Woven Theatre is committed to and passionate about creating new theatre, and that is why we annually present The Loom, a new works festival in which new plays are selected for public staged readings. Plays are carefully considered from submissions, and the selected plays and playwrights are paired with directors that choose casts and set up rehearsals in preparation for the festival. We hope The Loom will serve as a platform for playwrights to hear and better understand their plays, expose them to a larger audience, and give actors and directors opportunities to explore and express their artistry.
Our 2017 season ended with our first showing of The Loom, which presented one script: Opus: The Totally Real, Not Made Up Story of a Boy and His Skeleton by A. D. Timms. This play was chosen for a full production in our 2018 season. Our 2018 iteration of The Loom presented six scripts for readings, two readings each over the course of two weekends:
· Mass by David Ian Lee
· Incarnation by Julia Toney
· Initiative by Jacob York
· The Pitchforks by Andrew Kramer
· Sync by A. D. Timms
· The Beekeepers: A Southern Fabulation by Melissa Jane Carlson
The main goal of The Loom is the development of new works so that playwrights may hear the work aloud, an important part of the playwriting process. Several plays selected for the 2018 festival have received additional readings and full-scale productions. The Loom is headed by Woven’s Resident Playwright, A. D. Timms.
No safe refuge by erica jo lloyd
directed by Lauren Terry
In a refugee camp outside a war-torn country, Paige and Matthew struggle with the realities of the dangerous world in which they live.
09/06/2019 @6PM in The Barbershop Theater
Don’t Kill the angels by claudia barnett
directed by courtney schuster
At the intersection between two worlds—a coastal home at once sheltered and safe and also broken, slipping into the sea—an enchanted couple, artist and scientist, evolve into prophet and monster, seer and dream. As the drama drifts between times, a feckless fairy godmother hovers, her spells abortive; buzzards shadow windows with angel wings; and a nine-lived sloth plays housecat. Inspired by the poetry of John Keats, the paintings of Henry Fuseli, mythology, and neuroscience, Don’t Kill the Angels leads its audience on a journey through the haunted mind.
09/06/2019 @8PM in The Barbershop Theater
Flight by Patrick gabridge
directed by arabelle pollick
Sarah escapes the grit and loss in her life by spending most of her life at the airport, watching the world pass by, pretending to be someone else, but never going anywhere. After a janitor, Carlos, attempts to befriend her, she discovers she isn’t nearly as invisible as she’d hoped. The messiness of Sarah’s real life follows her to the airport, when she calls the police on her neighbor, Terry, who has been beating his wife. Terry’s daughter is taken away by social services, and he’s convinced that only Sarah can help him get her back. His pursuit of Sarah turns the airport into a refuge with little room for escape. As the security of the airport becomes critical, Sarah’s deception is spotted by a TSA supervisor, Marlene, who threatens to come down hard on Sarah. As she takes refuge in a secret room in the bowels of the airport, Sarah becomes increasingly dependent on Carlos for her safety. Sarah, Carlos, and Marlene end up entwined in a precarious web that is shattered when Terry sneaks into the airport to force Sarah to help him retrieve his child. As the danger grows more intense, Carlos’ desire to protect Sarah has deadly consequences. Ultimately, Sarah must choose a path that weaves between truth, friendship, and an end to hiding. Flight is about people lost in a place that’s not really anywhere, trying to salvage lives torn apart by loss. Only by daring to leave the airport can Sarah find a path to back towards real life.
09/07/2019 @6PM in The Barbershop Theater
Frozen fluid by fly jamerson
directed by a.d. timms
Three scientists - enduring the vast tundra, close quarters, and three hundred beached whales on a melting glacier - are faced with questions of gender, biology, identity, climate change, and faith.
TAY, a scientist specializing in Phytoplankton, is a genderfluid person trying to quietly organize and understand their place on the ice while their presence cracks every foundation. HERMAN, a scientist specializing in Glacial Disintegration, builds an arc to get the team off of the melting glacier while struggling to keep his relationships afloat. TERRA, a whale biologist, is overwhelmed by the deconstruction of her faith and her identity as the world threatens to swallow her whole.
09/07/2019 @8PM in The Barbershop Theater
c-bus by chris shaw swanson
directed by hannah dewing
A new comedy
Olivia quit her job teaching preschool to become an actor, giving herself a year to make it as a professional in Columbus, Ohio—a.k.a. “C-Bus.” Inspired by his kid sister, Olivia’s hotdog-vending brother Ralph hitchhikes from Los Angeles to C-Bus in the hope of achieving show biz fame himself. Their triumphs and setbacks fuel this comedy which speaks to the significance of healthy family ties, personal integrity and environmental protection. The play takes a few swipes at today’s commercial and industrial advertisers, too, while celebrating the power and sheer joy of creativity.
09/08/2019 @6PM in The Barbershop Theater
The paper hangers by emily brauer rogers
directed by erica jo lloyd
Based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” The Paper Hangers takes a modern look at Me’s struggle to deal with postpartum depression when society, particularly her mother and husband, expect a new mother to embrace motherhood and domesticity. Me’s husband John, brings her to the country so that she can recover from childbirth. It’s clear that she can’t be near her child and Me’s Mother takes care of the baby, but both John and the Mother want her healed. Me isn’t sure she can return to normal. Countryside seems to be improving Me’s mood, but when she’s in her bedroom, Yellow—the personification of wallpaper—seems to haunt her with visions of who she should be, what societal expectations are, and how her own mental health might be unraveling. Me continues to fight against all these things and in the end frees herself, but at the loss of her child, husband, and sanity.
09/08/2019 @8PM in The Barbershop Theater
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