In 2008 I drafted a play about a militiaman on the US/Mexico border and a young man who tries to infiltrate the group for reasons that aren’t immediately apparent. The script won the UK International Student Drama Festival competition in 2011, and I got to go over to the festival in Hull that year. Later it saw a production in Dallas, and the play’s life ended there.

Since then a lot has changed on the border, and obviously it’s re-captured the media’s attention in the current climate. Over the years I’ve stayed in touch with London-based producer Frazer Brown, and he’s always had an interest in the script. Earlier this year he prompted me to re-conceptualize it, to bring it closer to the present and to work out issues in the earlier draft. Over the summer I completely rewrote the play, to the point where I consider it a new play – the remaining elements are the characters and the location, but everything else is new and updated to reflect our current situation.

This July Frazer and I organized a table read in Manhattan with a talented group of actors. From there, and from some notes from a writers’ group I belong to, I rewrote, and now we’re looking at options for a production.

Here are some images from the reading. More to come.

In these photos: Frazer Brown, Tanya Everett, Arielle Haller-Silverstone, Oskar Owens and Harry Wood.

By |2018-08-17T12:59:48+00:00August 17th, 2018|News|

About the Author:

Kevin is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter originally from North Dakota. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (BA, History & Philosophy ’03) and the University of Texas at Austin (MFA, Creative Writing, Michener Fellow ’13). He lives in New York City and is repped by Max Grossman at Abrams Artists Agency.