About the Playwrights
CSC values emerging artists as a core part of reimagining the classics. Emerging artists offer a fresh, unique perspective, as well as expand how we experience classic stories. This season, we are thrilled to provide a space for emerging playwrights Kate Hamill and Tristan Bernays.
Kate Hamill is an actor/playwright. Wall Street Journal Playwright of the Year, 2017. Her work includes her play Pride & Prejudice at Primary Stages / HVSF (originated role of Lizzy; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award), Sense & Sensibility at Bedlam (originated role of Marianne. Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award); Vanity Fair at the Pearl (originated role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award), Mansfield Park at Northlight (originated role of Mary Crawford), Little Women at Primary Stages (role of Meg March). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., OSF, Guthrie, A.C.T. & others; upcoming at the Alley, DTC, Old Globe, Long Wharf, & more. She is currently developing a new adaptation of The Odyssey, a Christmas play called Scrooge for Senate; several original plays (Prostitute Play, The Piper); and In the Mines (music by The Bengsons). Her play The Piper is a PlayPenn selection and a 2019 O’Neill Finalist. Kate was one of the 10 most-produced playwrights nationwide for 3 seasons running (2017-2020). Upcoming world premieres: Emma at the Guthrie, and Scarlet Letter at South Coast Rep. kate-hamill.com
About Dracula by Kate Hamill
Both terrifying and riotous, Kate Hamill’s Dracula confronts the sexism in Bram Stoker’s original work and subjugates it as a smart and disquieting feminist revenge fantasy. Kate’s signature style and postmodern wit upends this familiar tale of Victorian vampires and drives a stake through the heart of toxic masculinity.
Tristan Bernays is a writer and performer from London. His work has been performed at Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, National Theatre Studio, Roundhouse, and Southwark Playhouse. Tristan’s play Old Fools performed last spring at Southwark Playhouse. Tristan’s play Boudica was performed at The Globe in September 2017 as part of Emma Rice’s Summer of Love season. After receiving rave reviews at Edinburgh Festival 2013, his one man show The Bread & The Beer transferred to Soho Theatre before a UK tour. His most recent show Teddy at Southwark Playhouse won Best New Musical from the Off West End Award 2016, and in 2018 toured the UK. He performed in his original play Testament at Vault Festival 2017, where it won the Show Of The Week. He was also a member Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group 2016/17. His adaptation of Frankenstein had its original premiere at Wiltons’ Music Hall.
About Frankenstein by Tristan Bernays
Tristan Bernays’ Frankenstein is an electrifying metaphysical adaptation strongly rooted in the tradition of theatrical storytelling. Athletically performed by only two actors, this exhilarating retelling of Mary Shelley’s beloved novel boldly explores the creation myth while dissecting some of the most frightening aspects of the human psyche.
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