Other Plays by Kari Ann Owen
Owen, Kari Ann (aka Karen Iris Bogen, American playwright, published poet, essayist, dancer, singer, illustrator, designer, artistic director, 1949-____), “Solitude,”
a __-minute tragedy in English, set in _____, U.S.A., 1992,
© 1982 by Kari Ann Owen;
• in Kari Ann Owen’s Legacies: A Trilogy. Solitude, Foreigners and Legacies (Chico, California, U.S.A.: The Author, _____);
• script/rights available from Kari Ann Owen, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Cited by Kari Ann Owen; Owen says,
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• Produced at California State University, Sacramento, December 1979. Director: John Henry Null.
• Produced at Fort Mason Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, August and September 1979. Director: Kate Swackhamer.
• Staged reading, New England Playwrights Cooperative, New Haven, CT, October 1983. Director: Amy Seham.
• Staged reading at American Theatre Association National Convention, Minneapolis, MINN, August 1983.
• National contest winner. Finalist, University of Wyoming/St. Edwards University (Austin, TX) contest for plays about women, December 1982.
• Read during a series of playreadings on war and peace at Berkeley/Richmond, CA Jewish Community Center, February 1982. Director: Karen Iris Bogen.
• Photos of the artist's work as well as audio clips of the artist's work are available at http://www.kariannowen.com.
• Kari Ann Owen is a writer, singer, modern dancer and illustrator, and a scholar of Holocaust and genocide studies and tragic literature of adopted Native North American heritage. She is primarily a playwright whose subjects range from AIDS (“Terms of Surrender”) to “Eagle to the Sun,” which portrays a Native North American biker's struggle for sobriety. Her plays have been produced in staged readings and productions in Boston; New York; Boulder, Colorado and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her play, “Fireheart,” concerning Inquisition and resistance, won the Moondance International Film and Stage Play Festival’s Stage Play Award in January 2002. A short play on Vietnam, “Solitude”, now “An Exact Quality of Light,” won the American Theatre Association's National Award in 1983, and was presented in Minneapolis at the ATA's annual conference there. Recent full productions include two dramas of Catholic Hispanic, Jewish and Muslim resistance to oppression, “Fireheart” and “Moneda”, produced at San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in December 2000. A second play on similar themes, “Victory”, was given a full staged reading by the Opera Piccola Theatre in Oakland, CA in July 2001 along with “Model of the Year” in Spring 2002 and a monologue satirizing nuclear proliferation has been recently staged at the Stockyards Theatre in Chicago, Illinois in June 2003. Latest award: Moondance International Film Festival 2002 Stage Play Winner! http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com. Her general themes include activism/social justice, body image/body size, disability, mental health/psychology, religion/spirituality.—Kari Ann Owen Artistic Director, Theatre Engagé, http://www.womenarts.org/network/profile_95.html, accessed June 1, 2006.
• Kari Ann Owen is a Ph.D. level scholar in religion, theology and literature, born Karen Iris Bogen in Brooklyn, New York. She determined very early in her life to become a writer of conscience, and her poetry and plays certainly reflect that goal. Kari Ann won the Academy of American Poets Prize at New York University in 1972, and her poetry has been published in The Humanist and many other magazines. Her essays and articles have been published in feminist and other political journals, and magazines about disability; subjects range from the George W. Bush administration’s nuclear policy to living with a disability and training and living with a service dog partner. Her plays have been performed at the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts during the Very Special Arts Festival in June 2004, and at the George R. Moscone Center and Fort Mason Center, San Francisco; and in Chicago. Kari Ann writes both tragedy and comedy, and has addressed political and social atrocities ranging from rape and incest to the Vietnam War and the Nixon Administration’s destruction of Salvador Allende’s democratic government in Chile, among many other subjects. Kari Ann has studied and performed modern dance in Berkeley, CA and San Francisco; has sung in Bay Area churches and on radio stations; and her art has graced the cover of a Los Angeles magazine and been exhibited at art shows. Personal victories include learning to walk and ride a horse again after a short period of time spent in a wheelchair because of crippling sciatica, and losing 118 pounds after gastric bypass surgery in December 2000. Kari Ann is the widow of Silas S. Warner, computer scientist, public transportation advocate, composer and science fiction writer and creator of 'Castle Wolfenstein', the first talking video game.—http://www.kariannowen.com/, September 4, 2008.
• Research could include Kari Ann Owen’s Foreigners (Full length tragedy, 1 female, 3 lead males, 2 supporting males, offstage male and female voices). Read by Veterans Ensemble Theatre, New York City, October 1983. Director: Tony Rasemus. Finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 1980 and 1981. Semi-finalist, National Repertory Theatre Contest, 1981. Read by Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Plays Reading Series, New York City, April 1982. Read by Circle Repertory Theatre Laboratory, New York City, September 1979. Director: Robert LuPone.
• Also, research could include Kari Ann Owen’s Legacies (Full length tragedy, 1 female, 8 males, 9 offstage voices). Read by Mill Valley, CA, Center for the Performing Arts, New Plays Reading Series, April 1982. Director: Will Marchetti. Read during a series of playreadings on war and peace at Berkeley /Richmond, CA, Jewish Community Center, February 1982. Director: Karen Iris Bogen. Read for Jewish Arts Community of the Bay Area, San Francisco, CA, January 1982. Director: Karen Iris Bogen. Read for Gene Frankel's Playwrights and Directors Unit, New York City, February 1981. Director: Karen Iris Bogen.
• Also, research could include Circle of Silence (2m2f), a two-act drama, performed at United Methodist Church, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., February, 1975.
• Also, research could include Kari Ann Owen’s theatre company, Theatre Engagé, http://www.kariannowen.com/Theatre_Engag_.html, accessed September 4, 2008.
• Page mounted September 4, 2008, updated February 15, March 3, 2009.