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December 16-18, 2013
The Bushwick Starr

December 16, 17 & 18

The Bushwick Starr
207 Starr Street
Brooklyn 11237

In 5 years, Fresh Ground Pepper has grown from an open-mic night to a full-scale arts organization. Since 2009, we have devoted our Decembers to a marathon showcase of new plays.

Last year, the desire to foster playwrights helped us form FGP PlayGround PlayGroup, a long-term development group for writers. Our mission is to create an atmosphere much like an FGP event itself–a place where writers can be bold and unabashed in their creation of work and their support of one another.

Our 2nd ever PlayGroup is comprised of playwrights, a composer, a devised-musical pair, and a memoirist. We can’t wait to present their work this December!

Full Schedule:
Monday, December 16th:
by Hugh Trimble and Max Freedman
directed by Max Freedman
One soggy summer day at Bethesda Fountain, waiting for a miracle, Hugh met a wandering ghost with a skin-faced banjo named Pilgrim: a friend, hero, love object, and haunt. In songs and stories, Hugh tries to tell the tale as best he can, of a boy who maybe never was.

Two and a Half Women
written and performed by Emma Tattenbaum-Fine
directed by Andrew Neisler
Illustrated and Edited by Leah Rubin-Cadrain
This is a coming-of-age story through the eyes and mouth of a queerspawn, who is me: Emma Tattenbaum-Fine.

Ten Ways On a Gun
by Dylan Lamb
directed by John Kurzynowski
Jessica Person’s theater-and-dance ensemble Soul Motion Architects tells the story of Tommy Freely, who buys a short-round revolver online in an attempt to feel in control of his life, timeshares it to his deadbeat friends once his fiancée finds out about it, and begins to fancy himself a hipster kingpin once the business takes off beyond his capabilities.

Tuesday, December 17th:
Pyre Cantata
by Trevor Bachman
directed by Christopher Bowser
A mythic, soulful, vocally pyrotechnic adaptation of Antigone, this opera follows four teenagers as they try to fix the broken city of Thebes.

American in Camera
A reality show to end all reality shows
by Callan Stout
directed by Jenny Beth Snyder
An exhibition of fame, justice and voyeurism through the lens of reality TV’s cameras.

Wednesday, December 18th:
by Dano Madden
directed by Andrew Scoville
High school senior George Marvin has attracted national attention to tiny Oakwoods with his award winning science project. George’s sudden notoriety, along with the construction of a housing development and resort, has the fading mountain town standing on the verge of being reborn. Will a dark discovery derail this new found hope? Oakwoods is a story about accomplishments beyond our wildest dreams and the unexpected places they can lead us.

Winter Roses All Around Us
by Salty Brine
directed by Shaun Peknic
Miss Charlotte Camden’s vivid, remarkable dreams become a terrifying reality in this Gothic thriller that spans 70 years, pastiches everything from Dickens to Poe to Williams to Bette Davis, and asks the question, “What’s so impossible about the impossible?”

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Meet the



Trevor Bachman is a New York based composer, performer, and musical director. After earning his BFA from NYU Tisch in 2012, he traveled with Liz Swados to the sands of Abu Dhabi as her music director and lead composer of the NYU Reality Show in Abu Dhabi. His series of ten-minute operas based on the poetry of Edward Lear will debut in NYC this summer. Additionally, his first full length opera, Pyre Cantata, an adaptation of the Oedipus Cycle, will be developed through FGP in 2013! For videos, tracks, and more,






Salty Brine a New York-based performer and playwright. He is co-creator of the rock ‘n roll, vaudeville duo Pepper ‘N Sam. Most recent P&S performances: The Diversionary Theater (San Diego), Ben Walker’s Find the Funny (Joe’s Pub), and an Ars Nova Project Residency. Other performance credits include… New York: The Poor of New York (The Connelly Theater), Clown Bar (Pipeline Theater Co.), Backstage At Horror Drag (Incubator Arts Project) Thanksgiving! A! Pageant! (Ars Nova) The Infernal Machine (CSV Cultural Center), Straight Talk (Dixon Place), Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (HERE). Regional: The Baltimore Waltz (Cape Rep). Faculty, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, NYU.



Max Freedman’s plays include The World’s Smallest Violin and Origin Story, and have most recently been developed by Judson Memorial Church, The Amoralists, and the Hamner Theater in Nelson County, VA. As a member of the devising ensemble Dog & Pony DC, he was nominated for the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play for Beertown. New York credits as an AD, AP, and SM include Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, The Lark, and SUPERWOLF. Max is a proud Joker-in-Training with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. B.A. Northwestern University.

In collaboration with…



Hugh Trimble studied film and theater at Muhlenberg College and is currently a musician and actor in New York. He performs original material on stages and streets across the city, and has traveled the Eastern, Southern, and Midwestern United States extensively as a busker. He is a recurring member of the Philly-based independent theater company Homunculus Inc, most recently acting in August Strindberg’s “Ghost Sonata” in the 2012 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Hugh will be releasing an album with NYC Americana quartet The Engines this



Dylan Lamb is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he was the recipient of the Chair’s Award of Excellence in Dramatic Writing. He has apprenticed at the Guthrie Theater in his hometown of Minneapolis and has worked for Warner Brothers Television as part of their Creative Lab. He is ecstatic to be a part of such an exciting group of theater-and-otherwise-makers. Follow him @dylanlamb.





Dano Madden is a playwright and director. His plays have been produced and/or received development by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, The Artful Conspirators, World At Large Theatre, Mile Square Theatre, Burnt Studio Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Kitchen Theatre Company, Rutgers University, The University of Tulsa, Bloomsburg College, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Boise Contemporary Theater and Boston Theatre Works, among others. He was the winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2007 National Student Playwriting Award and a finalist of the National New Play Network’s 2010 Smith Prize. Dano is the Associate Artistic Director of The Artful Conspirators and an adjunct professor of playwriting at NYU. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with his favorite person, Lauren, and their cat Beth.



Callan Stout headshotCALLAN STOUT

Callan Stout’s plays have had readings at the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, Santa Monica Theatre Guild, Truffle Theatre Company, the Brick and eyeBLINK. Her children’s plays are published by Youthplays. She is a founding member of Cockpitwriters Group.





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Emma Tattenbaum-Fine is a weekly contributor to Huffington Post. She is a proud original cast member of Political Subversities and half of the online sketch duo Ari and Emma, currently fundraising for a season
of sketch comedy with a pilot to follow. Visit Emma’s website to learn about her gay family blog Two and a Half Women, which is the project that has brought her to FGP’s Playground.

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