Theatre Southwest Prepares for Festival of Originals

For some people, reading 300 to 400 scripts for one-act plays a year can be a daunting task. But Mimi Holloway, artistic director for Theatre Southwest, calls it "nice reading."

The plays are submitted to the theater for its annual Festival of Originals, a series of original one-act plays, each with its own director and cast. The festival, which begins July 15, is in its 14th year and gives local and national playwrights a chance to see their work fully produced. Some have gone on to be produced in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere.

One of Holloway's favorite stories this year is Lobster Man by Jonathan Cook, which she describes as a dreamlike, magical story about the last two people on earth. Much of it is pantomimed, adding to the dreamy and beautiful quality of the work.

Still, reading that many plays, as nice as it can be, has its drawbacks as well.

"We sometimes have to fight having a theme," she says. "Depending on what they write about and what hot topics are out there, there are always like 100 scripts all on the same topic."

8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 15 through 30, 3 p.m. July 24. 8944-A Clarkcrest. For information, call 713-661-9505 or visit www.theatresouthwest.org.

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