SURPRISING GOD: VISIONS OF HOLY IMPERFECTION, by Ariel Burger
 A creative non-fiction work inspired by the author’s personal journey and by hundreds of students with whom he has explored deep and complex issues of spirituality, creativity and social justice.  Mr. Burger will use his time at SPACE to continue writing.

CINEMEDIOCRACY, by Dylan Dawson
 Darren Dobson curates and maintains a massive Blockbuster leftovers collection in the basement of the library where he’s begrudgingly worked ever since the tornado took his job as Movie Palace Assistant Manager along with it. Every month he holds a special screening of one of these mediocre films for the community. Somehow he is able to bring in special guests – actors, writers, directors, key grips etc. - who worked on the film to talk about certain scenes and how they were made. He also incorporates games and music into the screening to keep the audience interested, and with hopes to remind them how magical it is to gather in the dark for some cinematic escapism. But since the movies he has to cull from are somewhat less than magical, a bit of lo-fi theatrics are necessary, especially since oftentimes the DVD will start skipping or freeze and he’ll have to replace it with another one. All of it culminates into a cozy rambunctious affair that is more about the story of watching the movie than the movie itself.

 

1,000 BOOMERANGS, by Laurel Holland
 From the writer: “I have always been a believer that the arts promote a greater good and serve to benefit society. Much of that belief is channeled in 1000 Boomerangs: while it is a very specific story – one that is solely mine – I am compelled to write it, not just in purgation of my own specters, but because it is about something universally human. It is a story of loss,of reckoning, of coming to terms with how protean grief can be. This project isn’t solely a selfish endeavor; its purpose – to borrow from Isaac Singer – is also to entertain and to instruct.”

UNTITLED CHILD SOLDIER BASKETBALL PROJECT, by Erika Sheffer                       A new play inspired by former child soldiers rejoining society after having committed atrocities. Around the same time this idea was percolating, Erika was hearing stories of teenagers committing suicide as a result of being bullied. When you are in the thick of it, high school can often feel like a war zone. Erika began to wonder how one would navigate the casual cruelties inherent in the suburban high school experience, having previously committed acts of horrific violence. Erika’s play, Russian Transport, is currently in development at The New Group.  Her work has been read at Naked Angels, Primary Stages, The Woodshed Collective, Personal Space Theatrics, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Dixon Place.  Member of The Movement Theater Company’s New Works/Moving Up Writers Group 2010 and 15th Floor Playwrights Collective.  Finalist for The Estrogenius Festival as well as Juilliard.  Some acting credits include Red Light Winter (Barrow Street Theater), Cat on a Hot Tine Roof (The Kennedy Center), Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost and All’s Well That Ends Well (The Folger).  B.F.A in Drama from Syracuse University.

Tinker to Evers to Chance by Mat Smart                                                                    When Lauren returns home to Chicago to take her ailing mother to Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS (the fateful Bartman game at Wrigley), her mother's caretaker, a middle-aged man named RJ, reports that her mother disappeared earlier in the day.  Through a strange play her motherwrote and left behind, Lauren slowly uncovers clues as to the whereabouts of her mother.  The title comes from a famous Franklin Pierce Adams poem referring to Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance – the Chicago Cubs double-play combination in 1907 and 1908 –the only two times the Cubs won the World Series.