Spotlight on Labbie Leah Nanako Winkler


Leah Winkler’s TWO MILE HOLLOW at Theater Mu/Mixed Blood Minneapolis


Mixed Blood Theater of Minneapolis presents TWO MILE HOLLOW by Writers Lab member, Leah Nanako Winklea premiere co-production with Theatre Mu , Directed by Randy Reyes, beginning February 16 through  March 4, 2018.

Per the Chicago Tribune’s review of a late 2017 production, “Winkler’s blistering comedy takes a page from George C. Wolfe’s “The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play” (a sketch in Wolfe’s 1986 comedy “The Colored Museum”), in which the long-suffering black matriarchs of African-American drama — specifically, “A Raisin in the Sun” — get sliced and diced to satiric effect. But arguably, Winkler’s targets, being stuffed with unexamined privilege and insufferable angst, deserve the dissection they get here far more than the black families immortalized by Lorraine Hansberry and those who followed her.”

“The beauty part of Winkler’s play is that all the characters are played by actors of color, sporting platinum-blonde wigs and silver-spoon cluelessness as the dysfunctional Donnellys, heirs to the legacy of deceased film legend Derek Donnelly!”

Ma-Yi Writers Lab Playwright

Leah Nanako Winkler

Leah was awarded First-Ever Mark O’Donnell Prize in late 2017 and the Lark announced that the Jerome Fellowship for the years 2017-2019 had been awarded to Leah for the purpose of providing assistance to her in the development of a new play. She is the recipient of the inaugural prize from The Actors Fund and Playwrights Horizons, and a 2016-2018 Time Warner Fellow.

Actors Theatre of Louisville 2018 Humana Festival includes Winkler and Two other Labbies:


In November of last year her play God Said This was announced as being part of the Actors Theatre of Louisville  42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays, Feb. 28-April 8, 2018, and will include works by two other  Ma-Yi Writers Lab Members Susan Soon He Stanton, and Dipika Guha. Ma-Yi offers congratulations and kudos to all three of these ground-breaking women playwrights:


New City Stage Review TWO MILE HOLLOW First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre, Milwaukee, WI

Interview with Twin Cities Reader

Photo Gallery Broadway World Chicago Production of TWO MILE HOLLOW

An article about Leah from Kentucky Tribune

More about Leah and the  Humana Festival 2018 : At The Humana Festival, The Plays Are Not the Only Thing


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