Every year Theatre Southwest Artistic Director Mimi Holloway reads up to 600 submissions for the company's Annual Festival of Originals. She says: "We receive submissions from farmers, prisoners, professors, elementary students, Hollywood producers and many more." This year, lots of those entries were from Houston, and five of the seven finalists are local talents. RoseMary Harrington's Many Miles, directed by Jay Menchaca, features feral cats, wisely played by humans, which facilitates herding. Michael Weems's Games We Play is directed by Steve Carpentier and is set in an upscale singles bar. Carl L. Williams's Closing Time, directed by Bob Maddox, follows a man who returns to his hometown and finds out he isn't guilty of the crime he thought he had committed. Dale Griffith Stamos's Identity, directed by Kelly Walker, explores Alzheimer's disease, while Bryan Maynard's RE: Kill the Messenger, directed by John Mitsakis, looks at the difficulty of bringing people bad news.
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