Blackberry Winter

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    NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK rolling world premiere

    directed by MICHAEL DOVE

    MAY 19-JUNE 11

    Years of success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne Avery for her mother's slide into the grip of dementia. Initially hiding behind insomnia-fueled baking and a polite smile, stories about her mother leave Vivienne's inner turmoil quietly laid bare in a juxtaposition of stories, theatrical gestures, and a childlike Alzheimer's "creation myth."





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    STEVE YOCKEY (Playwright) is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the country, Europe, and Asia. His plays Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOONSubculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman’s Wife, Wolves, Disassembly, and Niagara Falls & Other Plays are published and available from Samuel French. He was selected for the first US/Australia playwright exchange in February 2013 for his play Pluto, sponsored by the National New Play Network and Playwriting Australia. This season, Blackberry Winter will be an NNPN Rolling World Premiere with productions at Actor’s Express/Out of Hand, Salt Lake Acting Company, New Rep, Forum, Kitchen Dog, Capital Stage Company, and Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Steve holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He currently contributes issues to the Zenescope comic book series Grimm Tales of Terror and writes on HBO’s The Brink.

    MICHAEL DOVE (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of Forum. He has directed Passion Play, the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Pluto by Steve Yockey and the World Premiere of Holly Down In Heaven by Kara Lee Corthron as well as Agnes Under the Big Top, Church, Mad Forest, Scorched, Angels in America: Perestroika, Amazons and Their Men (co-directed), dark play or stories for boys, Marat/Sade, Antigone, Valparaiso, Rockaby and Rough for Radio (for the DC Beckett Centenary Festival), The Memorandum, Hamletmachine, BECKETT: The Shorter Plays, and the upcoming NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Blackberry Winter. He has directed Seminar at PlayMakers Repertory Company,  4000 Miles at Vermont Stage Company, Doubt, Sideman, and the upcoming When the Rain Stops Falling at 1st Stage, as well as productions at Cape Fear Regional Theater, Imagination Stage, Solas Nua, the Source Festival, Montgomery College, and the University of Maryland. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a Board Member of theatreWashington and Pointless Theatre.