Derby City Playwrights


LVA's Artebella On The Radio July 11, 2019

Keith Waits returns after 2 weeks off to host three of the seven playwrights featured in the 2nd Derby City Playwrights New Play Festival July 12-28 at The Bard's Town. David Clark, Liz Fentress & Vidalia Unwin were in the studio at WXOX 97.1 FM/ on July 11.


David Clark co-founded Derby City Playwrights with playwright Brian Walker. His play Shrodinger’s Girl was part of the first Derby City Playwights New Play Festval in 2016. His work has been produced in Louisville in The Ten-Tucky Festival & the Finnigan & the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival. He has been published in two volumes of collected monologues, presented at the Last Frontier Conference Play Lab, and been selected as a semi-finalist for the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Award, the Source Theatre Festival and as a finalist for the Heidemann Award at ATL.


Liz Fentress is playwright, director, and actor. In Louisville, she acts for Stage One, and has been a teaching artist for ATL’s New Voices program for ten years. She conducts playwriting workshops for the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Continuing Studies and wrote the department’s Online Playwriting Workshop. She is the Kentucky Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild of America.

Liz’s plays have been produced locally at the Public Theatre of Kentucky in Bowling Green, Bunbury Theatre & The Bard’s Town Theatre in Louisville. Her play The Honey Harvest, which premiered at Kentucky Repertory Theatre, won the North American Actors Association Playwriting Competition and was staged in London's West End. Kentucky Educational Television’s production of Liz's Circus Story, a solo play which Liz wrote and performs, won the National Educational Television Association award for Best Dramatic Narrative.


Vidalia Unwin studied creative writing at the University of Louisville and has failed repeatedly to write the Great American Novel, ultimately giving up and deciding to write it as a play instead. Her other full-length work includes “The Ballad of Night Moose” (with Lex Mitchell), “@con”, and “Broken Iris”.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 7.12.18

Zoë Peterson, Megg Ward, & Jon Becraft were my guests on the July 12 edition of LVA's Artebella On The Radio. All 3 will be participating in the new Louisville Fringe Festival that starts July 13: Tune into WXOX 97.1 FM/ each Thursday at 10am to hear me talk with Louisville artists.


Zoë Peterson is a student at Atherton High School and the Commonwealth Theatre Center, where she has acted, written, and directed. She is also involved with the Derby City Playwrights, from which has sprung her first full length play, “Shot In The Dark”, which will be presented during the Louisville Fringe Festival, Friday, July 13 at 7pm, Saturday, July 14 at 10pm and Friday, Feb. 20 at 7pm, all times at Four Pegs.


Megg Ward is a Louisville native who studied Theatre Arts, Humanities, Communicating History at University of Louisville & Shakespeare and Creativity at Shakespeare Institute. She will be premiering her new play, “If”, at the LFF on Sunday, February 15 at 10pm at Four Pegs.


Jon Becraft is a theatre artist active with Kentucky Shakespeare, The Bard’s Town, and others, and he is the co-founder of Baby Horse Theatre and the LWW. Baby Horse will be presenting “Robothello” on Saturday, February 14 at 7pm at the Monnik Beer Co. and Saturday, February 21 at 10pm at both at Four Pegs.