The Festival was wonderful ~

PANNDORA'S BOX 9th Annual New Works Festival 

Five plays were read over three days and nights at our favorite venue, the GARAGE THEATRE,  251 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90813.

The line-up looked like this ~

Friday, October 23 @ 8pm

DOMESTIC ANIMALS by Jennifer Faletto            

directed by Sonja Berggren

At the height of the Vietnam War, Lori's brother dodges the draft and her boyfriend enlists. Left alone, she disappears into her imagination. Domestic Animals is a journey into the unknown parts of ourselves; the parts that glint, slaver and howl.

with Matthew Anderson, Maribella Magana, and Rob Young


Saturday, October 24 @ 2pm

WHERE IS EVERYBODY? by Kevin Daly                  

Directed by Derek Long

A retiring high school physics teacher attempts to connect with his two adult sons by giving himself fully to his oldest son's imaginative entrepreneurial ideas. 

with Paul Knox, Nick Emmett McGee, and Pete Taylor


Saturday, October 24 @ 5pm


directed by Pete Taylor

Charged with bewitching a young, kilt-wearing, ambitious Scottish soldier, the Three Weyward (Weird) Sisters plot their course. Forbidden to utter his proper name, they speak of him in hushed tones as the Celtic Chap or the Gaelic Guy. There's a slip of the tongue, a misplaced prophecy and their scheme goes horribly awry.

with Sonja Berggren, Rebecca Taylor, and Karen Wray


Sunday, October 25 @ 1pm


directed by Pete Taylor

Ellie Wolcott, a Southern Baptist woman fearing a tepid and lonely old age, attempts to reunite her daughter, Kate, with long time paramour Alan John in order to salvage her remaining years with some semblance of dignity. When Kate shows up with an unexpected "guest", Ellie is forced to confront many demons, including her ideas about race, biology, bigotry, and sexuality.

with Vanessa Evans, Derek Long, Rebecca Taylor, and Karen Wray


Sunday, October 25 @ 4pm

SPIRALLING by Judith Pratt

directed by Rebecca Taylor

A mysterious crate of tribal masks appears in the office of a disaffected academic and her struggling young grad student. In solving the mystery, they discover what happens when westerners use other people's cultures for their own growth-and about their roles as women. Science and spirituality go to war in this drama about responsibility and leaps of faith.

with Sonja Berggren, Carmen Guo, and Karen Wray


Honorable Mention

Again, we wished for another weekend so we could read five more fantastic plays for you. That not being an option, we selected five additional plays for Honorable Mention. 

COMMUNION by Ben Jolivet

IN THE SECRET CITY by Lisa DeAngelis

LADY ON FIRE by Frank Farmer

POPE JOAN by Bella Poynton




OCTOBER 23, 24, 25, 2015 at THE GARAGE THEATRE

The art and craft of playwriting can be a lonely experience. With Panndora's Box, we provide playwrights with a forum in which their plays can be heard as they come off the page in readings by experienced actors with experienced direction.

Full productions of Winning Plays 

The Festival weekend isn't the end of the fun. For the past 4 years, PANNDORA has gone on to full productions of one of the winning plays. This past spring was MEDUSA UNDONE by Bella Poynton at The Garage Theatre, in 2014 FRAGILE THING CRACKS by Ben Jolivet at the Long Beach Playhouse, 2013 saw CATCHING THE BUTCHER by Adam Seidel at the Long Beach Playhouse, and HOOK UPS by Alexandra Petri premiered in 2012 at the Empire Theatre in Santa Ana. Which one will it be this year?  The PANNDORANS are in session to decide which play will receive a full production next spring 2016 at the Garage. 


Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2016 production!

xoxox Sonja and Karen



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