STAGE Scientists, Technologists, and Artists Generating Exploration

QUARK, by Gloria Bond Clunie

Finalist

About the Play

In Quark, Dr. Alexandra Seabold, a terminally ill astrophysics professor, struggles to make a final grand gesture to change the lives of her family and the world. A highly introspective and very visual play, Quark uplifts as it tackles the challenging themes of death and dying, social responsibility, education and scientific literacy, and love and loss.

About the Playwright

Gloria Bond Clunie GLORIA BOND CLUNIE recently received a 2006 Illinois Scriptwriting Fellowship, and her new play, Living Green, was honored as a 2006 finalist in the Chicago Dramatists' Many Voices Project. In 2005, Sweet Water Taste was awarded a Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwriting, included in the New Stages Series at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, and given Honorable Mention by the Stage 3 Theatre Fest in Sonora, CA. Ms. Clunie is proud to be an original member of the Playwriting Ensemble at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, and to have received their Scott McPherson Playwriting Award for 2000. The Victory Gardens' production of her play, Shoes, directed by Andrea J. Dymond, was recognized as the best new play of 2005 by the Chicago Black Theatre Alliance.

Other produced credits include North Star, published by Dramatic Publishing Company, which won the 1995 Chicago Jeff Award for Best New Play (Victory Gardens Theater, directed by Sandy Shinner), the 1994 Theodore Ward African-American Playwriting Award (Columbia College, directed by Chuck Smith), the 1999 American Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award, and is included in the recently published Seven Black Plays, edited by Chuck Smith and with a forward by August Wilson; Secrets; the musical Sing, Malindy, Sing!; Dreams; and two children's plays, Basket of Wishes, Bucket of Dreams, and the adaptation of Patricia McKissack's award-winning book, Mirandy and Brother Wind, commissioned by Northwestern University.

Additional writing awards include the 1997 Alice Walker Short Fiction Award from the Gwendolyn Brooks Center; a 1996 Illinois Playwriting Fellowship; and a 1993 Arts Education Fellowship (NEA/CBE). Her novel, Dear Cora, was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and a semi-finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.

In 1979, she founded and for eight years was the Artistic Director of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in Evanston, Illinois. While there, she directed over twenty-five productions, including Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Home, Raisin, and Ain't Misbehavin'. She received a BS in theatre and an MFA in directing from Northwestern University, and since 1981 has been a full-time drama specialist in Evanston's School District 65. In 1986, she was given the Evanston Mayor's Award for the Arts, and has been recognized for her contributions to both the arts and education by many organizations, including the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Chicago's Black Theatre Alliance, and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Originally from Henderson, North Carolina, Gloria now lives in Evanston, Illinois. She and her husband Basil are the proud parents of one daughter, Aurelia.