MICHIGAN PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
Sept. 30 - Oct. 9, 2022

 

Friday, Sept. 30 @ 8 pm

Our Place by Quan Chambers

Carter and Meech long ago decided to call one place all their own, but what happens when two unique souls stumble upon it? Will their lives change forever?

Saturday, Oct. 1 @ 8 pm

Nuns at the End of the World by Catherine Zudak

In the near future, Sister Clare is trying to keep her spirits up on the island of Nun’s End. A weather catastrophe in the early days of Lent has cut her and her Sisters off from the mainland of Ireland. As they await the return of their priest with news and supplies, they run short on food and hope. They begin turning on each other. Will the Good Father return in time for Easter and bring peace back to their little cloister? Only God knows.

Sunday, Oct. 2 @ 2 pm

From Mars, Earth Looks Like a Star by Meg Richards

The play is about two friends. One has been chosen to join the first human settlement on the planet Mars- but the other has not, and so they must say goodbye.

Thursday, Oct. 6 @ 8 pm

Small Slam by Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy

Two couples - Karl and Barbara, Joel and Ellen - meet regularly to play bridge. Unfortunately, Barbara’s terminal illness causes various simmering problems - including career frustrations and suspicions of infidelity - to erupt into open conflict. Contributing to humor and tension are the play of actual bridge hands, a magazine sex survey, and the thematic counterpoint of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, in which Karl plays the title role in a university production. 

Friday, Oct. 7 @ 8 pm

Divided Boxes by RD Wakeman

Fred has lost his job and his mind, again. It seems to him that someone is watching him, messing with his life, and pulling the strings. His wife blames him. Fred was never the same after he disappeared years ago. Fred is about to discover his puppeteer.

Saturday, Oct. 8 @ 8 pm

Spaceling by Michael Alan Herman and Josie Lapczynski

A painter named Nathan Kensington struggles to keep an alien lifeform hidden in his house amid a budding scientific investigation. But, as NASA and independent scientists circle closer and closer, Nathan might not be able to keep his new otherworldly friend safe from humanity. As a love letter to classic science-fiction, Spaceling explores what it means to be human, and what it means to be the dominant species on earth. 

Sunday, Oct. 9 @ 2 pm

The Growing Season by Steve Clark and Tom Emmott 

The Growing Season, a musical, tells the story of a grieving family reconnecting with each other and the land. Time spent rebuilding a rundown farm reminds each family member of who they are and what is important in their lives. 

About the Festival

  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. Plays that were products of Michigan Playwrights Festivals that have received their world premieres at Theatre NOVA include Mazel Tov, John Lennon by David Wells (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Resisting by David Wells (Wilde Award for Best Original Production), Mrs. Fifty Bakes a Pie by Linda Ramsay Detherage, Clutter by Brian Cox (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Irrational by R. MacKenzie Lewis and David Wells (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Katherine by Kim Carney (Wilde Award Nomination for Best New Script), Spin (aka Swimming While Drowning) by Emilio Rodriguez, and Bird by Kristin Hanratty.