Prize pages. Some plays are so well penned that they work even when actors are reading off the page. The College of Charleston is presenting two winning entries from its Todd McNerney National Playwriting competition, full of depth, darkness, and drama.
Sweet and sour. Mark Scharf's Fortune's Child features a group of unfortunate characters, including a cancer-stricken woman and her brother, who mourns his dead wife. The play is driven by two strong female characters and the life-changing choices they make.
No turkey at this dinner. In James Still's The House That Jack Built, Thanksgiving dinner brings three women together for a feast of emotions. The author is no newbie; Still's been nominated twice for a Pulitzer. Both plays are powerful enough to keep audiences engaged even when the scripts stay in the actors' hand; the lack of an entry fee doesn't hurt either.