We all spin new ideas daily. Some get used right away, but many are carefully wound for later use and eventually forgotten. At Hook & Eye, we’ve created the Spoolers Program to encourage other creatives to reach into their storage, unwind some of their own ideas, and play. One of our company members, Javan Nelson came up with the idea, and he’s leading the group!

In its inaugural year, Spoolers will offer 2 exceptional lead artists - Eliza Bent and Roger Q. Mason - the opportunity to lead the devising process while receiving creative, administrative, and financial support from Hook & Eye. The results will then be presented to the public at The Flea Theater in late April. Stay tuned! We are thrilled to have them join the Hook & Eye galaxy.


Eliza Bent is a playwright and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Bent’s plays have been developed and presented in productions, readings, and workshops at the Abrons Arts Center, JACK, Clubbed Thumb, the Atlantic, and the Bushwick Starr. Residencies: SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges Audrey Residency, MacDowell Colony Fellow. Awards/Citations: LMCC Workspace, LMCC process grant, Critics Pick for Toilet Fire, 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event. Alum: SPACE on Ryder Farm “Working Farm,” Target Margin Institute Fellow, Project Y Playwright’s Group, New Georges affiliated artist. Bent is a frequent guest artist at the Great Plains Theatre Conference and an adjunct lecturer in creative writing at Brooklyn College where she received an MFA in playwriting.


Roger Q. Mason is a writer who mines the intersection of history, memory and identity through the ritual of performance.  His work often investigates the vulnerability of masculine identity.  Mason's works include The White Dress, Wind People, and Onion Creek.  They've been seen at such venues as New York Theatre Workshop, New Group Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, Son of Semele Theatre, Steep Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and the Kraine Theatre.  Mason was recently named finalist for the Lark Playwrights’ Week and semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.  His short play Hard Palate was nominated for a Theatre Innovator Award.  Mason has held residencies at Lambda Literary, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Skylight Theatre.  Recent commissions include work with Company of Angels, Serene Playhouse, Steep Theatre and the Fire This Time Festival.  Mason holds an MFA from Northwestern University, MA from Middlebury College, and BA from Princeton University.   

For more information on the Spoolers Program, write contact@hookandeyetheater.com