WordPlay Festival 2020
WordPlay Coordinator: Lexis Rangell-Onwuegbuzia
Elijah Reyes, a young man who has recently returned to therapy at the request of his mother, finds himself being pushed to recount his senior year of high school by his psychologist, Dr. Wilma Wright. Caught between his own past lies and the eternal presence of truth, Elijah begins to reveal more and more about his complicated relationship with Nick Parker, a boy he once loved, and Nick’s younger sister, Jesse. Against the backdrop of the uniquely Appalachian middle-of-nowhere, the complex intricacies of mental illness, homosexuality, familial tensions, and possible necessity of violent revolt in the face of oppression are all explored.
This play explores the arrival of a young woman, Ethelyn, to a mysterious town in the Texas Hill Country. In Wimberley, Ethelyn finds a job at Moon Goddess Bookstore & Other Curiosities and meets Ron, Belinda, and Amos. By the end of the play, the world of Wimberley – its gas stations, cicadas, and the Blanco River – are gone. The relationships between the characters, their fraught collective history, and the vortex of Wimberley remain.
A musical tragicomedy drenched in absurdist humor about suffering artists in the 1970s. In the wake of the death of one of their own, they re-examine the purpose of artwork and their relationships in the face of the abyss. This excerpt features the love story between a triangle of three lesbians, and will include one song!
Margot is a customer service representative for a popular television company. When she begins to grow tired of giving the same advice (“have you tried turning it off and back on again?”), she gets a closer peek into the lives of the seemingly ordinary people she spends her days with. After accidental meetings with a celebrity, a charmer, and even (surprise!) her own parents, Margot begins to appreciate the brief connections she gets. Dr. Kenneth is an OBGYN who’s getting used to meeting with her patients online, rather than in person. With a few ladies who have just about exposed themselves, pregnant women with their dreams on the line, and an overexcited fiancé, Dr. Kenneth has a lot to worry about. Throughout her day, she’s focused on the lives of those she cares for, without realizing she’s been ignoring her own needs.