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Thursday, July 11
 

9:00am

Intimacy Choreography Masterclass

Founded in 2017, Theatrical Intimacy Education is a consulting group specializing in researching, developing, and teaching best practices for staging theatrical intimacy. Theatrical Intimacy Education empowers artists with the tools to ethically, efficiently, and effectively stage intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence. We train the whole company, department, or ensemble in TIE Best Practices so that you aren’t on your own when the choreographer goes home. This is about culture change, not just choreography. We believe that staging theatrical intimacy should be Ethical, Efficient, and Effective and we want to train you to do it.

Open to any directors, educators, stage managers, actors, producers, or choreographers who want to learn more about staging theatrical intimacy ethically, efficiently, and effectively.

Available only as an add-on to a full Festival pass
$50 additional fee

Speakers
avatar for Kim Shively

Kim Shively

Elon University
Kim Shively is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Elon University where she teaches acting and directs. Kim is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA and has enjoyed a professional career in Theatre, Television, Commercials, Hosting and... Read More →
avatar for Laura Rikard

Laura Rikard

Theatrical Intimacy Education
Laura (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a director, actor, stage movement specialist,intimacy choreographer, and a founding member of Theatre Intimacy Education.Directing credits include: The Seagull, Dead Man’s Cellphone, SpringAwakening, 13, the Musical, Romeo and Juliet, and others. Acting... Read More →

Partners
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Theatrical Intimacy Education

Theatrical Intimacy Education (Theatrical Intimacy Education LLC, TIE) is a consulting group specializing in researching, developing, and teaching best practices for staging theatrical intimacy. TIE also offers choreography services to professional and educational theatre compani... Read More →



Thursday July 11, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
NC State University - Thompson Hall 2241 Dunn Ave, Raleigh, NC
 
Friday, July 12
 

9:00am

Intimacy Choreography Masterclass (Day 2 of 2)
Founded in 2017, Theatrical Intimacy Education is a consulting group specializing in researching, developing, and teaching best practices for staging theatrical intimacy. Theatrical Intimacy Education empowers artists with the tools to ethically, efficiently, and effectively stage intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence. We train the whole company, department, or ensemble in TIE Best Practices so that you aren’t on your own when the choreographer goes home. This is about culture change, not just choreography. We believe that staging theatrical intimacy should be Ethical, Efficient, and Effective and we want to train you to do it.

Open to any directors, educators, stage managers, actors, producers, or choreographers who want to learn more about staging theatrical intimacy ethically, efficiently, and effectively.

Available only as an add-on to a full Festival pass
$50 additional fee

Speakers
avatar for Kim Shively

Kim Shively

Elon University
Kim Shively is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Elon University where she teaches acting and directs. Kim is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA and has enjoyed a professional career in Theatre, Television, Commercials, Hosting and... Read More →
avatar for Laura Rikard

Laura Rikard

Theatrical Intimacy Education
Laura (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a director, actor, stage movement specialist,intimacy choreographer, and a founding member of Theatre Intimacy Education.Directing credits include: The Seagull, Dead Man’s Cellphone, SpringAwakening, 13, the Musical, Romeo and Juliet, and others. Acting... Read More →

Partners
avatar for Theatrical Intimacy Education

Theatrical Intimacy Education

Theatrical Intimacy Education (Theatrical Intimacy Education LLC, TIE) is a consulting group specializing in researching, developing, and teaching best practices for staging theatrical intimacy. TIE also offers choreography services to professional and educational theatre compani... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
NC State University - Thompson Hall 2241 Dunn Ave, Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

Writing Great Characters
This workshop requires a full Festival pass.
What do Blanche DuBois, Katniss Everdeen, Hamlet, Sula Peace, and Michael Corleone all have in common? They are all great characters. Whether you are a playwright, screenwriter, novelist or television writer, the ability to create compelling, unforgettable characters is key. Ultimately, it is the recognizable yet surprising and unique character that draws in readers and audience members. By combining in-class-exercises, lectures, reading and writing assignments, learn how to create detailed, compelling characters.

You'll walk away with...
  • The ability to create detailed, compelling characters
  • An understanding of how characters draw in readers and audience members and lead them forward through the story
Ideal for...
  • Playwrights, screenwriters, novelists, and television writers
  • Writers of all levels


Speakers
avatar for Lori Fischer

Lori Fischer

Professor, New York University and Lipscomb University
LORI FISCHER (Playwright/Actress/Professor) received her M.F.A. from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department. She is a New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting recipient, a Dramatists Guild Fellow and a member of the Dramatists Guild Foundation’s new playwriting... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
NC State University - Thompson Hall 2241 Dunn Ave, Raleigh, NC

2:00pm

That which We Call A Rose...in Space
Funded by a NASA SC Space Consortium grant, "That which We Call a Rose...in Space" engages audiences with questions pertaining to the human exploration of worlds other than our own. This work-in-progress will present selections of an interactive, multi-media installation that imagines the terrain of other planetary bodies as potential sites for embodied human exploration. Audience members will -- viscerally and virtually -- experience selected topographical features of the Moon, Mars, Saturn's moon Titan, and the asteroid Bennu.

This embodied exploration will be augmented through the implementation of computer modeling; live actors, robots, and puppets will also populate the space. Audience members will be asked to share their thoughts on the piece to aid in its development process.

Vivian Appler - director/ensemble
Josi
ah Albright - puppeteer/ensemble
Jenny Bettke - actor/ensemble
Javaron Conyers - actor/ensemble
Meagan McMahon - stage manager/dramaturg/ensemble
Emily Pears Caitlyn - outreach coordinator/ensemble

Jack Wolfe - digital specialist/ensemble


Admission to this work-in-progress is free!

Speakers
avatar for Vivian Appler

Vivian Appler

College of Charleston
Vivian Appler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston where she teaches history, devising, and feminist theatre. Her research interests include science and performance, practice-as-research, puppetry and mask, and activist theatre... Read More →

WTFringe Artists
avatar for Emily Pears Caitlyn

Emily Pears Caitlyn

Emily Pears Caitlyn is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching Theatre program at College of Charleston. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Western Carolina University and has been involved with theatre almost all her life. She is excited to enter the teaching... Read More →
avatar for Jack Wolfe

Jack Wolfe

Instructional Technologist, College of Charleston
Jack Wolfe (digital specialist/ensemble) is an Instructional Technologist on the Teaching & Learning Team at the College of Charleston who works with the School of the Arts and North Campus. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Art from Syracuse University in 2008. He has... Read More →
avatar for Javaron Conyers

Javaron Conyers

Javaron Conyers (actor/ensemble) is a graduate of the College of Charleston’s theatre program, where he appeared in Rent, Chore Monkeys, and Into the Woods. He is working as an apprentice with Charleston’s PURE Theatre. He currently lives and works as an actor-educator in the... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Bettke

Jenny Bettke

Jenny Bettke started performing at the young age of 5 and hasn't stopped. In the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Churchill Theatre as Louise in Always...Patsy Cline. Recently, she graduated College of Charleston with a degree... Read More →
avatar for Josiah Albright

Josiah Albright

Josiah Albright is a 2018 theatre performance graduate from the College of Charleston. Josiah’s focus is on stage direction, puppet-craft, and devised theatre. Josiah is an apprentice at PURE Theatre, and he last directed and designed a masked performance of “The Why” by Victor... Read More →
avatar for Meagan McMahon

Meagan McMahon

Meagan McMahon is a senior at the College of Charleston double majoring in Theatre and Arts Management. Her previous works include The Trojan Women, Rough Magic, and the World Premier of Chore Monkeys at the College of Charleston, as well as The Royale, Small Mouth Sounds, and A... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

4:00pm

High School Coven
TBH high school is v v v hard, especially if you're a witch! Liana, Naomi, Rachel, and Trina form a coven to cope with the pressures of being a teenage girl, like finding the perfect homecoming dress, locating a suitable familiar, and something more sinister -- reporting sexual assault within the education system.

Playwright: Kaela Mei-Shing Garven
Director: Alika Vail
Trina: Reanna Kicinski
Liana: Calvin Olinger
Rachel: Claire Olinger
Naomi: Naomi Ansano
Principal Oversham: Denise Sepic
Shopgirl: TBD 


Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

5:00pm

Kick-off Keynote Address With Laura Rikard
Laura (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a director, actor, stage movement specialist, intimacy choreographer, and a founding member of Theatre Intimacy Education. Directing credits include: The Seagull, Dead Man’s Cellphone, Spring Awakening, 13, the Musical, Romeo and Juliet, and others. Acting Credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, By the Bog of Cats, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Rhinoceros, and others. Stage Intimacy Choreography includes: Scenes from an Execution, Three Guys and Brenda, Tally’s Folly, Omnium Gatherum, The Red Paint, and Fun Home. She has worked in film and television, NYC, regionally, on national tours, internationally and devised solo performance productions. She has been coaching and teaching for 19 years. Former students have won the National Shakespeare Competition at the Lincoln Center, been accepted to top training programs and are currently working on and off Broadway, in professional theatres in Chicago, Los Angeles, London, at top regional theatres and her students can also been seen in numerous films and television series. She is a recipient of the best acting award at the Virginia Film and has been named by Academic Keys as a "Who's Who in Fine Arts Education" Festival. She has taught performance at the University of Virginia, Stephen F. Austin State University, Brown University, and the University of Miami. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She is also a proud mom of infant twins, Ellie and Maisie. Learn more about Laura’s work at laurarikard.com, laurarikarddirector.com, and theatricalintimacyed.com.

Founded in 2017, Theatrical Intimacy Education is a consulting group specializing in researching, developing, and teaching best practices for staging theatrical intimacy. Theatrical Intimacy Education empowers artists with the tools to ethically, efficiently, and effectively stage intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence. We train the whole company, department, or ensemble in TIE Best Practices so that you aren’t on your own when the choreographer goes home. This is about culture change, not just choreography. We believe that staging theatrical intimacy should be Ethical, Efficient, and Effective and we want to train you to do it.


Speakers
avatar for Laura Rikard

Laura Rikard

Theatrical Intimacy Education
Laura (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a director, actor, stage movement specialist,intimacy choreographer, and a founding member of Theatre Intimacy Education.Directing credits include: The Seagull, Dead Man’s Cellphone, SpringAwakening, 13, the Musical, Romeo and Juliet, and others. Acting... Read More →

Partners
avatar for Theatrical Intimacy Education

Theatrical Intimacy Education

Theatrical Intimacy Education (Theatrical Intimacy Education LLC, TIE) is a consulting group specializing in researching, developing, and teaching best practices for staging theatrical intimacy. TIE also offers choreography services to professional and educational theatre compani... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
The Night Rider 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:30pm

The Pipers
When the diner they used to work at is shut down, a group of close-knit young adults squat in the building. After learning that highway construction will tear the building down, the group is prompted to relocate. The Pipers (through poetry, monologues from ghosts, guitars made from cardboard, chicken nuggets, and box dances) reflects on the state of today's youth when the older generations refuse to let go of what is gone and pass the torch.

Playwright: Ashley Curry
Director: Jorie Slodki
Bailey: Abby Patrick
Aniya: Amber Barnes
Macie: Chloe Proctor
Wren: Kai Sorrell
Susan: Mary Sening
Volunteer: Tanya Reeder
Frank: Wayne Burtoft
Seth: Bobby Calloway
Jayden: Trevor James


Friday July 12, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

5:30pm

Triangle ArtWorks Business of Theater Mixer

Guests without a full Festival pass are asked to make a $5 donation to the Women's Theatre Festival scholarship fund in order to attend.​​​
This is your opportunity to meet fellow conference attendees and sit down 1-on-1 with lawyers, accountants, and small business consultants who specialize in the arts! Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Guests without a full Festival pass are asked to make a $5 donation to the Women's Theatre Festival scholarship fund in order to attend.​​​

Speakers
avatar for Mikki Stith

Mikki Stith

Marketing & Communications Director, Theatre Raleigh
Michaeline's (aka "Mikki") first love was the theatre, but she now finds herself in marketing. After more than a decade of hands-on experience in event and experiential marketing, she spent years working for marketing agencies that focused on digital solutions. Now, Mikki serves as... Read More →
avatar for Edward Timberlake

Edward Timberlake

Ed only wants to talk about copyrights, trademarks, & art. (He used to work at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office.)
avatar for Morgan Kirby

Morgan Kirby

Morgan is a tax accountant at James A. Lucas & Co, LLP in Raleigh and received her Masters of Accounting at NC State.
avatar for Sharon Walker

Sharon Walker

Business Consultant
Sharon joined Business Link North Carolina in January. She has almost 30 years of customer service and technical support experience working for the State of North Carolina and private sector within the Triangle, along with experience in national and international 501c(3)s. Sharon... Read More →
avatar for Brian T. Sullivan

Brian T. Sullivan

Attorney, Wyrick Robbins
Brian practices in the areas of capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, and corporate law. He advises companies and venture capital and private equity funds in matters ranging from initial formation and general corporate matters to financings and mergers & acquisitions.Brian... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Higgins

Matthew Higgins

Accountant
Matt Higgins has five years of experience in providing tax services for not-for-profit organization in addition to fiduciary, business, and individual returns. Matt is a member of AICPA and NCACPA. He currently serves on the NCACPA Symposium Planning Committee. He graduated with his... Read More →

Partners
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Triangle ArtWorks

Triangle ArtWorks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to provide the services, support and resources necessary to cultivate and ensure a vibrant creative community in the Triangle. Since our launch in 2010, we have worked to elevate the position of the Triangle arts community... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
The Night Rider 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Overtones
In the short classic play Overtones, two women battle each other, propriety, and their inner selves in a quest for love, money, art, and power. In the end, whether they get what they need will depend on if they can hide their own savagery long enough to negotiate.
Runtime: 30 minutes

Individual tickets available


Friday July 12, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

7:00pm

The Matriarchy
It is the year 2219 and the United States is a Matriarchal society. War is nearly non-existent, rape is no longer an issue, violence is at its all-time low, and thanks to The Dual Reparations Act, The African American and Native American communities have been restored to their full power. The potential for all women and for men of color has no limitations, and the same can be said for white men....as long as the white men behave.

Playwright: Prisca Jebet Kendagor
Director: Jasmine Rochelle
Maria: Vicki Brent
Tracy: Alice Spellman
Tim: Grant Holub-Moorman
Justin: Sam Davis
Paul: Chris Acevedo
Congresswoman Jones: TBD
Madam President: Makeithra Evans
Madam Speaker: Amy Lloyd
Navajo Chieftess: Candace Escock
Psychologist: Dannibeth Farmum
Mr. Secretary: Nick Popio
Mr. Vice President: John Ivey
Cherokee Chief: Lou Jent
Huntsman Leader: Kelsey Bledsoe


Friday July 12, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

8:00pm

The Strawberry Girl
A woman calls upon her mother and sister to address her mental illness. Runtime: 20 minutes

Written and directed by Adrienne Earle Pender

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Adrienne Pender

Adrienne Earle Pender began her writing career in 2001. Her first play, The Rocker, was a finalist in the FutureFest 2002 Festival of New Works in Dayton, Ohio. The Rocker made its world premier in February 2004 at Theater in the Park in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Her play, Stone... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

8:30pm

Being B.A.D.
Being B.A.D. is a solo performance piece about personal acceptance and redemption from the cycle of abuse. This show explores the lengths in which one decides to take that power back after years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her family and romantic partner. Runtime: 20 minutes

Brittney S. Harris, Playwright and Performer

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Brittney S. Harris

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Old Dominion University
Brittney Harris teaches Acting One and The Theatre Experience in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. Prior to ODU, Brittney taught Intro to Acting for Non-Majors and Applied Collaborative Techniques at Virginia Tech and University of Georgia... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

8:30pm

Bureaucrazy
Grace and Amy are just two regular girls working as secretaries in a soul-sucking office. But when their boss chokes on an oatmeal raisin cookie, it starts a domino effect of death and disaster in this commedia inspired, female-driven comedy about office politics and classism.

Playwright: Kate Danley
Director: Ruth Berry 
Grace: Noelle Azarello
Amy: Laurel Ullman
Helen: Sharon Galluzo
Molly: Elora Galluzo
Vivianne: Karen Morgan Williams
Waterman/Janitor/AC Guy: Michael Parker

Friday July 12, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

9:00pm

Much Ado
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. The war is over and the soldiers are coming back to Messina to stay at the household of Leonato and his wife Anotina. New loves and old rivalries are kindled, but just when happiness seems secure for Claudio and Hero, Dona Joan, the resentful sister of Prince Pedro, deceives them all--or at least the men. The women of Messina have to come together to prove Hero's innocence and restore her good name. Runtime: 90 minutes

By Shakespeare; Edited, Adapted, and Reimagined by Rebecca Ashley Jones
Show and audition information: http://muchadowtf2019.weebly.com/

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Rebecca Ashley Jones

Rebecca Ashley Jones is thrilled to be back with WTF! A high school teacher by day, she's been seen most recently in Bare Theatre's Timon of Athens (Servillius, Caphis, Timandra) and Raleigh Little Theater’s Measure for Measure (Kate Keepdown). Other credits include Gift of the... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

9:30pm

Musical Theatre Karaoke
Note that social events require a full Festival pass.


Friday July 12, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
The Night Rider 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

Agathe
On the fifteen-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, this play celebrates the wisdom and courage of Agathe Uwlingiyimana, the one-day African female president who engineered the miraculous survival of her five children during one of the darkest moments of human history.

Playwright: Angela J. David
Director: Celeste Hinnant
Agathe: Juanda Holley
Carrie: Chloe Anderson
Addie: Kelly Buynitzski
Lucas: Chris Acevedo
Mbaye: Gerald Louis Cambell

Friday July 12, 2019 10:00pm - 10:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

10:30pm

Route
In Route, three orphaned sisters endure a tumultuous car ride on California's i280 after an explosive sex scandal at their Catholic school involving the middle sister, Jade. Sole guardian and eldest sister Scarlet attempts to uncover the true reason why Jade would flippantly throw away her future, all while hiding a scandalous secret of her own. While trying to keep the peace, nine-year-old sister Georgia discovers much more than she bargained for about the sisters she thought she knew.

Playwright: Alexandra Shields
Director: Adina Ornstein-Luks
Georgia: Nora Merksamer
Jade: Vicki Brent
Scarlet: Gwyneth Benitez-Graham 

Friday July 12, 2019 10:30pm - 11:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
 
Saturday, July 13
 

8:30am

Keynote Breakfast with Rachel Spencer Hewitt, founder of PAAL (Parent-Artist Advocacy League)
Note that social events require a full Festival pass.


RACHEL SPENCER HEWITT is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama MFA Acting program. Her work includes Broadway (King Charles III), Off-Broadway (The Seagull, A Civil War Christmas, Peter and the Startcatcher), numerous regional theatres around the country, and the Chautauqua Theatre Company Conservatory as a graduate student with Vivenne Benesch. She's the founder of Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL), which has been mentioned in multiple publications, including The New York TimesAmerican Theatre MagazineHowlRound Theatre Commons, and WAMU for NPR News in Washington D.C. She has participated in national think tanks, on panels, and facilitated workshops on parenting in the arts at multiple gatherings, including the national TCG conferences, Disney Theatrical's Women of Broadway panel on Parenthood, BroadwayCon, and StateraArts’ annual conference on gender equity in the arts.

Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL) is a national resource hub and advocacy organization for individuals and institutions to address the lack of support and silence surrounding caregiving in the performing arts. PAAL’s advocacy for creating supportive structures, work culture, and sustainable solutions for caregivers has been mentioned in numerous publications, including The New York TimesAmerican Theatre MagazineHowlRound Theatre Commons, and WAMU for NPR News in Washington D.C. 

https://paaltheatre.com/ 

Speakers
avatar for Rachel S. Hewitt

Rachel S. Hewitt

PAAL
Rachel Spencer Hewitt received her MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and was the recipient of the Pierre-André Salim award. She earned her equity card performing at the Yale Repertory Theater, and her professional acting resume includes Broadway Debut in tony-nominated... Read More →



Saturday July 13, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

9:00am

So U Wanna Make Ur Theater Inclusive? Things to check before you wreck
This panel/workshop gathers Triangle-based theater artists and educators to discuss aspirations and missteps regarding the goal of inclusive programming (across the broadest spectrum of identity dimensions: gender/non-binary, sexuality, race, neurodiversity, physicality, age, etc.) beyond just one play/project. There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and then participants will be asked to break into small groups and engage exercises allowing them to take a deep dive into inclusivity around season selection & casting, marketing language, rehearsal practices, and audience engagement to collect questions, concerns, best practices, and encourage reflexivity around the motivations and institutional capacities regarding inclusion, equity, and access.

Speakers
avatar for Jules Odendahl-James

Jules Odendahl-James

Co-Founder, Bulldog Ensemble Theatre
Jules Odendahl-James is an artist/scholar/teacher who has been making theater in the Triangle for the past 20 years. As a director and dramaturg, she specializes in art+science collaborations, documentary media & performance, and works by women playwrights. She is a founding member... Read More →
avatar for Grace Nichols

Grace Nichols

Independent Artist/Activist
Tori Grace Nichols is a multidisciplinary performance artist new to the Triangle. From 2016 - 2017, they toured a solo show entitled "Just To Be Clear, I'm Not Who You Think I Am" showcasing their experiences as a queer, genderqueer adoptee with disabilities. They have been training... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Lawton

Jacqueline Lawton

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
JACQUELINE E. LAWTON is a playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre. Her plays include: Among These Wild Things, Anna K; Blackbirds, Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Devil’s Sweet Water... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

9:00am

The Power of the Playwright

This workshop will build empowerment, confidence, and focus in participants’ skills and provide sustainable tools that will aid you in overcoming any blocks or hurdles you have experienced in your own creative projects. Part one of the workshop includes a discourse on the power of the playwright, with a specific focus on female and non-binary playwrights and their work. We will also discuss how to find helpful resources and places to submit your work. Part two will engage participants in practical exercises focusing on overcoming writer’s block, and part three will conclude with sharing your work.

Speakers
avatar for Karyn Raynor

Karyn Raynor

Karyn Raynor is a Fayetteville native who refused to live there anymore and relocated to Cary, NC in 2015. She has been a staple of local theatre pursuing acting, lighting, and costume design for the past 4 years with multiple companies. She has written two full length plays, one... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

10:00am

Ten Minute Plays at Ten: Caught by the Witch, Waltz of the Exterminator, Reflective
Caught By the Witch, by Fiona Maria Almodovar
King Kindness is out walking at the wrong place at the wrong time. Meet a Witch and three interesting creatures, and find out who will come to the King's rescue.

Director: Murryn Payne 
Witch: Tanya Reeder
Queen Everlyn: TBD
Princess Rosalie: Sofia Unger
King Kindness: Gerald Louis Campbell
Rabbit: Abby Patrick
Wolf: Cynthia Mandese
Nostril Kangaroo: Jennifer Kidd 

Waltz of the Exterminator, by Heather Jeanne Violanti
An Exterminator's attempt to get rid of a Mouse leads to unexpected results, changing both his life and the life of his client.

Director: Emily Wiggins 
Exterminator: Natalie Linton
The Woman: Jennifer Kidd
Mouse: Marina Enslen 

Reflective, by Alyssa Haddad
Tayla, a 16 year old high school student, faces her insecurities, bullying, and eventual self acceptance.

Director:
Tayla: Chloe Procter: Chloe Procter 
Tayla's Reflection: TBD

Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

10:00am

A Woman
Kim's church doesn't allow women to be elders. For nine years she's tried to get a woman eldership, and for nine years she's failed. This year, though, she's not taking "no" for an answer - regardless of the cost. But when the newly appointed pastor decides to call her bluff, Kim must decide what's most important to her as a Christian, as a progressive, and as a woman. Runtime 90 minutes. 

Playwright: Chris Cragin-Day
Director: Kel Haney
Stage Manager: Brianna Surface
Cliff: Steve Roten
Kim: Tamara Farias
Claire: Jennifer Suchanec
Stage Directions: Beki Baker

https://www.awomantheplay.com/ 

Please note this performance will be a staged reading. Individual tickets available. 

WTFringe Artists
avatar for Chris Cragin-Day

Chris Cragin-Day

Associate Professor of Theater and English, The King's College
NYC Credits: Off-Bway; Martin Luther on Trial (developed w/ Max McLean); A Woman (one-act) 59E59th’s 2017 Summer Shorts; The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby (w/ Don Chaffer) NYC Fringe; Son of a Gun (w/ Don Chaffer) Firebone Theatre; Emily Firebone Theater; The Selfish... Read More →



Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

10:00am

WTF Kids Programming
Seed Art Share returns to the Women’s Theatre Festival with a brand new full day theatre program just for the kids!  Children ages 5-12 are invited to join us in the Calypso Room at Marbles Museum during Occupy the Stage. We will spend the full day exploring theatre, history, and visual art activities as we devise our own awesome play based on the stories of some fascinating females of the early 20th century. We look forward to sharing our project with you at 4:00! Kids should bring a bag lunch + one snack (no nuts please) and wear comfortable clothing.

$35/child (or $5 with a festival pass)


Partners
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Seed Art Share

Seed Art Share celebrates shared arts experiences for Triangle performers, patrons, and the people they love!


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Marbles Kids Museum 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

10:30am

thing with feathers
Ruby, Jade, and Cove fall in and out of love with each other as their world crumbles. Plus Ruby and Cove can turn into birds. Plus there's a midnight conversation with an owl. Part myth, part apocalyptic fairy tale, part love story, this is a play about survival, transformation, and hope.

Playwright: Sam Collier
Director: Julie Granata-Hunicutt 
Ruby: Lauren Faber
Jade: Candace Hescock 
Cove: Alice Spellman 
Owl: Bonnie Dolan

Saturday July 13, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

10:45am

I can't, I have kids! How to make art while parenting
A panel conversation for artist-parents who want to speak frankly about the challenges of making art while raising kids. We will also share ideas about changes we can implement as a community to support all theatre-makers with familial obligations and commitments that side-line them from the theatre process.

Children welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Naima Yetunda Ince

Naima Yetunda Ince

N.Y.I Productions
Writer & Director Naima Yetunde Ince, a recent resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been taking the Triangle area by storm. Originally from Brooklyn NY, NYI has been leaving her mark at various venues as a spoken word artist, author, director and producer. The new development... Read More →
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Susannah Hough

Honest Pint Theatre Co
Susannah Hough is an actor, director, voice-over artist, producer, teacher, and Co-Artistic Director of Honest Pint Theatre Co. She hails from Los Angeles but has called the Triangle home for more than 20 years. She is a veteran of numerous stage and film companies here with over... Read More →
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Tamara Kissane

Artist Soapbox
Tamara Kissane is a theatre-maker, creative coach, and podcaster for Artist Soapbox. Locally, she’s worked with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Manbites Dog Theater, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Duke Theatre Studies, Transactors Improv, Summer Sisters, Archipelago and both... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

10:45am

Intersectional Casting & Directing
A panel discussion regarding how to maximize representation in casting across spectrums of gender, ability, and ethnicity, and how these choices affect the stories we tell. How can we rethink classical texts, or even contemporary texts, to ensure visibility in ways that are both inclusive and respectful? How can directors challenge their own implicit biases, and how can we engage playwrights to continue to write ever more inclusively?

Speakers
avatar for Holly L. Derr

Holly L. Derr

Assistant Professor, Head of Graduate Directing, University of Memphis
Holly L. Derr is a director, writer, and professor of theater, and the Head of Graduate Directing at the University of Memphis. Her most recent production, Red Bike, by Caridad Svich, ran at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati.She directs new plays and gender-flipped classics, such as... Read More →
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Alika Vail

Head of Diversity, Women's Theatre Festival
Alika Vail considers herself to be a Creative. Some of her talents include dancing, writing, directing,acting and producing. She has always found a way to combine her career as an educator with her love for the arts by once working as a Dance Coach to a high school dance team and... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

10:45am

Physicality and Character: The Acting Body
In this interactive workshop, performers Margaret Alice and Mariah Johnson will delve into the physicality of acting and how we can truly embody characters onstage. We will explore the connections between our emotions and our bodies and develop physical improvisational skills.

Speakers
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Mariah Johnson

Mariah Johnson is a dancer, choreographer, make-up artist, and filmmaker. She’s studied dance all her life, exploring expression through dance and interpreting stories through the art of movement. She’s danced with companies Zen Monkey Project and RVA Dance Collective. She has... Read More →
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Margaret Alice

Artistic Director / Actor / Dancer, M A K E
Margaret Alice (Kill Giggles, The Werewolf Hunters, Department 666) is the Artistic Director of M A K E: the Margaret Alice Kinestheic Experiment, specializing in approaching all kinds of performance from a physical perspective. A North Carolina native who earned her BFA in Dance... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

11:45am

Affinity Group Lunch Meetings
Note that social events require a full Festival pass.


Meet at HQ to find your affinity group and enjoy lunch on us at Morgan Street Food Hall!

Saturday July 13, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

1:00pm

Razing the Statue
Frankie, a worker in the scrap department of a southern city, gets a surprise delivery of a Confederate statue for dismantling. When the confused statue comes to life, Frankie tries to help figure out its identity and purpose. Runtime:

Playwright: Marilynn Barner Anselmi
Director: Naima Yetunde Ince
Cast: Naima Y. Ince as Frankie; Michael Lester as The Statue

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Marilynn Barner Anselmi

Marilynn's work has been performed around the country (and a bit internationally), including The August Wilson Center (Pittsburgh, PA); American Bard Theatre (NYC); The Blank Theatre (Los Angeles); SNAP Productions (Omaha, Neb); Detroit Repertory Theatre, and more.  She has been... Read More →
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Naima Yetunda Ince

N.Y.I Productions
Writer & Director Naima Yetunde Ince, a recent resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been taking the Triangle area by storm. Originally from Brooklyn NY, NYI has been leaving her mark at various venues as a spoken word artist, author, director and producer. The new development... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

A Mother's Heart
Two mothers searching for hope find comfort in a hospital nursery where neither belongs.

Playwright: Victoria Evans Erville
Director: Monique Taylor
Abbey: Jackie Markham
Claire: Michelle Merksamer
Bob: John Ivey
Stage Directions: Monique Taylor

Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

1:00pm

Cry It Out (followed by panel discussion)
Jessie and Lina may be from vastly different financial backgrounds—Jessie is Ivy-educated and of the manor born; Lina has a night-school nursing degree and terrible credit—but they have one huge thing in common: they’ve been cracked open by the love they feel for their newborns. The two strike up a friendship and one coffee quickly becomes a daily coffee, as Jessie and Lina laugh through the highs and lows of motherhood. But their intimacy is punctured when a stranger who lives in the mansion up on the cliff appears in the yard, asking if they would include his wife, a new mom who is having “a hard time,” in their coffee klatch. Reluctantly, the duo tries to become a trio, but with very mixed—and surprising—results. After all, this is a town where the haves and the have-nots live in very close company; up on the cliff is Sands Point, one of the most expensive Great Gatsby-esque neighborhoods in the whole country. How could that woman possibly be having a “hard time”? A comedy with dark edges, Cry It Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America. Runtime: 90 minutes.  Join us for a panel discussion following the reading.

Playwright: Molly Smith Metzler 
Director: Vivienne Benesch
Jessie: Molly Ward
Adrienne: Rachel Spencer Hewitt
Lina: Katie Paxton
Mitchell: Daniel Wilson

BIOS

MOLLY SMITH METZLER (playwright) is the author of Cry it Out, Elemeno Pea, The May Queen, Carve, Close Up Space and Training Wisteria. Her regional credits include: Northlight Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Chautauqua Theater Company, City Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Geva Theatre Center, Mixed Blood Theatre Company and more. In New York City: Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC). Metzler’s awards include the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award, the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting and a finalist nod for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is a proud alumna of the Ars Nova Play Group, the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and the Cherry Lane Mentor Project. In television, Metzler has written for Casual (Hulu), Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Codes of Conduct (HBO), and is currently a writer/producer on Shameless (Showtime). She is also a screenwriter, currently adapting Ali Benjamin’s award-winning novel The Thing About Jellyfish into a film for OddLot Entertainment with Made Up Stories and Pacific Standard (Reese Witherspoon’s company). Metzler was educated at the State University of New York at Geneseo, Boston University, New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts and the Juilliard School. She lives in Los Angeles and Kingston, N.Y.  

KATIE PAXTON is an actress, teacher and mama based in Raleigh. Film/Television: The Long Road Home, Billy & Billie, The Good Wife, Forever, The Blacklist, How He Fell in Love and The Heart Machine. Recent theatre: The Way of the World by Theresa Rebeck (Dorset Theatre Festival World Premiere) and Bedroom Farce(Huntington Theatre Company). PlayMakers Repertory Company: In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Noises Off!, The Imaginary Invalid, Cabaret, Henry IV&V, As You Like It, Big River. Katie holds a BA and MFA in acting from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

MOLLY WARD:  Off-Broadway: Kin, The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons, Sam Gold dir); Jesus In India (Ma-Yi Theater Co); Sisters In Blizzard (Ensemble Studio Theater); The Tenant (Woodshed Collective); The Shape of Metal (Origin Theater Co.); The Nosemaker’s Apprentice (The Brick Theater). Regional: Othello, World Premiere of Make Believe (Hartford Stage); Three Sisters, Romeo & Juliet, Seagull (American Repertory Theater); Find & Sign (World Premiere, Pioneer Theater); Our House (World Premiere, Denver Center); Imaginary Invalid (Playmakers Repertory Theater); Camille (Bard Summerscape); Lost Girls (Theater Exile). Film: The Art of Wooing. Television:The Path, Are We There Yet Education/Training: MFA Harvard/Moscow Art bedTheater School.

DANIEL P. WILSON: Dan is an actor/director/producer, as well as a proud husband and occasional stay at home dad to three amazing kids. A recent transplant from the SF Bay Area, he's performed onstage and on-camera in Chicago, Sweden, and across California. He trained at PCPA and holds a BFA from Roosevelt University. Locally he has been seen onstage as Czolgosz in Assassins at Theatre in the Park, as Thad Stem in Blood Done Sign My Name at Raleigh Little Theatre, as Pale in Burn This at Sonorous Road, as Mark in The Herd at Honest Pint, as The Doge and Chamberlain in Life of Galileo at Playmakers, and as Boris Pronsky in Junk with Theatre Raleigh. Special thanks to Anna and the kids for endless love and support! Visit www.danielpaulwilson.com for more info.

RACHEL SPENCER HEWITT is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama MFA Acting program. Her work includes Broadway (King Charles III), Off-Broadway (The Seagull, A Civil War Christmas, Peter and the Startcatcher), numerous regional theatres around the country, and the Chautauqua Theatre Company Conservatory as a graduate student with Vivenne Benesch. She's the founder of Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL), which has been mentioned in multiple publications, including The New York Times, American Theatre Magazine, HowlRound Theatre Commons, and WAMU for NPR News in Washington D.C. She has participated in national think tanks, on panels, and facilitated workshops on parenting in the arts at multiple gatherings, including the national TCG conferences, Disney Theatrical's Women of Broadway panel on Parenthood, BroadwayCon, and StateraArts’ annual conference on gender equity in the arts.

VIVIENNE BENESCH: Producing Artistic Director for PlayMakers Repertory Company since January 2016, where she has directed acclaimed productions of Brecht’s Life of Galileo, Mike Wiley and Laurelyn Dossett’s Leaving Eden (world premiere), Molly Smith Metzler’s The May Queen, Daniel Beaty’s Mr. Joy, Deborah Salem Smith’s Love Alone, John Logan’s RED, Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room and Libby Appel’s adaptation of Three Sisters. From 2005 to 2016 she was the Artistic Director of the renowned Chautauqua Theater Company and Conservatory. She has directed many classics and developed new work with dozens of writers including Noah Haidle, Kate Fodor, Molly Smith Metzler, Mike Wiley, Anna Ziegler and Zayd Dohrn. As an educator, Vivienne has served on the faculty of some of the nation’s foremost actor-training programs including Juilliard, Trinity Rep/Brown, UNC/PlayMakers and her graduate school alma mater, NYU. Vivienne is the 2017 recipient of the

WTFringe Artists
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Daniel P. Wilson

Dan is an actor/director/producer, as well as a proud husband and occasional stay at home dad to three amazing kids. A recent transplant from the SF Bay Area, he's performed onstage and on-camera in Chicago, Sweden, and across California. He trained at PCPA and holds a BFA from Roosevelt... Read More →
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Katie Paxton

Katie Paxton is an actress, teacher and mama based in Raleigh. Film/Television: The Long Road Home, Billy & Billie, The Good Wife, Forever, The Blacklist, How He Fell in Love and The Heart Machine. Recent theatre: The Way of the World by Theresa Rebeck (Dorset Theatre Festival World... Read More →
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Molly Ward

Molly Ward: Off-Broadway: Kin, The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons, Sam Gold dir); Jesus In India (Ma-Yi Theater Co); Sisters In Blizzard (Ensemble Studio Theater); The Tenant (Woodshed Collective); The Shape of Metal (Origin Theater Co.); The Nosemaker’s Apprentice (The Brick Theater... Read More →
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Rachel S. Hewitt

PAAL
Rachel Spencer Hewitt received her MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and was the recipient of the Pierre-André Salim award. She earned her equity card performing at the Yale Repertory Theater, and her professional acting resume includes Broadway Debut in tony-nominated... Read More →
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Vivienne Benesch

Producing Artistic Director, PlayMakers Repertory Company
Producing Artistic Director for PlayMakers Repertory Company since January 2016, where she has directed acclaimed productions of Brecht’s Life of Galileo, Mike Wiley and Laurelyn Dossett’s Leaving Eden (world premiere), Molly Smith Metzler’s The May Queen, Daniel Beaty’s... Read More →

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Playmakers Repertory Company

PlayMakers Repertory Company is the LORT-D professional theatre company in residence at UNC-Chapel Hill. We strive to produce entertaining, relevant, and courageous work that tells stories from and for a multiplicity of perspectives. Join us as we perform to transform your world... Read More →



Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

1:00pm

Mesas Food Truck

Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

Agathe
On the fifteen-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, this play celebrates the wisdom and courage of Agathe Uwlingiyimana, the one-day African female president who engineered the miraculous survival of her five children during one of the darkest moments of human history.

Playwright: Angela J. David
Director: Celeste Hinnant
Agathe: Juanda Holley
Carrie: Chloe Anderson
Addie: Kelly Buynitzski
Lucas: Chris Acevedo
Mbaye: Gerald Louis Cambell

Saturday July 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

1:30pm

On Being: Cohen
Sexologist Doctor Cohen falls asleep and their dreams reveal a Jewish gender exploratory love story between themself and כֹּהֲנִים.  This results in  Doctor Cohen's own self discovery of what gender means to them. כֹּהֲנִים meets Dr. Cohen in present day reality, Tel Aviv. כֹּהֲנִים reveals the realities of how language and culture shape gender. Through a journey of understanding, growth, and knowledge of the comparison of an idealized world verses a realistic one, Cohen and  כֹּהֲנִים fight for a better tomorrow. Runtime: 35 minutes

Playwright/Performer: Cohen Kraus (they/them/theirs)

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Cohen Kraus

Hello! My name is Cohen Kraus, My pronouns are: they/them/theirs. I am a Jewish genderfluid actor, writer, director and educator.  I stand for the many voices missing or underrepresented within our business. As a queer artist, I want my career to help create a space for all genders... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

Examining Generational Perspectives on Feminism as Inspired by Gina Gionfriddo’s play Rapture, Blister, Burn
How does a group of college students effectively design and portray women who range in age from their 20s to their 70s? How can they embody the distinct cultural anxieties of different generations? Join the director, the costume designer and one of the actors involved with Radford University’s production of Rapture, Blister, Burn as they share their journey in staging this exploration of 20th century feminism.  Topics explored will include the vocal and physical tools used to accomplish characterizations, the research of the historical, political and social environments the characters would have lived in, and the design tools of line, color, texture and how they were used to age actors.  

Speakers
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Robyn Berg

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Radford University
Robyn Berg is an Assistant Professor at Radford University, where she teaches in the Theatre Performance Area and in the Honors College, is an affiliated faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, chairs assessment for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and... Read More →
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Elizabeth Brancati

Student, Radford University
Elizabeth Brancati is a 2019 graduate of Radford University where she earned her BS inperformance theatre, performing in Rapture, Blister, Burn, The Diary of Anne Frank, Stuart Littleand more. She has studied with the Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio, Mill Mountain Theatre,and Roanoke... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

1:30pm

Aligned: The New Hustle
You deserve a life of freedom and creativity. Creative Career Coach Krisha Marcano will lead participants to embrace a calling, craft a vision and a mission, set a life practice and fund the dream. This is The New Hustle.

Speakers
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Krisha Marcano

Assistant Professor of Theatre Dance, UNCSA/School of Drama
Krisha Marcano is the Founder and Creative Career Coach at The Artistry Center Network. She spent the first ten years of her career in dance companies like The Martha Graham Dance Company & The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, then transitioned to Broadway for the next sixteen... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

1:30pm

Contemporary Clowning

Rediscover your sense of play and connection through contemporary clowning basics. Clown is an opportunity to engage in play and celebrate your authentic self in the eyes of others. Through games and exercises, you will learn to listen and respond with your whole body, develop a more playful and dynamic relationship with people, things and the space around you, and take bold risks — all in the name of your fun!

Speakers
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Katie Rebich

StoryUp! Aerial Theater
Katie Rebich is an internationally experienced circus coach and performer for over 10 years. Her formal clown training began in 2013 as a part of the Aloft Full Time Training Program. She has since continued clown studies with Dody DiSanto, Rich Potter, and Remi Jacques. For her... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

2:00pm

Night Frogs
Frogs and Tinker Bell…Fire and rain. During the night a woman recalls childhood images and finds comfort in her imagination until the morning ignites the painful realities of her life. This piece is a lyrical, homespun meditation connecting us with the humanity underlying an epidemic that has become a national crisis. This one-act, one-woman original play is written and performed by Teresa Lee.  Based in part on real events, Night Frogs challenges audience assumptions about the face of drug addiction. Content Warning: sexual assault; Runtime: 25 minutes

Playwright/Solo Performer: Teresa Lee

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Teresa Lee

Professor of Theatre, Appalachian State University
Teresa Lee is a theatre director, actor, educator and movement specialist. As a founding Artistic Collaborator with In/Visible Theatre, she has directed, acted and choreographed stage combat. She was last seen in their production of Measure for Measure in 2018. Teresa premiered... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Unending Drama
Two women in a soap opera scene have a cat fight over a man. When the cameras are off, the women playing those characters talk about a range of things. They discuss how the actor playing the guy their characters are hot for has mistreated a woman, which makes it hard to play scenes with him. A righteous comedy.

Playwright: Judy Klass
Director: Catherine Harkey
Victoria: Jackie Markham
Amber: Christina Holcombe
Director: Catherine Harkey
Rex: Kelsey Bledsoe

Saturday July 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

2:30pm

The Once and Future Casey Colman
Crystal Plains, Kansas is a town filled with psychics. Maybe. No one’s exactly sure, but there’s definitely something weird going on. When 17-year-old Casey weasels her way into a seminar hosted by her psychic podcasting hero Miss Angela, she’s sure that the mysterious dreams she’s been having all her life are just the beginning. But, between a cat slinking around town predicting untimely deaths and Miss Angela’s shadowy past, present, and future, Casey must confront the possibility that maybe her dream come true isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Playwright: Jacqueline Bircher
Director: Maggie Hatfield 
Casey: Claire Olinger
Dawn: Michelle Merksamer
Miss Angela: Juanita Velázquez
Phyllis: Mary Sening
Aaron: Cal Bumgardner
Steve: Tracy Davis

Saturday July 13, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

2:45pm

Disability Theory in the Theater: Practicing Accessibility and Universal Design
This skillbuilding session provides a practical introduction to disability theory and universal design, offering participants an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about disability in ways that make theatrical performances more accessible for people with a variety of physical and mental disabilities. Beginning with a basic overview of terms, theoretical challenges, and practical problems involved in the disability rights movement and universal design, this workshop will move from book knowledge to practical planning, inviting participants to brainstorm ways to make every day public spaces more accessible. Special attention will be given to the increasing popularity of “relaxed performances” and “sensory-safe performances" that accommodate audience members with a variety of mental disabilities (autism, ADHD, anxiety, etc.).

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Freeman Loftis

Sonya Freeman Loftis

Professor, Morehouse College
Sonya Freeman Loftis is an associate professor of Shakespeare at Morehouse College, where she specializes in drama and disability studies. She is the author of two books: Shakespeare’s Surrogates and Imagining Autism. Her work on autism is strongly influenced by her personal experiences... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

3:00pm

Red Hot Patriot: the kick-ass wit of Molly Ivins
The story of the unsinkable Molly Ivins, the famously brassy newspaper columnist and best-selling author. A true Texas original, Ivins was a sharp-tongued wit who skewered the political establishment and the "good ol' boys" with her unforgettable humor and wisdom. Written by twin sisters, themselves longtime journalists, the play celebrates Ivins' courage and tenacity – even when a complacent America wasn't listening. Runtime: 75 minutes

Authors: Margaret Engel and Allison Engel
Director: Rachel Pottern Nunn
Molly Ivins: Lucinda Gainey (solo performer)
Copy Kid: Christopher McBennett (non-speaking role and technician)

World Premiere Produced by Philadelphia Theatre Company
Sara Garonzik, Producing Artistic Director  
Diane Claussen, Managing Director


Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Christopher McBennett

Christopher McBennett is a local actor and student at NC State University, where he is studying for a major in English and minor in theatre. He is excited to have the chance to help deliver this production and its message to new audiences, and glad to have the chance to work with... Read More →
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Lucinda Gainey

Voice Actor, Flowing Words Inc
Lucinda has performed in over 50 productions since graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA in Drama (Acting Emphasis). She has trained extensively with Shakespeare & Company. First as an apprentice during the summer or 1979 and more recently in numerous workshops on... Read More →
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Rachel Pottern Nunn

Rachel is a Raleigh-area native, and a graduate of William Peace University. She has enjoyed serving as a director, performer, designer and administrator in the Triangle theatre community since 2014. Recently, she directed For Allison With Regret for Sonorous Road, and assistant-directed... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Social Enterprise: An alternative to non-profit for small theatres?
The non-profit corporation has been the traditional structure for new, small theater companies for 50 years or more. With the rise in social enterprise businesses, could a for-profit social enterprise model be a better fit? In this session, I'll describe what a social enterprise is, some problems in the non-profit model, and why social enterprise could work for small theaters. Discussion with attendees to follow.

Speakers
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Hannah Grannemann

University of North Carolina Greensboro
Hannah Grannemann brings the experience of a 17-year career in the arts, mostly in non-profit theatre, to her leadership of the Arts Administration Program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). In addition to her appointment in CVPA she is a Coleman Fellow in Entrepreneurship... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

4:00pm

A Theater Critic's Tips for Playwriting
Learn common problem areas for new playwrights, including structure, dialog and stage directions. The tips have been gleaned from Mr. Dicks' 21 years of experience reviewing theater productions for the Raleigh News & Observer and eight years for the Raleigh Spectator.

Speakers
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Roy C. Dicks

Theater critic, Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC)
Roy Dicks earned BAs in Drama and English  at East Carolina University, participating in student productions as well as the professional summer theater there. After coming to Raleigh, Roy was seen on stage in over sixty roles around the Triangle. He later turned to directing, staging... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

4:00pm

Embracing Your Calling: Cultivating the Artist Within
How can we as divine, diverse women overcome our inner blockages to embrace our inner artist? This presentation and open forum will outline the various tools and techniques powerful women have used to drive their creative life forward, including meditation, positive affirmations, goal setting, self-care and ultimately saying yes to our work. This session is perfect for the woman who is hesitant to start, in the early stages of creation or those who feel they’ve hit a wall. It’s also perfect for the career professional who is looking to refresh themselves in a positive, supportive environment. We’ll share awe-inspiring stories from women who are learning to embrace their power and positive flow through saying yes to themselves and their art!

Speakers
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RG

Actor/ Writer
RG is NYC-based performer and LAMBDA Literary Fellow for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. She is currently developing her first full-length play entitled My Womanhood Bleeds Red. Check her out this summer at The Kraine Theatre performing in a queer retelling of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

4:00pm

WTF Kids Production
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Seed Art Share

Seed Art Share celebrates shared arts experiences for Triangle performers, patrons, and the people they love!


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Marbles Kids Museum 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

4:00pm

The Meatball Chronicles
Each ingredient in a meal is a portion of the self. In Debrianna Mansini’s The Meatball Chronicles, a culinary journey, Mansini crafts this piece in a way that transcends her own story into universal themes that anyone who has a family can love. As she kneads the dough and thickens the sauce through each Italian recipe, the stories associated with those recipes reveal the complex ways that families cope, laugh, grieve, and show their love through food. The Meatball Chronicles is an intimate solo performance by stage, film and TV actress Debrianna Mansini (Crazy Heart, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul). Runtime: 90 minutes

Playwright/Performer: Debrianna Mansini
Director: Tanya Taylor Rubinstein
Video Artist: David Forlano

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Debrianna Mansini

Debrianna landed in Santa Fe from NYC, where she had trained with such greats as Kim Stanley, Jose Quintero, Edward Albee and, most recently, Alan Arkin and Laura Gardner of the famed Howard Fine Studio. She has worked Off-Broadway in New York City at the Soho Rep and her most recent... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

4:00pm

Regular
A small, unnamed town in the middle of nowhere, where every resident has worked at the local fiber supplement company at some point in their life and no one ever leaves. This is the perfect place for Kate to disappear, so she thinks. But when everyone becomes obsessed with the new girl in town, will she be able to keep herself at a distance or will she fall into a dangerous closeness with the lost souls around her?

Playwright: Marjorie Muller
Director: Madison McAllister
Kate: Melanie Simmons
Josie: Makeithra Evans
Eric: Nick Popio
Angela: Carena Lemons
PJ: Tori Grace Nichols
Stage Directions/Voice: Pascal Dibetta

Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

4:45pm

How to Turn Your Paper Into Paper
Turn Your Paper Into Paper was designed to help word artists tune into their entrepreneurial side. By practicing some of the useful tips in this workshop, writers are encouraged to turn their work into income streams and to courageously create work that not only challenges them and their audience, but opens up other potential opportunities.

Gems to take from this workshop:
*It’s ideas that make money, not money that makes money.
*You are your brand.
*Invest in yourself and your work.
*Respect = Rewards

Speakers
avatar for Sharece M. Sellem

Sharece M. Sellem

Playwright/Director, Vintage Soul Productions
Sharece M. Sellem has 10 years of theater-making business experience. She creates opportunities for herself and others financially and artistically and was trained by Bryn Mawr College's Headlong Performance Institute 2011 and Yale's Practical Approach to Directing Summer Program... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

5:00pm

She Made Space
A 20-something intellectual American lesbian tourist arrives in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, tracing the steps she has taken to get there in an honest and touching consideration of the occupation of space - both inside, and outside, of herself. Runtime: 55 minutes

Playwright/performer: Meredith Dayna Levy
Director/stage manager: Lauren Brooke Ellis

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Lauren Brooke Ellis

Lauren Brooke Ellis is a director and stage manager from Aiken, South Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina Aiken in 2014 and has since worked professionally in theatres there, Augusta, Georgia; Detroit, Michigan; and now in Roanoke, Virginia. Lauren completed... Read More →
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Meredith Dayna Levy

Playwright/Performer
Meredith Dayna Levy writes plays to give a platform to quiet, quirky, and queer voices, as well as make space for dynamic, challenging women on stage. Her full length historical drama DecisionHeight was published by Samuel French in November 2014. Her lyrical monodrama She Made... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:30pm

High School Coven
TBH high school is v v v hard, especially if you're a witch! Liana, Naomi, Rachel, and Trina form a coven to cope with the pressures of being a teenage girl, like finding the perfect homecoming dress, locating a suitable familiar, and something more sinister -- reporting sexual assault within the education system.

Playwright: Kaela Mei-Shing Garven
Director: Alika Vail
Trina: Reanna Kicinski
Liana: Calvin Olinger 
Rachel: Claire Olinger
Naomi: Naomi Ansano 
Principal Oversham: Denise Sepic 
Shopgirl: TBD 


Saturday July 13, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

6:00pm

The Strawberry Girl
A woman calls upon her mother and sister to address her mental illness. Runtime: 20 minutes

Written and directed by Adrienne Earle Pender

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Adrienne Pender

Adrienne Earle Pender began her writing career in 2001. Her first play, The Rocker, was a finalist in the FutureFest 2002 Festival of New Works in Dayton, Ohio. The Rocker made its world premier in February 2004 at Theater in the Park in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Her play, Stone... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

6:00pm

And Then The Moon Swallowed The Sky
And Then the Moon Swallowed the Sky is a powerfully poignant play about how we move through grief together and alone. On the eve of a total eclipse of the sun, three women throughout history each contemplate the things and people they have lost. As the light begins to fade, their stories become deeply intertwined in unexpected ways, and then the moon swallows the sky.

Playwright: Rachel Nelson
Actors: Natalie Pendergast, Susie Young, Rachel Nelson
Director: Susie Young
Lights and tech support: Megan Gilbert
Stage management: Kendall Comolli

Individual Tickets Available

WTFringe Artists
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Rachel Nelson

Professor, Hollins University
Rachel Nelson is a professor and theater maker from rural Oregon. She makes work that deals with the intersections between identities.  She is a professor at Hollins University and Bard Early College, and lives in New Orleans with her partner and her two dogs.


Saturday July 13, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Being B.A.D.
Being B.A.D. is a solo performance piece about personal acceptance and redemption from the cycle of abuse. This show explores the lengths in which one decides to take that power back after years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her family and romantic partner. Runtime: 20 minutes

Brittney S. Harris, Playwright and Performer

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Brittney S. Harris

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Old Dominion University
Brittney Harris teaches Acting One and The Theatre Experience in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. Prior to ODU, Brittney taught Intro to Acting for Non-Majors and Applied Collaborative Techniques at Virginia Tech and University of Georgia... Read More →



Saturday July 13, 2019 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

7:00pm

Route
In Route, three orphaned sisters endure a tumultuous car ride on California's i280 after an explosive sex scandal at their Catholic school involving the middle sister, Jade. Sole guardian and eldest sister Scarlet attempts to uncover the true reason why Jade would flippantly throw away her future, all while hiding a scandalous secret of her own. While trying to keep the peace, nine-year-old sister Georgia discovers much more than she bargained for about the sisters she thought she knew.

Playwright: Alexandra Shields
Director: Adina Ornstein-Luks
Georgia: Nora Merksamer
Jade: Vicki Brent
Scarlet: Gwyneth Benitez-Graham 

Saturday July 13, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

8:00pm

The Introvert's Club
An introverted person decides to start an online community for introverts to share ideas, thoughts, trials and tribulations. We begin in January at the start-up, and follow the lives of the members for a year. Sitting about the space with their laptops, ten actors interpret the posts of the main characters in a variety performance styles. The audience can participate on-the-fly without rehearsal - similar to a flash mob. Runtime: 20 minutes

Nancy Rich, playwright and director, with help from my introvert friends online.

The Actors:
Noelle Barnard Azarelo
Del Flack
Laura Griffin
Candace Hescock
Jon Karnofsky
Shawntel Landavazo
Alex McInturff
Elnora Nesbitt
Laura J. Parker
Yvette Townsley

Stage Manager: Courtney Pisano
Asst. Director/Improv scenes: Del Flack
Slides: Shawntel Landavazo
Deck: Tony Landavazo
Drawings: Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Nancy Rich

Nancy Rich (author) is a local director/choreographer, with a love for the performing arts and a passion for supporting local artistic work. Nancy and her husband Rod own and operate Monkeybravo, a video production company. Nancy is one of the founders of Actors Comedy Lab and participates... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

The Rebecca Show: What If I'm the Becky?
The Rebecca Show: What If I'm the Becky?
Original Sketch Comedy by Rebecca Fox and Rebecca Jackson-Artis. Runtime 60 minutes 

Rebecca Fox and Rebecca Jackson-Artis explore moments from Biblical times to today in which people realize the situations they thought were fine are in fact NOT FINE. Some discover that they themselves are NOT FINE. Subjects include: sexism, racism, violence, the brutality of motherhood, exploitation in sports, regrets in old age, and the dynamics in changing friendships.

It's fun, we promise.

Directed by Lisa Jolley
Costumes and Props by Austin Scarlett

https://www.therebeccashow.com

Individual tickets available 


Saturday July 13, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

8:30pm

Imogen Says Nothing
A revisionist comedy in verse and prose featuring Imogen, a character who only appears in the first folio of William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing', speaks no lines, and is probably a typo. A play about the voices absent from our canon and the consequences of cutting them.

Playwright: Aditi Brennan Kapil
Director: Ashley Popio
Imogen: Sarah Griner Duncan
Anna Roos: Patsy Sibley
Bear on Ice: Barbara Hough
Harry Hunks: Salinda Tyson 
Ned Whiting: Marina Enslen 
White Bear 1: Cheyenne Morris
White Bear 2: Amanda Marron 
Crier: Larry Bliss 
William Shakespeare (Messenger/Friar): Christopher Blackwell 
Richard Burbage (Don Pedro): Patrick Durham 
John Hemminges (Leonato): Michael Bacigalupo 
Henry Condell (Don John/Antigonus): Nick Popio 
Alexander Cooke (Beatrice): Nathaniel Surratt 
Nicholas Tooley (Hero): Grant Holub-Moorman 
Warden: Mikki Sith 
Player: Owen Hines 


Saturday July 13, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

10:00pm

Ten Minute Plays at Ten: A Biology Lesson, Edmund Fitzwater Doesn't Have Any Answers For You
A Biology Lesson, by Sandy Dietrick
A grizzled veteran of the classroom, Mrs. Dahlsten is a 9th-grade biology teacher who has been delivering the "talk" about "changes happening to your body" to 6th-grade girls for decades. But this time, her filmstrip breaks and she's forced to wing it—and try to explain what all that "changing" will mean.

Director: Benji Jones
Mrs. Dahlsten: Karen Morgan Williams
Adolescent male: Sam Davis

Edmund Fitzwater Doesn’t Have Any Answers for You, by Sharai Bohannon
Three non-binary friends download a new app that is supposed to have answers to everything. One of the friends soon finds out the app doesn't always have the answers they hoped for.

Director: Ruth Berry and Hunter Pinder
Josie: Tori Grace Nichols
Anslie: Kai Reardon
Nat: Madelyn Reitz
The Phone: Lou Jent

Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00pm - 10:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

10:00pm

Oh Righteous God And Sinful Me
A dark comedy by playwright Linsey Watkins that normalizes female sexuality, Oh Righteous God And Sinful Me is a coming-of-age play set in an all-girls Catholic boarding school. When new student Evie arrives mid-year, she finds that her classmates are completely ignorant about their own bodies. Evie becomes the girls' sex ed teacher and tasks herself with helping them find the key to a self-induced orgasm. What follows are the fun, genuine, quirky, and necessary results of sexual discovery. Runtime: 80 minutes

Playwright: Linsey Watkins
Catherine: Emeline Phinney
Evie: Hailey White
Clare: Leah Arroyo
Faith: Autumn Hemmelgarn
Margaret: Mary Ripley
Sister Mary Paul: Gaye Jeffers

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Autumn Hemmelgarn

Autumn Hemmelgarn is a junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Transferring to UTC at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, Autumn has already been involved in much in the department including acting in 2 shows, “Love and Information and “Tartuffe” (she was... Read More →
avatar for Emeline Phinney

Emeline Phinney

Emeline Phinney is an actress from Georgia. She made her professional debut in the Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s national tour of “A Christmas Carol” as Mrs Cratchit. Other credits  include Ocean/Jane Doe u/s in “Ride the Cyclone” (Alliance Theatre), Grizabella in “Cats... Read More →
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Gaye Jeffers

Professor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Gaye Jeffers is a professor of directing, theatre history, and playwriting at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has worked with the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theatre.
avatar for Hailey White

Hailey White

Hailey White is a junior studying theatre at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has originated the role of Evie since the very first read through. Most recent credits include Dorine in "Tartuffe" and Liz in "Chicago"
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Leah Arroyo

Leah Marie Arroyo is so excited to share the stage with all of these beautiful badass women!  Her favorite credits include: Sally in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!” (TN) and Andrea in “Once On This Island” (NY). She is currently located in New York where she is earning... Read More →
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Linsey Watkins

playwright
Linsey Watkins is a 21 year old playwright/screenwriter from Tennessee, currently residing in Chattanooga, TN where she attends the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga working on her BA in theatre and creative writing. With her work she is aspiring to push boundaries and contribute... Read More →
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Mary Ripley

Mary Ripley is a recent graduate from the theatre department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While she was there, Mary gave memorable performances in shows such as "The Laramie Project" alongside other notable roles like Karlie in "Luna Gale" and Anna in "The Arsonists... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

10:30pm

Ten Minute Plays at Ten: Cooter Soup, Miner's Canary, Trigger Warning
Cooter Soup, by Nattalie Gordon
Two middle aged women discuss their recently discovered sexual awakening, much to the chagrin of one of their husbands.

Director: Veda Renfrow
Barb: Judie Bruno
Polly: Racel Stroud
Greg: Doug Kapp

Miner's Canary, by Charlotte Jung 
Four female/non-binary miners talk, and occasionally sing, about the claustrophobic experience being down under ground digging. In this endless, forever digging in the dark, is there ever a way out? Abstract dystopian feminist play.

Director: Kristi McIntyre
Miner 1: Lesley Robinson
Miner 2: Tori Grace Nichols
Miner 3: Rachel Gurvich 
Miner 4: Lou Jent

Trigger Warning, by Ashley Popio
Hayden has just moved to the US from Germany, where gun culture is very different. It’s their first day on the job, and they are just about to discover what an “Active Shooter Drill,” is...and how easily one can get out of hand. Dark comedy.

Director: Abbey Toot
The Manager: Leslie Rae Alexander
Max: Madelyn Reitz
Alex: Priya Singh
Hayden: Ellie Pate


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:30pm - 11:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

11:00pm

Ten Minute Plays at Ten: RockPaperWorld, She Keeps This Family Together
RockPaperWorld, by Jaisey Bates
A spoken word short play in two scenes. TODAY / EenieMeenieMineyNO addresses school shootings. TOMORROW / SistersThree&theTree addresses our dying planet.

She Keeps This Family Together, by Kay Phillips
It's Christmastime in early 1960s New York. A mother prepares her daughters for the annual Christmas visit to see their institutionalized sister.


Saturday July 13, 2019 11:00pm - 11:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

11:30pm

Respectable in Denmark
A short, rapid fire comedy about two best friends who happen to work in a sex dungeon. "Respectable in Denmark" is an unconventional coming out story. The focus is not on the discovery of desire, but the discovery of language.

Playwright: Devlin Grimm
Director: Ami Kirk Jones 
Scarlett: Laura Parker
Cleo: Lauren Faber
Will: Michael Bacigalupo 
Brian: Chris Acevedo

Saturday July 13, 2019 11:30pm - 11:45pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
 
Sunday, July 14
 

9:30am

Enlighten Me: Intro to Lighting Design
Learn lighting design basics in a supportive environment! Participants will become familiar with different types of stage lights, learn the fundamentals of running a lightboard, discover best practices for lighting a subject, and review safety considerations.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Bell

Erin Bell

Bull City Photography
Erin Bell is the founder of Bull City Photography and a board member, webmaster and stage manager for Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. Erin has done lighting design for Master Builder (LGPig), Again but This Time with Feeling (real live people), Lady Misrule (Tiny Engine), and... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

9:30am

Found Object Puppetry
The world of found object puppetry allows physical theatre devisors to layer an array of given circumstances and metaphors into character representations. This workshop will introduce the basics of object manipulation to novices. We will explore techniques that imbue inanimate objects with focus, breath, and heart. Working in small ensembles, these animated objects will take on unique characters as they explore their surroundings. Small scenarios will evolve out of this creative process. Participants are encouraged to bring objects of personal significance in order to develop unique theatrical metaphors through object manipulation. Come dressed to move and ready to improvise!

Speakers
avatar for Vivian Appler

Vivian Appler

College of Charleston
Vivian Appler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston where she teaches history, devising, and feminist theatre. Her research interests include science and performance, practice-as-research, puppetry and mask, and activist theatre... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

9:30am

Functional Feedback: Getting what you need

Artists, have you experienced “constructive criticism” that ultimately held your creative work back rather than moving it forward?  There’s another way to do feedback!

Join us for a two hour introduction to Functional Feedback!

The Functional Feedback workshop is for artists who desire useful feedback that propels their new work forward.
*Take ownership of your development process.
*Control critique while your work is in progress.
*Learn to manage the feedback conversation, who to have in the room and why, how to set feedback goals and come out the other side feeling inspired.

NOTE: Your work will not be assessed or critiqued in this session. We focus on HOW the feedback process can serve you as you develop your material.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Kissane

Tamara Kissane

Artist Soapbox
Tamara Kissane is a theatre-maker, creative coach, and podcaster for Artist Soapbox. Locally, she’s worked with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Manbites Dog Theater, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Duke Theatre Studies, Transactors Improv, Summer Sisters, Archipelago and both... Read More →
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Mara Thomas

Artist Soapbox
Mara Thomas is an actor, writer, musician and teaching artist based in Durham. For Artist Soapbox, she blogs monthly and co-facilitates workshops focused on creative accountability and functional feedback. Mara is currently working on an original script, YEAR OF THE MONKEY, which... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

10:00am

Ten Minute Plays at Ten: Waltz of the Exterminator, Reflective
Waltz of the Exterminator, by Heather Jeanne Violanti
An Exterminator's attempt to get rid of a Mouse leads to unexpected results, changing both his life and the life of his client.

Reflective, by Alyssa Haddad
A ten minute play in which Tayla, a 16 year old high school student faces her insecurities, bullying, and eventual self acceptance to her own reflection.

Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

10:00am

The Adventures of Pink and Purple
The Adventures of Pink and Purple is a full-length musical allegory of human relationships and existential struggles, portrayed with colorful characters and catchy songs.
The story follows Pink and Purple, two young women awakening to find something has destroyed the world as they knew it. The menacing Gray Cloud of Doom appears to them, promising to consume them as he has already done to their friends, the other Colors.
Pink and Purple journey together, planning how to escape Gray and free their friends. Celebrate the power of family and friendship, the discovery of inner strength, and a hopeful depiction of life after triumph over despair. The audience, along with the characters, will walk away changed in unexpected ways. Runtime: 75 minutes

Playwright/Musical Director: Amanda Almodovar
Composer/Arranger: Rachel Hopkins
Director: Andy Ralston-Asumendi
Touring Director/Stage Manager: Rebecca Halleen

Included with WTFringe pass, Full Festival pass, and WTF Kids add-on. Individual tickets available.

WTFringe Artists
avatar for Amanda Almodovar

Amanda Almodovar

Amanda is a bilingual, licensed clinical social work associate by profession, with a passion for writing plays and music. She is an active member of the North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival, the Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum and the Catholic Writers Guild. She has written and... Read More →
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Rachel Hopkins

Rachel Hopkins is a composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist from Copley, Ohio. She is currently a senior at Elon University studying music production and music composition, and plans to move to Los Angeles after graduation. Rachel has taken on a wide range of projects, from... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Artspace 201 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Much Ado
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. The war is over and the soldiers are coming back to Messina to stay at the household of Leonato and his wife Anotina. New loves and old rivalries are kindled, but just when happiness seems secure for Claudio and Hero, Dona Joan, the resentful sister of Prince Pedro, deceives them all--or at least the men. The women of Messina have to come together to prove Hero's innocence and restore her good name. Runtime: 90 minutes

By Shakespeare; Edited, Adapted, and Reimagined by Rebecca Ashley Jones
Show and audition information: http://muchadowtf2019.weebly.com/

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Rebecca Ashley Jones

Rebecca Ashley Jones is thrilled to be back with WTF! A high school teacher by day, she's been seen most recently in Bare Theatre's Timon of Athens (Servillius, Caphis, Timandra) and Raleigh Little Theater’s Measure for Measure (Kate Keepdown). Other credits include Gift of the... Read More →



Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

10:30am

Bureaucrazy
Grace and Amy are just two regular girls working as secretaries in a soul-sucking office. But when their boss chokes on an oatmeal raisin cookie, it starts a domino effect of death and disaster in this commedia inspired, female-driven comedy about office politics and classism.

Playwright: Kate Danley
Director: Ruth Berry 
Grace: Noelle Azarello
Amy: Laurel Ullman
Helen: Sharon Galluzo
Molly: Elora Galluzo
Vivianne: Karen Morgan Williams
Waterman/Janitor/AC Guy: Michael Parker

Sunday July 14, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

10:45am

Auditioning Like a Pro
This session will prepare an actor for TV, Film, & Theatre auditions. Learn industry standards and secrets, from headshots and resumes, to self taping and an actor's online presence. Discover what industry leaders are looking for!

Speakers
avatar for Krisha Marcano

Krisha Marcano

Assistant Professor of Theatre Dance, UNCSA/School of Drama
Krisha Marcano is the Founder and Creative Career Coach at The Artistry Center Network. She spent the first ten years of her career in dance companies like The Martha Graham Dance Company & The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, then transitioned to Broadway for the next sixteen... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

10:45am

The Show Must Go On: Marketing that Sells Tickets
Your show is in tech week. The curtain is about to rise, but then you realize, you never sold any tickets! Learn more about the unique challenges that come with marketing in theatre and how community-building and grassroots marketing are an essential part of marketing in the arts. Participants will receive detailed action plans for how to promote their shows, including a marketing/project management timeline and strategic examples.

Speakers
avatar for Mikki Stith

Mikki Stith

Marketing & Communications Director, Theatre Raleigh
Michaeline's (aka "Mikki") first love was the theatre, but she now finds herself in marketing. After more than a decade of hands-on experience in event and experiential marketing, she spent years working for marketing agencies that focused on digital solutions. Now, Mikki serves as... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

10:45am

Women's Issues and Gender Fluid Casting in Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers
This presentation and panel discussion will explore anti-women themes in Ken Ludwig's script and the ways in which the creative team subverted or supported those themes through directorial, design, and performative choices. Ludwig is lauded for creating a “strong female character,” but the dialog and stage directions reduce the character to a gross stereotype subject to appalling sexist tropes. We will explore the pre-production design process, including the resource challenges of costuming cross gender body-types in the binary of period silhouettes.

Speakers
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J. Theresa Bush

Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
J. Theresa Bush is a USA costume designer and IATSE member and Assistant Professor of Design and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi. She served as Associate to Toni-Leslie James on Familiar for Yale Rep, Bull Durham for The Alliance, and Fly for Cincinnati... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

12:00pm

Through the Guarded Gate
Pulitzer Prize winning poet and novelist Margaret Widdemer's early feminist poems dealing with sexual abuse, war, and human rights are still compellingly relevant today. Composer Juliana Hall was commissioned to set the poems to music by the Seattle Art Song Society; they premiered in March 2019 on a program celebrating womxn's voices. "When commissioning Hall, SASS wasn't content to just have the premiere in Seattle...in this time of #MeToo and women's rights being front and center in culture, Hall's song cycle--with its powerful settings of American poet Margaret Widdemer's social justice texts--had the possibility to bring an important message to people beyond Seattle. His idea developed into a 'women's march' across the country...a project to have Hall's new songs performed in all 50 states after the premiere, bringing Hall's settings and Widdemer's poems to all of the US! To that end, Armbrust has enlisted more than 170 mezzo-sopranos from all 50 states (and many foreign countries as well), each of whom will get an early look at the score with the option to participate in the project. Singers will participate in Beyond the Guarded Gate, by agreeing to perform the song cycle on a recital between March 2019 and December 2019 following the official SASS world premiere. E. C. Schirmer is providing each singer and pianist taking part in Beyond the Guarded Gate with a complimentary digital copy of the work for use in the performance." Runtime: 30 minutes

More information on these pieces can be found here:
https://ecspublishing.com/blog/art-songs-womens-rights/

Monica Szabo-Nyeste, mezzosoprano
Eva Mengelkoch, piano

Individual tickets available

Sunday July 14, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

12:00pm

Regular
A small, unnamed town in the middle of nowhere, where every resident has worked at the local fiber supplement company at some point in their life and no one ever leaves. This is the perfect place for Kate to disappear, so she thinks. But when everyone becomes obsessed with the new girl in town, will she be able to keep herself at a distance or will she fall into a dangerous closeness with the lost souls around her?

Playwright: Marjorie Muller
Director: Madison McAllister
Kate: Melanie Simmons
Josie: Makeithra Evans
Eric: Nick Popio
Angela: Carena Lemons
PJ: Tori Grace Nichols
Stage Directions/Voice: Pascal Dibetta

Sunday July 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

1:00pm

Night Frogs
Frogs and Tinker Bell…Fire and rain. During the night a woman recalls childhood images and finds comfort in her imagination until the morning ignites the painful realities of her life. This piece is a lyrical, homespun meditation connecting us with the humanity underlying an epidemic that has become a national crisis. This one-act, one-woman original play is written and performed by Teresa Lee.  Based in part on real events, Night Frogs challenges audience assumptions about the face of drug addiction. Content Warning: sexual assault; Runtime: 25 minutes

Playwright/Solo Performer: Teresa Lee

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Teresa Lee

Professor of Theatre, Appalachian State University
Teresa Lee is a theatre director, actor, educator and movement specialist. As a founding Artistic Collaborator with In/Visible Theatre, she has directed, acted and choreographed stage combat. She was last seen in their production of Measure for Measure in 2018. Teresa premiered... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Overtones
In the short classic play Overtones, two women battle each other, propriety, and their inner selves in a quest for love, money, art, and power. In the end, whether they get what they need will depend on if they can hide their own savagery long enough to negotiate.
Runtime: 30 minutes

Individual tickets available


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

1:00pm

Mesas Food Truck

Sunday July 14, 2019 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

Injury Prevention and Reducing Pain for Actors
This session will help educate actors on how to take care of their bodies and will be run by performing arts physical therapist Dr. Carlie Huberman, DPT.  We will practice how to properly warm up and cool down the entire body safely and effectively.  Furthermore, we will cover some of the commonly seen injuries in theater such as low back or neck pain and sprained ankles, and teach exercises that can help prevent these from occurring or reoccurring. The session will be filled with informative anatomy lessons mixed in with lots of getting up and moving around!

Speakers
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Carlie Huberman

Elite Arts Therapy
Dr. Carlie Huberman, DPT is the owner of Elite Arts Physical Therapy, a mobile PT clinic in Raleigh, NC that specializes in performing artists. Carlie has been acting, dancing, singing and performing circus acrobatics since elementary school and understands the wants and needs of... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

1:30pm

Mothers in Academia: "Swings" in Performance
For female academics with children, the enculturation of male-dominated institutional practices leaves them one of two equally punishing roles to play: the ultimate “swing” who must energetically balance the demands of playing multiple roles, or the “untouchable,” never to make the cast list. 
 
Donning one mask as caregiver, another as teacher, and still another as researcher can make the mother in academia feel that she is unable to fully devote herself. This is, of course, assuming she can secure the job. This panel dissects the performance expectations of female professors with children, what their diversity and experiences bring to the academic setting, and how these intersect with the staging of the university as a brand to the outside world.

Speakers
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Beki Baker

Chair, Dept. of Theatre, Lipscomb University
Beki Baker is the Chair of Theatre at Lipscomb University, where she teaches performance and directing courses, produces the theatre season, teaches in the Honors College, and serves as Director of Curriculum for the College of Entertainment and the Arts. At Lipscomb, she has directed... Read More →
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Chris Cragin-Day

Associate Professor of Theater and English, The King's College
NYC Credits: Off-Bway; Martin Luther on Trial (developed w/ Max McLean); A Woman (one-act) 59E59th’s 2017 Summer Shorts; The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby (w/ Don Chaffer) NYC Fringe; Son of a Gun (w/ Don Chaffer) Firebone Theatre; Emily Firebone Theater; The Selfish... Read More →
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Robyn Berg

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Radford University
Robyn Berg is an Assistant Professor at Radford University, where she teaches in the Theatre Performance Area and in the Honors College, is an affiliated faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, chairs assessment for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

1:30pm

Why Are Theater Critics So Critical?
Join us for a panel discussion among established theater critics about what criticism should do (and not do), as well as what factors affect it now in the online age.

Admission to this session is free to anyone with a student ID.

Speakers
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Lauren Van Hemert

RDU On Stage
A native of Miami, Florida, Lauren’s love of musicals started at the age of six when her dad took her to Radio City Music Hall to see a revival of the movie THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Prior to graduating from Indiana University-Bloomington, she hosted her own weekly talk show on Public... Read More →
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Katy Koop

Katy Koop is a writer and theatre artist based in North Carolina. She is currently working as Production Manager for Women’s Theatre Festival and most recently stage managed Justice Theatre Project’s Men on Boats. Her writing has been published in Electric Literature, Hello Giggles... Read More →
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Dustin K. Britt

Managing Editor, Chatham Life & Style
Dustin K. Britt, a North Carolina native, is the managing editor of Chatham Life & Style, an online arts and culture magazine. An award-winning performer, theatre instructor, critic, and writer, he has worked in the theatre for more than 20 years and holds a Master of Arts in Education... Read More →
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Roy C. Dicks

Theater critic, Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC)
Roy Dicks earned BAs in Drama and English  at East Carolina University, participating in student productions as well as the professional summer theater there. After coming to Raleigh, Roy was seen on stage in over sixty roles around the Triangle. He later turned to directing, staging... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

1:30pm

The Matriarchy
It is the year 2219 and the United States is a Matriarchal society. War is nearly non-existent, rape is no longer an issue, violence is at its all-time low, and thanks to The Dual Reparations Act, The African American and Native American communities have been restored to their full power. The potential for all women and for men of color has no limitations, and the same can be said for white men....as long as the white men behave.

Playwright: Prisca Jebet Kendagor
Director: Jasmine Rochelle
Maria: Vicki Brent
Tracy: Alice Spellman
Tim: Grant Holub-Moorman
Justin: Sam Davis
Paul: Chris Acevedo
Congresswoman Jones: TBD
Madam President: Makeithra Evans
Madam Speaker: Amy Lloyd
Navajo Chieftess: Candace Escock
Psychologist: Dannibeth Farmum
Mr. Secretary: Nick Popio
Mr. Vice President: John Ivey
Cherokee Chief: Lou Jent
Huntsman Leader: Kelsey Bledsoe


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

2:00pm

On Being: Cohen
Sexologist Doctor Cohen falls asleep and their dreams reveal a Jewish gender exploratory love story between themself and כֹּהֲנִים.  This results in  Doctor Cohen's own self discovery of what gender means to them. כֹּהֲנִים meets Dr. Cohen in present day reality, Tel Aviv. כֹּהֲנִים reveals the realities of how language and culture shape gender. Through a journey of understanding, growth, and knowledge of the comparison of an idealized world verses a realistic one, Cohen and  כֹּהֲנִים fight for a better tomorrow. Runtime: 35 minutes

Playwright/Performer: Cohen Kraus (they/them/theirs)

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Cohen Kraus

Hello! My name is Cohen Kraus, My pronouns are: they/them/theirs. I am a Jewish genderfluid actor, writer, director and educator.  I stand for the many voices missing or underrepresented within our business. As a queer artist, I want my career to help create a space for all genders... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Oh Righteous God And Sinful Me
A dark comedy by playwright Linsey Watkins that normalizes female sexuality, Oh Righteous God And Sinful Me is a coming-of-age play set in an all-girls Catholic boarding school. When new student Evie arrives mid-year, she finds that her classmates are completely ignorant about their own bodies. Evie becomes the girls' sex ed teacher and tasks herself with helping them find the key to a self-induced orgasm. What follows are the fun, genuine, quirky, and necessary results of sexual discovery. Runtime: 80 minutes

Playwright: Linsey Watkins
Catherine: Emeline Phinney
Evie: Hailey White
Clare: Leah Arroyo
Faith: Autumn Hemmelgarn
Margaret: Mary Ripley
Sister Mary Paul: Gaye Jeffers

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Autumn Hemmelgarn

Autumn Hemmelgarn is a junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Transferring to UTC at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, Autumn has already been involved in much in the department including acting in 2 shows, “Love and Information and “Tartuffe” (she was... Read More →
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Emeline Phinney

Emeline Phinney is an actress from Georgia. She made her professional debut in the Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s national tour of “A Christmas Carol” as Mrs Cratchit. Other credits  include Ocean/Jane Doe u/s in “Ride the Cyclone” (Alliance Theatre), Grizabella in “Cats... Read More →
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Gaye Jeffers

Professor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Gaye Jeffers is a professor of directing, theatre history, and playwriting at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has worked with the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theatre.
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Hailey White

Hailey White is a junior studying theatre at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has originated the role of Evie since the very first read through. Most recent credits include Dorine in "Tartuffe" and Liz in "Chicago"
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Leah Arroyo

Leah Marie Arroyo is so excited to share the stage with all of these beautiful badass women!  Her favorite credits include: Sally in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!” (TN) and Andrea in “Once On This Island” (NY). She is currently located in New York where she is earning... Read More →
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Linsey Watkins

playwright
Linsey Watkins is a 21 year old playwright/screenwriter from Tennessee, currently residing in Chattanooga, TN where she attends the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga working on her BA in theatre and creative writing. With her work she is aspiring to push boundaries and contribute... Read More →
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Mary Ripley

Mary Ripley is a recent graduate from the theatre department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While she was there, Mary gave memorable performances in shows such as "The Laramie Project" alongside other notable roles like Karlie in "Luna Gale" and Anna in "The Arsonists... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

2:00pm

2:45pm

Taking the Scenic Route
“Taking the Scenic Route” explores how to construct compelling scenes that can stand alone or support a full-length play. A moderated and diverse panel maps out ways to enhance a scene with subtext and tension, conflict and negotiation, and then surveys how a series of scenes of escalating intensity leads toward climax, resolution, and revelation: from aha! to ahhh.
Panelists will share their tips for creating scenes and what they have learned about their scripts by watching and listening to actors and directors in read-through and rehearsal. Aspiring and experienced writers are invited to join the conversation. 

Speakers
avatar for Adrienne Pender

Adrienne Pender

Adrienne Earle Pender began her writing career in 2001. Her first play, The Rocker, was a finalist in the FutureFest 2002 Festival of New Works in Dayton, Ohio. The Rocker made its world premier in February 2004 at Theater in the Park in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Her play, Stone... Read More →
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Naima Yetunda Ince

N.Y.I Productions
Writer & Director Naima Yetunde Ince, a recent resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been taking the Triangle area by storm. Originally from Brooklyn NY, NYI has been leaving her mark at various venues as a spoken word artist, author, director and producer. The new development... Read More →
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June Guralnick

For three decades, June Guralnick has created dramas melding fact with fiction and portraying individuals caught - sometimes comically, sometimes tragically - in the intersection of politics and personal dreams. Her works have been performed at venues including the Kennedy Center... Read More →
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Rosemary Poole-Carter

writer
Rosemary Poole-Carter's experience in writing for the theater includes productions of 4 full-length plays by regional professional venues in Houston and/or Seattle, and 2 short scenes that won productions in festivals in Houston. Of her four published novels, the most recent, OnlyCharlotte... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
HQ Raleigh 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

3:00pm

The Introvert's Club
An introverted person decides to start an online community for introverts to share ideas, thoughts, trials and tribulations. We begin in January at the start-up, and follow the lives of the members for a year. Sitting about the space with their laptops, ten actors interpret the posts of the main characters in a variety performance styles. The audience can participate on-the-fly without rehearsal - similar to a flash mob. Runtime: 20 minutes

Nancy Rich, playwright and director, with help from my introvert friends online.

The Actors:
Noelle Barnard Azarelo
Del Flack
Laura Griffin
Candace Hescock
Jon Karnofsky
Shawntel Landavazo
Alex McInturff
Elnora Nesbitt
Laura J. Parker
Yvette Townsley

Stage Manager: Courtney Pisano
Asst. Director/Improv scenes: Del Flack
Slides: Shawntel Landavazo
Deck: Tony Landavazo
Drawings: Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Nancy Rich

Nancy Rich (author) is a local director/choreographer, with a love for the performing arts and a passion for supporting local artistic work. Nancy and her husband Rod own and operate Monkeybravo, a video production company. Nancy is one of the founders of Actors Comedy Lab and participates... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Imogen Says Nothing
A revisionist comedy in verse and prose featuring Imogen, a character who only appears in the first folio of William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing', speaks no lines, and is probably a typo. A play about the voices absent from our canon and the consequences of cutting them.

Playwright: Aditi Brennan Kapil
Director: Ashley Popio 
Imogen: Sarah Griner Duncan
Anna Roos: Patsy Sibley 
Bear on Ice: Barbara Hough
Harry Hunks: Salinda Tyson 
Ned Whiting: Marina Enslen 
White Bear 1: Cheyenne Morris
White Bear 2: Amanda Marron 
Crier: Larry Bliss 
William Shakespeare (Messenger/Friar): Christopher Blackwell 
Richard Burbage (Don Pedro): Patrick Durham 
John Hemminges (Leonato): Michael Bacigalupo 
Henry Condell (Don John/Antigonus): Nick Popio 
Alexander Cooke (Beatrice): Nathaniel Surratt 
Nicholas Tooley (Hero): Grant Holub-Moorman 
Warden: Mikki Sith 
Player: Owen Hines

Sunday July 14, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

3:30pm

Razing the Statue
Frankie, a worker in the scrap department of a southern city, gets a surprise delivery of a Confederate statue for dismantling. When the confused statue comes to life, Frankie tries to help figure out its identity and purpose. Runtime:

Playwright: Marilynn Barner Anselmi
Director: Naima Yetunde Ince
Cast: Naima Y. Ince as Frankie; Michael Lester as The Statue

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Marilynn Barner Anselmi

Marilynn's work has been performed around the country (and a bit internationally), including The August Wilson Center (Pittsburgh, PA); American Bard Theatre (NYC); The Blank Theatre (Los Angeles); SNAP Productions (Omaha, Neb); Detroit Repertory Theatre, and more.  She has been... Read More →
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Naima Yetunda Ince

N.Y.I Productions
Writer & Director Naima Yetunde Ince, a recent resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been taking the Triangle area by storm. Originally from Brooklyn NY, NYI has been leaving her mark at various venues as a spoken word artist, author, director and producer. The new development... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Red Hot Patriot: the kick-ass wit of Molly Ivins
The story of the unsinkable Molly Ivins, the famously brassy newspaper columnist and best-selling author. A true Texas original, Ivins was a sharp-tongued wit who skewered the political establishment and the "good ol' boys" with her unforgettable humor and wisdom. Written by twin sisters, themselves longtime journalists, the play celebrates Ivins' courage and tenacity – even when a complacent America wasn't listening. Runtime: 75 minutes

Authors: Margaret Engel and Allison Engel
Director: Rachel Pottern Nunn
Molly Ivins: Lucinda Gainey (solo performer)
Copy Kid: Christopher McBennett (non-speaking role and technician)

World Premiere Produced by Philadelphia Theatre Company
Sara Garonzik, Producing Artistic Director  
Diane Claussen, Managing Director


Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Christopher McBennett

Christopher McBennett is a local actor and student at NC State University, where he is studying for a major in English and minor in theatre. He is excited to have the chance to help deliver this production and its message to new audiences, and glad to have the chance to work with... Read More →
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Lucinda Gainey

Voice Actor, Flowing Words Inc
Lucinda has performed in over 50 productions since graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA in Drama (Acting Emphasis). She has trained extensively with Shakespeare & Company. First as an apprentice during the summer or 1979 and more recently in numerous workshops on... Read More →
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Rachel Pottern Nunn

Rachel is a Raleigh-area native, and a graduate of William Peace University. She has enjoyed serving as a director, performer, designer and administrator in the Triangle theatre community since 2014. Recently, she directed For Allison With Regret for Sonorous Road, and assistant-directed... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Petie
An agoraphobic struggles to hide key details about her son’s death from her anti-social daughter (who is a cutter.) Now, as the 10th Anniversary of the devastating day Petie was murdered by his mentally ill father approaches, this dysfunctional duo will either find new faith in each other or destroy the little bit of community they have left. Runtime: 2 hours

Director: Rowen Haigh
Playwright/Bonnie: Lori Fischer
Daddy: Nathan Rouse
Jesse: Clare Vestal
KM: Madi Viterito
Rick: Cody Martin
Petie: Lucy Rouse 

Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Lori Fischer

Professor, New York University and Lipscomb University
LORI FISCHER (Playwright/Actress/Professor) received her M.F.A. from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department. She is a New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting recipient, a Dramatists Guild Fellow and a member of the Dramatists Guild Foundation’s new playwriting... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Burning Coal Theatre 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604

4:30pm

A Mother's Heart
Two mothers searching for hope find comfort in a hospital nursery where neither belongs.

Playwright: Victoria Evans Erville
Director: Monique Taylor
Abbey: Jackie Markham
Claire: Michelle Merksamer
Bob: John Ivey
Stage Directions: Monique Taylor

Sunday July 14, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

5:00pm

The Pipers



When the diner they used to work at is shut down, a group of close-knit young adults squat in the building. After learning that highway construction will tear the building down, the group is prompted to relocate. The Pipers (through poetry, monologues from ghosts, guitars made from cardboard, chicken nuggets, and box dances) reflects on the state of today's youth when the older generations refuse to let go of what is gone and pass the torch.

Playwright: Ashley Curry
Director: Jorie Slodki
Bailey: Abby Patrick
Aniya: Amber Barnes
Macie: Chloe Proctor
Wren: Kai Sorrell
Susan: Mary Sening
Volunteer: Tanya Reeder
Frank: Wayne Burtoft
Seth: Bobby Calloway
Jayden: Trevor James


Sunday July 14, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

6:30pm

Unending Drama
Two women in a soap opera scene have a cat fight over a man. When the cameras are off, the women playing those characters talk about a range of things. They discuss how the actor playing the guy their characters are hot for has mistreated a woman, which makes it hard to play scenes with him. A righteous comedy.

Playwright: Judy Klass
Director: Catherine Harkey 
Victoria: Jackie Markham
Amber: Christina Holcombe
Director: Catherine Harkey
Rex: Kelsey Bledsoe 

Sunday July 14, 2019 6:30pm - 7:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

7:00pm

Master Builder: The Audio Drama Listening Party
Based on Henrik Ibsen’s thorny tragedy about ambition and its collateral damage, Kissane’s quirky tragicomedy swaps gender and asks how far we each can expect to rise. Join us for a festive listening party of this audio drama! Runtime: 90 minutes

Playwright & Director: Tamara Kissane
Sound designer: Edith Snow
Audio engineer: Alex Maness
Production assistant: Amanda Hahn
Graphics: Kaley Morrison
Featuring Vincent Bland, Rebecca Bossen, Thaddaeus Edwards, Maxine Eloi, Susannah Hough, Dana Marks, & Dale Wolf


Individual tickets available

WTFringe Artists
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Alex Maness

Alex Maness (AUDIO ENGINEER) is a photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist living in Durham NC. A graduate of Syracuse University’s VPA program, he strives to use still images and video in non-traditional ways.  He is a past staff photographer for The Independent Weekly newspaper... Read More →
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Amanda Hahn

Amanda Hahn (PRODUCTION ASSISTANT) has been working with artists in the Triangle since 2006. Though her primary creative outlet has been the theatre (both on stage and behind the scenes), the great comic tragedy of motherhood has opened Amanda to many new exciting adventures. Music... Read More →
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Dale Wolf

Dale Wolf (BRENDAN) is a writer, mime, performer, teacher, veteran of the NC arts community and recipient of the Indie Award for excellence in the arts. They began their creative tenure in North Carolina in 1976 as one of the original members of the movement theater ensemble, TOUCH... Read More →
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Dana Marks

Dana Marks (SULLY) is a full-time actor, singer, director, and teaching artist. She has an M.F.A. in Acting from The American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theater Training and has performed across the U.S., and in Mexico, Russia, Italy, and Germany... Read More →
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Edith Snow

Edith Snow (Sound Designer) is an actor/filmmaker/musician living in Chapel Hill, NC and Atlanta, GA. She has performed in the Triangle area for the last two decades. Last year, she toured with Hidden Voices’ production of To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray playing over... Read More →
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Maxine Eloi

Maxine Eloi (KAYA) is an actor, writer, director and filmmaker.Classically trained at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), Maxine received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Boston University.  Since graduating, Maxine has continued to... Read More →
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Rebecca Bossen

Rebecca Bossen (DOC) is a Durham-based actor, playwright, and voice and dialect coach. Her theatre training includes a BA from Duke University, an MA from Northwestern University, and a certificate from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama.  She has worked in venues across... Read More →
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Susannah Hough

Honest Pint Theatre Co
Susannah Hough is an actor, director, voice-over artist, producer, teacher, and Co-Artistic Director of Honest Pint Theatre Co. She hails from Los Angeles but has called the Triangle home for more than 20 years. She is a veteran of numerous stage and film companies here with over... Read More →
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Tamara Kissane

Artist Soapbox
Tamara Kissane is a theatre-maker, creative coach, and podcaster for Artist Soapbox. Locally, she’s worked with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Manbites Dog Theater, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Duke Theatre Studies, Transactors Improv, Summer Sisters, Archipelago and both... Read More →
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Thaddeus Edwards

Thaddaeus Edwards (LIONEL) has been performing in and around the Triangle for over 15 years. As an actor he has been seen across the state of NC, as well as Charleston, SC, Washington DC, New Haven, CT, and New York City. Locally he has worked with Manbites Dog Theater Company, Little... Read More →
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Vincent Bland

Vincent Bland (HILDY) is elated to have been a part of this unique project.  He is passionate about using the performing arts as a conduit for social change and creating work that amplifies the voices of the oppressed.  You may have seen him working on and offstage at many of theaters... Read More →



Sunday July 14, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ruby Deluxe 415 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

The Once and Future Casey Colman
Crystal Plains, Kansas is a town filled with psychics. Maybe. No one’s exactly sure, but there’s definitely something weird going on. When 17-year-old Casey weasels her way into a seminar hosted by her psychic podcasting hero Miss Angela, she’s sure that the mysterious dreams she’s been having all her life are just the beginning. But, between a cat slinking around town predicting untimely deaths and Miss Angela’s shadowy past, present, and future, Casey must confront the possibility that maybe her dream come true isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Playwright: Jacqueline Bircher
Director: Maggie Hatfield
Casey: Claire Olinger
Dawn: Michelle Merksamer
Miss Angela: Juanita Velázquez
Phyllis: Mary Sening
Aaron: Cal Bumgardner
Steve: Tracy Davis

Sunday July 14, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

8:30pm

thing with feathers
Ruby, Jade, and Cove fall in and out of love with each other as their world crumbles. Plus Ruby and Cove can turn into birds. Plus there's a midnight conversation with an owl. Part myth, part apocalyptic fairy tale, part love story, this is a play about survival, transformation, and hope.

Playwright: Sam Collier
Director: Julie Granata-Hunicutt 
Ruby: Lauren Faber
Jade: Candace Hescock 
Cove: Alice Spellman 
Owl: Bonnie Dolan

Sunday July 14, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

10:00pm

Ten Minute Plays at Ten: Caught By the Witch, A Biology Lesson, Edmund Fitzwater Doesn't Have Any Answers For You
Caught by the Witch, by Fiona Maria Almodovar
King Kindness is out walking at the wrong place, at the wrong time. Meet a Witch and three interesting creatures and find out who will come to the King's rescue.

Director: Murryn Payne
Witch: Tanya Reeder
Queen Everlyn: TBD
Princess Rosalie: Sofia Unger
King Kindness: Gerald Louis Campbell
Rabbit: Abby Patrick
Wolf: Cynthia Mandese
Nostril Kangaroo: Jennifer Kidd

A Biology Lesson, by Sandy Dietrick
A grizzled veteran of the classroom, Mrs. Dahlsten is a 9th-grade biology teacher who has been delivering the "talk" about "changes happening to your body" to 6th-grade girls for decades. But this time, her filmstrip breaks and she's forced to wing it—and try to explain what all that "changing" will mean.

Director: Benji Jones 
Mrs. Dahlsten: Karen Morgan Williams
Adolescent male: Sam Davis 

Edmund Fitzwater Doesn’t Have Any Answers for You, by Sharai Bohannon
Three non-binary friends download a new app that is supposed to have answers to everything. One of the friends soon finds out the app doesn't always have the answers they hoped for.

Director: Ruth Berry and Hunter Pinder
Josie: Tori Grace Nichols
Anslie: Kai Reardon
Nat: Madelyn Reitz
The Phone: Lou Jent 

Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00pm - 10:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

10:30pm

Ten Minute Plays at Ten: Cooter Soup, Miner's Canary, Trigger Warning
Cooter Soup, by Nattalie Gordon
Two middle aged women discuss their recently discovered sexual awakening, much to the chagrin of one of their husbands.

Director: Veda Renfrow
Barb: Judie Bruno
Polly: Racel Stroud
Greg: Doug Kapp

Miner's Canary, by Charlotte Jung 
Four female/non-binary miners talk, and occasionally sing, about the claustrophobic experience being down under ground digging. In this endless, forever digging in the dark, is there ever a way out? Abstract dystopian feminist play.

Director: Kristi McIntyre
Miner 1: Lesley Robinson
Miner 2: Tori Grace Nichols
Miner 3: Rachel Gurvich
Miner 4: Lou Jent

Trigger Warning, by Ashley Popio
Hayden has just moved to the US from Germany, where gun culture is very different. It’s their first day on the job, and they are just about to discover what an “Active Shooter Drill,” is...and how easily one can get out of hand. Dark comedy.

Director: Abbey Toot
The Manager: Leslie Rae Alexander
Max: Madelyn Reitz
Alex: Priya Singh
Hayden: Ellie Pate


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:30pm - 11:00pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

11:00pm

Ten Minute Plays at Ten: RockPaperWorld, She Keeps This Family Together
RockPaperWorld, by Jaisey Bates
A spoken word short play in two scenes. TODAY / EenieMeenieMineyNO addresses school shootings. TOMORROW / SistersThree&theTree addresses our dying planet.

Director: Serenity Rowland 
Storyteller: Dannibeth Farnum
Eenie: Sofia Unger 
Meenie: Sam Davis
Miney: Jackie Wrobel 
Sister A: Salinda Tyson 
Sister C:  Christina Holcombe 
Sister E: Jessica Bradway 

She Keeps This Family Together, by Kay Phillips
It's Christmastime in early 1960s New York. A mother prepares her daughters for the annual Christmas visit to see their institutionalized sister.

Director: Rebecca Fox
Livia: Kelly Durfey
Doris: Jasmina Otero 
Katie: Grace Popp 
Father: Patrick Durham


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:00pm - 11:30pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA

11:30pm

Respectable in Denmark
A short, rapid fire comedy about two best friends who happen to work in a sex dungeon. "Respectable in Denmark" is an unconventional coming out story. The focus is not on the discovery of desire, but the discovery of language.

Playwright: Devlin Grimm
Director: Ami Kirk Jones 
Scarlett: Laura Parker
Cleo: Lauren Faber
Will: Michael Bacigalupo 
Brian: Chris Acevedo

Sunday July 14, 2019 11:30pm - 11:45pm
The Wicked Witch 416 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA