INTRODUCING MOMENTARY'S NEW PLAY EXPEDITION: A JOURNEY TO FIND NEW PLAYS
Human history is rich with myth surrounding the sea. From Homer’s Odyssey to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, literature has long sought to capture the elusive and uncertain reality of what lies beneath the surface.
With New Play Expedition, Momentary will bring light to a world almost as dark and unexplored as our deep seas. We’ve assembled a team of talented artists to document the new play process. For the program’s inaugural season, we are excited to have playwrights Caroline Macon Fleischer and Nahal Navidar aboard to share their work with us.
Caroline is a 2016 graduate from The Theatre School at DePaul University’s BFA Playwriting program where her play The Women Eat Chocolate was selected for the New Playwrights’ Series. She was also a 2017-2019 Tutterow Fellow at Chicago Dramatists.
Nahal is an Iranian-born, Upstate New York-raised dramatist with an MFA from USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. Her play My Dear Hussein will premier at Chicago’s Silk Road Rising in March of 2020.
We’ve asked Caroline and Nahal to explore our mission and find their own shared mythologies along the path of human progress. As they work to fulfill their commissions, Momentary will be bringing you inside the minds and methods behind the scripts on our website and social media.
Our playwrights have left the comfort of dry land and are navigating the open waters of new play development. As they dive deeper into their processes, unexpected life forms will emerge from the abyss around them to color a complex world where first there appeared only emptiness. When they reach the sea floor and once again find solid ground beneath their feet, the expedition will culminate in public readings of each world premiere play.
Read more about the playwrights below and check back with us weekly as we track their journeys to find new plays.