Our next reading is just around the corner! Join us in Durham Studio Theatre at 4PM on 10/12 for End of the World Place, by Miyoko Conley.
What if the “end of the world” was not a time, but a physical place? This is the premise of Miyoko Conley’s End of the World Place, a poignant portrait of the inhabitants of a bed and breakfast sitting at the beach of the physical end of the world. Siblings Rei and Demi keep their family inn running as tourists and spiritual pilgrims pass through, but everything changes when a mysterious amnesiac stranger comes into town. It is a heartfelt, intimate tale exploring love, mortality, and the preciousness of human connection.
Miyoko Conley is a playwright and actor. Her plays have been produced and read in the New York City area, including Untitled Fantasy, as part of (2g) Second Generation’s Jumpstart Commissions, and The Joke, which was the winner of 2g’s Free Range Festival and produced at Walking Fish Theatre in Philadelphia. While not all of her plays involve robots, she has been commissioned to write some, including Interchangeable Parts and Untitled Robot Plays, a collaboration with A. Rey Pamatmat. Miyoko is also a recipient of the George A. Kernodle Award for her play Robot Arm. She holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Theatre, and an MA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Playwriting and Japanese Popular Culture. She is currently a PhD student in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, with a focus on transnational fan cultures in Japan and Korea.
The Q&A with Miyoko will be facilitated by Professor Abigail De Kosnik. Abigail De Kosnik is an Assistant Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) and the Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, and is an affiliated faculty member of Gender & Women’s Studies. She researches popular media, particularly digital media, film and television, and fan studies. She is particularly interested in how issues of feminism, queerness, ethnicity, and transnationalism intersect with new media studies and performance studies. She has published a number of essays in edited collections and journals such as Cinema Journal, Modern Drama, The International Journal of Communication, and Transformative Works and Cultures. She co-edited The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era with Sam Ford and C. Lee Harrington (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). Her courses include: History and Theory of New Media (one of the core required seminars for the Designated Emphasis in New Media), Sound Design (in one of the Digital Media Labs shared by TDPS, Film & Media, and Art Practice), Performance and Technology, and Performance and Television. She is currently writing a book on the history of Internet fan fiction, based on an oral history project conducted during 2012-13, and she is the primary investigator on a digital humanities project called “Fan Data: Counting Archives and Networks.” She is the co-organizer of the annual History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series.
The reading will be directed by Martha Herrera-Lasso.
As with the entire TDPS New Play Reading Series, this event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!