Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013
How To Go:
What: FutureFest, the 23rd annual festival of new plays
When: July 26-28. Plays will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m., 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m., 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton.
Tickets: $18 per play. Weekend passes are $95 and include admission to six plays, adjudication sessions and social activities with the authors and adjudicators. Passes or individual tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonplayhouse.org, or through the box office, (937) 424-8477.
The box office is staffed Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and messages may be left at any time. Individual tickets may be purchased online, or through the box office, but may also be purchased at the door one hour before each performance (space permitting).
ABOUT THE JUDGES
This year’s panel of experts providing feedback following each play will include:
ABOUT THE PLAYS
Here are the finalists for FutureFest 2013 and the day and time each will be presented:
A Position of Relative Importance by Hal Borden of Philadelphia (A fully staged performance at 8 p.m. Friday, July 26)
Frank Truman needs a job. To his misfortune, “Frank Truman” happens to be the pen name of an elderly blogger, whose online ramblings have caused confusion among the younger man’s potential employers. Frank tracks down his reclusive namesake and pleads with him to adopt a different pseudonym, but “Frank” responds with a different kind of help — a recommendation for a job at the company where the old man used to work. In order to land the position, Frank is forced to show how far he’ll go to get ahead.
On the Road to Kingdom Come by Michael Feely of Woodland Hills, California (A fully staged performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 27) Feely’s play Night and Fog won the festival in 2009.
This is the tale of a soldier, Colonel Thomas “Tommy” Corcoran, a veteran of four combat tours in Vietnam and a fifth he prefers not to think about. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder at a time when the Army he serves will not accept the existence of such an illness. And, like most such men, Colonel Corcoran cannot admit such a disability. He will not accept the Purple Heart for a wound to his mind.
St. Paulie’s Delight by J. Joseph Cox of Chicago (A staged reading at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 28.)
The state Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage has sent Paul Blinker into full-fledged groomzilla mode. When he receives word that an estranged aunt has died, he holds a formal wake for her that doubles as a wedding reception testing ground. When his well-honed vision for his future ends up in shambles, Paul must confront the possibility of burying his definition of family along with his mysterious aunt.
The King’s Face by Steven Young of Dallas, Texas (A fully staged performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 28)
At the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403, King Henry IV secures his crown, only late in the mêlée to have his heir, Prince Harry of Monmouth, struck down by an arrow. Hurtling at full thrust, the projectile shears the Prince’s left cheek — the wound festers and the life of the future monarch is in jeopardy. London surgeon and counterfeiter, Jonathon Bradmore, is released from prison and ordered to save the Prince. The King’s Face is based on a true story.
The One With Olives by Sam Havens of Houston, Texas (A staged reading at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27)
This humorous play takes us into the world of abstract painting. A young artist probes his mentor’s techniques only to discover the core of his own life. The play also examines the ethics of artistic theft. Do artists steal from one another and how does one play the game?
Veils by Tom Coash of New Haven, Connecticut (A staged reading at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 27)
When Intisar, a veiled African-American Muslim student, enrolls for a year abroad at the American University in Cairo she thinks she will finally fit in. When the University decides to ban the wearing of veils on campus, Intisar finds herself in serious disagreement with Samar, her Egyptian, non-veiled, roommate. After getting caught up in a protest turned riot in Tahrir Square, the beginnings of the Arab Spring and Egyptian Revolution, Intisar and Samar find themselves in fear for their lives and on opposite sides of a bitter and dangerous cultural divide.
SOURCE: FutureFest 2013