2021 Showcase

Congratulations to our winning playwrights, plays, and directors:

A GOOD DAY ON EARTH
BY SHANIYA SMITH
DIRECTED BY JOE WASHINGTON
ERIN: DARRIEN BENALLY
JAKE: ERIK BITSUI

“GOOD DAY ON EARTH” GIVES A GLIMPSE INTO THE MOMENT SIBLINGS ERIN AND JAKE REUNITE AFTER A YEAR OF SEPARATION DUE TO QUARANTINE. BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE SIBLINGS HAVE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GRIEVE THE UNEXPECTED LOSS OF THEIR MOTHER AND FATHER. WHEN JAKE DRIVES INTO FLAGSTAFF FROM NEW COMB, NM, HE IS GREETED BY HIS WAITING SISTER SURROUNDED BY WARRING HUMMINGBIRDS AND A SPRING GARDEN READY FOR NEW LIFE. TOGETHER THEY PROCESS A SMALL PORTION OF THEIR GRIEF WHILE RECONNECTING AND FINDING JOY IN ONE ANOTHER’S PRESENCE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING COMPLEX REALITIES.

SNOW
BY LARRY HENDRICKS
DIRECTED BY LEVI STALLINGS
PAT: SEL WASSON
TERRY: TONY SUTERA
OFFICER DAVIS: NATHALIE MORALA

TWO SKETCHY MEN IN SEARCH OF PURE SNOW GET ROPED BY A U.S. FOREST SERVICE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER INTO CLEANING UP A TRASH-COVERED SNOWPLAY AREA NEAR FLAGSTAFF. WILL THEY FIND THE SNOW THEY’RE AFTER?

MONSOON SEASON: THE FOOL
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY MARGARITA CRUZ
MOM: LISA JAYNE
LINA: TIANNA COX
NINA: NATHALIE MORALA

MONSOON SEASON: THE FOOL FOLLOWS A PAIR OF SISTER’S NAVIGATING THE DEATH OF THEIR MOTHER. THEY REMINISCE AND COPE THROUGH THE USAGE OF TAROT CARDS IN THE MIDST OF A MONSOON STORM. DURING THIS EXPERIENCE, THEY ARE VISITED BY A GHOST.

HEART PRAIRIE
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DOUG MCGLOTHLIN
MR. MILLER: BRUCE FOX
AUTUMN: JESSIE FINCH
JASON: BEN ZEIGER-HAAG

MR. MILLER IS UNHAPPY THAT HIS DAUGHTER, AUTUMN, HAS INVITED HER BOYFRIEND, JAYSON, ON THEIR ANNUAL WOODCUTTING TRIP. SOME THINGS ARE SACRED TO MR. MILLER, ESPECIALLY HIS FAMILY, HEART PRAIRIE, AND HAVING A NICE WINTER’S SUPPLY OF ASPEN FOR THE WOODSTOVE TO HEAT HIS HOME. AUTUMN DIRECTS THE CONVERSATION WITH THE HOPE HER FATHER WILL ACCEPT HER SIGNIFICANT OTHER, BUT JAYSON ISN’T HELPING MATTERS DESPITE HIS OWN EFFORTS.

THERAPEUTIC
BY LETICIA ARBELO
DIRECTED BY SAM PIPER
KARINA: ANN WERBOFF
JULI: TIANNA COX

A MOTHER ISN’T THRILLED WITH HER DAUGHTER’S PLANS TO BECOME A “THERAPEUTIC ESCORT.” CAN SHE BE CONVINCED TO SUPPORT HER?

STICKERS
BY GORDON M. BOLAR
DIRECTED BY JOHN PROPSTER
EMILY: JULIE ESPOSITO
DOROTHY: AIMEE LUCAS

AS EMILY AND HER AGING GRANDMOTHER DECIDE ON THE DISPOSITION OF ITEMS IN DOROTHY’S HOME, THE OLDER WOMAN SURPRISES EMILY WITH A REVELATION. DOROTHY’S RECENTLY ACQUIRED AFRICAN CEREMONIAL MASK PRESENTS A DECISION FOR EMILY AND PROVIDES A SPRINGBOARD FOR THE TRANSFER OF FAMILY WISDOM.

NO TIP FOR WILLIAM
BY MIKE TEVERBAUCH
DIRECTED BY STAN SUTHERLAND
JILL: TIANNA COX
TODD: BEN ZEIGER-HAAG
WILLIAM: GAVIN BUCKLEY

A YOUNG WAITER UNDER THREAT FROM THE RUSSIAN MOB SEES ONLY ONE SURE WAY TO SAVE HIS LIFE — MARRY THE FIRST WOMAN WHO’LL SAY “YES.”

A.I. BARISTA
BY JOE WOLFF
DIRECTED BY JOE WASHINGTON
GIORGIO: TONY SUTERA
PIPER: JESSIE FINCH

WHEN GIORGIO, AN AI FIAT ASSEMBLY LINE WORKER, IS REPURPOSED AS A BARISTA ACCESSORY FOR PIPER’S NEW ESPRESSO MACHINE, HE MUST MAKE A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION IN SPITE OF HER DISLIKE FOR AI – OTHERWISE, HE WILL BE “ELIMINATED.”

WHAT THEY CALL EVOLUTION
BY DOUG MCGLOTHLIN
DIRECTED BY LISA JAYNE
YOUNG DOG: AIMEE LUCASOLD DOG: TONY SUTERA

AN OLD DOG AND A YOUNG DOG DISCUSS NEEDINESS, MORTALITY AND PEOPLE. ONE WILL LEARN A HARD LESSON.

WORDS TO THAT EFFECT
BY FJ. HARTLAND.
DIRECTED BY NICHOLE KATZ
LAVINIA: JULIE ESPOSITO
NEELY/CORNELIUS: GAVIN BUCKLEY

A JUNE TUNE AT THE FIRE LOOKOUT
BY JEAN RUKKILA
DIRECTED BY GINA MARIE BYARS
JAN: ANN WERBOFF
BLAKE: ERICK BITSUI
DISPATCHER: BRUCE FOX

AN OLD PAL VISITS A FIRE TOWER ON THE LOOKOUT’S BIRTHDAY. WILL A FIRE HAPPEN?”