CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF PANNDORA!

PANNDORA'S BOX SWEET SIXTEEN 
New Works Festival



AND THE WINNERS ARE!

Here's the line-up for our SWEET SIXTEEN New Works Festival, "PANNDORA'S BOX" 2022:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 at 8pm

MOB MOLL by Rachael Powles | directed by Karen Wray

After their forbidden love is exposed, Frankie and her girlfriend Betty begin a new life in Prohibition-Era New York. When their mysterious landlord Mr. DiCarlo comes to Frankie with an unusual business proposition, the promise of a life of secret stability is too good to refuse. But DiCarlo has secrets of his own. Soon Frankie is swept into the bloody yet glorious world of the Italian mob and discovers what it means to be a good person in a world where your mere existence is enough to make you evil.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 1pm

HAVE TO BELIEVE WE ARE MAGIC by Sara Guerrero | directed by Melanie Queponds

Part biographical, part magic, a love letter to a Pocha-Chicana-Latina, coming-of-age time of roller-skating, life after high school, making big life decisions, family, friendships, guns, sex, love, self-discovery, abortion - all under the shadow of "The Magic Kingdom," (or “The Tragic Kingdom”) in central Orange County, California in the summer of 1994.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 4pm

OLIVE PITS AND OTHER SURVIVORS by Tracy Chutorian Semler | directed by Pete Taylor

What if the person you most despise is the very person who can save you? Rami, a young Palestinian man, and Ruth, an elderly Jewish American woman, are both grieving and alone in the world when they meet in a funeral parlor, stumbling unexpectedly into one another’s lives. Their painful backstories, and closely-held resentments, have come to define them. "Olive Pits and Other Survivors” is a tale of what’s possible when we dare to see our enemy’s humanity; when we risk opening our hearts and reach across the divide.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 1pm

ALL THE OXYTOCIN IN YOUR FINGERTIPS by Cary J. Simowitz | directed by Sonja Berggren

ASL. ASMR. TUT. A Deaf of Hearing individual, raised in a caustic 1990s household where sign language is forbidden, secretly navigates three different communities that are united by a passionate belief that communication (and love) can ignite from all the sparks alive in your fingertips. This coming-of-age story poses the question: “Would you rather be a 'different' person in a ‘normal’ world... or a ‘normal’ person in a ‘different’ world?”

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 4pm

GOLDEN GATE by Lindsey Kirchoff | directed by Rebecca Taylor

Widowed for a year, Beth can’t take any more grief books or mindfulness yoga classes. Her new plan? Jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, she is rudely interrupted by Izzie, a rambunctious young backpacker, and Elle, a reluctant single professional. Rather than face the police, Beth agrees to spend the night with the world’s worst Good Samaritans—and explore the unexpected connection between them.

HONORABLE MENTION ~

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

AGATHE by Angela J. Davis
DRIFTWOOD by Donald Loftus
MORNINGS WITH JUNE by Karen Saari
THE NONESSENTIALS by Lynda Crawford
UNABASHEDLY by Mike Teverbaugh

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!

THE FESTIVAL - OCTOBER 7, 8, 9

We have big plans this year to gather at THE GARAGE THEATRE in Long Beach for an in-person Festival. We will read one play Friday night at 8pm, two on Saturday at 1 and 4pm, and two on Sunday at 1 and 4pm. Put these dates in your calendar! OCTOBER 7, 8, 9. We are working out the details, so stay tuned!

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TOP 25 SEMI-FINALISTS!

We are proud and joyful to announce the 25 semi-finalists for our Sweet Sixteen Panndora's Box New Works Festival. We spent the summer reading this year's submissions, insuring that each play was thoroughly vetted by our reading teams. We discussed and debated and narrowed our picks down to the following 25 wonderful new plays ~

AGATHE by Angela J. Davis
ALL THE OXYTOCIN IN YOUR FINGERTIPS by Cary J. Simowitz
APPALACHIAN TRAIL by Emily Welty
CONFESSIONS by Stephen Hoover
DRIFTWOOD by Donald Loftus
FERTILE GROUND by Jennifer O'Grady
FREEDOM by Tyler Powell
GOLDEN GATE by Lindsey Kirchoff
HAVE TO BELIEVE WE ARE MAGIC by Sara Guerrero
HUMAN RESOURCES by Daniel Hirsch
IN TONGUES by James Wade
JOHN AND NANCE IN BED READING by Jim Shankman
KINDA HUMAN by Anne Valentino
LEON'S WARNING by Marc Littman
LOCKDOWN by Peter Pasco
MARY MAGDALENE SMOKES A JOINT by Ben Jolivet
MOB MOLL by Rachael Powles
MORNINGS WITH JUNE by Karen Saari
OLIVE PITS AND OTHER SURVIVORS by Tracy Chutorian Semler
PETRIFIED by Paula Fell
POOKA by James McLindon
TENNESSEE WET RUB by Kim E. Ruyle
THE NONESSENTIALS by Lynda Crawford
UNABASHEDLY by Mike Teverbaugh
WOMAN ON THE CUSP by Carl L. Williams

PANNDORA'S BOX SWEET SIXTEEN New Works Festival at the GARAGE THEATRE in Long Beach, CA, OCTOBER 7-9, 2022.

The art and craft of playwriting can be a lonely experience. PANNDORA'S BOX provides playwrights with a forum in which your plays can be heard as they come off the page in readings by experienced actors with experienced direction.

and this spring  . . . .

 

More big plans for Panndora. We hope to return to THE GARAGE THEATRE to produce this beautiful play by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield this coming spring 2023. Covid shut us down in May 2020, but we never lost our love for this play which came out of our PANNDORA'S BOX Festival in 2019. 

 

 


 

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