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2023 Confluence New Play Festival

Apr 14 — Apr 16, 2023
3333 Washington

The third annual Confluence New Play Festival took place on April 14, 15 and 16 at the Festival rehearsal studio in Grand Center. In addition to the new works commissioned by the Festival by Novid Parsi,  e.k. doolin and Hanna Kime we hosted a reading in partnership with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale of a new play by MFA student Pearl Moore.

Festival Schedule

Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

The Life You Gave Me by Novid Parsi (St. Louis, MO)

Synopsis: A son tries to save his mother. She has other ideas, however. So do two mysterious strangers who watch the play—and ask the son to tell the story again and again until he gets it right, whatever right might be. Directed by Adam Flores, Dramaturgy by Robert Maesaka.

Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

Dogs by Hanna Kime (Chicago, IL)

Synopsis: On a Fourth of July sometime in the future, five women take the stage to compete in the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest, each one hoping to make history, to conquer nature and to shatter our perception of what the human body is capable of. DOGS is a dizzying and high-intensity exploration of capitalism, competition, and consumption that poses the question: how long can we keep all this up? Directed & Dramaturgy by Nancy Bell.

Sunday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

Titania & Oberon’s Road Trip by e.k. doolin (Edwardsville, IL)

Synopsis: The fairies Titania and Oberon are at a point in their eternal relationship where things are no longer working, and each of them thinks they know how to fix it, even though they are both hiding some major truths from each other. This is a play in deep conversation with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that focuses on love, relationships, the open road and, of course, fairies.
Directed by Miranda Jagels Félix Dramaturgy by Susie Lawrence.

Additional SIUC Reading (Free) 

Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m.  

Murphy’s Law of Pretenders by Pearl Moore (SIUC – MFA Playwriting Candidate)

Synopsis: Murphy, Gia, Sophie, and Riley who were once BFFs go to their school reunion and get sucked into their childhood dress-up chest. Chaos ensues. Directed by Segun Ojewuyi.

2022 Playwrights