New Works Play Reading: 27 Ways to Say Goodbye
Time and Location
DIRECTED BY ERIN KRAFT
(Content Warning: Drug Use and Attempted Suicide)
Dad died. It happened and it sucks. And now the kids left are grappling with identity, place, and the oppression of a mother whose narcissism may just be the thing that rips them all apart. The story centers around Ari, a single-mother of a sixteen year old and her struggle with mental health, death in the family, and love of Dolly Parton
The play focuses on collaboration with performers and producers to create a unique story that each group identifies with. Hopefully the message of loss and overcoming loss is universal.
Guest Artist Bios
Kamarie Chapman - playwright, 27 Ways to Say Goodbye
Kamarie Chapman is a Senior Instructor here at Western. Her personal research focuses on underrepresented voices in playwriting and collaboration of new performance. Kamarie has been teaching playwriting, theatre theory and dramaturgy, as well as criticism and introduction to cinema for the Department of Theatre and Dance since 2010. Read Kamarie's full profile.
Erin Kraft - Director, 27 Ways to Say Goodbye
Erin Kraft is a Chicago-based director whose recent projects include: In A Word (Urbanite Theatre, Sarasota), the world premiere of The Great Inconvenience (Annex Theatre), We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...,The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Circle Mirror Transformation, Tender, The Lady From the Sea, and The Merchant of Venice (The Theatre School). She’s directed new play workshops and world premieres for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, 20% Theatre, Prop Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Northwest Playwrights Alliance. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, the SDCF 2018-2019 Observership Class, and earned her MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she is currently a directing faculty member for the Summer High School Training.