by Deborah Yarchun

Staged readings: 

6/18 4:00pm at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
6/24 5:30pm at TheatreSquared

Winner of the 2015 Kernodle New Play Competition, this up-to-the-minute take on the boom-and-bust frontier of the North Dakota oil business mixes matters geological with matters of the heart. When Steve, ardent environmentalist, approaches Tara, brilliant geologist and oil explorer, are his intentions as innocent as he claims? And what of the farm couple whose relationship is tested by the mention of a possible motherlode of shale oil beneath their property? A smart and entertaining new play from Austin-based playwright Deborah Yarchun.   


Meet the playwright: Deborah Yarchun

Deborah Yarchun is a New Jersey-born, Air Force-raised and Austin-rooted playwright; her plays are just as geographically discombobulated.

Her plays have been developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Harmony Project, Jewish Plays Project’s OPEN: The Festival of New Jewish Theater, The Great Plains Theater Conference, Jewish Ensemble Theater, Red Eye Theater, Poetic Theater Productions, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, WordBRIDGE, and Workhouse Theater Company, and produced at Fusion Theatre, Theater Master’s National MFA Playwrights Festival, EstroGenius Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater by Young Playwrights Inc., and at theaters and universities across the United States and Canada.

Deborah’s honors include two Jerome Fellowships at The Playwrights’ Center, an EST/Sloan Commission, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship, University of Iowa’s Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, and the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She is currently the Dorit & Gerald Paul Artist in Residence at Indiana University for Spring 2016.  She holds an MFA from University of Iowa.