Lab Members in the News…Joshua Conkel

2011/2012 Writer/Director Lab alumnus Joshua Conkel showcased at Steppenwolf Theatre!


Joshua Conkel is one of three writers selected for Steppenwolf‘s First Look 2014. This series is in its ninth season, and aims to highlight playwrights who Steppenwolf thinks “will have significant impact on American theater for years to come”. 

Conkel’s play Okay, Bye directed by Margot Bordelon and presented at the Garage Theatre, will be running in repertory until August 24th, along with plays by Martyna Majok and Tanya Saracho. 

“At an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, two thirty-somethings recognize each other from their high school days. Back then, they didn’t have much in common: Meg was an “alternative” and Jenny was a “Goody-Goody.” But now both their lives are on the brink of implosion. Jenny, sure that Meg’s bleak, sardonic humor is just a front, insists that a slumber party is the answer to all their problems. But it’s not the 90’s anymore, and it might take more than pedicures and Pretty in Pink to fuel a friendship that makes life worth living.”

The First Look playwrights were also interviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times in late July about the work behind their plays.

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