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Cloud Nine New Works Series

Coming in April 2020

Cloudgate Theatre is delighted to share readings of two new plays, Fuck Cancer by Artistic Associate Tanuja Jagernauth and Punk Rock Mix Tape Play by Marisa Carr for the inaugural Cloud Nine New Works Series. This series offers a chance for us to nurture formally innovative, thematically ambitious new work and experiment with new play development models to support artists in the creation of vital stories.


Tanuja Devi Jagernauth is an Indo-Caribbean playwright, dramaturg, arts administrator, and ceramic artist who believes in the necessity of creation during times of destruction. A former acupuncturist, Tanuja aspires to practice four frameworks for collective liberation and wellness through theatre: self/community care, harm reduction, trauma informed experience facilitation, and body positivity. Born in Guyana, raised in Arizona, and currently living in Chicago, Tanuja’s artistic work employs humor, expressionism and magical realism to explore diasporic identity, the violence of assimilation, sexual and domestic violence, family, spirituality, and the process walking between worlds and healing from generational trauma. As a non-Black person of color, Tanuja is dedicated to using her artistic and political work to challenge anti-Black racism in all communities and further the interests of prison abolition and Black liberation. Tanuja is honored to be an Associate Artist with Cloudgate Theatre and Prop Thtr, and she is the proud Operations Manager for Free Street Theater. She looks forward to workshopping Fuck Cancer and can’t wait to share it with her community as part of the Cloud Nine New Works Series in April 2020.

F#CK CANCER by Tanuja Jagnernauth

Grace is an uninsured activist dedicated to the fight against climate change. Vandana is an uninsured fresh-out-of-school acupuncturist on a mission to prove herself as a healer. When Grace becomes Vandana's patient their shared struggle against Grace's cancer tests each of them in ways they never could have anticipated. F*ck Cancer is a meditation on the ways we see and treat power, the planet, and the patient-practitioner relationship.

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Marisa Carr is a playwright who recently transplanted to Chicago after a decade in the Twin Cities. Her work has been presented and/or produced by theaters including: The Guthrie, Pillsbury House + Theater, the Playwrights’ Center, Intermedia Arts, and Pangea World Theatre. Selected recent awards and honors include: Scratchpad at the Playwrights' Realm (2019-2020), P73 Finalist (2019-20), Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival Finalist (2019), McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting Finalist (2019), Jerome Artist Fellowship Finalist (2019), Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship Semi-finalist (2019), Berkeley Rep Ground Floor Residency (2018), Forward Flux Three New American Plays Commission (2018), Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017), Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow (2016-17), Naked Stages Fellow at Pillsbury House + Theater (2015), and “Best New Political Playwright” (Lavender Magazine, 2014). Marisa is also Co-Founder/former Artistic Director of the Turtle Theater Collective, a Twin Cities-based company committed to producing high-quality, contemporary work that explores Native experiences and subverts expectations about how and when Native artists can create theater. She is Turtle Mountain Ojibwe from the Turtle clan.


Being a teenage girl is hard, and being a teenage brown girl is harder – but being a teenage brown girl in the punk scene during the post-9/11 Bush administration? That’s something else entirely. This coming-of-age play, loosely structured as a mix tape, sits at the intersection of race, gender, and youth, and explores the cost of finding your place in a world shifting rapidly in ways you barely understand.

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