Theatre Exile’s Studio X-hibition Series Presents Virtual Reading of Homeridae, June 29

On June 29 at 7 p.m., join Theatre Exile, playwrights Alexandra Espinoza, and director Nikki Brake-Sillá as
they present a virtual reading of the Studio X-hibition 2020 selection – Homeridae. Studio X-hibition is
Theatre Exile’s long-running programming series dedicated to cultivating new play development.
Philadelphia actors Anita Holland, Ang Bey, Lindsay Smiling, Brandon Pierce, Carlo Campbell, and
Destinee Gines round out the talented group bringing Homeridae to the virtual stage. The story is set on
a college campus where adjunct lecturer Mac and freshman student Nessa join together for a journey
neither will soon forget. The two share a love of Homer’s The Odyssey, and are African Americans in a
very white academic department at a very white school. They soon discover that Homer himself came
from Africa, setting off a chain of events that changes both their lives. Together, the pair must figure out
how to honor this truth in the face of university administrators, overbearing older siblings, the Internet,
and Homer himself. Homeridae is a play about who controls the narrative, and finding your voice when
no one is listening.

Alexandra Espinoza is a Philadelphia-based playwright, performer, director, and dramaturg. She is a
member of Azuka Theatre’s New Pages Writers Group and her work has been developed nationally at
the Great Plains Theatre Conference and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. In 2020, Espinoza
directed the Philadelphia premiere of Angelina Grimké’s 1915 anti-lynching play Rachel at Quintessence
Theatre. She is a commissioned playwright with Shakespeare in Clark Park, and also a resident
playwright at Harrowgate Park in North Kensington. She is a Barrymore nominated actor and has
performed with Applied Mechanics, Interact Theatre Company, Azuka Theatre, and Orbiter 3. Alexandra
is a committed teaching artist and activist, has a BA in History from Harvard, an MA in Theatre from
Villanova, and is a lifelong student for the liberation of Black/Queer/Latinx/Feminist folx.

In 1996, Theatre Exile presented a locally-written world premiere on a small second-floor theater on
South Street. That commitment to new and cutting-edge work has continued to thrive and grow. In
2011, Theatre Exile created a new play development program, the Studio X-hibition Series, dedicated to
cultivating the future of theater. Since that time, Theatre Exile has developed over 28 plays; 21 shows
were world premieres. Studio X-hibition has grown to include staged readings, workshop development
programs, and writers’ workshops; cultivating new, gritty, non-conformist theater. The annual series
brings Philadelphia’s own local writers and playwrights who are part of the national dialog, and nontraditional theater makers together to push the boundaries of theater, both in form and in content. The
Studio X-hibition Series has featured notable playwrights including Jacqueline Goldfinger, Michael
Hollinger, James Ijames, Bruce Graham, and Emily Acker.

Following the June 29 virtual reading of Homeridae there will an interactive post-reading discussion and
Q&A with playwright Alexandra Espinoza, moderated by Theatre Exile’s Artistic Producer, Brey Ann
Barrett. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative
Philadelphia. Homeridae is “pay what you will” and you can register to attend the event by clicking
HERE.

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