4th Annual Summer Play Reading Festival
June 7 – 11
Theatre, the collaboration of live performers, a stage, a story, and an audience, is a description of Paper Wing’s upcoming Play Reading Festival, which will feature original full-length plays read or workshopped at its 4th Annual Summer Play Reading Festival at Paper Wing Theatre.
This year’s festival presents 11 original unpublished plays, with a little bit for everyone: drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, mystery, and history.
Four plays, called “works in progress,” will be presented in workshop format, in which the director can put the play on its feet, make changes on the fly, or add a little improv to improve the play, whatever he/she decides. For the audience, this is a great opportunity to see “behind the scenes” processes that help a playwright develop his/her work.
The remaining “Production Ready” plays will be presented in a typical reader’s theatre format. After just one rehearsal, actors sit and read the play in front of an audience. After the reading, the audience and actors can give feedback, comments, and suggestions directly to the playwright.
A $25 Festival season pass, admission to the entire Festival, is available below or at the door. Admission to individual readings or workshops is $5 at the door.
A detailed schedule and synopses is available below as well as on TheatreMonterey.org.
$25 festival pass / $5 to individual readings or workshops
Let’s Kill the Bitch (Workshop) Wednesday, June 7, 7:00-10:00 PM
Written by Mark Cunningham, Directed by Mark Cunningham
Synopsis: Four men who have been friends since childhood meet in a secluded cabin for an annual hunting trip. After one of the men tries to convince the others help kill the unpleasant wife he’s brought along, old wounds reopen and events spiral out of control.
5 Old Norwegian Women (Workshop) Thursday, June 8, 7:00-10:00 PM
Written by Lee Brady, Directed by Heather Flescher
Synopsis: While casting his play about characters from Ibsen and Strindberg, a young director finds himself attracted to Sandy, a married woman who works backstage. Meanwhile, his female cast members offer their own takes on the Bergmanesque play within a play.
Battle at Fallen Lake Friday, Friday, June 9, 7:00-10:00 PM
Written by Erik Roycraft, Directed by Erik Roycraft
Synopsis: The captain of a small military regiment in the upper Midwest enlists the estranged son of his late commander to help quell a group of Native American insurgents.
Drift (Workshop) Saturday, June 10, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Written by Katherine Vondy, Directed by Katherine Vondy
Synopsis: A college geology professor brings his wife and teenage children along on a student’s research trip. A decade later, the student must come to terms with the past; the family with their futures.
Harry and Maura Saturday, June 10, 12:00-3:00 PM
Written by Elizabeth Flanagan, Directed by Heather Flescher
Synopsis: A recovering alcoholic with an unpaid gambling debt returns home presumably to take care of her father, though she’s actually on the run from loan sharks.
The Alien Occurrence Saturday, June 10, 3:00-6:00 PM
Written by Stanley Toledo, Directed by Erin Davison
Synopsis: A husband who disappeared 30 years ago returns home to his disappointed wife, who continues to claim after his mysterious death that he had been abducted by space aliens.
Timeless Saturday, June 10, 7:00-10:00 PM
Written by Raegan Payne, Directed by Mark Cunningham
Synopsis: After a team of scientists discovers the fountain of youth in a new stem cell procedure, one of its oldest members sets out to destroy the project before it becomes viable.
It Hits You When You Know It (Workshop) Sunday, June 11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Written by Elisa Manzini
Synopsis: When a group of friends gather ahead of a wedding, the celebration turns into drama after secrets are revealed and complications with the bride put the ceremony at risk.
Written by Patrick Brennan , Directed by Erin Davison
Synopsis: A woman who wants to save her hacker brother from a dangerous obsession with virtual reality discovers he’s learned how to open a door to a realm darker than she could have ever imagined.
Frankenstein for Three Women Sunday, June 11, 3:00-6:00 PM
Written by Marian Berges, Directed by Patrick Golden
Synopsis: Against the advice of her receptionist and girlfriend, a plastic surgeon becomes obsessed with making a strange patient “perfect,” a decision with lethal consequences in this modern version of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”
Adele and Tom: Portrait of a Marriage Sunday, June 11, 7:00-10:00 PM
Written by Ted Chiles, Directed by Erik Roycraft
Synopsis: A former professor’s writing success ignites a desire in his wife, an English professor and cancer survivor, to adopt a child — an idea that seems in direct conflict with her personality and his structured life.