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DAYBREAK

STAGED READING

January 26, 2020, 7:30 pm

Arcturus Theater

Washington, DC

THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS

PRODUCTION

October 4-13, 2019

University of Southern Maine 

THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS

PRODUCTION

March 21-30, 2019

4th Wall Stage Company, Worcester, MA

 

Press

"revelatory and triumphant"

EdgeBoston

"Director Lucie Tiberghien mines the play’s pathos, comedy and mystery with her dazzling staging . . . an entrancing theatrical spectacle."

Theatre Scene

"Enchanting and thought-provoking"

Boston Globe

"a drama as explosive as a pistol shot"

Digital City

"All of the human drama is crystalline in The Oil Thief "

Boston Phoenix

"Somehow, Joyce Van Dyke fits not just a love triangle but 450 million years of geological time into a taut, mesmerizing 80 minutes."

Boston Globe Critics' Picks

"thrilling"

Boston Herald

"A Girl's War [is] Joyce Van Dyke's moving and thoughtful play about ethnic tensions in the Caucasus -- though it applies to just about any war in the world."

Boston Globe Critics' Picks

"Van Dyke creates three unforgettable characters, depicts the complex and shifting relationships among them . . . It’s the vastness of Van Dyke’s perspective that makes the smallest moments of personal heartache affect us so strongly."

Boston Globe

 

About

Joyce Van Dyke’s plays have received numerous productions, commissions and awards. Two of her plays had world premieres in 2018.  DAYBREAK, inspired by the true stories of her Armenian maternal grandparents, premiered off-Broadway at the Beckett Theatre (Theatre Row), produced by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre.  THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS, about five women astronomers at the Harvard Observatory, was commissioned by Central Square Theater and had its world premiere in a Nora Theatre Company production at Central Square Theater.  


Her other plays include THE OIL THIEF, commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre / Sloan Project, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and winner of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script (2009).  FRIENDS OF ARMENIA, a site-specific play commissioned by the Armenian Heritage Foundation, premiered at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall (2015).  A GIRL’S WAR, produced by Golden Thread Productions, New Repertory Theatre, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, has won multiple awards including the Gassner Award and the Boston Globe’s “Top Ten” plays of 2001.


A MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, Joyce has twice received playwriting grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She teaches Shakespeare at Harvard and has also taught playwriting at Harvard and Northeastern.