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New Works by Dramatist Guild Fund Fellows Camille Darby, Naveen Bahar Choudhury, Kristine M. Reyes and More at Playwrights Horizons on Oct. 19

Camille Darby. Photo by Lia Chang

Camille Darby. Photo by Lia Chang

The Dramatists Guild Fund to host annual presentation of new work by DG Fellows at Playwrights Horizons (416 W 42nd St) in New York on October 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM. The presentation features excerpts from work by the 2014-2015 class including Naveen Bahar Choudhury, Camille Darby, Sophie Jaff, Dana Levinson, Kristine M. Reyes, Tim Rosser, Charlie Sohne, Mark Sonnenblick, Aurin Squire, Kathleen Tagg, James A. Tyler, Stacey Weingarten and Ben Wexler.

10/19/15 Photos: Camille Darby, Naveen Bahar Choudhury, Kristine M. Reyes, Diana Son, Michael Korie, Larry O’Keefe, Michael Weller, Tonya Pinkins, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and More at DG Fund Fellows Presentation 

Lily in Love by Kristine M. Reyes
Lily is a good Catholic Filipina daughter who’s always known exactly what to do with her life — until she falls in love with a woman.

hop tha A by James Tyler
Things go off the rails between Tyler and Niesha in this ride uptown on the A train.

Madame and 5th Republic by Dana Levinson and Stacey Weingarten
Love transcends all boundaries in Madame, a Southern Gothic musical set in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century. Freedom has a cost in 5th Republic, a musical set in Paris in 1959 against the backdrop of the Algerian War for Independence.

Queen Nanny by Camille Darby
The Nanny pushes Melanie to the limit with a secret that threatens the family.

Ship Show by Ben Wexler and Mark Sonnenblick
Susana and Tom win a fabulous cruise that will fix all of their problems. Then the boat fabulously breaks down and they’re stuck floating in the Caribbean with furious passengers, spoiled food, and a wild tiger that’s escaped from its cage…

Erika’s Wall by Kathy Tagg and Sophie Jaff
Based on the true story of Olympic athlete Erika Eiffel, who married the Eiffel Tower in 2007, Erika’s Wall asks us not only “What is love” but “How far will someone go to find it?”

Girl Games by Naveen Bahar Choudhury
A team of female videogame developers creates a violent new game geared toward young girls, implicating themselves in a crime spree.

Story Town, USA by Aurin Squire
Set in the demented heartland of America, “Storytown, USA” is a dark satire on love that revolves around a small community of misfits and misanthropes.

Run Away Home by Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne
Run Away Home is about a family whose lives completely change with the arrival of a young man claiming to be their long lost son. Despite the fact that he looks very little like the boy, the family takes him in as their own.

Work presented on October 19th has been developed over the past year under the tutelage of Michael Korie, Diana Son, and Andrea Lepcio as part of the Fellows Program, administered by the Dramatists Guild.

Each year, a select group of playwrights and musical theater writers are accepted into the nine-month program, which provides continued support and training through group sessions with theater professionals, one-on-one mentoring, and resources to build established careers.

The 2015-2016 class of Fellows selected this summer include France-Luce Benson, EllaRose Chary, Tim Duncheon, Greg Edwards, Ben Green, Rachel Griffin, Brandon James Gwinn, Sylvia Khoury, Daniel Lazour, Patrick Lazour, Jerome Parker, Jonathan Payne, and Stacey Rose.

For more information and to RSVP, email the Dramatists Guild Fund at

Camille Darby was born in Jamaica, West Indies, but migrated to New York City with her family at 6 years old. Her constant attempts at adjusting to American culture—she soon discovered—were best manifested through her writing. It was her first play Mother, May I? written as a high school student during the Theatre Development Fund’s Residency Arts Program that drew the attention of acclaimed playwright, Wendy Wasserstein. With Wasserstein as her mentor, the budding playwright continued to study theatre, literature and film at Sarah Lawrence College where she received her B.A. in 2005.

Ms. Darby’s play, Lords Resistance, directed by Christopher Burris, was produced at The Kraine Theater in New York during The Horse Trade Theatre Group’s Fire This Time Festival, Season Five in January 2014. The Horse Trade Theatre Group’s Fire This Time Festival provides a platform for playwrights of African-American and African descent to present new work. The cast of Lords Resistance featured Tracey Conyer Lee as Pauline, Lelund Durond as Harvey, Matthew Murumba as Okello, and Carmen LoBue as Michelle. This is Ms. Darby’s third consecutive season with the festival. Her play, Exodus was produced in the sold-out 2011 Festival showcase.

Darby is the recipient of the Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO, 2008) playwriting prize from the Bronx Council on the Arts for her full-length play Lords Resistance. The play was part of the 2012 Fire This Time Festival reading series, and was presented at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Darby is a 2011 finalist for the Van Lier Fellowship program at The Lark Play Development Center, and a 2012 Women’s Project Lab finalist. She holds an M.F.A (2007) in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Blog, Jade Magazine and

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