While serving detention for something she may or may not have done, Lauren and her science teacher realize they might be more similar than they think.
I wrote Science Night as a junior in college, where I was just beginning to learn a lot about myself as an individual, an artist, a feminist, you name it. Sexual assault has always been an epidemic I’ve been passionate about, and this short play is one of the first examples in my life of using my art to confront it head-on.
I think it’s also a great example of the never-ending work that comprises being a playwright and an ally. In revisiting Science Night with Play4Keeps, I realized I’ve learned so much and feel I could use that experience to improve the piece. Who knows…three years from now, this could be a totally different play!
|Mr. Sanders||Armando McClain|
|Stage directions||Kyle Sanderson|
Stephanie is a West Coast-based actor, writer, and producer whose work has been featured at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Public Theater, Ashland New Plays Festival, Oregon Fringe Festival, and Eugene O’Neill’s historic Tao House in Danville, CA.
Her original play, Science Night, was a 2015 finalist for the John Cauble Outstanding Short Play Award and was featured at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. In 2017, Stephanie co-produced and played the title role in her adaptation of Gail Carson Levine’s classic young adult novel, Ella Enchanted, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She is currently hosting and producing an as-yet-untitled, limited-series podcast about pioneer ghost town history, to be released in spring 2019.
Science Night was one of four national finalists for the 2015 John Cauble Outstanding Short Play Award through the American College Theatre Festival.
It’s had development and readings at Central Washington University, Southern Oregon University, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Its first fully staged production was at Southern Oregon University in February 2016, featuring Samantha Miller and Jonathan Reeves, directed by Lydia G. Garcia.