Public Readings

The Sonata Years
By Steven Tran
Directed by Sara Porkalob
July 23, 2019


Family expectations, college application deadlines, and classical music collide in The Sonata Years, a semi-autobiographical fantasia on adolescence and identity. Caught between cultures and generations, a young musician finds himself searching for answers to newfound questions about love, faith, and family in this hybrid coming-of-age-play/piano recital that asks: what is the cost of authenticity?"

Steven Tran is a multi-hyphenated theater artist. Acting credits include Seattle Shakespeare Company and Taproot Theatre, as well as numerous productions as a music director and accompanist at theaters including Seattle Rep, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, and A Sensible Theatre Company. He recently created additional music, arrangements, and orchestrations for The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion at ArtsWest. Other original music credits include Romeo and Juliet (Wooden O), The White Snake (ReAct Theatre), and co-orchestrations for Howl’s Moving Castle (Book-it Repertory). Steven was a 2018 Intiman Emerging Director, which inspired his work in solo performance.

Sara Porkalob is an award-winning artist, activist, and creator of the Dragon Cycle. She’s based in Seattle, but will very soon be working all over the nation. She’s featured in Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2018 and City Art’s 2017 Futures List . This year, she is collaborating with the City of Seattle and their new Creative Strategies Initiative (CSI), a new city effort that uses arts- and culture-based approaches to build racial equity in non-arts policy areas. Artswest is producing her new play, Alex and Alix, in spring 2020 and American Repertory Theatre will produce her entire Dragon Cycle in 2021/22. www.saraporkalob.com

Burn Me Down
by Joanna Garner
directed by Braden Abraham
commissioned through the Elizabeth George Foundation

Joanna Garner is a playwright based in Santa Fe, NM, where she is the Director of Narrative for the immersive art company Meow Wolf. Her work has been developed nationally and internationally, including at the Banff Playwrights Colony, Tofte Lake Center, ZACH Theatre, Chance Theater, Kitchen Dog, Great Plains Theatre Conference, the New York and Hollywood fringe festivals, and with Austin’s acclaimed Rude Mechs. Her political drama about Iran, The Orange Garden, was a winner of the 2016 Keene Prize for Literature and included on the 2016 Kilroys List. An accomplished songwriter and musician, Joanna’s original country musical 100 Heartbreaks was workshopped in Seattle Rep's 2011 New Play Program, with the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, and was presented at Bumbershoot. Joanna has a long creative relationship with Seattle, and in the last decade she’s also made work with On the Boards, Annex Theatre, Live Girls! Theater, 14/48, Macha Monkey, and Cafe Nordo, where her immersive experience Please Open Your Mouth premiered in 2017. Joanna has an M.F.A. in Playwriting from The University of Texas at Austin

The Best Coast
by Mallery Avidon

Mallery Avidon was born and raised in Seattle. Her plays have premiered at The Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actor's Theater of Louisville, The Flea Theater, Target Margin Theater & Here Arts Center in NYC, and Pavement Group in Chicago. Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love and queerSpawn are published by Dramatists Play Service and have been produced around the country. She is an alumna of The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Sundance/UCross Playwrights & Composers Residency, and The Bushwick Starr Reading Series. She holds a B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts, where she currently teaches, and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University. She was a staff writer on Season 2 of HBO’s “High Maintenance” and is at work on her first novel.

When a Great Man Dies it is Sad
by Lily Houghton

Lily Houghton is a 24-year-old playwright born and raised in Manhattan. She wrote her first play at age 17 before completing her B.A. in Theater and Clinical Psychology at Bennington College. Her plays have been produced/developed at MCC Theater Company, The Flea Theater, EST/Youngblood, NYU, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 20% Theater Company Chicago, Yale University’s Writers’ Conference, Bennington College, University of Michigan Theater Conservatory, Contemporary American Theater Festival/Shepherd University, The 52nd Street Project, 999 Productions and the Jermyn Street Theatre in London. Shorts include NEXT (The Flea), Coconut Oil(The Flea), This Is Growth (Asking for Trouble, EST/Youngblood), The Interesting Girl (EST/Youngblood), Rosie (Play x Play) and someone/something/someone/something (EST/ Youngblood), which won a Sloan Foundation Grant. Lily's play, Dear, received a PlayLab with MCC Theater in the fall of 2017. This spring, she received the Elizabeth George Grant through a new play commission from Seattle Repertory Theatre. Play x Play featured her as Playwright of the Month this December by presenting an evening of her shorts. She is a proud member of the Obie winning Youngblood at EST and the Flea Theater writers group.

Undesirables by Hansol Jung and Brian Quijada
September 2018

Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Plays include Wild Goose Dreams (upcoming production at the Public Theater, fall 2018), Wolf Play (world premiere production at Artists Rep, spring 2019), Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville), and No More Sad Things (co-world premiere at Sideshow Theatre, Chicago and Boise Contemporary Theatre. Her work has been developed at the Royal Court (London), New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, O’Neill Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab, Lark Play Development Center, Salt Lake Acting Company, Boston Court Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Asia Society New York, and Seven Devils Playwright Conference. She is the recipient of the P73 Playwright Fellowship at Page 73 Productions, Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellowship at the Lark, 2050 Fellowship at New York Theater Workshop, MacDowell Colony Artist Residency, and International Playwrights Residency at Royal Court (London). She has translated over 30 English musicals into Korean, including Evita, Dracula, Spamalot, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, while working on several award-winning musical theatre productions as director, lyricist, and translator in Seoul, South Korea. Jung holds a Playwriting M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab. She is also one of the winners of the 2018 Whiting Awards.

Brian Quijada is an actor, playwright, and composer who has gained national critical-acclaim for his multi Jeff award-winning, multi Drama Desk nominated solo show “Where Did We Sit in the Bus?”. Other acting credits: Bobby Clearly (Roundabout), Oedipus El Rey (The Public Theater/Sol Project), My Mañana Comes (Playwrights Realm) How We Got On (Humana Festival), Beat Generation (Merrimack Repertory), No More Sad Things (Boise Contemporary Theatre), “Blue Bloods” (CBS).

Early’s House by Nathan Alan Davis

Davis’ play Nat Turner in Jerusalem received its world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in the Fall of 2016 and was a New York Magazine Critic’s Pick. Nathan is a 2016 graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University and his B.F.A. from the University of Illinois.

Dirty Crusty by Clare Barron

Clare Barron is a playwright and actress from Wenatchee, WA, who now resides in New York. She received the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2014 for her play You Got Older. She was also a co-winner of the inaugural Relentless Award.

Qui Nguyen Project

Best known to Rep audiences as the author of Vietgone, Nguyen is also the co-founder of the Obie Award-winning theatre company Vampire Cowboys and is credited as one of the pioneers of “geek theatre.” He is currently a writer for Marvel Studios.