All Events are Free

Tickets or reservations not required
Intended for adults and teens

12:00 PM

Workshop: Playwriting Topic TBA with Eric Schmiedl

Presented with The Dramatists Guild

2:00 PM

Workshop: TBA

Presented with The Dramatists Guild

4:00 PM

Development Session: Self-production Roundtable

5:00 PM

Event TBA

6:30 PM

Axe Under the Bed by Vickie L. Williams

A staged reading directed by India Burton

On the stormy night of June 23, 1822, in Charleston, South Carolina, mid-wife Mildred Hurston was at the home of Clay and Aberdeen Montgomery to birth Aberdeen’s baby. Mildred brought alone her birthing axe; something she believed had represented good luck and had spiritual powers to relieve pain. She also brought her daughter Annie Mae, who was the last of her nine children, to teach her the art of midwifery. In between comforting Aberdeen, Mildred secretly spoke about their life of freedom when Denmark Vesey’s plan of a revolt is accomplished.  As each moment went by, Mildred’s hatred for the Montgomerys grew. Nothing seemed good any more. Not even the axe.

7:30 PM

Broken Wings by Stuart Hoffman

A staged reading directed by Amy Fritsche

A haunting tale of isolation, Broken Wings tells a love story between an elderly man with personal demons and a teenage girl with a lot on her mind. A lover of literature and ornithology, Mr. Starling has been alone his whole life. To compensate his loneliness, he retreats into his fantasies, imagining conversations between him and an unknown Woman he was in love with as a younger man. When energetic and spontaneous Phoebe enters into his life, Starling is at first reluctant, but grows fond of her while bonding over literature, birds, and life. As their friendship grows, Starling’s relationship with the Woman begins to deteriorate. Although a figment of his imagination, she is so real to him that she becomes jealous and heartbroken, forcing him to choose between an unpredictable reality and a reliable fantasy. What happens when your imagination takes control of your emotions?

9:30 PM

Newcomers’ Night Session

Staged readings of works by writers new to Playwrights Local

A Boy and His Bullies by David Ritchey

Balloons on the Road by Daniel Telford

DIY by Brian Zoldessy

The Story of Mr Not So Well by Daniel McNamara

It’s Just Pudding by Rachel Zake

Elbow Room by Craig A. Webb


Creative Space at Waterloo Arts
397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110


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