The Book Cellar
Playwright Steven Simoncic comes to The Book Cellar for a reading from his recently published play Broken Fences. The evening will feature scenes read by local actors, followed by a discussion of the work.
About Steven Simoncic:
Steven Simoncic’s plays have received productions, readings and workshops at The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, The Second City, 16 th Street Theatre, Pegasus Players, Stageplays Theatre New York, and Soho Theatre London. Steven’s play, Heat Wave recently received a critically acclaimed production at Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep, and his play Once Upon a Time in Detroit, was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. The Space Behind Your Heart was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Heideman Award from the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Ghost Gardens was a semi-finalist for the 2015 Global Age Project at Aurora Theatre. Broken Fences was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, and his play, Toxic Donut, won the NAAA Playwriting Festival where it received a workshop production at the Wright Theatre at The London Central School for Dramatics. Steven recently completed critically acclaimed productions of Broken Fences with Ballybeg Productions in New York, 16 th Street Theatre in Chicago and The Road Theatre in LA. The 16 th Street Theatre production was featured in The Chicago Tribune’s annual “Best of Chicago” list. The Road Theatre production of Broken Fences received outstanding reviews, was recommended by the LA Examiner, and a was rated a “Top Rated play in LA” by Theatre in LA, and a “Top 10 Production in Los Angeles” by Stage Raw. In 2018, Broken Fences will be produced by The Detroit Repertory Theatre as part of their 61 st season.
Steven was recently nominated for a Pushcart prize, the Arts & Letters Susan Atefat Prize, and has won an Emmy for short form comedy. Steven was selected as a featured writer for RIPPED, a short play series co-produced by American Blues Theatre and the University of Chicago, and his play Words With C, was selected as a finalist for Play Lab at the 22 nd Annual Last Frontier Theatre Festival.
Steven is a resident artist at The Purple Rose Theatre, an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre and Writer in Residence at Pegasus Theatre Chicago, and 16 th Street Theatre. His plays and fiction have appeared in The Chicago Reader, Hippocampus Magazine, Conclave, New Millennium Writings, Spork Magazine, Ampersand and Drift Magazine. Steven’s work of creative non-fiction, “I Like You” was selected as one of the notable American Essays of 2015 by Robert Atwan in the 2016 Best American Essays anthology.
Steven holds BBA from the University of Michigan, an MFA from WarrenWilson and an MLA from the University of Chicago.
About Broken Fences:
In a neighborhood on Chicago's deep West Side, the momentum of gentrification has taken hold and things have begun to change forever. As property taxes rise and demographics shift, Hoody and D struggle to keep the only home they have ever known. But when April and Czar -- a white couple intent on starting a family -- buy their first home and move in next door, the very definition of home is called into question. With unflinching honesty and unapologetic humor, "Broken Fences" examines identity and invisibility, community and security, hope and hostility in a modern American urban village that is at once foreign, and the place these characters call home.