Josh Wilder

Josh Wilder

Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia. He is the first national Jerome Many Voices Fellowship recipient at The Playwrights' Center and a 2014-15 Jerome Fellow. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Josh was a 2012-13 Theater Fellowship recipient at The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh. Josh’s works have been developed and read at The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The...
Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia. He is the first national Jerome Many Voices Fellowship recipient at The Playwrights' Center and a 2014-15 Jerome Fellow. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Josh was a 2012-13 Theater Fellowship recipient at The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh. Josh’s works have been developed and read at The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Playwrights’ Center, The Alchemical Theatre Lab, The Lark and New York Theatre Workshop and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Josh will be highlighted as a MainStage Playwright at the 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference. Currently, he is developing a play cycle all set in inner-city Philadelphia called, The Dandelion Plays . Training: BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

Plays

  • Leftovers
    Weeds are a given in the heart of South Philly, but when a giant dandelion sprouts overnight and wishes start falling from the sky, one family begins to see a way out of the cycle of poverty that has governed their lives. For brothers Jalil and Kwamaine, hope is running thin as they wait for the arrival of their absent father, and — in time — discover the power of their own dreams and the transformative...
    Weeds are a given in the heart of South Philly, but when a giant dandelion sprouts overnight and wishes start falling from the sky, one family begins to see a way out of the cycle of poverty that has governed their lives. For brothers Jalil and Kwamaine, hope is running thin as they wait for the arrival of their absent father, and — in time — discover the power of their own dreams and the transformative influence of forgiveness. Seizing the possibility of no longer feeling like the city's leftovers, the two brothers find themselves on an adventure they never could have imagined.