Icicle Creek New Play Festival

Two terrific new plays come to Icicle Creek this April to receive further development and to be heard for the first time by Leavenworth audiences!

April 24-30, 2017

About the New Play Festival

The Icicle Creek New Play Festival is a unique Northwest institution which for eleven years has offered American playwrights the space, time, and support they need to develop their new plays. Playwrights come to Icicle Creek Center to collaborate with a skilled team of professional actors, directors and dramaturgs in a week of intensive workshopping which permits the authors to make major improvements to their plays. At week’s end, the Leavenworth community and theater industry professionals are invited to Snowy Owl Theater to see presentations of the plays and give feedback to the playwrights, thus becoming a significant part of the birth of new American plays. The Festival then brings those new plays to ACT as part of ACTLab, where they receive feedback from Seattle audiences. Four Festival plays have gone on to win the Steinberg Award — the top award for plays produced outside of New York City.

2017 PLAYS

ALEX AND ARIS by Moby Pomerance
staged reading April 30 at 1PM

A wild-eyed drunk in an abandoned temple shoves aside a young boy who has come to his aid. Little do we know that this shameful creature and this patient boy will go down as two of the most brilliant minds in history. This is the story of Aristotle and his young pupil, who will become known to the world as Alexander the Great. A mystery that explores how the Macedonians went from a small kingdom to leading all the Greek states, and how Aristotle painstakingly set the moral compass of Alexander, the man who would conquer the known world.

Pomerance 2 v2Moby Pomerance was born in London in 1969. He moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, and from there proceeded to New York where he lived and played in the local scene for five years. He returned to London to study theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama, after which he worked as playwright Howard Barker’s assistant for two years, and as assistant director with his company, the Wrestling School. He lives in London with his wife and son.

ONE NIGHT ONLY by Katie Bender
staged reading April 30 at 7PM

Harry Houdini is dying but the show must go on. As the magician steps out onto the stage for the final performance of his life, the show confronts him with moments from his past; desperate escapes from a childhood of poverty to the struggling showman trying to keep his family afloat. The magician and his assistant relive the past as they struggle to find the right way to end the show. This is an American rags-to-riches story about what can be made of a pack of cards, a pair of handcuffs and a dare.

Bender Headshot v2Playwright Katie Bender’s plays include Still Now, The Fault, and an immersive adaption of Alice in Wonderland which she co-created with Underbelly. Her work has been developed with The New Harmony Project, Kitchen Dog, The Orchard Project, The Hangar Theatre, and ZACH. On the Kilroys in 2015. Katie was a finalist for the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship She earned her MFA from the University of Texas. Katie is a 2016/2017 Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis.


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