2017 Playwrights and Artists Festival

When we look at a piece of art each person has a different interpretation of what they see. That is the beauty of art and the challenge to our playwrights. Each year we take three works of art and ask writers to write a play as they are moved or inspired by the artwork. We blind-read the submissions, select the best and produce them. The art is exhibited, we perform the play and ask the audience for feedback. It is our annual mixed media event that draws inquisitive art and theatre lovers to KNOW.

Artist: Orazio Salati

Plays inspired by Out of the Shadows by Orazio Salati
Dear Lentil by Kerri Quinn
Do or Don’t Do by Adara Alston

Artist: Gordon Lee

Plays inspired by Disco Shrine by Gordon Lee
The Moka Pot by James Menges
Morally Inclined by Kris Tabor

Artist: Joseph Q. Daily

Plays inspired by Maria’s Wish by Joseph Q. Daily
A Thorn by Seamus Lucason
The Last Virgin by Shirley Goodman

This festival is an important part of our season.  It is about inspiration and interpretation. We challenge playwrights to look at our three chosen pieces of art and see where inspiration takes them and each of the journeys are unique.  After blind reading the plays we whittle those 60+ submissions down to six plays, two for each artwork.  And this year we are happy to bring back the element of music to the collaboration, coordinated by Strange Fangs Song Factory (www.strangefangs.com).

Then it is you, our audience, whose turn it is to come and be a part of the process.  For a playwright there is nothing better than seeing their work fleshed out onstage.  And in seeing it also receive feedback about their work.  Each night of the weekend we choose one artwork, perform the two plays, and hear the music inspired by it.  Afterwards there is a talkback that includes the playwright, the composer, the director and actors. We also like to include our artists if possible.  This makes for an exciting night of theater.