Ben Randle


Randle to direct Talbot's Award-Winning 'Submission' for NCTC

New Conservatory Theatre Center will present the West Coast premiere this fall of Jeff Talbott's award-winning Off-Broadway comedy The Submission, in a production directed by Ben Randle.

For The Submission, Talbott won the 2012 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, for a new American play by an emerging writer, and was the first winner of the Laurents/Hatcher Award — created by playwright-librettist Arthur Laurents and named for him and his late partner, Tom Hatcher — for an emerging American playwright addressing social issues.

New Conservatory bills the play, to run Nov. 2-Dec. 16, this way: "Shaleeha G'ntamobi's stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation's preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G'ntamobi doesn't exist, except in the imagination of gay playwright Danny Larsen, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume."

The Submission premiered in fall 2011 by Off-Broadway's MCC Theater, in a production directed by Walter Bobbie and starring Jonathan Groff ("Glee").

An alumnus of the Yale School of Drama, Talbott is an actor and playwright. He penned For Nate and Molly and Tender, plays seen in the student Yale Cabaret. He also co-wrote Critical Moment, a two-hander, with 2010 Tony nominee Stephen Kunken. Under the title Festival Play, The Submission was a semi-finalist for the 2010 O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Talbott is repped by WME.

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