So it looks like I’m not the only one who finds the holiday season creepy and off-putting! Hooray!
The good folks at Vintage Theatre recently held an open-submission, blind-entry new play contest for their ‘Very Dark Holiday Playwright Festivus.’ It’s a new play festival they’re putting on this Christmas--and my short play was one of the winners.
It’s a one-act about a teenage girl named Kristianne who isn’t interested in going into the family business as her parents insist she do. Her boyfriend is trying to convince her to run away, but she is torn by loyalty to her family--especially for her younger brother Nick, who seems to have a special way of looking at the world. Here’s a teaser for you:
That's all you get for now. :)KRISTIANNEIt’s not like I have any privacy anyway.MOMKristianne--KRISTIANNEIt’s Krystal. With a ‘K.’ How many times do I have to--MOM(mildly)Your name is Kristianne, dear. Krystal with a ‘K’ makes you sound like a truck stop coke whore.KRISTIANNEMom...MOMEven saying the phrase, ‘It’s Krystal with a K,’ makes you sound like a truck stop coke whore.KRISTIANNEOh my god.###
Oh, all right, if you insist. Here's one more teaser line, one which perhaps goes to the heart of the thing:
MOMHoney, sometimes...family is destiny. No matter how hard we try to escape from what we were born into, we become it anyway. You are who you are, and who you are is your family. Like it or not.
Here’s the info--my friend (and fellow playwright) Frank Oteri is organizing the show, and they have arranged to have music as well at many of the performances. Each performance will feature all six plays, and I am tentatively planning to play guitar at a couple of the shows as well. We’re looking at the 22nd and the 29th, right now. Will update as more info becomes available.
Hope to see you there, and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
“A Very Dark Holiday Playwright Festivus”
Vintage Theatre invites you to join their holiday playwright festival of original one-act plays from Colorado playwrights.
SILENT NIGHT -by Jeffrey Neuman
directed by Linda Orr
‘TIS THE SEASON -by Linda Berry
directed by Luke A. Terry
INTIMATE INFORMATION – by Frank A. Oteri
directed by Stephen Paulding
RINGING IT IN -by Laura Coe
directed by Stephanie Prugh
BORED TO DEATH – by Mark Sbani
directed by Frank A. Oteri
FAMILY BUSINESS – by Kurt Brighton
directed by Nita Froelich
Tuesday, December 21 – Friday, December 31, 2010
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