AMPERSAND CREATES INVENTIVE THEATRE WITH A COLLECTIVE MINDSET . . .
Ampersand is lead by director Maura Krause & playwright Douglas Williams. Ampersand’s first production BON IVER FIGHTS A BEAR premiered in the 2018 FringeArts Festival and was named “Best of 2018” by Broad Street Review.
Collectively Krause and Williams have worked with Azuka Theatre, InterAct, PlayPenn, Woolly Mammoth, Manhattan Theatre Club, Applied Mechanics, the O’Neill, and Cleveland Public Theatre, among others.
Untitled Poe Project - coming for Halloween in 2019…
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BON IVER FIGHTS A BEAR (2018)
A fantasia based on Bon Iver writing his seminal debut album in a secluded cabin in the winter woods, told through the eyes of a crazy fucking grizzly bear who thinks his music sucks.
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Maura Krause is the Artistic Director of Barrymore-award winning company Orbiter 3, Philadelphia's first producing playwrights collective, in addition to being a new work director, dramaturg and producer. She is a former National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at InterAct Theatre Company, and an Associated Artist with Applied Mechanics. Maura has also worked with the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, EMP Collective, PlayPenn, The Renegade Company, Arcadia University, Hedgerow Theatre, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and Tiny Dynamite, among others. Favorite projects include Lost in the Meadow (PearlDamour), Red Ash Mosaic(Cleveland Public Theatre), Breathe Smoke by Douglas Williams (Orbiter 3), flesh flesh flesh: A Ghost Play by Lena Barnard (self-produced), and Tilda Swinton Adopt Me Please(The Greenfield Collective). Current project: This Is On Record (Applied Mechanics).
Douglas Williams is the Playwright-In-Residence at Azuka Theatre and a co-founder of the acclaimed playwrights producing collective Orbiter 3. His play Shitheads (Azuka Theatre) was the winner of 4 Philadelphia Critics' Awards including Best New Play & Best Overall Production and was recommended for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. Other plays include Moon Cave (Azuka Theatre) and Breathe Smoke (Orbiter 3). Williams has had two plays developed at PlayPenn (Moon Cave, Shitheads). His play SHIP was developed at the Great Plains Theatre Conference and was named runner-up in ScreenCraft’s National New Play Award by playwrights David Lindsay-Abaire & Donald Margulies. In 2018 he was in residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and received a commission from Theatre Horizon.