MICHIGAN PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
Oct 23, 2019 8pm
An Evening of 10-Minute Plays generated by
"Prompts For Playwrights"
“Can We Talk?” by H (V. Holman): A boy has a heart to heart with his parents about something he knows will break their heart.
“The Flight Mates” by Mounir Bendahmane: Unexpected healing occurs when two strangers strike up a random conversation on an airplane.
“The Garden and Back” by Aliyah Rose Kiesler and Haley J Cook: A woman navigates a strained relationship with her father as she battles mental illness and struggles to find self-acceptance.
“Keep Talking, I’m Listening” by Patrick Clement: A couple comes together to celebrate their relationship.
“So Close to Magic” by H (V. Holman): A guy and a girl who’ve never met consider a meeting.
“Mistress Chelsea” by Sarah Elisabeth Brown” A butch daddy asks a femme top to join an open relationship.
Oct 24, 2019 8pm
The Lion's Share by Catherine Zudak
In the world of Ancient Rome, Leonis, a reluctant Gladiator, yearns to buy his freedom. His crooked, but endearing, promoter, Fatima, is willing to let him go if the price is right. When Silex, a boy eager for fame, agrees to help Leonis beat all comers, the trio set in motion a clash between the old Roman values of courage and honesty and the very modern notion that only greed is good. Directed by Tyler Calhoun.
Catherine Zudak (Playwright) is a writer, storyteller, producer and actor. Her short plays have appeared in festivals throughout SE Michigan including, The Play’s the Thing (A2CT), The Detroit Fringe, Living on the Edge (Actors’) and The Playwright’s Festival (OCC). From Around Here Productions staged her full-length play, Virtues, in 2015. In the past few years, Ms. Zudak has written and performed stories for Heaven Spot, HERSay, MOMS, Snapshots, and Story Night. She has produced independent shows including Broken, In the Room, and The Know Gun Show. As an actor, she has appeared with A2CT, Brass Tacks, Carriage House and Pencilpoint Theatreworks.
Oct 25, 2019 8pm
Dear Camp by Lisa MacDonald
A recently widowed woman finds a journal when she and three friends come together to clear out her husband's hunting camp to prepare the property for sale. Amid hilarity and poignancy, secrets are revealed and old hurts are reinfected. Directed by Terie Spencer.
Lisa MacDonald (Playwright) has been involved in the Eastern Upper Peninsula Fine Arts Center as both an actor and stage hand since retiring from teaching mathematics. Credits include The Odd Couple, Female Version and Into the Woods. She and her husband, Michael, call Drummond Island home, where they live with a big, red dog named Conn. Lisa also enjoys playing the flute and painting and looks forward to the U.P. summers filled with gardening, boating and playing bad golf. When they're not traveling or staying at their hunting camp, they welcome their three sons and two grandchildren to their home overlooking Potagannissing Bay.
Oct 26, 2019 8pm
Silo Tree by Sam Collier
Lailah guides souls through her house to the world of the dead. Lou and Wiley meet up again after ten years. The coywolves run in the night. Silo Tree is a pause on the bridge, a collection of lives in liminal space, and a memory that rolls forward as its surface is blown backward by the wind. Directed by Michelle Resnick.
Sam Collier (Playwright) is a playwright, poet, and theatreartist. Her other plays include A Hundred Circling Camps (2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit commission) and Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King (2018 U.C. Davis Ground & Field Festival; 2018 Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference). Her poems have been published in The Puritan, Iron Horse Literary Review, Mortar Magazine and elsewhere. As the Writer-in-Residence with the National Writers Series, she teaches for Front Street Writers, a high school creative writing program in Traverse City. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop.
Oct 27, 2019 2pm
Blight by R. D. Wakeman
Nanny's existence inside the isolated mansion is becoming increasingly peculiar. The baby in her charge may be her own, people and possessions disappear, spies are everywhere, and strange men knock at the door. She might escape with the travelling circus, if not for rumours of "Blight." Nanny must find her own way out of absurdity –as we all must. Directed by Nathan Corliss.
R.D. Wakeman (Playwright) began playwriting after completing a B.A. (theatre) and MA (literature). Her short works have been performed in Michigan, Illinois, London, Newcastle and Norwich (U.K.). Her full-length play Sea Change won a staged reading at Panndora's Box, California and Abandoned received their honorable mention. Ms Wakeman won the Heartland Theatre Contest and was a finalist in both the Nancy Weil and Alfred P. Kernodle contests. Men in White Coats is published in the AHRC-funded art journal, Bodies of Work. Her collaborative artwork has been exhibited in the U.K., the U.S., and most recently at the 2019 Los Angeles Art show.
A TALKBACK WILL FOLLOW EACH READING.
$10 for full-length plays, Oct 24-27
$5 for Evening of 10-Minute Plays, Oct 23
Festival Pass for $30 which includes all five events
About the Festival
Clutter, by Michigan playwright Brian Cox, was given a staged reading at a previous MPF festival. Clutter was lauded by audiences and critics and earned two Wilde Award awards, including Best New Script. In the previous year, Irrational by R. MacKenzie Lewis and David Wells received a full production after appearing in Theatre NOVA’s first Michigan Playwrights Festival and also received a Wilde award for Best New Script. Other plays that began as staged readings at Theatre NOVA and have gone on to full productions are Katherine by Kim Carney, Spin by Emilio Rodriguez, and Bird by Kristin Hanratty.Theatre NOVA focuses on new plays and new playwrights and is dedicated to working with new and local playwrights to help them develop their craft and to offer brand new plays for audiences. We created the Michigan Playwrights Festival to nurture Michigan playwrights and to develop full-length plays for future seasons. One of our recently produced scripts,
Resisting by David Wells and Mrs. Fifty Bakes a Pie by Linda Ramsay-Detherage also benefited from readings at a Michigan Playwrights Festival and had their world premieres in our most recent Theatre NOVA season.