DEVO I: Checkmark's Inaugural Reading Series

When Checkmark was founded in October of 2017, we wanted to start small. Knowing that we wanted to build a foundation and family of underrepresented artists who believed in our mission and who needed space and opportunity, we decided a reading series would be the best way to begin our journey.


The Plays.


"Shiva347" by sanaz toossi

When Shiva’s daughter returns home to Iran determined to get a nose job, Shiva is determined to stop her. However, struggling to connect with her daughter, Shiva discovers the Internet and subsequently tailspins into chaos upon finding an email from an old flame. In this tale of passive-aggression and big noses, a mother desperately tries to show her daughter that she was a person once, too.


"Architecture of rain" by stefani kuo

AOR is the story about the secondary death of a loved one through memory, and the mourning that comes with forgetfulness. From Scy's departure from the home to boarding school, to Silina's rebellion against her mother Sol's grief, the narrative follows the three living women as they struggle to reconcile their individual recollections of All-Grown-Up. This is a play about how we bring someone back to life over and over again in our minds, piecing them back together so many times they become someone else.


"From Another House" by eliana pipes

In From Another House, A woman finds herself making a “welcome to the family” dinner for the daughter that her husband fathered 21 years ago, but only recently learned about. The family's tenuous dynamics are strained as they work to welcome the girl into their established family, and when they learn the real reason behind her visit they're forced to confront secrets both new and old.

The Playwrights.

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Sanaz is a playwright and second-year graduate student at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. A native Californian, Sanaz is a proud child of Iranian immigrants and explores the narratives of immigrants-before-they-were-immigrants in her work.


Stefani is a native of Hong Kong and a recent graduate of Yale University in Theatre Studies. She is currently based in New York, and is most interested in working with art that is not only good but important. The work she wants to make is art that is responsible.

Her work as a playwright includes "Architecture of Rain," which premiered at the Iseman Theatre with the Yale Dramatic Association, and "puffin heart," which will be produced this upcoming summer at the Corkscrew Theater Festival in New York. She was a finalist for the Van Lier New Voices Fellowship 2018, DVRF Playwrights' Program 2018, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor Summer Residency 2018, She NYC 2018, and SPACE on Ryder Farm 2016. She considers all her work to be an act of translation. 


Eliana Pipes is a playwright and actor and filmmaker.  Recent playwriting work includes: Stand and Wait (Gaffney National Playwriting Prize Winner, O’Neill Theater Conference Semifinalist);  Stiletto Envy (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, The Fire this Time Festival); Isadora del Sol (KCACTF John Cauble Short Play Award); A Brief History of the United States (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage).  She wrote directed and produced the webseries Meet Me @ The Clinic and is currently in the Echo Theater's National Young Playwrights in Residence Program.   She received a BA in English from Columbia University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.

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