Stone Soup Theatre Proudly Presents The Double (XX) Fest

Stone Soup celebrates the XX chromosome with a resounding bang as the Annual One-Act Play Festival transforms into The Double (XX) Fest, with plays and readings written and directed exclusively by women from both the Seattle area and the rest of the U.S. as well as a 24-Hour Play Fest and writing workshops, all taking place in both Up- and DownStage theatres on Stone Way.
The UpStage program will offer readings of selected scripts beginning at 6pm each Th-Sat night of the festival (except April 16). Writing workshops will also be held weekend afternoons during the run of the festival. Scheduling will be updated daily at www.stonesouptheatre.org as the festival draws closer.
Also in the UpStage, Stone Soup’s (and perhaps Seattle’s!) first-ever, 24-hour, All-female Playfest: what happens when you gather 9 actors, 3 directors, 3 playwrights, 2 tech people and 1 facilitator in a tiny theatre with 24 hours and a theme picked out of a hat? We’ll find out! In the great tradition of 14/48, but with cast and creatives exclusively female. Come watch the fruits of this 24-hour labor as the writers take the theme, write all night, then bring it to the actors and directors the next morning to rehearse all day and perform 24 hours after the initial meeting. The 24-Hour Festival runs the 2nd Saturday (April 16) of the Double XX Fest, at 10pm so audiences can enjoy the plays in the DownStage, and catch the crazy hijinx in the UpStage afterwards!
The DownStage program will showcase fully-staged, one-act plays selected from a long and arduous submission and reading process. Themes range from wedding jitters to family drama; black comedy to dictionary definitions!

WEEK ONE: Shorties 15 minutes and under
•Vera’s Red hat by Lyn Coffin, directed by Miryam Gordon
•The Usual by Babs Lindsay, directed by Judy Jacobs
•Natural Selection by Cheryl Slean, directed by Z. Sharon Glantz
•The Synopsis by Diane Sampson, directed by Samantha Sherman
•How You Play the Game by Diane Sampson, directed by Lenore Bensinger
•Porn for Women by Kristen M. Scatton, directed by Kristina Hauptfeuhrer
•Strike by Aoise Stratford, directed by Katherine Karaus
•woman:revised by Trish Cole, directed by Margie Slovan
•Jinxed by K. Alexa Mavromatis, directed by Katherine Karaus
•Bastard by K. Alexa Mavromatis, directed by Norene Sterling
•Eve-Volution by Cynthia Rogan, directed by Suzannah Rogan
•Annabel Eden by Amy Morley, directed by Kristina Hauptfeuhrer
WEEK TWO: Slightly longer works, 15 minutes and up
•The Belle of Staten Island by Penny Jackson, directed by Renee Cyr
•What Happens in Verona by Lea Galanter, directed by Katie Woodzick
•Operation Sweet Dream by Suzanne Bailie, directed by Samantha Sherman
•The Wedding Ring by Rebecca Sue Haber, directed by Lenore Bensinger
•Hypochondria by Deborah DeGeorge Harbin, directed by Simone Barron
•Landis and the Bear by Catherine Berg, directed by Margie Slovan
WEEK THREE: Best of the Fest
A selection of the best from both stages, to be determined by audience and critical vote each of the first two weekends! The DownStage program begins at 8pm Th-Sat evenings and 2pm Sunday matinees, April 7-24. Check www.stonesouptheatre.org for the UpStage schedule.
Tickets may be purchased by phoning the box office at 206.633.1883 or going online to www.brownpapertickets.org (1-800-838-3006). Festival ticket prices are $12 for a single show at the DownStage; $15 for an evening(both stages) or $50 for an all-fest pass (both stages, all events). Link for press photos is http://stonesouptheatre.org/pressphotos.php.
About Stone Soup Theatre: Seattle’s only one-act theatre plus company dedicated to the preservation of the one-act play. We present four professionally mounted productions per year, youth and adult conservatory training, summer camps, and after school programs. Stone Soup is a part of the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster with a Greek Myth Assembly Tour. Log on to our website at www.stonesouptheatre.org

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