Staged reading set for Coe Playwriting Competition winner "The Liar Paradox"

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2015-04-09 13:13:54 - General

Kristin Idaszak
Kristin Idaszak

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present a staged reading of the first-prize winner in the 2015 Coe Playwriting Competition. The reading of "The Liar Paradox" by playwright Kristin Idaszak will take place in Dows Theatre on Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public, with a discussion to follow the reading.

On New Year's Eve, a catastrophic car accident leaves Mark's twin sister in a coma and his girlfriend dead. When nude photographs of his sister surface on the Internet, Mark goes in search of answers to what happened that night, and in the process is forced to confront her boyfriend, their father and his own secrets. "The Liar Paradox" explores the nature of death in the Information Age and the timelessness of love, deception and identity.

"The Liar Paradox" was developed through a Downstage Left Playwright Residency at Stage Left Theatre in Chicago. The play received the second-place Paula Vogel Award and was nominated for Kilroys List.

Idaszak is a Southern California- and Chicago-based playwright and theatre artist. Her plays have been produced or developed with companies in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Providence and Washington, D.C. She has received residencies from the Qualcomm Institute, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Stage Left Theatre. Idaszak's "Second Skin" received the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award.

The playwright has also been nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Work and the Kilroys List. Idaszak will be the 2015 Kennedy Center Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Institute. Previously, she served as associate artistic director/literary manager of Caffeine Theatre and associate artistic director of Collaboraction. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. Idaszak is currently pursuing an MFA in playwriting at the University of California - San Diego.

For more information, call 399-8581.