holly down in heaven

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    September 27 — October 20, 2012
    Shows are Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. 
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    When Holly, a brilliant fifteen-year-old born-again Christian, becomes pregnant, she banishes herself to the basement and confides only in her dolls -- particularly a psychiatrist puppet who closely resembles Carol Channing. Her only human contacts are an indulgent father, a clumsy ex-boyfriend, and a new tutor ... who just might be able to out-smart her. Hilarious and poignant, this world-premiere comedy explores birth, faith, and life outside of heaven.
    Winner of the Princess Grace Award
    Featuring Parker Drown, Maya Jackson, KenYatta Rogers*, Vanessa Strickland, Dawn Thomas, with Luke Cieslewicz and KyoSin.
    *Member of Actors' Equity Association
    Production team:
    Scenic Design by Steven T. Royal
    Lighting Design by Brittany Diliberto
    Costume Design by Denise Umland
    Sound Design by Thomas Sowers+
    Props Design by Debra Crerie
    Stage Managed by Stephanie Junkin
    Production photography by Melissa Blackall
    +Forum Ensemble member
    Gays Behind the Scenes 
    Audi-Turgy: Kara Lee Corthron
    Backstage: 'Holly Down in Heaven'
    Forum debuts 'Holly Down in Heaven'
    How a Carol Channing doll led to 'Holly Down in Heaven'
    Kara Lee Corthron’s plays include Julius by Design (Fulcrum, July 2011), Etched in Skin on a Sunlit Night (InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, June 2012), AliceGraceAnon (New Georges, Fall 2012), Spookwater, Listen for the Light, Electric Persephone in the Scorpion’s Den, and Wild Black-Eyed Susans.  Additionally, she is currently working on commissions from South Coast Repertory and New Georges.  Kara’s honors include the Princess Grace Award (for Holly Down in Heaven), the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Foundation Award (three-time recipient), the Theodore Ward Prize, the New Professional Theatre Writers Award and the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. She has participated in residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Skriðuklaustur (Iceland), the Millay Colony for the Arts and Ledig House. She was a staff writer for the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, Kings. Kara is a Juilliard alumna, instructor at Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts, a New Georges Affiliated Artist and member of the 2010-2011 Ars Nova Play Group, ‘Wright On! Playwrights Group (co-founder), Blue Roses Productions, the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.