October 20, 2020 11:00AM
Artists can’t create in a vacuum. Many playwrights rely on a creative support network where they can test and develop new ideas with a team of trusted peers and fellow artists.
Award-winning playwright Michael McKeever has found a support network in FST’s Playwrights Project. Hear from McKeever as he shares about some of his past plays, which FST has produced and developed, as well as his continuing relationship with Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre. Learn about his new play in progress, American Rhapsody, where the play is today, and what the next steps are in the work’s journey towards a full production.
ABOUT AMERICAN RHAPSODY
American Rhapsody follows three generations of the Cabot family, as they cope with, fight against, or embrace the times in which they live – each oblivious to the fact that they, themselves, have contributed to the elaborate tapestry. Like America itself, the Cabot family fights to present a perfect image to the world, desperate to ignore the mess they store inside.
ABOUT MICHAEL McKEEVER
Michael McKeever has written 30 full-length plays that have been produced at theaters across the United States, Canada, and Europe. His play Daniel’s Husband has played Off-Broadway twice—first at Primary Stages at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre, (Nomination for Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Work), and at the Westside Theatre, where it ran for five months. McKeever's play After appeared Off-Broadway at 59E59, where it enjoyed a highly successful three-month run. Other theaters that have produced his work include Penguin Rep, Marin Theatre Company, New Conservatory Theater Center, Phoenix Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Komödie Dresden (Dresden, Germany), Och-Teatr (Warsaw, Poland), and Theater in der Josefstadt, Kammerspiele (Vienna, Austria). McKeever’s work has been nominated four times for the nationally renowned Steinberg/American Theatre Critics New Play Award. He has won numerous Carbonell and Silver Palm Awards, and has received three Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. He is also an award-winning actor and designer. McKeever is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Actors’ Equity, and a co-founder of Zoetic Stage in Miami. michaelmckeeverplays.com
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Catherine Randazzo is an Associate Artist for FST. She serves as Literary Manager, in-residence director, teaching artist, and professional actor. She leads New Play Development, collaborates on Cabaret development, teaches adult education classes, and leads audience outreach programs. She recently directed That’s Amoré!; Outlaws and Angels; Light My Fire; and Unchained Melodies for the Cabaret and Buyer & Cellar for Stage III. She attended Otterbein University where she received her BFA in performance.
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