WordWave at Valhalla One-Act Play Winners Performances 2021
Susan Boulanger is an award-winning director, actor, producer, and educator from Los Angeles. Her “Out, Damn COVID Audition” one-act play finds Gayle, a local actor who has reached her breaking point, coaching the over-zealous Darcie for a Shakespeare audition that will definitely be…unforgettable. A silly comedy sure to delight.
“Big Top Love” written by Nicole DeSalle explores the motivations behind our dreams through the experiences of Travis and Lydia who meet at a Chicago cafe and learn they both are seeking thrills they hope will bring joy to their lives. DeSalle’s short and one-act plays have been performed at the 2018 Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the 2021 Central Pennsylvania Theatre and Dance Festival, and the 2021 New Play Development Workshop as part of the at The Conference.
Peter McDonough’s dramedy, Joint Chiefs, won the playwriting competition in 2016, and received its premiere production the following year at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre. This year’s entry “The Process” finds first-grade teacher Sarah Chapman reliving the events of a specific day with the help of a counselor. The women painstakingly unearth the truth, forcing the audience to confront a chilling threat from which no one is immune. The Process not suited for children under 16 due to adult subject matter. Gunshots sounds are used during this production.
The underlying principle of WordWave is that stories—in song, theater, oral tradition, and books—change lives. WordWave provides a venue for locals and visitors to share their stories and validate their creativity.
Masks will be required for everyone while attending indoor performances in the Boathouse Theatre.