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Hyde Park Theatre's 2019 New Play Development Workshop:
End of Shift,
by Jenny Connell Davis
6pm, July 7, 2019

Hyde Park Theatre invites you to our staged reading of End of Shift, by Jenny Connell Davis, directed by Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw. The reading takes place Sunday, July 7th at 6:00pm. A talkback and reception will follow. Attendance is free.

End of Shift tells the story of five teenagers, three terrible ideas, two huge lies, and one long night in a diner on the coast of Maine. When Amanda, the valedictorian and daughter of the local police chief, decides she wants to go to a party on the same night that Ben, Jesse and Max plan to paint a graffiti memorial to their fallen hero, they’re forced to ask Ben’s ex-girlfriend, Heidi, for help. A night of remembrance turns into a hunt for booze, Ben and Heidi’s relationship drama threatens to tear everything apart, and by midnight, everything these teens thought they knew about love and friendship will be called into question.

Content warning from the playwright: "This play includes excessive profanity, and depicts or discusses teenage alcohol use, drug use, defacement or destruction of public property, sexual violence, and violence-violence. In other words, it looks like a typical Friday night in my hometown -- and maybe yours. It also includes abbreviated instruction on how to make a proper cup of tea."

Jenny Connell Davis’s plays include End of Shift, Goddess of Mercy, The Dragon Play, and Scientific Method. Her work has been produced or developed at Chance Theater, the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Playwrights’ Center, Icicle Creek Theater Festival, ACT Seattle, ATC Chicago, the Araca Group, Asolo Rep, New York Stage and Film, Ars Nova, The Gift Theatre, Shrewd Productions, ScriptWorks, NAATCO and Rivendell. Her screenplays have been finalists and semi-finalists for the Nicholl Fellowship; she currently has projects in development with Fox Animation and Iconoclast/Anonymous Content. Jenny has an MFA from UT Austin, is a former member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, an Affiliated Writer with the Playwrights’ Center, and was the 2016 resident playwright at Chance Theater. She is a proud member of Chicago’s Gift Theatre Company, and ScriptWorks.

End of Shift is the 2019 selection for Hyde Park Theatre's new play workshop, a week long development process between the playwright, director, dramaturg and actors. This process culminates in a staged reading with an audience.

Our 2019 finalists for were:
american (tele)visions, by Victor Cazares
Dairy Queen, by Sarah Loucks
Radio Ghosts by Greg Romero and Mike Vernusky
Seneca, by Travis Tate

Questions? Contact Megan.

2018 Winner and Finalists
Egress, by Melissa Crespo and Sarah Saltwick was selected for HPT's 2018 New Play Development Workshop from among these finalists:

Basement Demons and Trailer Saints, by Briandaniel Oglesby
Door to Balloon, by Greg Romero
Watchers, by Patrick Shaw
Dinner, by Lisa B. Thompson

2017 Winner and Finalists
The Secretary, by Kyle John Schmidt was selected for HPT's 2017 New Play Development Workshop from among these finalists:

The Tubes, by Samuel Damon
Disquietude, by Aimee Gonzalez
Small Steps, by Briandaniel Oglesby
The Pleasure Trials, by Sarah Saltwick
The Secretary, by Kyle John Schmidt
The Mamalogues, by Lisa B. Thompson

Hyde Park Theatre is committed to developing new work from a diverse array of playwrights.

Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available during performances in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them both for their generosity.

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

HPT is also funded by grants from The Still Water Foundation and Tocker Foundation.

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