BITE SIZE: A Book Launch with BookBar Press and Conversation with the Playwrights

We are thrilled and proud to announce the first book published by BookBar Press: Bite Size: An Anthology of Micro Theatre! Please join us for a book launch and conversation with several of the playwrights and Director Meridith Grundei on Saturday, December 19 at 7pm MT. You can register for the Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkf-uhqTIpHtD96Y_kXsQ2Rv8G7WbjyyRV

Meet the Panelists: Director Meridith Grundei
Edith Weiss, Holy Couch
Jeffrey Neuman, Marginalia
Julie Rada, Outside the Room
Maureen Biermann, Something to Read at the End of the World
Claire Caviglia, The F Word
Christina Miller, The Missing Piece
Addie Levinsky, The Missing Piece
Dakota Hill, The Side of the Room
Ashley Rice, Malum

Meridith C. Grundei (she/her) is a New York actor, director, educator, and producer. She holds an M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and is a member of Actors Equity and an Associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She is currently in the SDCF 20/21 Observership class and is an Associate Artist with Local Theater Company located in Boulder, CO. Meridith’s recent acting credits include: BANISHED with CoLab Arts, a work-in-progress called, The Father Project, Memory Home with HB Studio and numerous readings and short films.

Edith Weiss has been involved in the theater as actor, director, and playwright. Her plays for young audiences and her comedic murder mysteries have been performed locally at the Arvada Center and internationally as far afield as Kazakhstan, Malta, and South Africa. Her work is published by Dramatics, Pioneer, Eldridge, Brooklyn and Big Dog Publishers. Twenty years as a touring stand-up comic informs her comedic style. She was head writer and director of Vox Phamalia, an original comedic sketch comedy show produced by the Phamaly Theater Company of Denver (previously the Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League), starting with Tales From the Crips to Pity Pity Bang Bang seven years later. Her short adult plays have received productions in Boston, Chicago, NYC, Albuquerque, Kansas City and Denver. Holy Couch was shortlisted for the Short + Sweet playwrighting competition in Australia.

Jeffrey Neuman is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed at theaters and festivals across the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He is a Heideman Award Finalist, cofounder of Rough Draught Playwrights, an inaugural fellow of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Playwrights’ Group, Director of Programming for the Denver Post’s Pen & Podium Literary Series, and Colorado’s Regional Ambassador for the Dramatists Guild of America. Find him online at www.theaterbyjeff.com.

Claire Caviglia graduated from the University of Denver in 2019 with a degree in hospitality management. She especially enjoyed attending DCPA’s playwriting classes during her time in Colorado. First published at 19, Claire has had one-act plays performed across the country. Most recently, her ten-minute play Night with No Stars, was included in Clockhouse Journal. Claire is now working inhotel management in California. You can find her on Instagram at nohairclaire and Twitter at nohairclaire1.

Maureen Biermann has a bachelor’s degree in Theater from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Geography from Penn State. She has worked as an actor, director, and producer in Michigan, an English teacher in Austria, a climate change adaptation researcher in Tanzania, and a college instructor in Alaska and Colorado. She currently coordinates an Arctic policy program and spends most of her time parenting her two young kids, supporting progressive change, reading books, and thinking about what she would write if she had the time, with the hope that eventually she will just sit down and do it. She lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Christina Miller is an Oxford MBA and business consultant who is in the process of opening Marfa Meats, a local abattoir and butcher shop in Far West Texas. She’s currently obsessed with
food security, sustainable agriculture, the desert, bird identification, the influence of anonymity on interactions, and small-town newspapers.

Addie Levinsky is a Colorado native who spends her days bringing a creative and human element to the tech world, in addition to writing. Most of her free time is spent partaking in Type 2 fun on bikes or running on dirt, adventuring, reading, and hanging out with her mini aussie. In her next life, she wants to live off the grid and be a novelist...and a stand-up comedian.

Originally hailing from West Texas, Dakota Hill has been acting and writing in Denver for over ten years. He was last seen on stage in The Lulubird Production of The Mrs. Wheatland Pageant and Vintage Theatre’s production of The Boys in The Band. His play The Spare Room premiered as a part of Vintage Theatre’s first new play festival and then produced by MadLab Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. His play Burnt Offering was the premiere play produced at Theater29 in Denver as well as his play You’ll Find Flies, which premiered in June of 2019. Dakota would like to thank his amazing partner, Brandon, for his unwavering support.

About the Book: The rules were...it had to be written by a Colorado resident, no longer than 15 minutes, and related to books. This was the gauntlet that Denver Center for the Performing Arts's Off-Center threw down to Colorado playwrights. Chosen from a pool of 200+ submissions, five short plays were at the center of a first-of-its-kind showcase in Denver: an evening of experiential micro theatre produced by DCPA Off-Center, and staged in tiny spaces at northwest Denver's beloved indie bookstore, BookBar. A compilation of original works featuring storylines ranging from quirky to momentous, Bite Size includes the five performed micro plays plus five more of the judge favorites:

  • A Pocket Full of Dandelions by Kristen Adele Calhoun
  • Holy Couch by Edith Weiss
  • Marginalia by Jeffrey Neuman
  • Outside the Room by Theatre Artibus, Grapefruit Lab + Larry Mitchell
  • Toxoplasmosis by Sean Michael Cummings
  • Something to Read at the End of the World by Maureen Biermann
  • The F Word by Claire Caviglia
  • The Missing Piece by Christina Miller + Addie Levinsky
  • The Side of the Room by Dakota Hill
  • Malum by Ashley Rice

With poetry by Denver poet, activist and speaker Theo E.J. Wilson

This evocative anthology is both a must-read for theater buffs and a delightful memento for those who enjoyed the performances in person.

NAMED WESTWORD'S BEST IMMERSIVE THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 7:00pm
Bite Size: A Denver Center for the Performing Arts Off-Center Anthology of Micro Plays by Colorado Playwrights Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781733988728
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bookbar Press - December 15th, 2020