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Ben Hoover's thesis play, Pioneer Species, follows Nick as returns to Pennsylvania after a long stint in the Amazon. After suffering from sunburn and mosquitos, he thinks he’s ready for all this old trappings of home—but then he finds himself curiously unmoved by Thanksgiving traditions, and he sets off on creating for himself a new kind of family that he can call his own. more
 
Kristin Slaney's thesis play, Un-Utero, follows Mel and Becca, best friends who live in a town where all Planned Parenthood locations have recently shut down. When Mel becomes pregnant, Becca decides to donate her eggs under the table to help Mel pay for an abortion. Un-Utero is a comedy about fertility, feminism, female friendship and Susan Miller horoscopes. The play was performed at the Ford Studio at Pershing Square Signature Center in April. more
 
Emma Cline’s ’13 much-anticipated debut novel, The Girls, has been published to great acclaim. more
 
Theatre Management & Producing alumnus Andy Donald ’10 was appointed the new associate artistic director at American Conservatory Theater (ACT), where he will commission and develop new work and assume producing and presenting responsibilities within the artistic department. more
 
  Dana Lok ’15, Victoria Roth ’14 and August Vollbrecht ’15 participated in In the Mix, the inaugural exhibition at Brooklyn’s new Hometown Gallery. more
 
The Lark recently held a reading of Playwriting alumnus Clarence Coo’s ’10 play as part of its 2016 Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Reading Series. more
 
David Pablos’s second feature film, Las elegidas (The Chosen Ones), won five prizes at the 58th annual Ariel Awards, including best picture. The Ariels, handed out by the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, are the most prestigious awards in the Mexican film industry. more
 
Playwriting alumna Talya Chalef ’13 is the director/deviser of the first installment of The Port/Cities Project, which recently premiered in New York. more
 
Martin Pousson ‘99 has published his second novel, Black Sheep Boy, with Rare Bird Books. A collection of linked narratives centered around a young queer man coming of age in the Bayou lands of Louisiana, the “novel in stories” introduces the reader to a diverse band of characters who all haunt the unnamed main character’s struggle to get out. more
 
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