SUMMER LAUNCH PAD: New Plays in Process invites three professional playwrights to join the UCSB community as artists in residence in a summer course.  The collaboration between LAUNCH PAD Artistic Director Risa Brainin, a team of undergraduate students and the playwrights culminates in public readings and open rehearsals.



June 26 / 7pm           Gun Play by Barbara Lebow - Open Rehearsal

July 3 / 7pm              ¡Soldadera! by Jami Brandli - Public Reading and Q&A

July 10 / 7pm            The Velvet Weapon by Deborah Brevoort - Public Reading and Q&A

All rehearsals and public readings take place in TD-West, Room 1507, on the UCSB campus.  Admission is free.

Click HERE to read the UC Santa Barbara Current's article about the LAUNCH PAD: New Plays in Process series.

Barbara Lebow’s Gun Play

Three generations of an American family experience the wrenching after effects of a mass shooting. We travel with a survivor of traumatic brain injury during the process of trying to accept dramatic changes in physical, cognitive and emotional abilities. Gun Play is a journey toward healing.

Barbara Lebow was playwright in residence at the Academy Theatre in Atlanta.  Other theaters producing her work include Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage Company, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara.  A Shayna Maidel (Off-Broadway 1987 - 1989) continues receiving regional and international productions.  Among numerous awards, Lebow received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting and a TCG/Pew Theatre Artists Residency.  Plumfield, Iraq was developed at UCSB and premiered with LAUNCH PAD in 2008.  La Niñera: The Nursemaid, premiered at UCSB in 2009.


Jami Brandli’s ¡SOLDADERA!

Part epic and part grotesque comedy, ¡SOLDADERA!, is set in the Mexican Revolution during The Day of Dead Feast. A teenage girl finds the Zapatista soldiers camp where her mother fled to become a revolutionary soldadera (female solider). Mexican folks songs accompany dialogue in a play that Brandli calls, “By far, the “biggest” play I’ve ever written about women…”

Jami Brandli’s work has been produced and developed at HotCity Theatre, WordBRIDGE, Ashland New Plays Festival, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Aurora Theatre Company, Moving Arts, Milwaukee Rep, and Rogue Machine Theatre.  Technicolor Life is receiving its world premiere at Rep Stage in the DC area. She received the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, the Holland New Voices Award and most recently The Aurora Theatre Company's 2014 Global Age Project (GAP) Prize. Her play BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!), was just named in The Kilroy’s THE LIST, which highlights the 46 most recommended new female-authored plays for this year.


Deborah Brevoort’s The Velvet Weapon

A backstage farce, The Velvet Weapon, takes place at the National Theatre of an unnamed country, in an unnamed city.  A matinee audience rises up in protest and begins their own impromptu performance.  Inspired by her research in Prague in 2005, in which she interviewed forty-three ringleaders of the Velvet Revolution, Brevoort stages populist democracy as a battle between highbrow and lowbrow art. 

Deborah Brevoort is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which is performed throughout the United States and internationally.  She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe Award.  Her work has been produced at Virginia Stage, Purple Rose, Barter Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Mixed Blood and numerous others and has been published by DPS, Samuel French, Applause Books and No Passport Press.  Brevoort teaches in the MFA programs at Goddard College, Columbia University and NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program.



Driving to UCSB from the north:
Take highway 101 South to the Glen Annie/Storke Rd exit; turn right onto Storke Rd and follow across Hollister Ave to El Colegio Rd. Turn left. El Colegio Rd will take you directly onto campus. At Ocean Rd, turn right, then park in Lot 23 an open lot on the left. When you park in that lot, you’ll see the Theater/Dance building in front of you across the bike path (Faculty Club is on the right and we are on the left.)  Go through the glass door and room 1507 is halfway down the hall on your left.

Driving to USCB from the south:
Take Highway 101 North to the Los Carneros Rd. Exit. (Do NOT exit at HWY 217, due to construction.)  Turn left onto Los Carneros Rd.  After .9 mile, turn left onto El Colegio Rd., which will lead you directly onto campus.  At Ocean Rd, turn right, then park in Lot 23 an open lot on the left. When you park in that lot, you’ll see the Theater/Dance building in front of you across the bike path (Faculty Club is on the right and we are on the left.)  Go through the glass door and room 1507 is halfway down the hall on your left.


This program is supported by the UCSB Summer Sessions Cultural Enrichment Grant and the UCIRA Open Classroom Grant.

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