Paula Vogel’s groundbreaking and controversial play How I Learned to Drive tells the story of a young girl who grows up in a complex and sexually abusive relationship with her uncle in 1960’s Maryland. The play follows the young girl, Lil’ Bit, from her adolescence through college years and ends with her as a thirty-something adult. Although Lil’ Bit and her uncle share a mutual understanding and care deeply for one another, the years of manipulation eventually drive them apart, leaving Li’l Bit with unresolved questions that she tries to now process as an adult.
Girl in the Machine by Stef Smith
Do you want to live forever? YES or NO Polly and Owen have nailed it. Successful in their careers and wildly in love with each other, they feel ready to take on the world. But when a mysterious new technology, promising a break from the daily grind, creeps into everyone’s phones, their world is turned upside down. As the line between physical and digital rapidly dissipates, Polly and Owen are forced to question whether their definitions of reality and freedom are the same. Girl in the Machine is a disturbing but compassionate vision of our potential digital future, and what it might mean for ‘life’ as we know it.
SHE KILLS MONSTERS: VIRTUAL REALMS by Qui Nguyen
She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms tells the story of Agnes Evans following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, evil cheerleader succubi, and pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Playwright Qui Nguyen has rewritten the original play (She Kills Monsters) with the intention of it being performed online using a video conferencing platform. Rehearsals will take place remotely with a few in person scenes. The show will be filmed ahead of time with scheduled filming days. As this is a new means in which to create theatre, all involved in the production will be able to collaborate together to discover and create innovative and unique ways to tell this story.
MURDER AT ACTION LANES by Sundown Collaborative Theatre
A high noire/low camp murder mystery radio show from Sundown Collaborative Theatre. This original tale is set in 1954, during the peak of the American obsession with ten-pin bowling before its rapid decline. When a gruesome murder occurs during a big tournament at Action Lanes, Detective Raymond Barros locks in the 14 people present at the dive to try and find the killer before his Sergeant comes to collect him in mere hours.
TINY APOCALYPSE by Sundown Collaborative Theatre
Even in THE END OF DAYS our (virtual) Short Works Festival remains. Your host, Kurt Danger and a one-man-house-band will guide you through a curated batch of short, filmed pieces, centered on the theme of the end of the world. In true Short Works Festival Tradition, there will be a drinking game, goofs, laughs and some tender moments. In a telethon-style event, we'll be raising money for the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition. Join us and bask in the heat of the flames of this Tiny Apocalypse.