National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
By John Biguenet
Directed by Amy Holtcamp
Featuring Liann Pattison
Sunday Matinees: 3:00pm
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113
In a remote cabin deep in the woods, an old crone spins a spellbinding tale about her life, her love affairs, and her cursed reputation. Mischievously funny, dark, and just in time for Halloween, BROOMSTICK is the story of one woman who hovers in the shadowy space between good and evil, fantasy and reality, and who, some say, may be a little too hungry for justice.
—The New Orleans Advocate
—New Jersey Stage
John Biguenet is the author of the widely acclaimed THE TORTURER’S APPRENTICE: STORIES and OYSTER, a novel, as well as five other books. His work has appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic, Granta, Esquire, Playboy, Storie (Rome), Zoetrope, and many anthologies. His stories have been featured in Selected Shorts at Symphony Space on Broadway, the Long Wharf Theatre, and elsewhere. Biguenet’s radio play WUNDMALE, which premiered on Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Germany’s largest radio network, was rebroadcast by Österreichischer Rundfunk, the Austrian national radio and television network. He is the author of such award-winning stage plays as THE VULGAR SOUL, RISING WATER, SHOTGUN, MOLD, NIGHT TRAIN, and BROOMSTICK. THE VULGAR SOUL won the 2004 Southern New Plays Festival and was a featured production in 2005 at Southern Rep Theatre; he and the play were profiled in American Theatre magazine. RISING WATER was the winner of the 2006 National New Play Network Commission Award, a 2006 National Showcase of New Plays selection, and a 2007 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the 2007 Big Easy Theatre Award for Best Original Play. Biguenet was named 2008 Theatre Person of the Year at the Big Easy Theatre Awards, the region’s major professional theater awards. SHOTGUN, the second play in his Rising Water cycle, premiered in 2009 at Southern Rep Theatre; it won a 2009 National New Play Network Continued Life of New Plays Fund Award and was a 2009 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant. RISING WATER and SHOTGUN have had over thirty productions and staged readings around the country. He was awarded a Marquette Fellowship for the writing of NIGHT TRAIN, which he then developed on a Studio Attachment at the National Theatre in London and which premiered at New Jersey Repertory Company in 2011. Both MOLD, the final installment of the RISING WATER cycle and BROOMSTICK, the winner of a National New Play Network Continued Life of New Plays Fund Award, premiered in 2013. An O. Henry Award winner for his short fiction and the New York Times first guest columnist, he received the 2012 Louisiana Writer Award, the state’s highest literary honor. Having served twice as president of the American Literary Translators Association and as writer-in-residence at various universities, he is currently the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans. See www.biguenet.com for more information.
Liann was last seen onstage in New Orleans in the roles of “Gertie” in 33 VARIATIONS, and “Jessie Mae” in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL (Big Easy Award). She has appeared on and off Broadway as well as in many leading roles in regional theatres throughout the country. Some of her favorite roles include Olivia in TWELFTH NIGHT at Baltimore Center Stage, Katherine in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW in Seattle, Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET and Celia in AS YOU LIKE IT, both at Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Titania in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for Barry Kyle at Swine Palace.. Her TV / film credits are numerous, and include the recent films, “D-Train”, (with Jack Black) “99 Homes”, “Maggie”, “Return to Sender”, and “When the Game Stands Tall”. She’ll begin work on the feature film, Geostorm in November.
“Rising Water emerges as a great American play – perhaps one of the first great plays of the 21st Century.”
– Orange County Register
“’Mold,’ playwright John Biguenet’s powerful new drama . . .may well be regarded as the finest artistic achievement expressing the personal impact the flood had – and continues to have – on our lives today.”
– New Orleans Times-Picayune
NNPN’s flagship initiative, The Continued Life of New Plays Fund (CLNPF), supports three or more theatres (two of whom must be Core Members) that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period. The result is a Rolling World Premiere through which a playwright develops a new work with at least three different creative teams, for at least three, often very different communities of patrons. The playwright is a part of the process, and is encouraged to work on the script with each company during the rehearsal and run, making adjustments based on what is learned from each leg of the “roll.”