Friday, July 25, 2014

Playwright Festival: A Critical Beginning

The second play of 10 in the Playwrights Festival 2014 on the Waldron Stage at Mill Mountain Theatre gets underway in just a few minutes, so you'll want to hurry to get there.

These plays are from Hollins students--usually master's students--and they are in the development stage. Some are not even presented in total because they are longer than the 90 minute limit. But they are quite interesting and the audience gets an opportunity to help shape them as they develop. The first play tonight, "An Enemy That Warns: Fugitive," told the story of a man on the run from Homeland Security.

It will eventually be a tight drama, but the audience found a lot of holes in it. I admire playwright Michael Gilboe (left above with director MB DuMonde and Playwright Lab director Todd Ristau) who sat stoically and absorbed every word of criticism, taking copious notes as he went. It was an exercise in courage and commitment, I think. And maybe professionalism.

If you can't make the 8 p.m. start tonight, it gets going again tomorrow and Sunday at 11 a.m. with additional plays at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. I think you'll enjoy it, especially if you have a bit of the critic in you.

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