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2021 Modern Works Festival

A virtual theatre festival presented by Summer Dawn Wallace. Made possible in part by Co-Producers Nanette Crist and Deb Shoss & Libbie Sherman.

April 14 -18, 2021

​A playwriting contest, virtual reading festival and celebration of women in theatre. Of more than 300 scripts submitted, we've chosen three finalists to workshop and give staged readings with professional directors and actors. See all three virtual readings, and you'll qualify to vote for the festival-winning playwright, who will take home a $3000 honorarium.

The 2021 Modern Works Festival is

100% virtual.
 

Stream the performances from home, and join the playwrights for talkbacks on zoom. 

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2021 Modern Works Festival Finalists

Nick & the Prizefighter by Kamilah Bush

This is a Mortality Play Set in an Office Depot by Haley Nelson

A Skeptic and a Bruja by Rosa Fernandez

MEET THE ARTIST SERIES DISCUSSIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

FESTIVAL CALENDAR

All times Eastern (ET)

Wednesday, April 14th

6pm: Kick-Off Party

 

Thursday, April 15th

2pm: Meet the Artist Series: Playwright Jennifer Fawcett (Apples in Winter)

4pm: Meet the Artist Series: Lindsay Jenkins & Meredith Bartmon - Festival Dramaturgs 

 

6pm: FINALIST #1: Nick and the Prizefighter by Kamilah Bush 

8pm: TALKBACK: Nick and the Prizefighter

 

Friday, April 16th

2pm: Meet the Artist Series: Playwright Elizabeth Heffron (Bo-Nita)

4pm: Meet the Artist Series: Festival Directors

 

6pm: FINALIST #2: This is a Mortality Play Set in an Office Depot by Haley Nelson

8pm: TALKBACK: This is a Mortality Play Set in an Office Depot 

 

Saturday, April 17th

2pm: Meet the Artist Series: Playwright Anna Jordan (Chicken Shop, Freak)

4pm: Meet the Artist Series: Playwrights Nia Akilah Robinson & Mercedes White - Urbanite Commissions

 

6pm: FINALIST #3: A Skeptic and a Bruja by Rosa Fernandez 

8pm: TALKBACK: A Skeptic and a Bruja

 

Sunday, April 18th

MEET THE ARTIST SERIES DISCUSSIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Please note: If you can't make the performance times listed, you can still catch the play readings!

 

The performances will be recorded and available to stream April 14-18th. But, you must purchase your ticket before the performance times listed above.

ABOUT THE PLAYS

Finalist #1: Nick & the Prizefighter
by Kamila Bush

Selah Thompson is the caregiver for her famous playwright father, Forest Thompson. Nick Beerman, a young writer and dramaturg is tasked with helping Forest complete his life's work before the clock runs out. Selah must fight for control of her father's work, his legacy and find her own rhythm as she prepares to face the world without him. 

Finalist #2: This is a Mortality Play Set in an Office Depot
by Haley Nelson

Parallel universes are real, and Office Depot exists in all of them. In this absurdist comedy about millennials on the brink of everything, playwright Haley Nelson navigates the ugliest parts of adulthood with youthful joy and complex tenderness. 

Finalist #3: A Skeptic and a Bruja
by Rosa Hernandez

When Sam and Jess shoot the latest ghost-hunting episode of their paranormal investigation show "A Skeptic and a Bruja," they encounter a haunted reality they aren't prepared for.