SAT. MAY 21 | Post-Show Discussion and Talkback featuring Cori Thomas (Playwright) and Dana Beyer (E
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Following the 8:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback featuring Cori Thomas (Playwright of When January Feels Like Summer) and Dana Beyer (Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland).
Cori Thomas is a playwright and actress. Her plays include: When January Feels Like Summer (World Premiere City Theatre Co., Pittsburgh); Pa’s Hat (Pillsbury House Theatre, MN); Flight 109, My Secret Language of Wishes (Various theaters and University productions including Mixed Blood, MN); The Princess, The Breast, and, The Lizard; The Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures; Waking Up; His Daddy; our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. Cori’s plays have been developed and produced at Sundance Theatre Lab, Goodman Theatre, City Theatre Co. (Pittsburgh), Page 73, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Playwrights Horizons, Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Going To The River, Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Passage Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, New Federal Theatre, New Georges, The Black Rep (St. Louis), The New Black Fest, and Queens Theatre in the Park. She has beeNn commissioned by South Coast Rep Theatre, The Sloan Foundation, NYSCA, EST, Pillsbury House Theatre. Publications: (Viking Press) Plays for Two Waking Up (Smith and Krauss ) Best short plays 2010) His Daddy. (Smith and Krauss) Selected monologues and scenes When January Feels Like Summer. Awards, Residencies, and Honors: New Dramatists, MacDowell Fellow, Edgerton New Play Award, Sundance Theatre Lab, and2011 American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award for Best New Play (When January Feels Like Summer) ; 2005 Theodore Ward Prize (My Secret Language of Wishes), 2003 2nd Place Theodore Ward Prize (“our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor….”). Cori is a co-founder of The Pa’s Hat Foundation, Inc. an organization focused on helping the former child soldiers of Liberia heal after the long-standing civil war through focus on arts education and literacy.
Dana Beyer is a retired eye surgeon who was a candidate for the Maryland state Senate in 2014. She is currently Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland, the state’s trans political organization which worked the gender identity bill to passage in 2014. She served a term as a senior adviser for Councilmember Trachtenberg on the Montgomery County Council. She is chair of the national advisory board of Freedom to Work, and writes a weekly column for The Huffington Post. She recently served on the Rules Committee of the national Democratic Party, and has twice run for state Delegate in Maryland District 18. She was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame in 2014.
Dana has been an advocate on public health issues, including research on the effects of DES and endocrine disruptors on human sexuality and reproduction, and was lead staffer passing the first county-wide ban of artificial trans fats in the U.S. – a ban that will be extended nationwide next year. Dana has been VP of Equality Maryland and Maryland NOW, a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Governor, and a board member of Mobile Med and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). She is currently on the board of Keshet, the national Jewish LGBT organization, and the steering committee of Progressive Neighbors, Montgomery County’s leading progressive advocacy organization. In 2009 she helped organize and co-authored The Dallas Principles. She led the coalitions that passed the Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery County gender identity anti-discrimination laws, and defended the Montgomery County law against national right-wing forces in 2008. She was on the workgroup at the Washington Psychiatric Society that wrote the Gender Dysphoria text for the DSM 5, declassifying being transgender as a mental disorder. She was the first out trans graduate of the Senior Executive Program in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.