17th Annual Festival of Originals

Some 600 emerging playwrights from across the country were vying for a spot on the 17th Annual Festival of Originals program. Five made it. Mimi Holloway, artistic director for Theatre Southwest, read all of the submissions, narrowing it down to just five. “I look for an eclectic five,” she tells us. “This year we have drama, comedy, science fiction.”

The program includes the comedy A Slip From Reality by Steven Oberman (two men facing a parallel universe), the drama. Rougher Stuff by Steven Alan McGaw (a desperate young man tries to rob his wealthy uncle) and the comedy Peaks and Valleys by Jeffrey Strausser (three waitresses struggle to make a living in a small town diner). There's also the dram a The Train to Tranquility by Raymond Fast (the mind of a young autistic woman is portrayed by one actress, while her body is played by another) and the comedy Last Ride of the Iron Angels by Steve Stewart (four older women take a motorcycle trip).

8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. July 27. Through August 2. Theatre Southwest, 8944 Clarkcrest. For information, visit theatresouthwest.org. $15.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 27, 3 p.m. Starts: July 18. Continues through Aug. 2, 2014

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