2009 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
Staged Reading with Guest Playwright Caridad Svich
A PATRIOT SONG by Caridad Svich
A couple on vacation struggles to “get away from it all” in a mysterious paradise of hustlers and spirit guides; wanderers and runaways. But can they escape the legacy of the damage already done, or will they be lured to the sandy beach covered in bones and the ocean that spits blood.
The Staged Readings
IDAHO/DEAD IDAHO by Samuel D. Hunter
A young taxidermist working at an Indian casino makes a desperate attempt to re-assemble his family by impregnating his cousin. But when his lover returns from Iraq – on his 30 th birthday – all his best efforts can't seem to stop everything he's built from spiraling toward collapse. A play about family, togetherness, sincere emotion, dead animals & the coming apocalypse.
RED ROVER by Michele Raper Rittenhouse
Clover, Mississippi, 1969: Miss May and the Good Lord have been on the outs for some time now, so when her grandson Robbie is reported M.I.A. overseas, she has little reason to think He'll help her now; yet something in grand-daughter Katie's scheme to lure Robbie - and hope - back from the abyss tugs at Miss May. Encouraging Katie to defy her mother, Miss May unknowingly thrusts Katie into terrible danger risking Katie's life… and her own.
VEILS by Tom Coash
When Intisar left her home in the U.S. and enrolled at the American University in Cairo, she thought she'd finally fit in. But when a campus-wide ban on wearing burkas causes a riot, Intisar and her Egyptian roommate Samar are surprised to find themselves of opposite sides of the cultural divide. Will their YouTube video, exploring the controversial practice of wearing veils - nor not - heal their bruised friendship or force them irreparably apart?
The Intensive Play Readings
COLONY COLLAPSE by James Price
Boyd's bee colonies are dying just as his brother's company clandestinely develops an experimental pollination process which promises to make bees obsolete. Boyd knows he's facing the battle of a lifetime, and just when it seems that he might lose it all-- his bees, his farm, even his wife, a chance encounter with an unlikely ally promises to change Boyd's luck, and the world's, forever. (*Sit-down Reading / Central Idaho Historical Museum, 100 State Street .)
THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Duane Kelly
There was a time when Harry's coffee farm, and the make-shift family he'd built there, offered the freedom and peace he sought. But with the farm falling into bankruptcy and the ghosts of his past closing in like the bars of a cage, Harry finds his only hope is the very person he came to Costa Rica to escape: himself. (*Sit-down Reading / Central Idaho Historical Museum,100 State St.)
Photos from the Conference
The Student Staged Readings
HI MONSTER by Kirsten Wiking
A SLICE OF LIFE by Jaime Valle
THE BLUNDER by Stephen Frandin
SINNERS & SAINTS & SAINTS & SINNERS by William Minshall