Old Names for Wildflowers

About the Show

By Corbin Went
Directed by Emma Rosa Went
Co-Produced by The Renovationists and Parity Productions

The Civil War is over, but the scabs it left still itch. A fox stalks the clearing behind the Auberts home, hunting chickens. A love triangle goes horribly wrong, and a family is destroyed. The pieces cannot be put back together: the survivors must build something new. In the absence of God, community, morality, on the edge of the woods that ring with the devil's whistle, two sisters must embrace the power of renouncing everything.

About the Team

Corbin Went (they/them) is a co-founder of The Renovationists and current member of Trans Theatre Lab. Corbin's work has been produced and developed by Trans Lab @ The Public and WP, Parity Productions, The Tank, The Brick, The Flea, Barn Arts Collective, and regionally. Recipient of 2017 Parity Productions' commission for women and transgender playwrights. Finalist for The Public's Emerging Writers Group, Ingram Works New Play Lab @ Nashville Rep, Scratchpad Series @ Playwright's Realm; semi-finalist for the Ars Nova Play Group. Corbin's full-length plays include Old Names for Wildflowers, Courage! To the Field!, Three Seconds, Saving Throw, Boxcar, The Great American Folksong, and The Tarantists. Short works include Mongrel (pub. Dionysian #3) and Fireflies. BA Sarah Lawrence College.

Emma Rosa Went (she/her) is a co-founder of The Renovationists. recent work including Three Seconds (Barn Arts Collective;) and Boxcar (The Tank.) She is also a co-founder of Easy Leap Theatre Company, for whom she has directed: Much Ado About Nothing (The Brick;) The Changeling (West End Theatre;) Hearts of Gold: From Henry IV and Othello (West End Lounge;) and Love's Labors Lost (Access Theater, LPAC Lab). Off-Broadway and regional assisting includes: Theatre for a New Audience, Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Emma is a past participant of the SDCF Observership Program, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Program. She is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. BA Sarah Lawrence College. Also upcoming in 2018: Moth&Flame (spit&vigor;) and As You Like It (Scranton Shakespeare Festival). www.emmawent.com

The Renovationists Re-framing the traditional to create the unorthodox. We are inspired by the craftsmanship of the great American practitioners of the 20th century, but are not satisfied that their canon reflects our contemporary cultural experience. It is our mission, therefore, to produce theatre that queers tradition and allows new stories to unfold inside old structures. By centering our plays around women and queer characters, and affording them the same sweeping romance found in Williams, Miller, or O'Neill, we hope more members of our audience will see themselves reflected in this renovation of an American tradition that has often left their stories untold.

Parity Productions is a producer of new theatrical work that gives voice to individuals who rebel against their marginalized place in society. As part of our unique dual art and advocacy mission, we always ensure we fill at least 50% of the creative roles on our productions—directors, playwrights, and designers—with women and/or trans and gender nonconforming artists, and we maintain several advocacy initiatives to encourage the industry to do the same. www.parityproductions.org

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