These plays were selected from submissions open to participants in the Master Classes and work-shopped with Associate Artistic Director, Matt Stabile, for a month prior to the festival. The playwrights range from the novice to professional and their work showcases some of the exciting new voices in South Florida.
A parable about how the most venerated constitutional democracy in the history of human events, unwittingly entrusted to men and women of limited character and ability, collapses not with a bang, but with a series of tragic whimpers.
It’s 2015, and Meg, an avant-garde choreographer in her early 60s, is losing the West Village apartment where she’s spent her entire adult life. When her sister, Ellen, shows up with her son, David, to help Meg pack, the two women must reckon with a complicated snarl of old wounds connected to their brother’s battle with AIDS in the 1980s.
A Miami playwright brings us a tale of beauty, love, and murder in the heart of the Everglades. Set deep within the wild Florida frontier of 1912 and inspired by actual events, The Prey is a chilling interpretation of one of Florida’s most notorious killings.
Six months after their sister Colleen has died of cancer, sisters Maggie and Rosemary rent a beach house in Melbourne to have a memorial and scatter Colleen’s ashes. The family reunion is interrupted when a tropical depression forming in the Caribbean suddenly turns into a hurricane and is heading their way. Though they fall within the “cone of uncertainty,” the sisters and their partners decide not to evacuate. As the strong winds and rain bands begin, strange encounters with wildlife signal something more is going on, both between the sisters and with mother Nature as they struggle to ride out the storms outside and inside.
Frank and Doris are retired, comfortable and desperate. One day, they snatch their darling baby granddaughter and make a run for Florida, land of eternal sunshine and eternal rest, where they meet a variety of characters living on the fuzzy border between life and death—all of whom look just like the people they left behind. Cornered by an affable detective, they make one last run to President Truman's Little White House in Key West, at the very end of the road. There, their daughter Isabel, an avenging angel in expensive clothes, corners them and confronts them with every mistake they've ever made. This comedy about parents, children, and the fate that awaits us all won a MacArthur Fellowship from the O'Neill Theater Center.