Bill & Judy Garrett
Finish Line Commission

New Play Series 2016 - Nov 11-12

Join Cygnet Theatre for the inaugural year of the Bill and Judy Garrett Finish Line Commission. Discover new work and diverse voices during this multi-day event which includes an opening reception, staged readings, and forums. Two talented playwrights will work toward brining their dream play to life... helping them get closer to that finish line of a fully produced production.

The Wind and The Breeze

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by Nathan Alan Davis

Friday, Nov 11 at 8:00pm
Sam, the legendary, undisputed, greatest emcee in Rockford, IL, plans to rest on his laurels all winter and, if possible, stake out an early spot to watch the Independence Day fireworks, but his closest mentees and their outsized dreams challenge him to a battle he can't win.

The Wind and the Breeze explores the politics of place, the unspoken expectations of friendship and what happens when we choose to stand our ground on shifting sands.

Death of a Late Summer Songbird

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by Rachael VanWormer

Saturday, Nov 12 at 8:00pm

Set in the South in the midst of the Great Depression, a young woman struggles against the odds to keep hope alive for her withering family. When an unlikely friendship challenges the fundamental values with which she has been raised, she is faced with an impossible choice.

Nathan Alan Davis (The Wind and the Breeze

Plays include Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop) Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (NNPN Rolling World Premiere, 2015 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation), The Wind and the Breeze (2016 Blue Ink Playwriting Award) and Protect the Beautiful Place (2016 L. Arnold Weissberger Award Finalist). His work has been produced and developed at NYTW, The Public Theatre, Rattlestick, McCarter Theatre, Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New Neighborhood, Skylight Theatre Company, Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, Theater Alliance, Baltimore Center Stage and the New Harmony Project, among others. He is a 2015-16 recipient of NYTW’s 2050 Fellowship and a 2016 graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. MFA: Indiana University. BFA: University of Illinois.

 

Rachael VanWormer (Death of a Late Summer Songbird)

Rachael is a local San Diego actor and playwright. Death of a Late Summer Songbird was first developed with Cygnet Theatre and the Playwright's Project Playwrights in Process Festival. Other titles produced include Funny with the Playwrights Project, Turnip with the Fritz Theatre, and Art Play (Working Title) with Playwrights Project Play by Play Festival.

Tickets
Single Tickets

Single tickets are $15.
Student tickets are $10.

Series Pass

See both shows for $25.
Plus receive access to the Reception and Designer Showcase.

 

Schedule
Friday, November 11, 2016

7PM: FINISH LINE RECEPTION

Mix and Mingle with the playwrights and creative team.  Enjoy hosted wine and food on the Elaine Lipinksy patio, then head in for the first play of the series. Must have single play or series pass to attend.

 

8PM: THE WIND AND THE BREEZE

by Nathan Alan Davis
Sam, the legendary, undisputed, greatest emcee in Rockford, IL, plans to rest on his laurels all winter and, if possible, stake out an early spot to watch the Independence Day fireworks - but his closest mentees and their outsized dreams challenge him to a battle he can't win. The Wind and the Breeze explores the politics of place, the unspoken expectations of friendship and what happens when we choose to stand our ground on shifting sands.

 

POST-SHOW FORUM
Enjoy a post show chat with the playwright and creative team immediately after the reading.

 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

6PM: DESIGNER SHOWCASE

Get a behind-the-scenes look at both of the plays in the series. Hear from the playwright and designers on how they brought each work to life.

 

8PM: DEATH OF A LATE SUMMER SONGBIRD

by Rachael VanWormer
Set in the South in the midst of the Great Depression, a young woman struggles against the odds to keep hope alive for her withering family. When an unlikely friendship challenges the fundamental values with which she has been raised, she is faced with an impossible choice.

 

POST-SHOW FORUM
Enjoy a post show chat with the playwright and creative team immediately after the reading.

 

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