Playwright Competition public reading

Date(s) - July 13, 2024
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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The full length play winner is “Resistance” by Taylor Sklenar of Ames.

“Resistance” When a new herbicide is marketed that utilizes a novel chemical pathway, many farmers in this small Iowa town are relieved to have a new tool for combatting herbicide-tolerant weeds.  But, Syd, an edgy organic farmer, fights back against the new chemical and tries to convince her neighbors that it poses risks to their farms and to each other.

Taylor Sklenar is a playwright, Artistic Associate for the EcoTheatre Lab, and science communication lecturer at Iowa State University.  He spent two years pursuing his MA in Theatre in Columbia, Missouri, where he served as the managing director of the Missouri Playwrights’ Workshop and the Mizzou New Play Series.  More recently, he earned his MFA in Creative Writing and Environment and MS in Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, where he served as poetry and drama editor for “Flyway Journal of Writing” and Environment and Coordinator for the Sustainable Agriculture Colloquium Series.  His writing explores the intersection of science, sustainability, and rural life and informs his narrative-based approach to teaching science communication.