The Women Playwrights Festival at Seattle's ACT turns five this year with Katman and the Mayor, a drama by Jessica Goldberg (Good Thing, Refuge) and Wait!, a comedy from Julie Jensen (Two-Headed).
Katzman, set for a 2 PM reading on May 11, takes place in a wealthy suburb where a Jewish grave in a Christian cemetary is desecrated. The Katzmans, whose family resting place is disturbed, must re-examine their past and furture relationship with the local mayor's family in the wake of the act. Leslie Swackhamer directs.
Jensen's Wait!, directed by Ellen Graham, is the comic coming-of-age story of Wendy, a heroine with the personality of plywood, and the small Western town where she gets a job, her own place, falls in love and buries her father in the course of one summer. Wait! reads May 11 at 8 PM.
Also featured are Caridad Svich's romantic comedy Slow Fast Walking on the Red Eye (May 9, 7:30 PM) and Leanna Brodie's dark vision of the future One Woman, One Child (May 10, 8 PM). Valerie Curtis-Newton directs Slow Fast Walking; Rita Giomi directs One Woman.
Cast in the four plays are Suzanne Bouchard, Kevin Donovan, David Ivers, Jen Taylor, Mara Hesed, Sharva Maynard, Duke Novak, Anne Allgood, Tim Gouran, Johanna Melamed, David Quicksall, Tom Spiller, Tim Hyland, Leslie Law, Jayne Muirhead and Morgan Rowe. Tickets are $8 each or $25 for all four readings. ACT is located at 7th and Union Street. For reservations, call (206) 292-ARTS. ACT is on the web at http://www.acttheatre.org.
After these plays are first read at ACT, the four women will spend a weeked at Hedgebrook, a women writer's retreat on Whidbey Island. The four plays will be read again on May 19 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. For information on those readings, call (360) 221-8268.
— By Christine Ehren