Playwright Kari Bentley-Quinn

photo by Jody Christopherson
photo by Jody Christopherson

An excerpt from Kari Bentley-Quinn’s play The Ocean Thought Nothing. Read by Samantha Fairfield Walsh. Sound design by Natalie Johnsonius Neubert

Kari Bentley-Quinn is a playwright based in New York City, originally from the little coast town of Stratford, CT. Her plays have been presented at or developed with Lark Play Development Center, The Brick Theater, The Secret Theatre, The One Minute Play Festival, Pace University, Lesser America, Caps Lock Theater, Effable Arts, Naked Angels, Packawallop Productions, The Barrow Street Theater, The Access Theater, FringeNYC, Artemisia Theater, and more. Kari’s full length plays include The Permanent Night (2008 FringeNYC award winner), Paper Cranes (Backstage Critic’s Pick), The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens (The Secret Theatre New Voices Project), The Ocean Thought Nothing (2014 O’Neill Conference Finalist) and Prepared (2015 Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award). Kari is also a creator and writer of Lucy Knows Love, a web series. Kari is a founding member of Mission to (dit)Mars, a theater and arts collective based in Astoria, Queens, as well as a member of the Dramatists Guild. Kari has been a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Playwrights Realm, and the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, as well as a nominee for the Doric Wilson Playwriting Award and the winner of the 2015 Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award. Kari received her BA in Theater Arts from Pace University and an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Tina Howe, Mark Bly, and Arthur Kopit.

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