Drunken Careening Writers

September 16, 2021 - 7:00 PM

Fabulous & Absurd
Jonathan Alexandratos
Tina Howe
Kathleen Warnock

Jonathan Alexandratos (they/them) is a Non-Binary playwright, professor, and toy collector. Their work for the stage often traces Queerness from ancient times to present, with a healthy dose of pop culture. As a professor, Jonathan teaches developmental English to incoming freshmen at Queensborough Community College...with a healthy dose of pop culture. The toy collecting informs much of Jonathan's writing and research, as they are committed to the academic study of toys and action figures. Their edited collection of scholarly essays on action figures, titled *Articulating the Action Figure: Essays on the Toys and Their Messages* is out now from McFarland. They are currently working on a follow-up about the cultural impact of fast food toys...with a healthy dose of pop culture.
Tina Howe’s most produced plays include “Birth and After Birth”, “Museum”, “The Art of Dining”, “Painting Churches”, “Coastal Disturbances”, “Approaching Zanzibar” and “Pride’s Crossing”. These and other works premiered at the Public Theater, the Kennedy Center, Second Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages as well as being translated and produced abroad. Among her many awards are an Obie for Distinguished playwriting, a Tony nomination for best Play, an Outer Circle Critics Award, a Rockefeller Grant, two N.E.A. Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Sidney Kingsley Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, two honorary degrees, the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre, a Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement, and most recently, PEN’s Master American Playwright award in 2015. Ms. Howe has taught at NYU, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and UCLA before becoming Visiting Professor at Hunter College in 1990, then going on to launch the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting in 2010 as Playwright-in-Residence. Her works can be read in numerous anthologies as well as in Coastal Disturbances: Four Plays by Tina Howe and Birth and After Birth and Other Plays: A Marriage Cycle, published by Theatre Communications Group. Her other publications include her translations of Ionesco's “The Bald Soprano' and 'The Lesson' (Grove Press) and Shrinking Violets and Towering Tiger Lilies: Seven Brief Plays about Women in Distress, (Samuel French), She is also the subject of Howe in an Hour, edited by Judith Barlow, published by Smith and Kraus. Ms. Howe is proud to have served on the council of the Dramatists Guild since 1990.

Kathleen Warnock is a Queens-based playwright and editor. Her plays have been produced in New York City, regionally, and internationally in England, Ireland and Australia. She is Associate Artistic Director of TOSOS (New York's longest running professional LGBTQ+ theater), and Ambassador of Love for North America for the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. She is a NYC Ambassador for The Dramatists Guild, of which she is a longtime member. She's been running DCW since 2004.