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Launching New Plays into the Repertoire

Cycle 3: PINKOLANDIA

Playwright Andrea Thome and her play, PINKOLANDIA, are the centerpieces of Cycle III. The consortium of theaters producing this play consists of INTAR TheatreTwo River Theater CompanySalvage Vanguard Theater and the 16th Street Theater.

Play Synopsis

Two young sisters living in Reagan-era Wisconsin create imaginary worlds to make sense of their Chilean parents’ exile and troubled marriage. 8-year old Gaby escapes to a make-believe closetland, while Beny, 11, dreams of fighting fascists like their revolutionary Uncle Ignacio, whose arrival in their home inspires the sisters but exacerbates tensions between Mom and Dad. Traveling through fantasies of glaciers, talking polar bears and even Nazis, the girls discover that sometimes you can’t make adults face the truth, and even revolutions can betray you.

About Andrea Thome

Andrea Andrea Thome Playwright

Andrea Thome's plays, theatrical translations and multimedia satires have been presented both nationally and abroad. Her play PINKOLANDIA was awarded The Lark's Launching New Plays program fellowship, which supported its rolling premiere throughout 2013-14 at New York's INTAR Theater (dir.José Zayas), Austin's Salvage Vanguard Theater (dir.Jenny Larson), Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ (dir.José Zayas), and Chicago's 16th Street Theater (dir.Ann Filmer). Andrea's play UNDONE was presented at Queens College Theater (dir.Tamilla Woodard), and through Victory Gardens' Ignition Festival, INTAR New Works Lab and The Lark's BareBones. UNDONE was published in Out of Time & Place: An Anthology of Plays by the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab (2010). Other plays include her farce WORM GIRL (Cherry Red Productions, DC) and various short plays. Andrea is also a theatrical translator; her produced translations include NEVA by Guillermo Calderón (Public Theater; Center Theatre Group, 2013); and Rodrigo García's YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME, MORONS (commissioned by CTG, premiered Radar LA 2013). Andrea is currently creating a mutlidisciplinary piece, THE NECKLACE OF THE DOVE, developed through Mabou Mines' Resident Artist Program and The Lark.

A Chilean-Costa Rican, Wisconsin-born mutt, Andrea grew up navigating the multiple landscapes and languages that inhabit her plays. She became a playwright by necessity in San Francisco, where her Red Rocket Theater Company paid their theater's rent by creating and producing a new play each month. Andrea also co-directs FULANA, a New York-based satire collective that creates cutting-edge political & cultural parodies (www.fulana.org). She has received fellowships from NYFA, New Voices/New York (Lark), the City of Oakland, INTAR, New York University (MFA Fellow), and the Women’s Project. Andrea has taught at various universities, schools and cultural centers nationwide. She helped create The Lark’s México/US Playwright Exchange Program, which she has directed since 2006. Andrea has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009.

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