Engage in the continued development of a new play. Synchronicity presents a week-long workshop of this world premiere play-in-development by Atlanta playwright Lee Nowell, culminating in public staged readings at Synchronicity Theatre and at Spelman College.
Synchronicity will partner with Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, The Ben Marion Institute, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Emory Center for Ethics to present a staged reading for the public and outreach workshops with high school students. This program aims to engage our community in fair and balanced conversations about the death penalty, race, media and the justice system.
Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts
Playwright Lee Nowell began her career at Hedgerow Theatre (PA), the country’s oldest resident repertory theatre company, where she trained to be a director with Obie award winner, Lou Lippa. She focused on new play development and workshopped world premiere productions. After two seasons at Hedgerow, she was nominated for the New York Drama League’s Directors Lab.
Her plays have been workshopped and produced by Theatre in the Square (Urban Fairytale), Metropolitan Theatre Alliance (Preacher from the Black Lagoon), Actor’s Express (Albatross, Paper House, Obsession), Ex Somnium (How to Survive Being Human), Horizon Theatre (Blue Angels Weekend), and Play West (The Commission).
She is the recipient of an Inverness Playwriting Award, two Turner New Voices in the Works Grants (Paper House, Obsession), an NEA Grant (Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project) and has been nominated for The List (Paper House), a Jennie Award (Urban Fairytale), a Suzi Bass Award (Albatross), and an NEA Distinguished New Play Development Award (Paper House). Albatross was nominated for “Best Play of the Year” by Atlanta Theatre Fans.
I Blame Andy Warhol, Magical Cloak of Invisibility, A Message to Our Sponsors, Health Tip of the Day, Living the Dream, and State of Georgia were featured in the Atlanta One-Minute Play Festivals. Ms. Nowell’s full-length play, How to Survive Being Human, was a semi-finalist for the Heiress and Trustus National Playwriting Competitions. Lee was also commissioned, with author Phillip DePoy, to adapt a play from the novel, Pot Liquor. Urban Fairytale and Preacher from the Black Lagoon were also collaborations with Phillip DePoy.
How to Survive Being Human will be produced by Ex Somnium in Fall 2014.
Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project, based on a controversial trial in Savannah, GA, was commissioned by Synchronicity Theatre (Atlanta, GA) and will be workshopped in partnership with Spelman in Spring 2015.
Ms. Nowell attended Kenyon College (Gambier, OH), where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in drama.