Free festival features new plays by Kalamazoo playwrights

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Purple box with pink Theatre Kalamazoo logo. Includes white text: Free! Theatre Kalamazoo, New Playfest 2018, February 9 and 10.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Theatre Kalamazoo will host a festival featuring new plays by Kalamazoo playwrights on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, in the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre, formerly Epic Theatre, in downtown Kalamazoo. The event is free and open to the public, and no reservations are necessary.

Sponsored by WMUK 102.1 FM, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, plays contain mature content and are not intended for younger audiences, unless otherwise noted.

2018 selected plays

  • "The Alleyway" by Emma Franzel, produced by Center Stage Theatre.
  • "Bloody Waters" by Kendra Flournoy, produced by Face Off Theatre Company/Black Arts and Cultural Center.
  • "Homemakers, 1967" by Gordon Bolar, produced by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre.
  • "If Henry Didn’t Kill His Wives" by Darcy Sturges, produced by Kalamazoo College Theatre Arts.
  • "Just Suppose" by Tucker Rafferty, produced by the Farmers Alley Theatre.
  • "Sacrament" by Dan Lafferty, produced by Center Stage Theatre.
  • "Spells for Gay Black Suns, Signed by the Heart" by Robert Davis, produced by WMU Theatre and Queer Theatre Kalamazoo.
  • "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Darcy Sturges, produced by Kindleberger Arts Commission.

Performances

Friday, Feb. 9

  • 7 p.m., "The Velveteen Rabbit," family-friendly performance
  • 8 p.m., "Homemakers, 1967," "If Henry Didn’t Kill His Wives" and "Sacrament"

Saturday, Feb. 10

  • 1 p.m., "The Velveteen Rabbit," family-friendly performance
  • 2 p.m., "The Alleyway," "Bloody Waters," "Just Suppose" and "Spells for Gay Black Suns, Signed by the Heart"
  • 4 p.m., "Homemakers, 1967," "If Henry Didn't Kill His Wives" and "Sacrament," followed by a talkback
  • 8 p.m., "The Alleyway," "Bloody Waters," "Just Suppose" and "Spells for Gay Black Suns, Signed by the Heart," followed by a talkback

The Jolliffe Theatre is located inside the Epic Center at 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, in Kalamazoo.

For more information about the festival, visit theatrekalamazoo.com.

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