2008 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
Playwrights Intensive Reading with Guest Playwright John Olive
A Slaying Song Tonight by John Olive
A Christmas-murder-musical-comedy... jingle bells will never be the same.
The Staged Readings
Suicide, Incorporated by Andrew Hinderaker
It's been a tough week at work. Revenues are down, lawsuits are up, and protesters picket outside your door. Worst of all, your boss has begun to suspect that you're trying to keep your clients alive.
The Garden of Monsters by Mara Lathrop
THE GARDEN OF MONSTERS follows the last shred of hope in the world on its perilous journey from the liberation of Dachau, to a wine bar in present-day London, to the year 2045, where a new plague threatens everyone. In a world full of fear, remorse, and a mysterious two-headed clown, can hope -- and humanity -- survive?
Faith by James McLindon
All that young Simon wants for Christmas is to receive the stigmata and become God's prophet, and if religious fervor has anything to do with it, he's a shoe-in. So when the mysterious Harbinger appears to him in the Walmart parking lot, Simon knows that she is God's angel, the answer to his prayers … or is she?
Wait by Greg Paul
Journey through an America that has yet to be, where current trends are followed to their funny and often grim conclusions: from urban breadlines to microchips to civilian relocations camps – how does one maintain one's humanity in a foreign country that was once called home?
The Intensive Play Readings
The One True Church by Robert McAndrew
From the moment he was born, Ben was expected to have divinely inspired visions and then become the Prophet of The One True Church , just as his father and grandfather had done before him. But eighteen-year-old Ben isn't interested in being a Prophet. His older sister Lisa would love to become the Prophet and lead the church in a new direction. Her only obstacles are church doctrine, an all-male hierarchy, and The One True Book .
Blackout by Evan Sesek
Doug can't wait to welcome his son Brian home from Iraq , but younger brother Jared seems to be less than enthused. Brian was supposed to call three days ago, but they haven't heard a word. With a new blackout following the death of four soldiers, Doug struggles to decide whether to go to the airport… or answer the phone.
Kandahar by Jeni Mahoney
A journey through the vast unknowable landscape of the human soul; inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's “Das Viet Land.”
Photos from the Conference
The Student Staged Readings
LIVING BY LEARNING by Logan Linton
UNTITLED by Samantha Houston
FREEDOM by Michael McMahon
IF ONLY... by Brianna Slyvia-Clarno