SOUTHERN WRITERS FESTIVAL
Explore Southern identity by looking at who we are today during the Southern Writers Festival of New Plays, October 19 – October 21, 2018. This lively three-day event features premiere theatrical readings, stimulating conversation, and delicious food.
During the festival, playwrights will develop and polish their stories by working with actors, directors, dramaturgs, and the audience—every voice matters.
Schedule of events
Friday, October 19
7:00 p.m. — Reading, The Light of the World (Octagon Stage)
9:15 p.m. — Welcome Reception (Shakespeare Garden)
Saturday, October 20
10:00 a.m. — Reading, A Sudden Spontaneous Event (Octagon Stage)
12:15 p.m. — Lunch & Panel Discussion (Patrons’ Room and Patrons’ Lobby)
2:15 p.m. — Reading, Singles in Agriculture (Octagon Stage)
3:40 p.m. — Coffee & Conversation
4:00 p.m. — Backstage Tour (Meet in Grand Lobby)
5:00 p.m. — State of the South Report & Cocktail Dinner (Octagon Stage and Patrons’ Lobby)
Sunday, October 21
10:00 a.m. — Coffee & Conversation
11:00 a.m. — Reading, In the Southern Breeze (Octagon Stage)
You can purchase readings individually for $15.
Full weekend passes are no longer available.
In the window of a church is a small Confederate flag. When a violent incident in the community occurs, the presence of the flag is called into question, forcing the congregation to choose between the past they elect to honor and the future they dare to envision.
Carole’s life is just the way she likes it. Until, that is, she wakes confused and in a strange place. A Sudden Spontaneous Event is a hilarious and heartbreaking look at what happens when the life you thought you had is over in an instant.
At an annual dating convention for farmers, a South Carolina army widow (who loves Modern Family and talks to her pygmy goats) angles for romance with an Oklahoma fundamentalist who has some weird ideas about sex.
When a runaway slave gets lost in a mysterious forest, an Absurdist drama ensues. In the Southern Breeze offers a challenging look at how our society has treated and continues to treat African American men.
During SWF weekend, 21 Dreams: Arts & Culture Collective is hosting Flight of Arts over Blount Cultural Park. This celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month is presented in collaboration with ASF and the MMFA Junior Executive Board. For the full schedule of events, visit: http://flightofartsmgm.com