Bellingham Theatre Works Presents Second Annual New Play Café


Submitted by Bellingham Theatre Works

Six new plays by Pacific Northwest playwrights, selected from 25 submissions, are being featured in the second annual New Play Café reading series, presented by Bellingham TheatreWorks. The New Play Café continues Bellingham TheatreWorks mission to produce stories of significance to the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on local actors, directors, and playwrights.

The New Play Café series is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 29, 30 & 31 and April 5, 6 & 7 at 7 p.m. at the New Prospect Theatre, 207 Prospect Street in downtown Bellingham. Donations are accepted for admission.

The plays will have one or two rehearsals, and are presented without staging, props or sets. The actors are at music stands, reading from the script.

“This is an exciting step for Bellingham TheatreWorks,” said Mark Kuntz, BTW artistic director. “Building on the success of the reading series from last year, we are delighted to showcase and celebrate the work of emerging local artists and foster their growth.”

Themes of the plays include the end of the world (or is it?), lonely inter-planetary space travel, Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde re-imagined, crazy Greek gods, bickering 16th-century astronomers, and murder takes practice.

The schedule of readings is: 

March 29 – Professor Jekyll and Miss Hyde by William Thomas Berk (Clackamas, OR), directed by Marla Bronstein
March 30 – Caretaker Strain by Les Milton (Bellingham, WA), directed by Dallas Milholland
March 31 – Good Heavens! by Daniel Repp (Bellingham, WA), directed by Suzanne Mackay
April 5: Perseus is Dead by Alex Quiring (Bellingham, WA), directed by Ella Hieronymus
April 6 – Want by Barbara Lindsay (Seattle, WA), directed by Mark Kuntz
April 7 – Together by Thomas Pierce (Seattle, WA), directed by Mark Kuntz

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