ONSTAGE 2017 Semi-Finalist Readings: Jacksonville, AL

WOW – our second ONSTAGE reading of 2017 is happening this Saturday, May 6th at 2pm at Jacksonville State University!  We are super excited to have Nick Hoenshell, a super talented director, helming the reading.  If you’re in the area, please check it out – you’ll get to see some awesome new plays including the following:


Laura Neill is a Boston playwright whose work centers on strong women. Her play Don’t Give Up the Ship premiered with Fresh Ink Theatre this February. Her play Cap, or, El Límite is currently a semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Laura was an affiliate of the 2016 Company One PlayLab, and her play Skin and Bones was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Fellowship. She won the Eleanor Frost Playwriting Award in 2012 for her plays Conditions and Fall. Laura is earning her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. She has been commissioned to write the book of OperaHub’s feminist pastiche fantasy piece, which will premiere in Fall 2017. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, StageSource, and the New England New Play Alliance, for whom she co-edited the New England New Play Anthology. Learn more HERE or read her work on the New Play Exchange.

My Pretty Pink Rifle, by Jennifer Walton      

Jennifer Walton is Co-Director of The Creative Theatre Company, teaching acting to talented young people for over 25 years. Most recently she directed The Tragedy of Othella Moore at the Hamilton Ontario Fringe Festival where it won the Best of Fringe award. She is also a storyteller, actor, and emerging playwright.  She is thrilled to be a part of the ONSTAGE festival again this year. 


Hijab, by Andrea Fleck Clardy 

Andrea Fleck Clardy lives in Boston. Her short plays and monologues have been widely produced. HEARTLAND and THE MAGIC FISH were included in Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2016 (Smith and Kraus). Her one-act WE’VE COME THIS FAR was chosen for this summer’s Last Frontier Conference and is a semi-finalist for the LaBute New Play Festival. Full-length plays include HIDE AND SEEK with music by Clark Gesner, and JOB LOSS FIGURE, a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award and O’Neill National Theater Conference. Since its premiere at the Estrogenius Festival, HIJAB has been produced by Boston Theater Marathon, LA Short and Sweet, Our Voices, and Santa Paula Theater, and has been filmed by the Intimate Eye Program at BRIC in Brooklyn. Andrea is a member of the Dramatists Guild, StageSource, and the National Writers’ Union.

Apocalypse Fatigue, by Jodie Leidecker         

Jodie Leidecker attended Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University. She has had plays performed as part of NYC’s Bad Theatre Fest, Equity Library Theatre’s Winter Festival, the Artists Without Walls Showcase, and Casa de Beverly.


Snakes, by Jen Huszcza        

Jen Huszcza is a playwright currently based in Los Angeles.  Five of Jen’s plays (Rinse, POP, Flowers, This, and Big Belly) were performed in Little Black Dress INK’s first five Women Onstage festivals. Big Belly and This were also read at Theatre N16’s Herstory Festivals in Balham, UK. Her short play, It Has to End in Tears, was produced by Greenlight Productions in Santa Monica in March 2015. Four of her plays have been presented as staged readings in the Monday Night Living Room Series at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood.  BFA in Dramatic Writing and MFA in Musical Theatre Writing both from NYU.

Killing Barbie, by Sharon Goldner                   

Sharon Goldner is this chick who perpetuates the notion that crazy is just a frame of mind.  Her writing goal is to make audiences laugh at things they feel guilty for laughing at because that’s her idea of fun, and she thinks folks are just too darn serious a lot of the time.  Sharon’s award-winning (and published) plays have been performed in theaters all across the country from Off Broadway to Los Angeles, and in-between.  She was a 2014 fellowship recipient with Newfoundland’s SheSaidYes! Theatre, and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.  Her short stories have been published in literary journals all over the U.S.A, and in England.  Sharon is president of the Tiffany Antone is a Theater Goddess Fan Club. Tweet her @SharGoldner

Bird, by  Kira Rockwell            

Kira Rockwell is a playwright from Dallas, Texas. Currently she is a playwriting MFA candidate at Boston University. Kira’s plays have been produced and or developed with WaterTower Theatre, Theatre@First, Goat Song Theatre Collective, Little Black Dress INK, Southwestern College, Baylor University, and Boston University. She has participated in the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (2015, 2016) and Alaska’s Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2016). As a teaching artist, Kira is passionate about working with youth artists. Currently, she is a resident theatre artist at Hyde Square Task Force in Boston’s Latin Quarter where she is developing an original musical called EL BARRIO. She is an alumna of Baylor University where she received her BFA in Theatre Performance (2014). Kira is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild. Her and her husband Mark reside in Boston, MA with their sweet lab mutt of love, Koda. www.kirarockwell.com

We also need to share some love with our Jacksonville Partner Producer…

Nick Hoenshell is the technical director at Jacksonville State University. He holds an MFA in directing from Baylor University where he first became involved with Little Black Dress INK’s female playwright festival. This is Nick’ s second engagement with the festival, and he is delighted to be helping out once again.

Thank you, Nick, for inviting Little Black Dress INK and our 2017 ONSTAGE playwrights to Jacksonville!  We hope you join us again next year – your work on this year’s festival has been AWESOME! 





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