One of the coolest things about being a playwright is learning your work resonated with people you've never met in a place you've never been. It speaks to our shared humanity. So if you happen to be in Lagos, Nigeria this December you can see my plays at the wonderful Theatre Republic, which is a frequent haunt of Nobel Prize Winner Wole Soyinka. My plays, Things Unsaid and In a Hole, will be directed by founder Wole Oguntokun. If you go to the plays please reach out to me on social media and share pictures!!!!!
It’s an article about my play “Timeless” and meeeeeeeeee!
Timeless is playing at the Farish Theatre in Downtown Lexington November 2nd-4th. Click here for ticket information.
Though, to be fair, I don’t think I used the word “amongst” during the interview, but hell it makes me sound smart.
There is a great group of people in Lexington who are big time advocates for new plays and I send them many thanks!
And here is a quick blurb about the play from LEXARTS Newsletter:
TIMELESS: A SCIENTIFIC COMEDY
Kentucky Women Writers Conference
Fans of comedy, science, and theater: join the Kentucky Women Writers Conference for the world premiere of "Timeless," a dark sci-fi comedy in which four scientists have discovered the fountain of youth in a new stem cell procedure. Little do they know that the oldest member of the team is trying to destroy their project. In one night they question history, women's place in science, and the value of time as they wrestle with the fate of an overcrowded earth.
Thursday, November 2, Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4 | 7:30PM
Saturday, November 4 | 2:00 PM
Farish Theatre | 140 E Main St
$15 | $10 for students
In 1925, a 28 year old named Madge Oberholtzer started dating a charming and successful man, named D.C., who had his eye on becoming President. He seemed to match her independent spirit and hunger for an interesting life.
Madge was well educated, witty, and daring. Only two years earlier she had driven all the way to California with her best friend when there were virtually no paved roads or service stations.
On March 15th, 1925 D.C. called to ask if she could come see him urgently about her job. They had broken up shortly before, but her job was important so she went.
What happened next changed the history of the US, but until now Madge is rarely discussed. As part of the 2017 The Scripps Ranch Theatre New Works Studio in San Diego, CA I did my best to tell Madge's story and how she helped crush the largest and deadliest terrorist organization that has ever existed in the United States.
Last night SRT hosted a wonderful staged reading of my new play, "The Dying Declaration of Madge Oberholtzer." We had fun, hopefully honored this brave woman, and afterwards I answered some questions. More to come with this play...
Y'all, I am very excited to announce that I have won the 2017 Prize for Women Playwrights. I copied the announcement below and added some hand notes, but the original announcement is here.
The panel picked Timeless from over 350 international submissions so I am super stoked they picked mine. They didn't realize I was from KY till we talked after the announcement and they were super thrilled as I'm the first winner from the state.
Original PR release:
As of July 25, 2017, we are so pleased to announce that the 2017 winner of the Prize for Women Playwrights is:
Timeless: A Scientific Comedy, by Raegan Payne
Raegan currently resides in Corona del Mar, CA, but is a native of Louisville, KY, [Note: I was actually born in Murray, KY but spent a portion of my childhood in Louisville where my mom would take me to free or discounted shows at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, which probably helped inspired this playwright thing] and she is thrilled to have her play premiering in her home state [Truth]. Timeless will have its world premiere in 4 performances on November 2-4, 2017, directed by Eric Seale at the Farish Theatre in Lexington, KY, and the playwright will be available for a conversation with the audience after one of these performances [Probably at the Saturday matinee]. Stay tuned for more details about casting and the production!
As of June 6, 2017, we're thrilled to congratulate these 5 finalists:
Sin Cycle, by May Donnet-Johnson, of Nashville
Ghost Walks into a Bar, by Mora V. Harris, of Pittsburgh
Beautiful Savage, by Kathleen McDonnell, of Toronto
Timeless, by Raegan Payne, of Corona del Mar, CA
The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons, by Rachel Teagle, of Saint Paul, MN
And here is a picture of some of the lovely people who evaluated the plays: