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'Run/Fire': A New Finish Line Commissioned Play


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until February 14, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual / Cygnet Theatre
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST $5 - $50

"Run/Fire" by Aurin Squire is the next in Cygnet Theatre's 2020-2021 New Play series, "Finish Line," viewable on demand from Feb 8-14.

Join us for our fifth annual The Finish Line: A Bill and Judy Garrett Commission. Normally this multi-day event includes an opening reception, staged readings, and forums. This year will be different because of the restrictions placed on gatherings and live performances due to COVID-19. The playwrights will still be given a week-long workshop where they’ll have the chance to work with a director and designers of their choice to help bring their play to life. We’ll be sharing their process as they go through it, as well as readings of select scenes to enjoy! More information will be posted as it becomes available.

About the play
When a college student is implicated in a crime spree, his attempt to seek justice sets off a chain reaction that ripples across the entire town. What is real and what is not gets called into question in this timely play that forces us to ask, “Who are we to ourselves and to each other?”

How to watch
Tickets are based on a pay-what-you-can scale of $5, $15, $25 and $50. All levels support Cygnet Theatre.

"Run/Fire" will be available for online viewing February 8 – 14.

About the playwright
Aurin Squire is an award-winning playwright, reporter, and multimedia artist. He is a two-time recipient of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center and has received residencies at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center Lab, National Black Theatre, the Dramatists Guild of America, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

In the 2018-2019 season, Squire had six productions in Chicago, North Carolina, Seattle, Dallas, and Miami. including world premieres of “Fire Season” and “Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy” (which he co-authored with documentary filmmaker Billy Corben). He won the 2017 Helen Merrill Prize for Emerging Playwrights and the Emerald Prize from Seattle Public Theatre for his new drama. His political satire “Obama-ology” was workshopped at the Juilliard New Play Festival before becoming a sold-out hit at Finborough Theatre in London. “Obama-ology” also received a school production at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015 and was published by Oberon Books. In 2016 he returned to Finborough with his interracial relationship drama “Don’t Smoke in Bed.” His dark comedy “To Whom It May Concern” won New York LGBT theatre awards for best play, best playwright, and best actor before being optioned and having an off-broadway to critical acclaim at the ArcLight Theatre and was published by Original Works Publishing. Squire’s drama “Freefallling” was first produced at Barrington Stages before going on to win first prize at InspiraTO Theatre’s International Play Festival, and receive the Fiat Lux Prize from New York’s Catholic Church. His gay rights drama “Article 119-1” was produced throughout Germany, Canada, Italy, and in the United States. In 2016 his dark futuristic comedy “Zoohouse” was workshopped at the National Black Theatre as a part of his ‘I Am Soul’ fellowship while “The Gospel According to F#ggots” was workshopped at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

As an independent reporter he has written for The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, ESPN, Talking Points Memo, FUSION, and many other publications around the country. As a multimedia artist, Squire wrote Dreams of Freedom, the multimedia installation video about Jewish immigrants in the 20th century for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Dreams won three national museum awards and is in the permanent exhibit at NMAJH.

In TV, Squire has been a writer for the CBS political satire “BrainDead,” and the NBC family drama “This is Us.” He is a producer/writer for the CBS show “The Good Fight” as well as the supernatural drama “Evil.”

In his spare time, he’s a theatre podcast co-host of Maxamoo, writes reviews of new plays, meditates, studies religion. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, New School University, and Northwestern University

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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