2010 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
Guest Playwright Eric Coble
THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN by Eric Coble
Determined to spend her final years at home, Lillian defies her children’s best attempts to evict her by laying down one final ultimatum: let her be, or she’ll burn the place to the ground. Will the return of a prodigal son, in the midst of confronting his own crossroad of the soul, dampen Lillian’s resolve or will this final showdown fan the flames higher?
The Staged Readings
KANDAHAR by Jeni Mahoney
The suicide of Alexi Finn rattles his friends and neighbors, but perhaps none more than his buddy Hof; especially when Finn’s unrequited love for Hof’s wife, Ginger, is exposed. Trapped in a suburban sprawl of lawn darts and love affairs, Ginger and Hof discover that the most dangerous game is indeed life, and the most lethal opponent… one’s own heart.
GILGAMESH’S GAME by Jen Silverman
From the moment she heard his voice, Joan became obsessed with the promise of Gil’s seductive and dangerous game. Abandoning all, she joins Gil in embracing her deepest fears and weakness - from scorpions to electrocution —in order to vanquish them. But when Gil’s daughter Mim discovers The Game, she wants to play too, forcing all three to confront fears and weaknesses beyond their wildest imaginings… and perhaps beyond their control. Game on.
LEMONADE by Mark Krause
Ever hear the one about the unfunny comedian and his garbage sculpting wife? They strive for the American dream while struggling to pay their bills, escape eviction and cope with friends who increasingly seem like strangers. Life, they tell their kids, is sort of like Dad’s monologues: no matter how fearlessly you struggle you’re only as good as your punch line.
MILO AT THE MOVIES by Tom Diggs, Music & Lyrics by Mark Gaylord
Milo and Dexter thought they’d make a killing in vaudeville, but thanks to silent movies they’d have better luck getting arrested than getting on stage. So when Milo’s gumption lands the duo an unexpected gig, the brothers figure they’ve struck gold: good dough and a pretty dame to boot! As long as they can avoid the censor, the cops, the fiancé and each other, they’ll be fine.
Photos from the Conference
The Intensive Play Readings
AUTHENTIC by Jacob Coakley
Margaret obsessively tapes every moment of her collegiate life for copyright protection. But when a fellow student enlists her help in tracking down the end of a long-lost Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, Margaret finds herself at the center of an international battle that forces her to confront her own past and asks: What is the value of our stories, and what do we lose when we insist on owning them?
THE CUSTODIAN by Gloria Kohl
For David Parker, everything is going according to plan – having raised his brother Mitch and put himself through school as a custodian – his dream of becoming an English teacher is finally within reach. But just as he is about to celebrate his success, it starts to crumble, leaving David to untangle one mystery after another: Where does Mitch keep disappearing to? Why has their mother suddenly shown up after fifteen years? What must David sacrifice to keep his dream & his family alive?
The Student Staged Readings
ONE FLEW OVER THE CHICK'S NEST by Andy Barsness
THE STORK by Sean Kirkpatrick
THE COFFEE SHOP by Tim Daniels
ORSON & THE GRAVEYARD by Elisabeth Bennett