From 2011-2014, the XX PlayLab existed as a collaborative program of the Boston Center for the Arts and Company One Theatre, designed to develop and propel new works by women to the stage. In 2015, the program honored its roots with the creation of the XX Fellowship while also opening opportunities to playwrights of all gender expressions.

PROGRAM HISTORY

2011-2012: HOOKMAN by Lauren D. Yee — season-long development and second-stage production

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2012-2013: season-long workshops of three plays, culminating in public readings of two plays, and a full production of the third play

SPLENDOR LIT BENEATH THEIR BONES by Kirsten Greenidge — developed towards production (as SPLENDOR) in fall 2013

THE OLD SHIP OF ZION by Natalia Naman

SMART PEOPLE by Lydia R. Diamond

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2013-2014: season-long workshops of three plays, culminating in public readings of two plays, and a full production of the third play. The final event also included a reading of a brand new version of a past XX PlayLab play.

ASTRO BOY AND THE GOD OF COMICS written and directed by Natsu Onoda Power — developed towards production in summer 2014

FUFU & OREOS written and performed by Obehi Janice

SHELTER OF LAST RESORT by Miranda Craigwell

THE SPLENDOR VARIATIONS by Kirsten Greenidge (a new version of SPLENDOR)

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2014-2015: six playwrights were selected for one-on-one dramaturgical guidance, as well a series of guided master classes on playwriting and professional development, with a focus on storytelling that engages larger social questions, and characters that reveal the complexity of the world at large. The Playwrights: Terry Kidd, Elizabeth Addison (XX Fellow), Liana Asim (XX Fellow), Deirdre Girard, Ginger Lazarus, and MJ Halberstadt. Artistic leaders whose expertise was featured in master classes: Kristoffer Diaz (playwright), Kirsten Greenidge (playwright), Melinda Lopez (playwright), Kelly Miller (South Coast Rep/20th Century Fox), Julie Felise Dubiner (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Rebecca A. Frank (Emerson/Arts Lawyer), Anne G. Morgan (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center), Beth Blickers (Abrams Artists Agency).