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WHAT:  Reading of Tira Palmquist’s Two Degrees WHEN:  Monday, November 9th at 7PM WHERE:  The Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN  55411 DIRECTIONS: For a map, click HERE
SYNOPSIS:  Emma Phelps is a paleoclimatologist, focusing on ice in Greenland.  In drilling and studying ice core samples, she sees first hand the symptoms of our changing planet, which makes the need to act all the more crucial and urgent.  In addition to her growing sense of urgency for the planet, Emma, as a recent widow, experiences grief that compounds itself with each passing month.  Now she's been asked to come to Washington D.C. to testify in a Senate Committee regarding climate change legislation, and in this intersection of science and politics, of politics and the personal, she finds more than just a little is breaking up under the strain of change. ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:  TIRA PALMQUIST’s plays include Two Degrees, Ten Mile Lake (Serenbe Playhouse), Age of Bees (MadLab Theater, Tesseract), And Then They Fell, and many others. Two Degrees  was featured at the 2014 Great Plains Theater Conference, Artemisia’s 2014 Fall Festival and the 2015 Athena Project’s Plays-in-Process festival, and was a finalist in the 2015 Coe College Playwriting Festival. And Then They Fell was workshopped by Brimmer Street (Los Angeles, 2015) and the UMass New Play Lab  (2014), and the play was also a finalist for Aurora Theater Company's Global Age Project, a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights' Festival, and has had readings at The Road Theatre in Los Angeles. Ten Mile Lake, which premiered in 2014 at Serenbe Playhouse just outside of Atlanta, GA, was developed and workshopped in 2012 at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.  In 2013, she returned to the Seven Devils Conference to work as a dramaturg with Jeni Mahoney. In November of 2012, Age of Bees premiered at MadLab Theater, and was named Best Original Work by the Other Papers "Best of 2012” list.  The play opens in April 2015 at Tesseract Theater (St. Louis). Also in 2012, Inkwell Theater presented as excerpt of her play Fortune and Pain (At the Edge of the World) at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival.  Her plays have been developed by 9Thirty Theater, Theater of Note, EST-LA, Seven Devils and Inkwell Theater.  Her short plays have been produced all over the country (and internationally, as well). Tira teaches creative writing at the Orange County School of the Arts.  She is a member of the Playwrights Union, the EST-LA's Playwrights Unit, the Anteaus Theater’s Playrights Lab and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
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Workhouse Theatre Company Executive Director Mark Webb, Co-Artistic Director Richard Jackson, and Playwright In Residence Matthew A. Everett speak with host Dixie Treichel on KFAI's Fresh Fruit (September 2015) about WTC's new direction, the Greenhouse Project for new play development and its monthly public reading series.  Listen to it HERE