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Modern Works

Presented by Summer Dawn Wallace

October 8-13, 2019

​A playwriting contest, 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 readings, and you'll qualify to vote for the festival-winning playwright, who will take home a $3000 honorarium.


The festival will also include a special performance of Roxanne Fay's new one-woman work, Thrice to Mine, a reading of our student playwright contest winner, as well as free panel discussions. See one or see them all!

And the 2019 winner is...

Congrats to Sam and to finalists Carey Crim and Marjorie Muller, and to everyone for making this year another wonderful festival.


Executive Producer: Tervis

Co-Producers: Nanette Crist, Deb Shoss & Libbie Sherman
Additional Support: The Exchange

Student Contest Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Modern Works Festival Finalists

The Last Broadcast by Carey Crim

Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King by Sam Collier

Regular by Marjorie Muller


Tuesday, October 8th


8pm: Finalist #1: The Last Broadcast


Wednesday, October 9th


Thursday, October 10th


3pm: Finalist #1: The Last Broadcast

6pm: Special Engagement, Roxanne Fay's Thrice to Mine

8pm: Finalist #3: Regular


Friday, October 11th


6pm: Finalist #2: Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King

8pm: Guest Playwright Discussion: Meet Lauren Yee


Saturday, October 12th


2pm: Meet the artist from Girls, Inc.

3pm: Finalist #2: Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King

5:30pm: Finalist #1: The Last Broadcast

8pm: Finalist #3: Regular


Sunday, October 13th


3pm: Finalist #3: Regular

5pm: Audience Roundtable: Discuss and debate the plays!

6pm: Award Announcement

6:30pm: Reception, 99 Bottles



Finalist #1: The Last Broadcast by Carey Crim

When Caroline learns that her father, a prominent talk radio personality, is no longer able to care for himself, she faces the difficult prospect of moving him into her home where life as a single mother is already a challenge. Her dad’s bombastic personality, the reemergence of a former fling and old family secrets all crash into disarray in this funny and heart-wrenching portrayal of family in transition. Tickets

Finalist #2: Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King by Sam Collier

Up in their attic, sisters Josephine and Henrietta create a new sister for their family. She's monstrous and violent and embodies everything they've dreamed of; the rage of children and the fury of girls. Playwright Sam Collier hilariously blends absurdism and reality in this pointed examination of gender politics and sibling relationships. Tickets

Finalist #3: Regular by Marjorie Muller

Kate is new in town. Hoping to blend into a normal, small-town existence, she accepts a job at the local fiber supplement factory. Soon, Kate finds out she’s one of the town’s first new residents in over ten years, but for some reason, everyone finds her face familiar. As the object of the town’s interest, Kate becomes a sounding board for their own traumas, dreams, and addictions. Tickets

Special Engagement: Thrice to Mine, written and performed by Roxanne Fay

Roxanne Fay, star of Apples in Winter, returns to Urbanite for a one-night performance of her new original show, Thrice To Mine. Princess. Wife. Mother. Witch. Murderer. Queen. Legend. Thrice To Mine opens a new door into the woman we know as Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth. Based in historical fact about the actual person and the time in which she lived, Thrice To Mine presents a woman denied personal power by the society and gender politics of eleventh century Scotland. Tickets


Student Playwriting Contest
A competition exclusively for Sarasota Cross College Alliance students. One winning student playwright will receive a staged reading at Urbanite Theatre with a professional director and actors. One night only! Tickets

Free Panel Discussion: Meet playwright Lauren Yee

Playwright of last season's IN A WORD, prominent American playwright Lauren Yee joins Urbanite Theatre for just one night for an intimate Q&A about her life and career as an in-demand playwright. This discussion is free, but you must reserve tickets to attend. Tickets

Audience Roundtable
Join us for a free discussion at the theatre about the three finalist plays, and what each script meant to you. You may use this opportunity to decide which of the plays you'll vote for, if you saw all three! No tickets or reservations necessary, simply join us at 5pm on the 13th!



Modern Works Festival Play Screeners

Terri Weagant

Ann Gundersheimer

Vicki Daignault

Deb Shoss

Nanette Crist

Casey Wortmann

Meredith Bartmon

Sunny Smith

Brooke Benson

Natalie Novacek

Es Swihart

Kirstin Franklin

Hermione Gilpin 

Kara Goldberg

Wendy Lipstein

Janet Raines

Modern Works Guest Judges

Patricia Delorey

Nova Myhill

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