Momentary's New Play Expedition is a journey to find new plays; a new works commission series where the process merits as much production as the finished product. Over the next several months, we will bring you inside the minds and methods of Caroline Macon Fleischer and Nahal Navidar as they start from nothing to develop something that reflects an intersection between their own missions and Momentary's.

EXPLORE CONTENT

From Inside the New Play Process

Meet the Artists

Aboard Momentary's New Play Expedition

CAROLINE MACON FLEISCHER 
(NPE playwright) 
has a B.F.A in Playwriting and a B.A. English from DePaul University where she now is back pursuing her M.A. in Writing and Publishing. Caro's play, The Women Eat Chocolate, was produced through The Theatre School at DePaul's New Playwrights Series in 2016. In 2017, Caro partnered with Heidi Stillman to adapt Giselle Potter's The Year I Didn't Go To School for Chicago Children's Theatre. She has worked with Lookingglass Theatre Company and was a 2017 Tutterow Fellow at Chicago Dramatists. In addition to her theatrical accomplishments, her short story "Dead Mouse," was published in PANK Literary Magazine and was included in Ploughshares "The Best Short Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week." Her nonfiction work has been published in American Theatre Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumps, Electric Literature, and Time Out. Caro has also written for Poems While Your Wait, delivering typewritten poetry on demand, since 2013. On top of all this, she is mother to an adorable young child.

NAHAL NAVIDAR 
(NPE playwright)
is an Iranian-born dramatist raised in upstate New York. Her plays are motivated by the exploration of social issues while employing magical elements to embody the expanse of human emotions. Nahal’s plays have been developed at Boston Court, Silk Road Rising, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, The Vagrancy Writer’s Group, Rogue Machine Dramaturge’s Table, Coeurage Theatre CoLab Play Development, Pasadena Playhouse, Playwright’s Arena, Troy Foundry Theatre, Voices of the Marianas, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Golden Thread Productions, Company of Angels New Play Series, The Kennedy Center, and The University at Albany. Nahal is a member of the Dramatist's Guild of America and holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California. Upcoming projects include a production in March 2020 of My Dear Hussein at Silk Road Rising and a children's book on the topic of preserving family history when immigrating. Nahal is delighted to work with Momentary Theatre and is so grateful for their continual nurturing guidance through the New Play Expedition process.

Grace Grindell 
(NPE dramaturg)
is a Chicago-based playwright and dramaturg and a recent graduate from The Theatre School at DePaul University. At The Theatre School, her play, Honey Girls, had its world premiere production directed by Carlos Murillo, and she was the dramaturg of the US premiere of Robert Icke's Oresteia directed by April Cleveland. She has worked professionally with MCA/PROP thtr, Victory Gardens Theater, Raven Theater, and The Alliance Theater (Atlanta). Grace is currently the recipient of The Playwriting Initiative Award at Interrobang Theatre Project. When Grace isn’t trying to figure out this whole freelancing thing, you can find this Georgia peach watching The Great British Baking Show, eating cheese dip, and longing for the warmth of her hometown of Atlanta.

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