In this conversation with Playwrights' Center Core Writer Kira Obolensky and artistic director Marcela Lorca, we’ll explore Kira's decade of writing for Ten Thousand Things’ audiences. We'll enjoy highlights from her plays read by Ten Thousand Things' actors and celebrate the body of work she created with our audiences in mind.
Kira Obolensky was a Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at Ten Thousand Things Theater for six years. She wrote six plays for that company, which were produced and performed for audiences in various venues, including places of incarceration, shelters, low income centers and rural Minnesota. Her plays have been performed around the country and abroad. Most recently, her play Stewardess! performed to sold out crowds at the History Theater in St. Paul. e has received many awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim fellowship, the Kesselring Prize and Le Comte de Nuys playwriting fellowship, as well as grants from the Bush, McKnight, and Jerome Foundations. Kira has written three books about architecture and design, including co-authoring the national best seller, The Not So Big House. Her novella, The Anarchists Float to St. Louis, won Quarterly West's novella prize. A graduate of Juilliard's playwriting program and Williams College, Kira teaches at the University of Minnesota and in Spalding University's low residency MFA program.
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