The Thursday, March 7th performance of Never The Bridesmaid will be followed by a panel discussion on new play development featuring playwright Bill Jepsen, director Richard Shavzin, artistic director Richard Engling and 2012 Dionysos Cup winning playwright Ron Hirsen.
will be awarded the Dionysos Cup
play Land Where My Fathers Died on this occasion.
Winning the 2012 Dionysos Cup
is Land Where My Fathers Died by Ron Hirsen
, a funny, poignant play about the collision of indigenous rights with contemporary property rights.
In it, a middle aged school teacher returns from work to find a traditional Native American tepee on the front lawn of her
Rogers Park home.
Ron Hirsen, author of the 2012 Dionysos Cup-winning Land Where My Fathers Died is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.
He has worked professionally in Chicago as both director and actor, appearing in productions at Wisdom Bridge, Court Theatre, and Northlight Theatre.
early plays had readings at Wisdom Bridge and the Goodman Theatre.
Elegy was read at the Jewish Repertory Theatre
in New York, before receiving its premiere production at the Walnut Street Theatre
in Philadelphia in 2002.
As part of its annual O'Neill celebration, The O'Neill presented a reading in 2005 of Mr. Hirsen's
Gene, a one-act play intended as a companion piece to Eugene O'Neill's Hughie.
Mr. Hirsen is a member of The Dramatists Guild and a former member of Actors' Equity and is represented by Elaine Devlin Literary in New York.