PORTLAND, ORE: Portland Central Scene (PCS) announced the programming of its JAW New Game Festival, online and in person July 23-25. the free party will feature readings of four new scripts by playwrights Inda Craig-Galván, Ty Defoe, Rinne Groff and Kate Hamill, as well as lessons and performances by local artists.
“We are honored to support the dynamic and exciting work of these four incredible writers with our 2021 JAW New Play Festival,” Artistic Director Marissa Wolf said in a statement. “This hybrid festival of in-person and virtual offerings is a profound way to celebrate new pieces as a vital part of the future of PCS.”
Additionally, the festival will feature readings of short scripts commissioned by local teen playwrights Natalia Bermudez, Moss Johnson, Aaron Leonard-Graham, Becca McCormick and Nevaeh Warren. Around the readings, the festival will feature Press Play performances by local artists Sarah Clarke, Rich Hunter, Latoya Lovely and students from STEPS PDX, as well as a showcase presented by Jesus Rodales of Find A Way, which will see a variety of local teams. performers performing street, club and urban dance styles.
Festival readings open with Ty Defoe Trans world (July 23), which blurs the lines between make-believe and real drama by following seven trans people chosen to temporarily live in a house and be filmed non-stop for a new reality show. Dominique Rider will lead.
The rest will be A hunting dog goes Holler (July 24), by Inda Craig-Galván, on the unlikely connection between an agoraphobic political commentator who lives her life online and the grassroots activist who invades her home.
Mrs Holmes and Mrs Watson (July 24), by Kate Hamill, will follow. This modern, wacky take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective duo follows roommates Sherlock Holmes and Dr Joan Watson as they face off against Professor James Moriarty. José Zayas will lead.
Saturday’s offerings will include the JAW Teen Playwrights Showcase (July 25), directed by Margot Bordelon. These five teenage playwrights developed their eight- to 10-minute plays over three weeks under the mentorship of playwrights Anya Pearson and Sara Jean Accuardi.
Festival readings will end with Rinne Groff Red pearls (July 25), based on The Singer of His Sorrows by Osip Dymov, adapted by Adrian Guo-Silver and Groff from a translation by Guo-Silver. Taken from a great tale of Yiddish theater, this play follows the story of a father who magically goes to bed and his young daughter is immersed in the world of a poor shtetl poet desperately in love with a woman who despises him. Johanna Gruenhut will lead.
JAW, launched in 1999, has developed 87 scripts, of which 19 JAW perform and receive fully staged productions at PCS. JAW is a space for playwrights to have complete creative control as well as the resources to work on anything they wish to develop in their scripts.
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