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Resident Ensemble Players stage new work by faculty member

A scene from the play "From the Author Of"

REP cast members Elizabeth Heflin (left) as Meredith and Kathleen Pirkl Tague as Linda in a scene from the new play.

From The Author Of, a new play written by faculty member Chisa Hutchinson, will be performed by the University of Delawares Resident Ensemble Players (REP) through Sunday, Dec. 3, at Thompson Theatre in the Roselle Center for the Arts.

A risque comedy, From The Author Of tackles social issues of homelessness and privilege in New York. It previewed on Nov. 9 and opens on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Hutchinson, an award-winning playwright who teaches creative writing as an assistant professor of English at UD, is known for creating thought-provoking works that delve into complex matters. This new play is no different, as it follows Pulitzer Prize-winning author Meredith Renner and her assistant as they try to save Renners reputation after the press criticizes her controversial work, which often showcases the lives of others. Other key characters are a pompous public relations guy, a secret lover and a homeless phone-sex worker.

The play is directed by Jade King Carroll, who received  the 2010 Paul Green Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Professional from the National Theatre Conference and the estate of famed playwright August Wilson.

A full schedule and information on purchasing tickets can be found on REPs website, which notes that the play is intended for mature audiences and contains profanity and sexual content.

Hutchinson joined UD's Department of English in 2016 as creative writer in residence. She has won numerous awards for her plays, including last year's inaugural Thom Thomas Award from the Dramatists Guild Fund.

She  earned a bachelors degree from Vassar College and a master of fine arts degree from New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts. Her involvement in theatre led to numerous roles as an actor, but she turned to writing to explore issues important to her.

The main issue for me is to write for underrepresented people in a way that validates their experience and maybe highlights it for people who might not think about it otherwise, Hutchinson has said. I also enjoy writing about young people.

Her plays include She Like Girls, Sex on Sunday, The Subject, Dead & Breathing, The Wedding Gift and Somebody's Daughter. They have been performed in such venues as City Parks' Summerstage, the Lark, the National Black Theater, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Rattlestick Theater, Second Stage Theater and Atlantic Theater Company.

Hutchinson has won a GLAAD Award, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award and the Paul Green Award, among other honors. She has been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a New York NeoFuturist and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group.

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Playwright and faculty member Chisa Hutchinson

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