith and sexual identity through the first person accounts of LGBT Catholics.  The play is composed entirely of interviews from over 50 individuals including clergy, religious and lay people spanning in age from 19-85 from across the United States.  The play explore themes such as inclusion and exclusion, self-acceptance and shame, integrity, family, relationships, and marriage as well as individual experiences of God and Church.  These are the untold stories of disciples seeking a place at the table and the fullness of life to which God calls them.



March 28th, 2017 - March 29th, 2017

Written by : Melis Aker
Directed by: Isabelle Kettle
Little Theatre

In Dearborn MI, racial tension and Islamophobia run high. The disappearance of A Son threatens to rupture the fragile fabric that connects the lives of people around him. This exploration of grief, paranoia and cultural segregation weaves its characters’ memories into their present-day lives as they feel trapped in the trenches of mourning, searching for tangible resolution in an age of digital empathy.


This Boy Cometh to The Mountain

March 30th, 2017 - April 1st, 2017

Written by: Joey Merlo
Directed by: Taylor Haven Holt
On Mainstage Theatre

Playwright Joey Merlo hilariously and passionately explores the complexities of family and faith in This Boy Cometh to The Mountain, a new play about a blue-collar family living on the edge of a Brooklyn cemetery. With Death as their muse the Rebera family dances, prays and argues their way through a Sunday that proves itself to be anything but ordinary.



April 4th, 2017 - April 6th, 2017

Written & Directed by: Kyoung Park
Little Theatre

PILLOWTALK is an intimate two-character drama centered around Sam and Buck, a newlywed interracial gay couple. Using inventive staging incorporating elements of ballet’s pas de deux, PILLOWTALK examines the evolving values of gay marriage and asks: can queer communities of color truly celebrate marriage equality in times of #BlackLivesMatter?


American Dreams

April 6th, 2017 - April 7th, 2017

Written by: Leila Buck*
Directed and developed by: Tamilla Woodard
In collaboration with: Varin Ayala*, Osh Ghanimeh*, Jens Rasmussen*, and Imran Sheikh*
On Mainstage Theatre

*Member of Actors Equity Association

You are invited into the live studio audience of "American Dreams", America's most popular game show, where you will decide which of three contestants will receive the ultimate prize: citizenship to "the greatest nation on earth." Weaving playful audience engagement with up-to-the-moment questions about immigration and more, this participatory performance-in-process explores how we navigate between fear, security and freedom; who and what we choose to believe - and how those choices come to shape who we are.


The Arts

April 8th, 2017

2017 The  IMPACT  Residency Recipient* : Kevin Doyle/Sponsored By Nobody
The IMPACT RESIDENCY is a partnership between The Drama League  and LPAC.

Written, directed and designed by Kevin Doyle
Dramaturg: Fannina Waubert de Puiseau
Designers: Jon Bernson, Mayra Castro, Mike McGee
Performed by Mike Carlsen, Josh Edelmann, Sauda Jackson, Eric Magnus, Katey Parker, and April Shannon Sweeney
On Mainstage Theatre

THE AЯTS is a three-part work of interdisciplinary theatre under development from the Brooklyn-based theatre company, Sponsored By Nobody. The project investigates and deconstructs the history of public funding for the arts in the United States and contrasts it with events in the European Union, where threats to public subsidy have manifested in recent years. THE AЯTS is based upon transcripts from debates and hearings held in the U.S. Congress from 1963-1965 and 1989-1994; in addition to interviews conducted with arts leaders and citizens throughout the United States and Europe from 2012-2016. During their 2017 Impact Residency, Sponsored By Nobody will focus on Parts One and Two of THE AЯTS by condensing transcripts to revolve around two specific dates: October 26, 1963 and May 19, 1989. The former marks the first public hearings held in Congress on public funding of the arts. The latter marks the formal start of a backlash against arts funding, essentially beginning what we now call “the Culture Wars.” For more information on THE AЯTS, visit