Washington University presents 3 World Premieres!
September 30 & October 1, 2016
ALL PERFORMANCES ARE FREE!
A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre
2016 Guest Dramaturg: Bridget Kathleen O’Leary
2016 Festival Assistant: Emma Quirk-Durben
Written by Brett Carr
Directed by William Whitaker
Friday, September 30 at 7pm
What if you woke up one morning and octopuses were eating your brain and you really don’t like octopuses? And now you can’t drive and you really like cars. And your friends are different, and you really don’t like different. And everyone you know is suddenly a doctor, and you really don’t like doctors? And…well…I can’t remember the other thing.
Written by Danny Washelesky
Directed by Pannill Camp
Saturday, October 1 at 2pm
Dealing with the Devil takes on new meaning when the game is Texas Hold’em. Putting your soul on the table seems to be the only way out for a man who is all in. In this very funny morality tale, Zack learns that demons cheat, paper cuts are painful, and the path to the outside is inside you.
Son of Soil
Written by Andie Berry
Directed by Annamaria Pileggi
Saturday, October 1 at 7pm
America is sick. The rivers run with blood and the trees bend under human weight. Peak, Ohio is a town trapped by horrific traditions and Ruth has seen her share. In this lyrical vision, she must learn to love across boundaries and find solace in the world that remains.
Endowed by alumnus, novelist, poet and playwright A.E. Hotchner, this annual playwriting competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Washington University. Many past "Hotch" plays have gone on to full production in the PAD season and around the country. Two of our playwrights have won Kevin Kline Awards, and most recently Marisa Wegrzyn, a three-time Hotch participant, was awarded the prestigious national Wendy Wasserstein Award 2009 for her play Hickorydickory -- which had its world premiere in our studio theater in 2005.