2012 Playwrights

John Cariani


John Cariani is an actor and a playwright. He has appeared on and off Broadway and in several films and television shows. As a playwright, he is best known for his first play, Almost, Maine. Love/Sick is his latest effort, and he is very happy it was selected to be a part of the NEWvember Festival. Many thanks to Paul Nugent, Tangent Theatre, and everyone involved for making such a great event happen.

Michael DeVito

The Prediction

Michael DeVito has had readings or productions in New York with Ten Grand Theater Company, Emerging Artists Theater, Gallery Players, The Altruistic Theatre, Boomerang Theatre, The Playwrights Group, and The Manhattan Theater Source. His play In Loco Parentis was produced as part of 2010’s New York International Fringe Festival. Pills was world premiered in July 2010 by The Players Guild of Canton, Ohio and later produced in Chicago. His short play, The Alley, was produced in June 2011 as part of Brooklyn’s Gallery Players’ Black Box Series, and again in The Altruistic Theatre’s Bare Knuckle Festival in March 2012. The Prediction was included in Boomerang’s First Flight Reading Series in November 2011. Michael teaches high school English in Westchester County.

James McLindon

Comes a Faery

James McLindon is a Dramatists Guild Fellow in New York. His play, Comes a Faery, was developed at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and was a finalist for the 2011 and 2012 Humana Festival. Distant Music was produced most recently at the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre in Omaha where it won Best Comedy by the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best Comedy. Dead and Buried premiered at the Detroit Rep this past spring where it played to full houses and critical acclaim. His plays have been developed and/or produced at theaters such as the PlayPenn, Victory Gardens, Abingdon, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, Samuel French Festival, Lyric Stage, Boston Playwrights, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Seven Devils. His plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, Original Works Publishing and Level 4 Press.

Aleks Merilo

The Widow of Tom’s Hill

Aleks Merilo is a nationally produced playwright from Portland, Oregon. His play, Blur in the Rear View, was the winner of the James Rodgers Playwriting Contest in Lexington, Kentucky, The Dylan Days Playwriting contest in Hibbing, Minnesota, and has an upcoming production at the Fly-By-Night Theater in North Carolina. His script Little Moscow has enjoyed multiple productions at the Idiom Theater in Bellingham, Washington, the Independent Theater collective in West Virginia and The Dubuque One-Act play contest where it was the first place award winner. Aleks holds a MFA in playwriting from UCLA, and is a full time drama teacher. His play, The Widow of Tom’s Hill, is based on events that occurred not far from his home, roughly a hundred years ago. aleksmeriloplaywright.com.

Dan O’Neil

How the Dog Runs

Dan O’Neil’s plays have been produced or developed at Albright College, Barter Theater, Bedlam Theater, Brooklyn Winery, Centre Stage (South Carolina), Chashama Arts, Dixon Place, Great Plains Theater Conference, the Incubator Arts Project, the International Festival of Art & Ideas, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Links Hall (Chicago), the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Playwright’s Center, Red Eye Theater, and Carnegie Mellon University. Dan is a Playwright’s Center Core Apprentice (2011-12), two-time winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Screenwriting Award and winner of the Mary Marlin Fisher Playwriting Award. www.danoneil.org

Rachel White

Green River

Rachel White’s plays include Green River, Broken Wing, Gravity, Blank, and Tradition. She has had workshops and productions at the New School for Drama, the American Globe Theatre, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA, Moving Arts Productions, Tangent Arts, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. She is a recipient of the Litwin Fellowship in Playwriting, the New School for Drama Scholarship, the
New York City Fifteen Minute Play Festival Audience Favorite Award, the Midtown International Theatre Festival Outstanding Short Subject Award, and was a finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

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