I'm looking for local bloggers who would like to partner with Phoenix Theatre in our upcoming New Works Festival. This is a two week festival of brand new stage works. This festival chooses four plays to be produced into staged readings which allow the playwright to put their work in front of an audience for the first time. This is invaluable for the playwright and allows them to see what works and what doesn't. We received over 700 submissions this year and narrowed it down to the following shows:
Nureyev's Eyes by David Rush
During the 70's, Jamie Wyeth (son of Andrew) did a series of paintings of Rudolf Nureyev, the famous ballet dancer. The play imagines what those encounters may have been like and how they changed the two men. At first, Nureyev refuses Jamie's request but changes his mind when he realizes how Jamie's work can help further his own career. The two men are cautious collaborators at first however gradually become intimate friends. Their various encounters over time deal with conflicts over the nature of the work, moments of shared self-disclosures, reacting to public disapproval of the first showing, helping Janie get over his fears - conveyed by his inability to "get the eyes right" - copy with Nureyev's dying of AIDS and so forth. Two collaborators become two stronger artists and friends. At the end, Jamie understands the true significance of Nureyev's eyes.
First Casualty by Monte Merrick
Caitlin's husband, Matt, a soldier in the current war, has been killed by friendly fire. She sets out to track down one of the two men responsible for his death. She finds Jon in Seattle now employed as a firefighter. Caitlin's intention is to confront Jon and make him apologize and suffer for what he has done. However, he honestly doesn't know if it was himself or instead his comrade, Mark who fired that fatal shot. Frustrated by her inability to get retribution, Caitlin finds herself drawn into a relationship with Jon; challenging them both with their inability and perhaps, desire to move on from the tragedy. What results is an unwilling love story - neither wanting to get involved with the other but unable to resist their need to find solace and a new way to live.
Smugglers by José Záraté
Sam leads a drug cartel on the Mexico-US Border; another cartel is moving in and threatening her empire. This rival cartel has bought out the police from under her and kidnapped her son.Meanwhile, Luis is an undercover federal agent who has been ousted by his boss. With his cover blown, he is forced to help Sam recover her son or suffer the same fate - his own death or that of his family.
Big Dreams by D. Scott Withers
Big Dreams is slightly dark comedy that dives head first into the world of beauty pageants and the women who live for them. As prissy and reserved Mimi and loud-mouthed, loose Shanda face off to become Miss Oklahoma America, they meet the mysterious Louella, who is more than the mousy secretary she seems to be. As three women face that moment between success and failure, each examines what beauty is, how they define themselves and how far they'll go to achieve a dream that's as big as their hair.
The festival will also include an evening of short plays, sit-down reads, and our popular 24 hour theatre project.
that's a lot to share!
I was wondering if anyone would be interested in coming to the first weekend of the festival July 13th. Do some of the Tweets (if you Tweet) and help us spread the word about the festival. Let me know what kind of partnership that would be and what that would look like for you. Also, if you have any suggestions of other bloggers in the Phoenix area who might be interested in doing the same thing, I would love to contact them as well. As always, thank you very much and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Please email me at s.chambers@...
if you're interested.