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Playwright:Jeff Augustin


Cry Old Kingdom

Haiti, 1964. Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier terrorizes the island, death squads roam the countryside, and rebels plot the overthrow of the regime. In a remote village, a young man builds a boat to escape to America. A painter in hiding paints the young man’s portrait, while the painter’s wife joins a group of revolutionaries. As they each pursue singular dreams, their worlds intersect in dangerous ways, and the painter must make a choice that will change their lives forever. Winner of the 2012 Lorraine Hansberry Award.

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Jeff Augustin’s play Cry Old Kingdom is the winner of the 2012 Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. His play The Imaginary Life of Millo St. Jean was developed and produced by Snapdragon Theatre Works in New York. Jeff’s first full length play Beneath the Mango Moon was developed at Stage Left Theater in Chicago. His other plays include Pretty White Room and Exiles. Jeff served as a Writer’s Assistant to Lynn Nottage on her Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined and to Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman on Turn of the Century, both at the Goodman Theatre. He also served as a dramaturg for Theatre Seven of Chicago’s production of Lanford Wilson’s The Sand Castle. Jeff is currently a MFA Playwriting Candidate at University of California, San Diego and graduated from Boston College with a BA in Theatre Arts.

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