ANTARKTIKOS by Andrea Stolowitz


Somewhere between Oregon and Antarctica lie several points on a continuum: Susan, a writer at an artists residency at the South Pole; Captain Robert Falcon Scott, leader of the British Antarctic expedition of 1912; and Hilary, Susan’s 21-year-old daughter. When an insomniac EMT named Alex becomes the hapless link among them, time collapses, geographies blend and destinies emerge.

Andrea Stolowitz’ plays have been developed and presented nationally and internationally at theaters such as The Long Wharf, The Old Globe, New York Stage and Film, and ETB/IPAC (Berlin).  The LA Times calls her work “heartbreaking” and the Orange County Register characterizes her approach as a “brave refusal to sugarcoat issues and tough decisions.” Antarktikos was developed at the Soapstone Writers Retreat, The New Harmony Project, and the JAW festival at Portland Center Stage. It is the winner of the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Drama and is published in Theatre Forum magazine. The play premiered at Pittsburgh Playhouse in 2013. Andrea lives and works in Portland, Oregon where she is a collaborating writer with the award-winning devised theatre company Hand2Mouth Theatre and a member of Playwrights West. For the next five years she holds the title of the Lacroute Playwright-in-Residence at Artists Repertory Theater where she has just received a new play commission. An MFA playwriting alumna of UC-San Diego, Andrea has served on the faculties at Willamette University, The University of Portland, Duke University and UC-San Diego.