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ISOLATED INCIDENTS follows five essential workers and their families as they grapple with anxiety and the need for honesty–and how race impacts every interaction and decision they make. The series shows that maybe all those isolated incidents aren’t so isolated after all. This series is both specific to 2020 and universal, looking at how a once-in-a-century public health crisis exposes the things that were always there. This majority-BIPOC majority-queer collective of writers capture stories that center the invisible front line – workers who are essential inside of the pandemic, and the lives they lead behind the job. The stories that don’t make the headlines but are just as important.

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Directors

Jade King Carroll Seven Deadly Sins (Miami New Drama – Drama League Award); Proof of Love (Audible at Minetta Lane/audiobook); Detroit ’67 (McCarter Theatre co-production with Hartford Stage); Intimate Apparel, The Piano Lesson (McCarter Theatre); The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Having Our Say (Hartford Stage co-production with Long Wharf Theatre); Autumn’s Harvest (Lincoln Center Institute); A Trouble in Mind (Two River Theater & Playmaker’s Rep); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Whipping Man, Native Gardens, Skeleton Crew, Bad Dates (Portland Stage); The Revolutionists, Sunset Baby (City Theatre); A Raisin In The Sun (Juilliard & Perseverance); The Tempest (Chatauqua Theater Company); Seven Guitars, The Persians (People’s Light and Theatre); King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse);  Cardboard Piano (Juilliard) Laughing Wild, Redeemed (Dorset Theatre Festival).

Nicole A. Watson is the Associate Artistic Director at the McCarter Theatre Center. Prior to this appointment, she was the Associate Artistic Director at Round House Theatre. On behalf of both theaters, she created the Adrienne Kennedy Festival. While at Round House, she launched Round House’s Relaxed Performance Initiative, directed A Doll’s House Part 2 and School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play (Helen Hayes winner Best Ensemble, and Best Supporting Artist). She was also the directing mentor to the Teen Ensemble Company. In addition to her work as an arts leader, Nicole continues to work as a freelance director and educator. A former history teacher, Nicole started directing in 2008 and has worked at theaters and universities across the country. She has worked with New Dramatists, the Lark Play Development Center, the Fire this Time Festival, the New Black Fest, the Women’s Project Theater, The 52nd Street Project, Signature Theater, Geva Theater Center, A.C.T., Asolo Rep, Washington National Opera, Theater Latte Da, The Playwrights Center, The Kennedy Center, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Working Theater, Smith College, NCSA, NYU, and LIU. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and an alum of the Drama League, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Women’s Project Directors Lab and a member of the SDC. BA: History, Yale. MA: NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. http://www.nicoleawatson.com/

Playwrights

Pascale Florestal is a Director, Educator, Dramaturg, Writer and Collaborator based in Boston, MA. Directing Credits; Seven Devils, SpeakEasy Stage, Opera Del West, NorthEastern University, Huntington Theater Company, and others. New Play development; R. Eric Thomas, Obehi Janice, Phaedra Michelle Scott, and others. As an Assistant to the Director she has worked with Kimberly Senior, Liesl Tommy, Billy Porter, Paul Daigneault and M. Bevin O’Gara. Recent dramaturgy for Christina Anderson’s play The Resurrection of Michelle Morgan with Geva Theater. She is the Education Director for The Front Porch Arts Collective and is an Assistant Professor of Theater at Boston Conservatory.

Nicholas Kaidoo is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Plays include Fall the HouseSeveranceSycamore, and an untitled Great Gatsby adaptation. He has worked with and learned from the Atlantic Theater Company, the Movement Theatre Company, The Civilians, Pipeline Theatre Company, and the Playwrights’ Center. He is the inaugural recipient of the Jim Anderson Outlaw Playwright Award, a finalist for the Keene Prize for Literature and has been recognized for distinguished achievement by the Kennedy Center (for: the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, and the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting). MFA: University of Texas at Austin.

Laura Neill developed her play Winter People at the 2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She is currently writing the site-specific play Public Property with the support of a ScriptWorks Groundwork Grant and the Pease Park Conservancy. Past commissions include Just Cause (SpeakEasy Stage Company) and DIVAS (OperaHub). Other previous productions include Skin and Bones, workshopped with the Wilbury Theatre Group, and Don’t Give Up the Ship, premiered by Fresh Ink Theatre. Laura was an affiliate of the Company One PlayLab, and she was the WomenWorks playwright-in-residence at the University of Tulsa. She co-edited the New England New Play Anthology for StageSource. Laura has taught courses on creative writing and theatre at universities across the country. MFA: Boston University. Representation: Katie Gamelli at A3 Artists Agency. Learn more at http://laurajneill.wixsite.com/plays.

Jaymes Sanchez is a Texan playwright, actor, director, and educator. Jaymes’s plays have been developed with The Lark, Company One, Teatro Vivo, San Diego REP, and Artists’ Theatre of Boston. His play THE CUCUY WILL FIND YOU received the 2020 Keene Prize for Literature, and his short play S.W.A.T. was the second-place winner of Playing on Air’s James Stevenson Prize. Jaymes has been a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval and the Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival. Jaymes is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.

Hayley Spivey is a screenwriter, playwright, and dramaturg with a B.F.A from Boston University.  She began her career in dramaturgy while working for Company One Theatre shortly after graduation.   Hayley then worked as a freelance Dramaturg in Boston for six years, where she found a passion for new work development.  Hayley’s greatest love is encouraging nervous, green writers to write fearlessly and to stop waiting for permission.  Hayley’s latest full-length play, The Birch Prep Five, was honored as a 2020 Semi-Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.   

Creatives

Pearl Hodiwala is a Producer from Sydney, Australia with a background in creative development, fundraising, licensing and theatre management. Pearl has worked at some of the preeminent theaters in the world including Belvoir Street Theatre, The Public Theater, and Disney Theatrical Group. Managing Director of Kaimera Productions (www.kaimeraproductions.com). Masters of Arts Administration from Columbia University. Member of the WP Theatre’s Producers Lab 2014-2016.

Twi McCallum is a sound designer living in NYC, by-way of Baltimore, MD. Her favorite theatrical credits include Kansas City Rep, The Kennedy Center, The Public Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, and her Broadway debut with Chicken & Biscuits at Circle in the Square Theatre in fall 2021. She hopes to focus her career on musicals, new plays, and anything in the genres of children’s stories and horror stories. Her cinema/digital credits include sound design and/or dialogue editing for STARZ, NBCUniversal, Audible, Penguin Publishing, and Marvel. Most importantly, she is a former student of Howard University’s theatre department and a graduate of Yale School of Drama’s one-year sound program. When not working, she loves taking care of her pet snails, studying American Sign Language, and binge watching reality television 

Brian Quijada is an actor, playwright, and composer who’s original work has been developed and produced all across the country. His hip hop solo show Where Did We Sit on the Bus? has been produced at Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista (Jeff Award), Ensemble Studio Theatre (Drama Desk Nomination), 1st Stage, City Theatre Pittsburgh, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Geva Theatre. He has composed plays that have been developed/produced at The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh CLO’s Spark Festival, Victory Gardens’ Ignition Festival, New Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Festival, and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Musical Conference. 

Marvin Quijada (a.k.a. Silent Marvin) is a Chicago based electronic music producer/ composer, DJ, theatrical actor, and an award winning Clown/ Mime. His most recent music composition credit is “Kid Prince & Pablo” which was performed at The Kennedy Center. Other recent performer credits in Chicago include: “La Havana Madrid“ (Teatro Vista), and the silent play “The Dueling Gentlemen” (Silent Theatre Company) which he wrote and directed. You can catch him in Teatro Vista’s production of “The Dream King”, which is the newest silent play penned by Mr. Quijada. www.silentmarvin.com 

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Founded in 1994, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater produces ambitious plays to inspire empathy and provoke conversation that will lead to positive social change. Rattlestick has a deep commitment to producing fierce works, in partnership with community organizations, that challenge and stimulate audiences to confront the complexities of our culture. Notable productions include Diana Oh’s {mylingerieplay}, Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the Flood, Samuel D. Hunter’s The Few and Lewiston/Clarkston, Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist, Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer and Cellar, Adam Rapp’s The Hallway Trilogy, and Martyna Majok’s Ironbound.

Rattlestick produces mainstage productions; creates artistic development opportunities for artists to hone their craft; and provides opportunities for artists to engage with innovative work through residencies, fellowships, and special performances.

Episodes

#1 - Mediation

#1 – Mediation

A live-in-couple takes in a brother-in-law; political and personal tensions arise. Written by Nichol ...
#2 - Nightmare Next Door

#2 – Nightmare Next Door

An interracial lesbian couple worry about who their new neighbors could be. Written by Laura Neill a ...
#3 - Neither Nor

#3 – Neither Nor

An overworked postal worker must solve all of the world’s problems even though it’s not her job ...
#4 - In Public

#4 – In Public

A nervous ex-caregiver struggles to hide her anxiety, fear, and grief as she attempts to date out in ...
#5 - Monster in the Pandemic

#5 – Monster in the Pandemic

An interracial queer couple struggles to cohabitate with their mother-in-law as they try to find the ...
#6 - The Package

#6 – The Package

The lives of previously isolated characters converge. Written by Pascale Florestal, Nicholas Kaidoo, ...
Bonus - Behind the Scenes: Meet the Writers of Isolated Incidents

Bonus – Behind the Scenes: Meet the Writers of Isolated Incidents

Actor Keith Randolph Smith interviews the five writers who created Isolated Incidents. Pascale Flore ...

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