New Drama Here Where It's Safe at Stage Left Theatre
The last date listed for Here Where It's Safe was Friday, Apr 2, 2010 / 8:00pm.
By M. E. H. Lewis
Directed by Scott Bishop
Here Where it’s Safe is a new play by award-winning playwright and Stage Left ensemble member M.E.H. Lewis (Burying the Bones, Fellow Travellers) that asks what comes of the choices we make, and what happens when we run out of choices.
M. E. H. Lewis’s play Burying the Bones (Spring 2004) received an Equity Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best New Work. Her play _Perfect World _ was produced in December at Chicago’s Infamous Commonwealth Theatre. Fellow Travellers won the Dayton Playhouse’s 2004 FutureFest competition , and received an April workshop production in Stage Left’s LeapFest and was a finalist in the Playwrights First Competition. Lewis’s first play_, Charms for Protection_, won the 1998 Julie Harris Playwriting Competition, and her second play, Float, opened the 2000 season at Melbourne’s renown New Theatre. _Creole _was a finalist in the 2004 SWTA New Play Contest. Ms. Lewis’s work has also been staged in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. She received a 2004 Artists Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, and past awards from the Tremain Foundation and PEN. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an ensemble member of Stage Left Theatre, an American Theatre Company Relative, and a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Women’s Theatre Alliance, the Director/Playwrights Association of Chicago and The Playwrights Collective. Ms. Lewis is pleased to share Stage Left’s season with Mia McCullough’s beautiful play Echoes of Another Man.*
Scott Bishop* is a Chicago-based theatre teacher and director. His recent directing credits include Safe in LeapFest 6, The Deer And The Antelope Play at Riverfront Theatre in Rockford, IL, Arsenic And Old Lace at SummerPlace Theatre, How Gertrude Stormed The Philosophers Club at Bailiwick Theatre, Everything In 150 Pages for the n.u.f.a.n. Ensemble, and a staged reading of Why’d You Make Me Wear That Joe? for the International Festival of Women Playwrights. He has served as Theatre Director at three high schools, where he has directed productions of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, A Raisin In The Sun, and The Odd Couple among many others. With the aid of a Target Community Giving Grant, in 2004 Scott established an outreach program through which under-served youth were able to participate in creative drama workshops. He has also worked as assistant director on productions at the Griffin Theatre Company and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, as well as South Coast Repertory Theatre, in Costa Mesa, CA. Scott holds an M.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University.