Yasmine Beverly Rana

November 2013 – Yasmine is honored as Outstanding Woman of New Jersey by Glamour magazine.

Yasmine Rana received a 2015 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was one of six finalists for the 2015 Francesca Primus Prize (THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED).  Her plays have been developed and performed in the United States and internationally at theaters including Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, La MaMa Theatre, Halcyon Theatre of Chicago, New Stages Performing Arts Center in the Berkshires, Write-Act Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, The Looking Glass Theatre, Johns Hopkins University Theatre, Tara Arts Theatre of London, Nora’s Playhouse, and T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre among others. She was a founding member of Nora’s Playhouse.

Other honors include a Paulette Goddard Fellowship from New York University and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Playwriting from the Sewanee Writers Conference. She was a finalist for La MaMa Theatre’s inaugural Ellen Stewart Award. She is a recipient of the Paramus Education Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Rana was selected by the Tommy Hilfiger Company and Glamour Magazine as one of four outstanding women of New Jersey to benefit the Women of the Year Malala Fund.

Productions and Publications

PLAYS 

Productions/Public Readings:
BLOOD SKY (Full Length Play):

*Writer-Director Forum

Looking Glass Theatre

New York

May 1999

*Play Reading Festival

John Harms Center for the Performing Arts and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey

Englewood, New Jersey

June 1999

*Women Playwrights International Conference

International Women Playwrights

Athens, Greece

October 2000

*Writer-Director Forum

Looking Glass Theatre

New York

March 2002

*Estrogenius Fundraising Day Festival

New York

June 2002

Directed by Justine Lambert (LGT Founder and Artistic Director)

* Looking Glass Theatre

New York

October 2003-November 2003

Directed by Justine Lambert

*New Play Festival

Writers Theatre of New Jersey

Madison, New Jersey

November 2003

Directed by John Pietrowski (WTNJ Artistic Director)

*Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Altered States Series

Birmingham, England

May 2004

Directed by Caroline Jester (BRT Literary Officer for New Plays)

*New Stage Performing Arts Center

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

International Women’s Month

March 2012

Directed by Mari Andrejco

Produced by Nicki Wilson

*Workshopped in University Drama Programs:

Indiana University

Michigan State University

Montclair State University

University of Hartford

DECENT (One-Act Play):

*Discovery Project

Pulse Ensemble Theatre

New York

April 1997

*Third Annual One Act Play Festival of New Jersey Playwrights

12 Miles West Theatre Company

Montclair, New Jersey

October 1997

*Looking Glass Theatre

Forum of New Plays

New York

October-November 1997

*Turnip Theatre Festival

15 Minute Play Festival

New York

February 1998

DOVES IN THE TREES (One-Act Play):

*8×10 Life Scenes

Pulse Ensemble Theatre

New York

September 1994

EXTRAOTICA (One-Act Play):

*Creatures of the Cabaret

The Looking Glass Theatre

New York

March-April 2007

Directed by Shari Johnson

*FestArt

Cluj, Romania

June 2008

Directed by Diana Cozma

THE FALLEN (Full Length)

*Epic Theater’s Passion Play Coalition Festival

Irondale Center

Brooklyn, New York

May 2010

Directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson

*Writers Theater of New Jersey

Forum Series

December 2010

Directed by John Pietrowski

*Write Act Repertory Theatre

Los Angeles, CA

February 25 and 26, 2011

Q and A to follow February 25th’s reading

Directed by Kenneth Cosby

*New Stage Performing Art Center

Upstairs Live at the Triplex

Great Barrington, MA

March 2011

Q and A to follow

*Nora’s Playhouse

New York University’s Jerry. H Labowitz Theatre

July 2012

Directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson

“M” (One-Act Play):

*Turnip Theatre Festival

15 Minute Play Festival *Finalist

New York

February 1999

Directed by Justine Lambert

Wrote and Acted

*Off-Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival

Harold Clurman Theatre

New York

April 1999

Directed by Justine Lambert

*Roadside Attractions

12 Miles West Theatre Company

Montclair, New Jersey

April 1999-May 1999

*Open Pulse Arts Lab

Pulse Ensemble Theatre

New York

July 1999

*Drama West Productions

Los Angeles, California

September 1999

*Jewel Box Theatre

Los Angeles, California

March 2002-April 2002

Directed by Ken Cosby

NICE (One-Act Play):

*New Workshop Theater

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York

June 2008

NIGHT OF THE KOALA (One-Act Play):

*Open Pulse Arts Lab

Pulse Ensemble Theatre

New York

April 2002

Directed by Justine Lambert

*New Play Festival Readings

12 Miles West Theatre Company

Montclair, New Jersey

May 2002

*Estrogenius Fundraising Day Festival

New York

June 2002

Directed by Justine Lambert

OVER THE HEDGES (One-Act Play):

Brooklyn 2007

New Workshop Theater

Brooklyn College

New York

June 2007

PARADISE (One-Act Play):

*The Looking Glass Theatre

New York

November 2007

Directed by Jacqueline Honeybourne

*La MaMa, E.T.C.

New York

September 2008

October 2009

“Experiments” Series

Directed by George Ferencz

*Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey

October 2008

Directed by John Pietrowski

*Desipina Company

December 2009

“Out of the Kitchen and Into the Fire”

Directed by Kristina Smith

RETURNING (Full-Length Play):

*Play Reading Festival

John Harms Center for the Performing Arts and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey

Englewood, New Jersey and Madison, New Jersey

June 2001, January 2005

Directed by John Pietrowski

*American Living Room Festival (One-Act Excerpt)

HERE

New York

July 2001

Directed by Alicia Dhyana House

*Jewel Box Theatre (One-Act Excerpt)

Los Angeles, California

March-April 2002

Directed by Ken Cosby

*Second Stage Theatre (Staged Reading)

Destination America: Stories of Immigrant Experiences

New York

August 2003

Directed by May Adrales

*Circle East Theater Company

Staged Reading

New York

2004

*La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company

Experiments Play Reading Series

New York

May 2005

Directed by George Ferencz

*John Hopkins University

Spring Production

Baltimore, Maryland

March 2005

Directed by James Glossman under

Artistic Director John Astin

RISK (One-Act Play):

*Open Pulse Arts Lab

Pulse Ensemble Theatre

New York

June 2000

*Jewel Box Theatre

Los Angeles, California

March 2002-April 2002

Directed by Ken Cosby

RISK (Full-Length Version):

*Writers Theatre of New Jersey

FORUM Series

November 2009

Directed by John Pietrowski

SNIPER AVENUE (One-Act Play):

*Play Reading Festival

John Harms Center for the Performing Arts and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey

Englewood, New Jersey

Directed by John Pietrowski

THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED(Full-Length Play):

*Writer-Director Forum

Looking Glass Theatre

New York

June 2004

Directed by Caroline Raymond

*The Looking Glass Theatre Festival

The Makor

92nd Street Y

New York

July 2004

Directed by Caroline Raymond

*Nora’s Playhouse

New York

July 2005

Directed by Caroline Raymond

*La MaMa Experimental Theatre

Experiments Play Reading Series

New York

September 2005

May 2007

Directed by George Ferencz

*Mae West Fest

“Blackened Windows”

Seattle, Washington

May 2006

Directed by Linda Lombardi

*Globe Bookstore/Cafe

Prague, Czech Republic

August 2006

Public Reading of “Sarajevo”

*Resilience of the Spirit Human Rights Festival

6th at Penn Theatre

San Diego, California

July – August 2007

Directed by Bil Wright

*La MaMa E.T.C.

New York

October – November 2007

Directed by George Ferencz

*Write Act Repertory Theater

Los Angeles, California

Directed by Ken Cosby

July 15-July 30 2011

With a book signing following July 23’s performance

http://thewarzoneismybed.weebly.com/index.html

FOUR ONE ACT PLAYS:

*Writer-Director Forum

Looking Glass Theatre

DECENT

“M”

RISK

RETURNING (Scenes from the Full Play)

New York

February 2002-March 2002

Directors include Shari Johnson, Kate Marks

OTHER WORKS

Nora’s Playhouse

Co-Founder

www.norasplayhouse.org

Radio Interview and Reading:

WAMC

The Roundtable with Joe Donahue

BLOOD SKY at New Stage Performing Arts Center

March 6, 2012

WBAI New York

Asia and Pacific Forum

Interview and Reading of PARADISE

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 8 PM

www.wbai.org

Conferences and Festivals:

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Staged Reading of The Fallen

with Q and A

Produced by Nicki Wilson

Directed by Mari Andrejco

New Stage Performing Art Center

Upper Triplex Theater

Great Barrington, MA

March 10, 2011

Association for Theater in Higher Education

Presentation

Los Angeles, CA

August 2011

Washington and Lee University

Theatre in the Academe

Beyond Extraotica ….Women at the Crossroads

Lexington, Virginia

November 14, 2009

Association for Theater in Higher Education

“Recreating, Rewriting and Reinventing Myth: Women’s Stories of Violence, Sexuality,

Displacement and Creation”

New York

Panel Co-Chair with Domnica Radulescu

August 11, 2009

The Accidental Theatre Festival

Central School for Speech and Drama

The Roundhouse

Camden

UK

May 2009

Solo Performance from PARADISE

FestArt 2008

Cluj, Romania

Production of EXTRAOTICA

June 2008

The Accidental Theatre Festival

Central School for Speech and Drama

The Institute of Contemporary Art

London, UK

Solo Performance from THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED

May 2008

International Trauma Studies Program

New York

Solo Performance from THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED

April 2008

Washington and Lee University

Theatre in Academe

Virginia

Solo Performance from The WAR ZONE IS MY BED

March 2008

Day of Dialogue V

Hofstra University

New York

Reading of monologues from

THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED

October 24, 2007

National Association of Drama Therapy

National Conference Presenter

Montreal, Canada

August 9-12, 2007

Women in Theater

Association for Theater in Higher Education

Conference Panelist:

“Race and Identity in Global Performance”

Presenting Monologues from RETURNING

New Orleans, Louisiana

July 24-25, 2007

Theatre in Africa

University of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, South Africa

July 10-14, 2007

Working Group Presenter:

Performance and Consciousness

Austin Woman’s Film and Literary Festival

“Wanderers and Mourners”

Presenting Monologues from BLOOD SKY, RETURNING, and THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED

Austin, Texas

April 2007

Playwright in Residence

Passaic County Community College

Staged Reading of THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED

November 8, 2006

Education and Licensure:

Licensed New York State Creative Arts Therapist

Registered Drama Therapist

Tisch School of the Arts

Dramatic Writing Program

New York University

MFA and BFA

Master of Art in Teaching

New School University

Creative Arts Therapies

Clinical Certificate

International Trauma Studies Program

New York University

Clinical Certificate

Additional Coursework through

CUNY Kaplan Center

Educational Theatre

Memberships:

Writers Guild of America, East

National Association of Drama Therapy

Published:

THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED, THE FALLEN, BLOOD SKY, RETURNING, PARADISE, ANOTHER SPRING, JASMINE SPRING, FAUNA AND TEARS, and COFFEE AT THE HAGUE, among others.  Her plays and monologues have been published in The Alabama Literary Review, The Best Contemporary Monologues of 2014 (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books), The Best Men’s and Women’s Monologues of 2013 (Smith and Kraus Publishers), Blackbird, The Kenyon Review, TDR: The Drama Review, and The Contemporary European Idea. Translations include the Romanian-language anthology, Cinci Piese de Teatru. The University of Chicago Press and Seagull Books’ In Performance series published The War Zone is My Bed and Other Plays, an anthology of four of Rana’s plays. The anthology was reviewed in The Slavic and East European Journal.

Project Description and Goals

Olomouc, my latest play emerged from a summer spent in Prague encompassing a Viennese bar owner, his motorcycle, an expat translator of Czech poetry, the Internet Cafes of the recent past, and a cult masqueraded as an artists’ colony.  Why did it take over ten years to tell this story?  Perhaps it takes a step away from the past to laugh at something that wasn’t so funny at the time, like being chased across a bridge or running through the woods of Bohemia one summer night when the artists’ colony you thought was an artists’ colony … wasn’t.  Perhaps I was creatively engrossed in my beloved war plays, The War Zone Is My Bed, The Fallen, Another Spring and Café at The Hague that I wouldn’t allow anything else to cloud my playwright’s purpose.  I haven’t abandoned those plays, as I’ve just written a new one and may do so again and again.  But for now, here’s what happened one summer in Prague.

As of first draft, is there any part of the story I’ve omitted?  Uh … probably.