NSRTC presents a staged reading of "Wicked Bitter Beast(s)"
Zoey is a prodigal daughter on the run from her charismatic evangelical past which included being the daughter of a Hell House pastor. When her unforgiveness brews past boiling point, she is forced to reckon with the beast(s) within, and the ones looking back at her in the mirror. WICKED BITTER BEAST(s) is a latter-day morality play about (un)forgiveness that reverberates through time, space, and realms as Zoey keeps running from the charismatic evangelical Hell House she can't seem to escape.
Directed by Arlene Barnard. Actors: Susan Van Drie, Sandy Farrier, Jenna-Lee Motsis, Brad Ritchie, and Abby Seabrook.
Kira Rockwell (she/her) is a playwright from the heart of Texas. She is a 2021 Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing with the Mass Cultural Council, a recipient of the Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, second place recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, two-time finalist and runner-up for the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting/Fellowship with New Dramatists, two-time finalist for the ONeill NPC and Blue Ink Playwriting Award, semi-finalist for The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and more.
Rockwell's plays include THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD (Workshop Premiere: Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston Globe Critic's Pick, Elliot Norton Nominee); OH TO BE PURE AGAIN (MFA Playwright's Workshop); NOMAD AMERICANA (Fresh Ink Theatre); WICKED BITTER BEAST(S) (The Theatre School at DePaul University); and WITH MY EYES SHUT (Hollywood Fringe - awarded Best in Physical Theatre). Her work has been developed with The Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Actor's Express, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and Third Culture Theatre in partnership with HBO and Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, among others. Commissions from Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project and Moonbox Productions.
Rockwell received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Currently, she teaches at Brandeis University, GrubStreet, Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop, and Writers in Progress.
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