Larissa Brewington

Playwright

Larissa was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She began acting upon moving to Allentown, PA, shortly after graduating from high school. It was during her first professional acting gig Out of the Net, with Touchstone Theatre (Bethlehem) a few years later, that she began playwriting. She penned her first play, Chaos on the Edges, in 1994. At the Bottom (one woman show performed at Touchstone Theatre), Sister Like and When Aunt Naomi Speaks (performed at Hamilton Art Gallery, Allentown, PA, with the Zwadi Collective) would follow. She wrote An Evening With Harriet Tubman and began touring Allentown public schools. She moved to Phoenix in 1996.

For five years, she submitted to and was accepted by the Pandora Festival (panel judged festival contest featuring AZ playwrights sponsored by Arizona Woman’s Theater) and has had the following plays stage read: Shades Of Grey, Tie The Not, Civil Union, When Aunt Naomi Speaks, What You Don’t Know, and The Fire In Minerva. Larissa is also an actress who has written and performed for The Herberger Theatre Center’s Outreach Program Lunch Time Theatre, for the past 9 years. (Plays performed have been: An Evening With Harriet Tubman, Quality Time, Trailblazing Sadie, Into The Blue With Bessie Coleman, A Vote From Alice, Frederick And Ida , The League, Harlem-Ren, and most recently March.) Her one act two-person plays, X Factor and Tie The Not, were seen at the Herberger Festival of the Arts in 2011 and 2012. Her two ten minute plays, Spirit and Minuet at the Dog Park have been seen at Herberger Festival of the Arts (2013). Her full length play What You Don’t Know, was runner up for the AZ Theatre Company. She is the winner of the 2011 Short Play Artist Path Theatre Contest in Prescott with her one act, two person play A Little Something Called Family and portions of her full length play, The Fire In Minerva will be featured in the Bridge Initiative Arizona project June 2015.

PLAYWRITING

FULL LENGTH (90 – 120 MINUTES)

Shades of Gray – (Production) Now & Then Creative Company 2018; Welcome Home, Roberta DuCant – (Stage Reading) Space 55, October 2012.   The Fire in Minerva – (Staged Reading) AZ Women’s Theater, Pandora Festival May 2011, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts.  What You Don’t Know – (Production) Pandora Showcase November 2011, AZ Women’s Theater; (Staged Reading) Pandora Festival May 2010, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts.  Shades of Grey – (Staged Reading) Pandora Festival May 2009, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts.

ONE ACTS (30 – 45 MINUTES)

When Douglass Met Lincoln – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater February 2020, A Company of Warriors – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater February 2019, Curveball – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater February 2018, Legacy of Jusice – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater February 2017, Hour of Decision – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater February 2016, March – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater February 2015, Herberger Theater.  Har-Lem-Ren – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater February 2014, Herberger Theater.  The League – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater February 2013, Herberger Theater.  Frederick & Ida – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater February 2012, Herberger Theater.  A Little Something Called Family – (Production) Space 55, September 2012, Phoenix; (Staged Reading) Artists Path New Plays Series 2011, Prescott.  X Factor – (Production) Herberger Festival of the Arts October 2011, Herberger Theater.  A Vote From Alice! – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater January 2011, Herberger Theater.  Trailblazing Sadie! – (Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater January 2010, Herberger Theater. Into the Blue–(Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater January 2009 & September 2011, Herberger Theater.  Civil Union – (Staged Reading) Pandora Festival May 2008, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts.  Tie the Not – (Production) Space 55, September 2012, Phoenix;  (Production) Herberger Festival of the Arts October 2010, Herberger Theater;  (Staged Reading) Pandora Festival May 2008, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts.  Quality Time–(Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater June 2007, Herberger Theater, Phoenix; (Staged Reading) Pandora Festival April 2007, AZ Women’s Theatre, Scottsdale.  When Aunt Naomi Speaks – (Production) Pandora Showcase 2010 and (Staged Reading) Pandora Festival 2010, AZ Women’s Theater, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts; (Production) AZ; Zwadi Collective – New Voices 1996, Hamilton Art Gallery.  An Evening with Harriet Tubman–(Production) Herberger Lunch Time Theater, Herberger Theater,  January 2008; (Local Tour- Schools) 1994, Allentown, Penn.; Christmas 1993 Packer Auditorium, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn.  In the Best Interest –(Production) Theater Outlet (1997), Allentown, Penn.  Speaking of Ashes–(Production) Theater Outlet (1997), Allentown, Penn.  Sister Like –(Production) Zwadi Collective – New Voices 1996, Hamilton Art Gallery.  Grey Matters –(Production) Night of One Acts, 1994 Touchstone Theater, Bethlehem, PA.  At The Bottom–(Production) Night of One Acts, 1994 Touchstone Theater, Bethlehem, PA.

10 MINUTES

Uncivil Union –(Production) Herberger Festival of the Arts October 2019, Herberger Theater, Phoenix. Spirit –(Production) Herberger Festival of the Arts October 2013, Herberger Theater, Phoenix. Minuet at the Dog Park –(Production) Herberger Festival of the Arts October 2013 and 2019, Herberger Theater, Phoenix.

AWARDS / HONORABLE MENTION

 A Little Something Called Family – (Staged Reading) Winner of the New Plays Series 2011 for Short Plays category.  What You Don’t Know – Finalist for Arizona Theater Company’s Playwriting Competition, 2010.

MEMBERSHIPS / TITLES

Dramatist Guild of America Member – 2019

Arizona Woman’s Theatre Board & Secretary – 2010-2012

LAFPI (Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative) Communications Officer– 2013