Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival

Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival

Feb. 1 to 3, 2019

Studio Theatre at the Hilberry
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Three new plays by emerging playwrights!

Since 2000, the Studio Theatre at the Hilberry has hosted the Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Playwriting One Act Festival, encouraging young playwrights to submit their original works. Each year, six to seven semi-finalists are chosen out of all submissions. The plays are then read at a Workshop, where they are critiqued by judges. Three finalists win a scholarship as well as the opportunity to produce their play in front of a live audience. Each winning playwright has a chance to work with a student director and student performers to realize their productions on the stage — and those plays are what you’ll experience during each performance. Stay tuned for further details!

There is NO LATE SEATING. Out of respect for the audience and the production, patrons arriving after the performance begins will not be admitted.

Come experience these three winning one-act plays!

Woodhull

by Sarah Summerwell

A dark comedy set in Brooklyn, in which two siblings struggle with consequences stemming from mental illness and addiction. An unexpected visit from a mutual friend brings news that forces the family to question their faith in an individual’s ability to change.

Unethical

by Joe Gaskill

In this drama inspired by true events, the first rule of ethics in psychology has always been to do no harm. At least, that’s what Jason Crane was taught. But when he conducts a disturbing experiment revolving around the emotion of disgust, he leaves everyone involved traumatized and finds himself accused of unethical behavior. Though when confronted, Jason is unfazed and maintains that he’s done nothing wrong. Is Jason a sociopath? Is he simply avoiding responsibility? Or may he have a point to what he’s done?

Pettycoats

by Matthew Smith

This play is loosely based on a newspaper article from 1792 called “The Petticoat Duelists”. While most historians don’t think the events of the article actually happened, I find that it brought the light an issue i have been struggling with in the stage combat community. I wanted to write a play where two women get to fight each other with swords. Most sword fights are two men, in very rare occasions (such as Milady de Winter in The Three Musketeers) it’s a man and a woman and almost never two strong and accomplished female sword fighters. Historically we know women fought with swords quite often. Julie d’Aubigny was a well known female duelist of the late 17th century on which the 1835 french novel Mademoiselle de Maupin was based. Mary Read and Anne Bonny are well documented female pirates. It happened, so why are there no plays about it? Well now there is one.

Cast & Creative Team

Bates, Kyle
Bates, Kyle
Steven (Woodhull/Heck-Rabi)
Baydoun, Medina
Baydoun, Medina
Jess (Woodhull/Heck-Rabi)
Boulton, Paige
Boulton, Paige
Assistant Lighting Designer (Avenue Q); Sound Designer (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike); Lighting Designer (BFA Dance Senior Capstone); Sound Designer (Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival)
Brazier, Delvin
Brazier, Delvin
Gordon (Unethical/Heck-Rabi)
Buzzell, Courtney
Buzzell, Courtney
Props Master (Xtigone); Stage Manager (Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival); Assistant Stage Manager/Deck Captain (Mamma Mia!)
Gaskill, Joe
Gaskill, Joe
Playwright (Unethical/Heck-Rabi)
Havern, Charles
Havern, Charles
Joe (Woodhull/Heck-Rabi)
Johnson, Olivia
Johnson, Olivia
Assistant Director (Xtigone); Director (Unethical/Heck-Rabi)
Kret, Rachel
Kret, Rachel
Lisa (Woodhull/Heck-Rabi)
Manela, Hannah
Manela, Hannah
Celia (As You Like It); Director (Woodhull/Heck-Rabi); Assistant Director (Angels in America: Part Two)
Marshall, Gillian
Marshall, Gillian
Ann (Pettycoats/Heck-Rabi)
Monroe, Freda
Monroe, Freda
Ensemble (A Christmas Carol); Beatrice (Pettycoats/Heck-Rabi)
Montgomery-Kennedy, Angel
Montgomery-Kennedy, Angel
Chorus (Xtigone); Bill (Unethical/Heck-Rabi)
Orr, Emma
Orr, Emma
Laundress (A Christmas Carol); Heather (Unethical/Heck-Rabi)
Poppe, Dani
Poppe, Dani
Emily (Unethical/Heck-Rabi)
Rodriguez, Kayla
Rodriguez, Kayla
Tea Flake, Marcellus’ Aide (Xtigone); Sir Charles (Pettycoats/Heck-Rabi)
Salazar, Nate
Salazar, Nate
Silas (Pettycoats/Heck-Rabi); Adam (Unethical/Heck-Rabi)
Smith, Matthew
Smith, Matthew
Nicky (Avenue Q), Orlando (As You Like It), Spike (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Joe Pitt/Prior 1/The Eskimo/Mormon Father/Angel Europa (Angels in America Parts I and II); Playwright (Pettycoats/Heck-Rabi); Chorus (Venus)
Smith, Rachael Ann
Smith, Rachael Ann
Fay, Wife of Marcellus (Xtigone); Director (Pettycoats/Heck-Rabi)
Spademan, Kate
Spademan, Kate
Properties Master (As You Like It); Scene Design (Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival)
Stanisz, Sean
Stanisz, Sean
Gravedigger, Ensemble (A Christmas Carol); Jason (Unethical/Heck-Rabi)
Summerwell, Sarah
Summerwell, Sarah
Bad Idea Bear, Lucy the Slut, Mrs. Thistletwat (Avenue Q); Duchess Frederica/Phoebe (As You Like It), Masha (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike); Harper Pitt/Martin Heller/Angel Africanii (Angels in America Parts I and II); Playwright (Woodhull/Heck-Rabi)

Performance Schedule

Friday, Feb. 1 (Opening Night) 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 3 3 p.m.

Cast & Creatives

Coming soon.

Angels in America: Part One

Millennium Approaches

by Tony Kushner
Feb. 8 to 24, 2019
Hilberry Theatre

Venus

Based on a true story

by Suzan-Lori Parks
March 22 to April 13, 2019
Studio Theatre at the Hilberry

Angels in America: Part Two

Perestroika

by Tony Kushner
April 26 to May 19, 2019
Hilberry Theatre

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