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The five winning plays will be presented on rotating Friday and Saturday evenings starting July 31st and running through August 15th at the Mixed Magic Theatre in Pawtucket. RI. Festival51 opens Friday, July 31st and runs every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30PM through August 15th. Tickets are $10 general admission and available online now at www.festival51.org.

After receiving dozens of short play submissions from female writers throughout the country, the producers selected five winning playwrights for production in the inaugural 2015 Festival:

  • The Waitress by Ainslie Caswell
    Directed by Amy Lee Connell
    An absurdist exploration on the questions of value and human nature.  This world premiere absurdist farce was specially written for this competition. New England-based Caswell is currently working on a full-length play, and an autobiographical look at a year in her life “spent making questionable decisions.” Ainslie is also a regular contributor to Medium (medium.com/@ainscas).
  • Bone To Pick by Eugenie Chan
    directed by Leann Heath
    A postmodern adaptation of the myth of Ariadne. Chan’s work has been produced at such places as the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and she is a member of New Dramatists and Playwrights Foundation.
  • Hope Throws Her Heart Away by Susan Goodell
    Directed by Christina Marin
    A look at one woman’s life and loves as seen simultaneously through her id, ego and superego. Goodell’s work has been seen at Virginia Stage Company, Abingdon Theatre and The Barrow Group. After this world premiere at Festival51, Hope Throws Her Heart Away will be produced in Chicago at Genesis Theatrical Productions.
  • Echoes on the Peaks by Deborah DeGeorge Harbin
    Directed by Paige Barry
    New Hampshire playwright DeGeorge Harbin weaves a tale about those who look to escape civilization in the Appalachian wilderness. Harbin is a playwright and instructor based in Manchester, NH.  She received the Marc A. Klein Student Playwriting Award for her first play,Constellations and subsequent work has been staged by the NY’s Emerging Artist Theatre, the Run of the Mill Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre, Mountain State Rep and Asheville Fringe Festival.
  • Therapy a short film written by Shannon McLoud
    directed and filmed by Chris Ferreira
    A tongue-in-cheek glimpse of fairy tale characters faced with their true nature. McLoud has been involved in the arts in Rhode Island for almost 20 years, first as an actor, then director and now, playwright. Recent work includes Writer’s Block, a piece that she co-authored for the 2nd Annual Providence Fringe Festival, and two film scripts for the 48-Hour Providence Film Festival.



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