National New Play Network Announces the Rolling World Premiere of THE THRUSH AND THE WOODPECKER by Steve Yockey

Sep 4, 2015

Washington, D.C. - The National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces The Thrush and the Woodpecker by Steve Yockey as its 55th Rolling World Premiere (RWP). This is Yockey’s fifth with the Network and the first time one playwright has had two Rolls in one season. It will be performed in repertory with the NNPN RWP of Yockey’s Blackberry Winter at Core Members Actor’s Express (Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 15, 2015) and Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX, May 27-June 25, 2016). Thrush will finish at Associate Member The Custom Made Theatre Co. (San Francisco, CA) in August 2016.


In this modern revenge play, Brenda Hendricks has her hands full dealing with her son Noah after he is expelled from a prestigious college and unexpectedly returns to their isolated Northern California home. When a mysterious woman arrives on their doorstep, Brenda and Noah find their world turned upside down in ways both intimate and epic. 


Steve Yockey is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the country, Europe, and Asia. His plays Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOONSubculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman’s Wife, Wolves, Disassembly, and Niagara Falls & Other Plays are published and available from Samuel French. He was one of two writers selected for the US/Australia playwright exchange in February 2013, sponsored by the National New Play Network and Playwriting Australia. Steve holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He currently contributes issues to the Zenescope comic book series Grimm Tales of Terror and writes on HBO’s The Brink


Actor's Express (Atlanta, GA) offers original voices and new perspectives that reflect Atlanta's diverse and evolving community. Founded in 1988, The Express has proven itself the most adventurous producing theater in Atlanta, by offering audiences a diverse and artistically challenging program of both World and Southeastern premieres. 


It is the mission of Kitchen Dog Theater to provide a place where questions of justice, morality, and human freedom can be explored. We choose plays that challenge our moral and social consciences, invite our audiences to be provoked, challenged, and amazed. We believe that the theater is a site of individual discovery as well as a force against conventional views of the self and experience. It is not a provider of answers, but an invitation to question. Since theater of this kind is not bound by any tradition, Kitchen Dog Theater is committed to exploring these questions whether they are found in the classics, contemporary works, or new plays. 


The Custom Made Theatre Co., in its 16th season of production in San Francisco, is committed to producing plays that awaken our social conscience, focusing on the strength of the ensemble and creating an intimate theatrical experience. Our eclectic line-up of shows (and some might say artists) highlights the diversity of our community. While our productions have always had strong political and social commentary, we also love low-humor, high-humor, emotional drama, and realistic looks at life and art.