New Play Readings Festival

Feb 20 to Feb 21

Each year Stage West features the top winning plays from the Southwest Playwriting Competition in its New Play Readings Festival. Each play's author is usually in attendance for his or her reading, and audiences are invited to stay for a talk-back after the reading! Tickets are $10 for each (free for subscribers) or $20 for a festival pass.

Here are the winners, and the dates for the readings for each:

Day Light (First Place)  

Feb 20, 8pm

by Bruce Coleman, Dallas, TX

It is the late 1800's and In the small Texas panhandle town of Junction Pass, The Poteet Family are facing a blizzard heading directly toward their ranch-house. As the family - a widowed mother and three of her four sons - take shelter against this force of nature, the facade of comfort and control they rely on begins to crumble around them. Old wounds, fresh betrayals and hidden longings become exposed even as the storm threatens to bury them alive.

Bruce R. Coleman has been working as an Artist in the Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Community for many years. As a Director, Scenic and Costume designer and Actor, Bruce has contributed to Theatre Three, Uptown Players. Kitchen Dog Theatre, ICT MainStage, Circle Theatre, Stage West, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park and The Junior Players. As a playwright, Bruce's work has appeared at Theatre Three ( LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED TO PIXIE DE COSTA, TALES FROM MOUNT OLYMPUS ) Uptown Players ( MYTHICAL BEASTIE, ASHER TEXAS '82) Kitchen Dog Theatre ( OBJECTIFICATION, REQUEST ) Upstart Productions ( A CONVERSATION WITH A (potentially) NAKED MAN, LARRY KRAMER HATES ME) and the Yolo Solo One Act Play Festival sponsored by Elaine Liner and Audacity Productions ( THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.) Currently, Bruce serves as Acting Artistic Director for Theatre Three in Dallas.

The Sinister Ones (Second Place)  

Feb 20, 3pm

by Shane Strawbridge, Irving, TX

In a world blinded by hate, is anyone truly right? Ryan Kurtz has come of age and is now faced with the completion of a religious ritual as part of his family's faith. Bo Algate's political future is faced with a possible stall. Sal is busy recruiting members to support her own political and personal convictions. When a disaster strikes the province, they all must decide how their own beliefs will influence the future of their country.

Shane Strawbridge is an MFA candidate as a member of the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University. He received his MA in Drama from Texas Woman's University in 2014 and his BM in Music Education from Howard Payne University in 2006. Since 2006, he has had a variety of readings and workshops across the country. Plays include PHOBIA, THE GORSKY EFFECT, REMOVING THE BOULDER, MY CORNER OF THE PAINTING, THE SINISTER ONES, I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU, WORDS ARE HARD, EVERYBODY HURTS, ROCKS, CONTIGO, and DINER. As an actor, he has won awards from The Column Awards, The Stony Awards, TheaterJones.com, and was named one of Dallas-Fort Worth's Best Actors of 2012 by CBS-DFW. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild. www.ShaneStrawbridge.com

The Reckless Season (Third Place)  

Feb 21, 3pm

by Lauren Ferebee,  Spartanberg, SC

Lisa and Simon used to be soldiers, but they're trying to put all that behind them. Except Simon's mother just committed suicide, Lisa's marriage is falling apart, the local meth dealer won't leave them alone and the only calm person in town is Simon's odd brother Terry, who spends all his time playing video games. Set in 2008, THE RECKLESS SEASON traces the failed escape attempts of four people who, by their own estimation, just aren't very important.

Lauren is Texan native and a multi-disciplinary theatre artist whose primary medium is playwriting. THE RECKLESS SEASON was developed during her 2014 residency at HUB-BUB/SLT and subsequently had readings with Boomerang Theatre Company and Ground UP Productions. Her most recent work includes DISCREET GLOBAL ASSETS, SEXUAL GEOGRAPHY, which was a finalist for the 2015 Reva Shiner Comedy Award and SOMEWHERE SAFER (FringeNYC).  Other companies and organizations that have developed her work include Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Adaptive Arts, WET Productions and Flux Theatre Ensemble. BFA, NYU/Tisch. www.laurenferebee.com