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Set deep in a Florida swamp, The Arsonists is a father-daughter tale of grief, loss and redemption. Inspired by Greek tragedy and Southern Gothic fiction, The Arsonists is a contemporary American myth that explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between death and life, the last breath before the awakening. Currently nominated for the Weissberger Award and the Blackburn Prize, The Arsonists will be part of the Kennedy Center's 2015 Page-to-Stage Festival and NNPN's National New Play Showcase 2015. Photograph by Karolina Pawelczyk on Flickr Creative Commons.
Trish had a bad day. Scratch that. A bad week. Well, a bad month, maybe? A bad year, definitely. And last night she was kicked off a rock 'n' roll tour bus. And an hour ago she was kicked out of AA after admitting that she was only there to meet a wing-woman. And this very minute she is at the Eat 'n' Save Mini-Mart standing in aisle 7 with two bucks in her pocket. Then Jesus appears to her. Or maybe its just the second coming of Whitesnake. Whatever. A loving presence promises to give her the secret to getting everything that she wants in life after it takes a call from Mom. So on her 40th birthday, Trish Tinkler camps out in aisle 7 of the Eat 'n' Save. And waits. And waits. And waits. Trish Tinkler Gets Saved is a new comedy about finding home in the most unexpected places. Trish will premiere at the 2015 National Women's Theatre Festival in Washington DC produced by Unexpected Stage Company. Tickets are available now: http://m.bpt.me/event/1570787. The Festival website is: http://www.womensvoicestheaterfestival.org. This image by Todd on Flickr Creative Commons.
Beneath the earth’s surface, #1 and #2 labor to turn the crank that makes the world spin. However, when the crank refuses to budge and the surface-dwellers begin to sprout beaks and feathers, #1 and #2 become suspicious that things are about to change. A new 45-minute comedy about the end of the world and the beginning of enlightenment. Or something like it. A commission from Tiny Dynamite, Mantle will world premiere in 2016. Photo by Patrick Buechner on Flickr Creative Commons.
Skin & Bone is a comedy that recently won Best New Play at the Philadelphia Critics Awards and was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In this full-length play, elderly twins sisters Midge and Madge run a broken down bed and breakfast that has a date with the wrecking ball. When a young woman appears, searching for clues about a former guest, a storm of memories begins to brew and all three women stumble down a dark and dusty road of a past better left hidden. Skin & Bone explores the mutability of memory and the laughter that comes from the fractured remembrances of our journey through life.
When racial tensions come to a boiling point in a Florida town, even an accident can have paralyzing consequences; Slip/Shot is a heartbreaking drama about violence, fear, and our need to move forward. Winner of the 2012 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play and the Brown Martin Award and developed at the PlayPenn Conference and Lark's Playwrights Week.