New voices. New plays.
Boston Court has a passion for new play development and 2022 is the second year of the B/C Playwrights’ Group!
The three playwrights were selected from our annual play submission window. Each play will be presented with a public workshop in late 2022 and we’ll be sharing their development process on social media! #BCPlaywrights
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHTS
JOHN ANTHONY LOFFREDO (they/he) is a writer and performer currently creating in Los Angeles, California. All of their work as an artist exists at the intersection of queerness and survival and aims to bring romance to queer stories. John Anthony’s work as a playwright has been produced at The Tank, Alchemical Studios, The Access Theater, Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival, and developed as a member of Clusterf**k, The Coop’s New Work Initiative. They are a 2021 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist for their play Frou-Frou. In addition, John Anthony is a young adult graphic novelist represented by Speilburg Literary and posts personal essays to their Substack, late to the party. In June, John Anthony will complete their second AIDS/LifeCycle ride, cycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles with thousands of others to raise awareness and millions of dollars to support community members living with HIV/AIDS. John Anthony holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts having trained at the Atlantic Acting School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
ELIANA PIPES (she/her) (COWBOY AND THE MOON) Is a writer, filmmaker, and performer based in her home town of Los Angeles. Her plays include DREAM HOU$E (world premiere co-production with the Alliance Theater, Long Wharf Theater, and Baltimore Center Stage, published at Concord Samuel French), BITE ME (South Coast Repertory Pacific Playwright’s Festival, NNPN National New Play Showcase), COWBOY AND THE MOON (Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, NNPN MFA Playwright’s Workshop), UNFUCKWITHABLE (Old Globe New Voices Festival, Drama League DirectorFest), LORENA: A TABLOID EPIC (New York Theatre Workshop Dartmouth Residency, The Playwright’s Realm Scratchpad Series), STAND AND WAIT (The Fire This Time Festival). Her writing awards include the KCACTF Harold & Mimi Steinberg Award and Ken Ludwig Scholarship, Leah Ryan Prize, National Latine Playwright Award, UCSD’s Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Playwriting Prize. As a filmmaker she was awarded the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the inaugural WAVE Grant through Wavelength Productions, and Colin Higgins Youth Filmmaker Award through Outfest. BA Columbia University, MFA Playwriting Boston University. www.elianapipes.com.
LISA SANAYE DRING (she/they) (HUNGRY GHOST) Lisa’s play SUMO will be co-produced by La Jolla Playhouse and Ma-Yi Theater Company and Hungry Ghost will be produced by Skylight Theater in 2023. She has recently worked on multiple projects with Meow Wolf and was a member of The Geffen Writers’ Room. Lisa was honored as a recipient of the 2020/21 PLAY LA Stage Raw/Humanitas Prize. Her play The Wicked One was a finalist for the Relentless Award, a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, a piece she co-wrote with Chelsea Sutton, was nominated for 8 Ovation Awards including Best Production (winner of 5). Lisa’s work has been developed/produced by The New Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, East West Players, Circle X, SCF @ Son of Semele, Playwrights’ Arena, Rogue Artists Ensemble, UCSB Launch Pad Series, The Motor Company, Theatre of NOTE and Skylight Theatre. She has been funded by the DCA’s Reimagine Public Art Series, the Jim Henson Foundation and the University of California’s Critical Refugees Studies Collective. Lisa was a member of East West Players’ Playwrights Group and has been awarded fellowships at MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center and Yaddo. Her play SUMO was recently named as a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and was a part of La Jolla Playhouse’s DNA New Works Series. Lisa graduated from the University of Southern California and was awarded the 2021 Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency at Yaddo, which honors one promising young writer a year. Lisa co-wrote and co-directed Welcome to the Blumhouse Live, a 2-year interactive film event for Blumhouse/Amazon Prime by Little Cinema, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Program and won a Silver Clio Award. lisasanayedring.com.