We would like to thank the fabulous Jillian Zeman for her great posts last week.
This week's guest blogger is John Patrick Bray.
John Patrick Bray is a PhD in Theatre student at Louisiana State University, having earned his MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School at The New School. His full-length plays include Trickster at the Gate (written under a grant from the NEA; produced OOBR by the At Hand Theatre Co.), Hound (co-produced OOBR by Rachel Klein Productions, and his own company, HQ Rep. at last year’s Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), Liner Notes (forthcoming in this year’s PCTF, produced by the (re:)Directions Theatre Co)., and As We Speak (commissioned and produced by the (re:)Directions Theatre Co). He has also written two plays with Keith Dorwick, Dancing with the Virus and Down Low, under grants from the Acadiana Arts Council, dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Southern Louisiana. His one-acts include “Goodnight Lovin’ Trail” and “On Top,” which are both published in The Best Plays from the Strawberry One-Act Festival anthologies; as well as “Southern Werewolf,” “Lincoln and Lee,” and “AmeriKan Mine” (the latter was performed during the 29th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival). John has been a Resident Writer with The Rising Sun Performance Company; and a guest artist with Epic Rep. Theatre at the Players Club, O’Neill Studios with Provincetown Playhouse; and has been a member of Actors Studio’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop. He is currently a finalist for a playwriting residency with the Hangar Theatre’s Lab Company in Ithaca, NY. John is an Associate Member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.,an Individual Member with the Theatre Communications Group, and he is an Equity Membership Candidate. As a scholar, his research interests include new play development and the American playwright, as well as the ethics of representation. He has delivered papers at regional and national conferences. Having lived in Louisiana for four years, he and his family are returning to New York this June.