Stage West is pleased to present the readings of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners of the 9th Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition, on February 20-21 at Stage West’s Studio Space at 823 W. Vickery in Fort Worth. All submitting playwrights had to have at least 2 years of ties to Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas or Louisiana, and the plays could not have had a professional production prior to the April 2015 submission deadline. The three rounds of reading yielded these three plays which will be professionally directed and read by some of the area’s most accomplished actors.
The schedule for the readings is:
Saturday, February 20, 3pm – The Sinister Ones (2nd Place) by Shane Strawbridge
In a world blinded by hate, is anyone truly right? Ryan Kurtz has come of age and is now faced with the completion of a religious ritual as part of his family's faith. Bo Algate's political future is faced with a possible stall. Sal is busy recruiting members to support her own political and personal convictions. When a disaster strikes the province, they all must decide how their own beliefs will influence the future of their country.
Directed by Jake Nice, and featuring Mitchell Stephens, Emily Scott Banks, Faith Lawrence, Cameron Cobb, Mikaela Krantz, Jeremy Schwartz
Saturday, February 20, 8pm – Day Light (1st Place) by Bruce R. Coleman
It is the late 1800's and In the small Texas panhandle town of Junction Pass, the Poteet Family are facing a blizzard heading directly toward their ranch house. As the family - a widowed mother and three of her four sons - take shelter against this force of nature, the facade of comfort and control they rely on begins to crumble around them. Old wounds, fresh betrayals and hidden longings become exposed even as the storm threatens to bury them alive.
Directed by Tina Parker, featuring Amber Devlin, Lulu Ward, John Ruegsegger, Justin Duncan, Garrett Hayes, Kyle Montgomery, Danielle Pickard, Jaquai Wade, Anthony Fortino
Sunday, February 21, 3pm – The Reckless Season (3rd Place) by Lauren Ferebee
Lisa and Simon used to be soldiers, but they're trying to put all that behind them. Except Simon's mother just committed suicide, Lisa's marriage is falling apart, the local meth dealer won't leave them alone and the only calm person in town is Simon's odd brother Terry, who spends all his time playing video games. Set in 2008, the play traces the failed escape attempts of four people who, by their own estimation, just aren't very important.
Directed by Jennifer Engler, featuring Sam Cress, Martha Harms, Evan Wood
Each play's author will be in attendance for his or her reading, and audiences are invited to stay for a talk-back after the reading! Tickets for the readings are $10 each ($20 for a festival pass), and free for Stage West season subscribers. The cafe will be open an hour prior to curtain for appetizers, drinks, and desserts. Reservations are suggested, as space is limited (817-784-9378).