ENTERTAINMENT

In the words of the playwrights

  • AMY FREED

    AMY FREED

    Bay Area resident Freed, 50, has won acclaim with "The Beard of Avon" and "Freedomland" (both SCR commissions) as well as other nightmarish comedies and historical riffs. "You, Nero" will be read at 10:30 a.m. next Sunday. "I LEARNED to write plays by acting. I also started directing before I started...

  • LAUREN GUNDERSON

    LAUREN GUNDERSON

    Atlanta native Gunderson, 26, started acting when she was 10 and wrote her first play in high school. A reading of "Emilie: The Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life at the Petit Théâtre at Cirey Tonight" will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday. "A LOT of my pieces are science- or history-based, so most...

  • JOHN KOLVENBACH

    JOHN KOLVENBACH

    New Yorker Kolvenbach, 42, creates what he calls "personal dramas that are some combination of funny and sad," including "Love Song." The festival is presenting a reading of his quirky romance "Goldfish" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. "USUALLY, I don't develop plays by using anyone else's process. By...

  • LYNN NOTTAGE

    LYNN NOTTAGE

    Best known for the prize-winning "Intimate Apparel" (an SCR co-commission), Brooklyn-born Nottage, 43, spins imaginative tales that zip through time and space. A reading of "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark," the story of a woman's improbable journey from maid to movie star, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday....

  • SHARR WHITE

    SHARR WHITE

    White, 37, grew up in Orange County and lives in New York. "Sunlight," in which a university president turns the world upside down in a single night, will have workshop performances at 7:45 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. "I READ the newspaper incessantly. I'm...

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