Workshop of The Ocean Thought Nothing

Hi friends! So excited to announce that this weekend is the workshop of my play, THE OCEAN THOUGHT NOTHING. I am thrilled to be working on this play again, directed by the talented Lana Russell, and with an amazing cast. This is a barebones work-in-progress workshop, but we have all been working so hard over the past few weeks and I think the script is looking really strong.

Here are the deets:

A workshop in-progress (supported by Goldfish Memory Productions)
By Kari Bentley-Quinn
Directed by Lana Russell

When seventeen year old aspiring marine biologist Colleen goes missing, all eyes are on her boyfriend Robbie, a sensitive young man with a violent past. When Robbie heads out on his boat to look for Colleen off the coast of southwest Connecticut, he encounters a lost humpback whale in Long Island Sound. Robbie’s search for Colleen and his desperate attempt to help the lost whale collide in unexpected and mysterious ways. 

Featuring: Charly Bivona, Oscar Cabrera, Kristin Granade, Billy Higgins and Trevor McGhie

Friday, 2/9 at 7 pm
Sunday, 2/11 at 7 pm
RSVP - limited seating!

Primary Stages
Studio B
307 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018

Honorable Mention for the Relentless Award!

So excited to announce that my play WENDY AND THE NECKBEARDS was named as an Honorable Mention for the Relentless Award! This play was in a pool of the top 20 or so plays out of nearly 1000 submissions, and I am so grateful and proud. My fellow Honorable Mentions include such rockstar writers as Ming Peiffer, Aurin Squire, and Laura Jacqmin. For anyone interested in reading, the play is available for download on New Play Exchange, or you can contact my agents.

You can see the full list here, along with the finalists, semifinalists (such as my girl Gina Femia!) and about-to-be-super-famous winner Gracie Gardner and her fantastic play PUSSY SLUDGE. 

Special shout out to all my colleagues at Mission to (dit)Mars who told me to keep going with this play when I was like "what the eff am I writing you guys?". 

Finalist for The Playwrights Realm

Thrilled to announce that my play WENDY AND THE NECKBEARDS and I were finalists for The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellows program this year. Congrats to the new Fellows and all the finalists and semi finalists, with a special shout out to my Mission to (dit)Mars writer in residence Tyler Rivenbark. His beautiful play BY THE GRACE OF FIREFLIES - which was developed in the Propulsion Lab - was a semifinalist this year!

Leah Ryan FEWW and Bay Area Playwrights Festival

My play THE WORST MOTHER IN THE WORLD was a Finalist for the Leah Ryan FEWW Prize - given to one emerging female playwright a year. Was so honored to be among the 8 finalists.

THE WORST MOTHER IN THE WORLD was also a Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. The list of my fellow finalists is here, and there is a link to download the play on New Play Exchange, if you are so inclined.

Feeling proud and grateful! 

Readings and Spring News

Happy May everyone!

Some exciting news on my end:

-My play THE WORST MOTHER IN THE WORLD was a semi-finalist for the 2017 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference! 

-I was thrilled to write a monologue for the lovely Kristen Krak for Mariah MacCarthy's fabulous festival o'Feminism PUSSYFEST V (Caps Lock Theater) at the Access Theater on April 20th. Also, my first time back at the Access since PAPER CRANES opened back in 2011!

-Because I am a lucky gal, I got to go back to the Access to hear a full length reading of my NPC Finalist play THE OCEAN THOUGHT NOTHING, as part of Team Awesome Robot's That True Reading Series on April 25th. Many thanks to Brittany Ayers for her skillful direction.  Despite it having done well in the submissions game, this was my first time hearing the play in front of an audience and it was really a joyful experience. Here's hoping for a future life! 

-My short play THERE'S ALWAYS A CHOICE was featured in NYMadness - FUTURE BABY MADNESS! - at the Kraine Theater on April 30th. Many thanks to Judith Leora for asking me to be a part of it, Michele Travis for her great direction, and Stacey Raymond and Daniela Thome for their kick ass acting. Was a fun experience and I hope I can come back to play with these folks again.

-And, to round things out, I had the first public reading of my new play WENDY AND THE NECKBEARDS at Jimmy's 43 in the East Village, directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker. It was a blast and I'm really excited about this play. I hope I get to share it further really soon. 

Interviewed for AMERICAN THEATRE Magazine!

Hi all,

My friend and amazing playwright Leah Nanako Winkler was kind enough to interview me for this feature in American Theatre Magazine about class and income in the theatre. Having grown up in a working class background and having times where I was poor af trying to cobble together a theatre career, I was grateful to get to speak on this issue. Also, some other amazing playwrights like Nikole Bekwith, Patricia Ione-Lloyd, and Jose Rivera are interviewed. Check it out!

Hope everyone is surviving okay in Trump's America...






Graduation and more

I am proud to announce that as of this May, I graduated with my MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College! It marks the end of a long, crazy journey and all my thanks are with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit and Mark Bly for their mentorship and guidance over the past two years. Also, huge thanks to my classmates Daniel McCoy, David Hilder and Stacy Osei-Kuffour for being the best friends and colleagues I could ask for.

I am also proud that my thesis play, PREPARED, was the winner of the 2015 Rita and Burton Goldberg Prize, was a semi-finalist for PlayPenn, and was an Honorable Mention on this year's Kilroys List! If you are interested in reading the script, it is on my New Play Exchange page for download. More information about the play here.

PREPARED - 2015 MFA Hunter Playwrights Festival

a Hunter College MFA workshop production
by Kari Bentley-Quinn
Directed by Sherri Eden Barber

Thu 2/19 & Fri 2/20 @ 7:30pm
Sat 2/21 @ 2:00pm
Frederick Loewe Theatre
68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues
$12 general / $5 seniors & students / FREE with Hunter ID
Box office 212.772.4448

A teenage boy has closed himself off to the world, opting for only computer games, darkened windows, and a steady diet of homeschooled lessons from his survivalist mother, Lydia. His gradual estrangement from his father and brother – coupled with Lydia’s loosening grip on reality – creates a dangerous atmosphere of fear and isolation at home. A series of events push mother and son to a breaking point, testing their delicate alliance like never before.

Featuring: Kyle Doherty, Brian Kelley, Noah Lee Margetts, and Samantha Rosentrater.