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Withers wins Huntington playwriting fellowship

Playwright/actress Brenda Withers, right, performing last summer in Harbor Stage Company's "Persona."

Brenda Withers — writer, actress and co-founder of the artist-run Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet — has been named one of two Playwriting Fellows by the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston.

Charles Haugland, Huntington’s New Work director, called Withers and the other fellow, MJ Halberstadt, “natural fits” for the program, praising Withers’ “tremendous gift for creating surprising and emotional arcs for actors.”

The Huntington has fostered local playwrights through fellows program for 14 years, offering a two-year residency during which they receive some pay, participate in writers’ collective meetings, attend Huntington productions and events, and have access to Huntington’s artistic staff and resources, as well as other writing programs connected to the company.

Wither’s plays include “The Kritik,” “Northside Hollow” and “The Ding Dongs” — all produced at Harbor Stage — and “Matt & Ben” (co-written with Mindy Kaling). Where else her work has been developed and presented include Amphibian Stage Productions, PS122, Portland Stage, HERE, and Dreamcatcher Rep. Her accolades include winning the 2015 Portland Stage Clauder Prize for her play “String Around My Finger.”

The two 2017-19 fellows were chosen from more than 50 applicants. Past playwriting fellows include Ryan Landry, who’s best known for working with the Gold Dust Orphan in Boston and Provincetown.

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