The End of Beauty by Cory Hinkle

Michael and Margaret seem happily married and comfortable in their lives as tenured professors of the visual arts at a small quaint college in Wichita, Kansas. But when Margaret’s former student, a well-renowned painter, returns to Wichita, the darker side of their relationship comes to light. A play that spans twenty-five years, The End of Beauty examines the beauty of the things we love and how those things can change in a single night?

Meet your Playwright:  

Cory Hinkle was the winner of the 2015 Heideman Award for his play, This Quintessence of Dust and he was a co-writer of That High Lonesome Sound, both of which premiered at the Humana Festival. His other plays include Uncovered Cities (developed with Circle X), Apocalypse Play (Moving Arts), Golden (Actors Theatre of Louisville, developed with Chalk Rep) The End of Beauty (Cape Cod Theatre Project), A Disappearance in Two Parts (HERE Arts Center) and The Killing of Michael X (Jackalope Theatre, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep). His plays Little Eyes and SadGrrl13 premiered at the Workhaus Collective, a company he co-ran with eight other playwrights from 2007-2012. He was a winner of the 2016-17 Humanitas Play LA Prize and is the previous recipient of the McKnight Advancement Grant, two Jerome fellowships and a Jerome Travel and Study Grant. He has been an artist at the Sundance Theatre Lab and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. More info at

Meet your Director:  

JON LAWRENCE RIVERA is the recipient of the Inaugural Career Achievement Award from Stage Raw. Most recently, Rivera directed the following world premieres for Playwrights’ Arena: THE HOTEL PLAY, BLOODLETTING by Boni B. Alvarez, @THESPEEDOFJAKE by Jennifer Maisel, CIRCUS UGLY by Gabriel Rivas Gomez, PAINTING IN RED by Luis Alfaro, CINNAMON GIRL by Velina Hasu Houston and Nathan Wang, THE ANATOMY OF GAZELLAS by Janine Salinas Schoenberg, Euripides’ HELEN by Nick Salamone (at the Getty Villa), Recipient of a NY Fringe Festival Award, an LA Weekly Award, and a five-time Ovation Award nominee, Rivera is the founding artistic director of Playwrights’ Arena.


Margaret…Verity Branco

Michael…Noel Arthur (AEA)

Sam…West Liang (AEA)

Saturday, August 5th at 2:00 pm

The Road on Lankershim

(5108 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601)


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