Dear friends and family  ~

PANNDORA'S BOX has gone VIRTUAL for our 14th Festival of New Works! Starting Saturday, Sep 26 at 2pm Pacific, we will host in-house on-line readings of this year's 5 winning plays. Readings are for invited guests. To register with no charge, click on the links below. Please come hang out with us in Zoom-land! There are true gems to enjoy here. And playwrights will be joining us!

We love and miss you. Hope to see you virtually soon! STAY SAFE, STAY HOPEFUL, STAY TUNED!


A Rolling Virtual Festival
Sep 26 - Oct 24, Saturdays @2pm

SEP 26 at 2pm
OF MEN AND CARS by Jim Geoghan
directed by Karen Wray

The Bronx was, and still is, a great place to grow up. It’s
ground zero for interesting, blue collar people and being funny is almost a rule. As a very young child I spent a lot of time with my father and I thought he was amazing. As I grew up I went through a phase a lot of young men go through; I began to see that my father had flaws and was not as amazing as I thought. Worse than that… I let my father know it. By the time I was on my own I realized I was also not as amazing as I thought I was. And I made it up to my father before it was too late.
with Joshua Evans, Pete Taylor, Rebecca Taylor, Philip Bushell, Erin Henriques, and Jeff Gilbank

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OCT 3 at 2pm


directed by Pete Taylor

A coming of age story set against the backdrop of modern-day military/warfare, viewed from the female perspective. We watch our soldier battle through inner and outer demons until she finally becomes the soldier (and woman) she wanted to be, but at a price she didn't know she'd have to pay. This play is as much an exploration of the every-soldier journey, asking the big questions about what kind of wars our country engages in and what it’s asking the people who fight those wars to do, as it a feminist exploration of gender roles and what it means to be successful in such a male dominated world (i.e. being the ‘right kind of woman’).
with Caitlin Bassett, Tamika Katon-Donegal, and Fred Mancuso

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OCT 10 at 2pm

IN COMMON by Quinn D. Eli

directed by Sonja Berggren

Melanie is haunted by a voice that won’t leave her head. Call it a ghost, a hallucination, or clear evidence of a mental collapse. It lingers as a reminder of a friend killed years ago: the friend was black, Melanie is white, and questions about why it happened—and who was to blame—come abruptly into focus when Melanie is drawn into a new relationship that offers her a brighter future, but no clear escape from the past.
with Cornelius Davidson, Erin Henriques, Maura Hooper, Eric Hunicutt, and Tomoko Karina

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OCT 17 at 2pm

DELILAH by Niv Elbaz

directed by Derek Long

After creating Beast, Sam; a graphic novelist with epic popularity, struggles to find his next big hit. He is pushed by Laraine; a publishing agent of Dark Horse Comics, to break out of his comfort zone, while his seemingly optimistic best friend; Roland pushes him to get out of his head and live his life. Enter Delilah. She is a mystery, captured in only small fragments over the internet. She pushes Sam in ways the others can't. Finding solace in each other's company makes them feel slightly less alone in the worlds they've created for themselves. The story quickly progresses, all the while Sam feels like his life is spiraling out of his control as inspiration takes control of the characters and leads them all down paths they could have never expected.
with Zach Kanner, Colleen McCandless, Erin Henriques, and Jeff Gilbank

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OCT 24 at 2pm

THE PLAY YOU WANT by Bernardo Cubría

directed by Jerry Ruiz

Fed-up by the theatre world's desires to box him in, Mexican playwright Lucas Cubría sarcastically pitches “Nar-Cocos” a play about drug dealers on Dia de los Muertos. Much to his surprise, the Public Theatre picks it up. With financial pressures mounting and a newborn at home, this is his chance at a commercial success. But when Scott Rudin offers him a Broadway run on the condition he further exploit his identity and the headlines, he must decide just how much he’s willing to compromise in order to finally be accepted.
with Jorge Cordova, Sol Crespo, Gilbert Cruz, Alana Dietze, Christopher Larkin, Eric William Morris, Peter Pasco, and Erika Soto

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We are pleased to award HONORABLE MENTION to five more plays that made it to our TOP TEN:

CASSANDRA COMPLEX by Lindsey Hope Pearlman
FLIT by Steven Kelleher
GREENWOOD by Coolidge Harris, Jr.
TOUCH THE MOON by Arianna Rose

For those who submitted this year and in years past, we are in awe of your talent and respect the gifts you share with us. Thank you for submitting and sharing in the fun!




by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield | directed by Sonja Berggren

Simidele, a West African teenager with an horrendous history, not to mention, attitude, meets/collides with Antonia, a straight-laced professor of Botany with secrets of her own, as they are forced to become room-mates, detainees in the Brideswell Immigration Detention Centre, England. Agassou, a magical panther, who resides in the gigantic Baobab tree over Simi's bed, watches over her, guiding her magical juju gift. "In My Bones" is the story of two very different women’s relationship and their eventual friendship, born out of the need to trust . . . and survive.
with Kea Bird, Craig Johnson, Tiffani Williams, and Karen Wray

Last year we chose IN MY BONES to be produced at the GARAGE THEATRE in May 2020. Then Covid-19 came to town and sadly theatres closed for now. When they open again, we will start with this beautiful play. After that, we will look to this year's Festival for our next production. 

These productions will follow in the footsteps of other PANNDORA'S BOX winners: A WOLF'S MOTHER by Cary J. Simowitz, GLOVE STORY by Ken Pisani, JUPITER MOON by Bob Valine, IN KINGS & FOOLS by Kevin Daly, SWEET TEXAS RECKONING by Traci Godfrey, MEDUSA UNDONE by Bella Poynton, FRAGILE THING CRACKS by Ben Jolivet, CATCHING THE BUTCHER by Adam Seidel, and HOOK-UPS by Alexandra Petri.

Stay safe and well! Stay hopeful! Stay tuned!





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