2023 Play-by-Play Festival
The Dust People by Catherine Trieschmann
Directed by Shelley Butler
Friday, June 9 @ 7:30 PM | Sunday, June 11 @ 1:00 PM
In The Dust People, Johanna is a woman of the land, farming the same plot that’s been in her family for generations. When a young, idealistic couple with big ideas about sustainable energy and wind farms buys the farm next door, she’s convinced they and their ambitious eco-friendly plans won’t last. Their rural community is thrown into chaos by a murder, forcing every resident to reckon with the winds of change.
How Can I Help You? by Kaaron Briscoe
Directed by Lanise Antoine Shelley
Saturday, June 10 @ 2:00 PM | Sunday, June 11 @ 4:30 PM
When busy, working mom; Monica reaches out to her family to help her take care of the household duties, her husband (Greg) instead opts to outsource their contribution. Set in a sci-fi world where corporations touch every part of one’s life, How Can I Help You? explores what it means to be a “strong” Black woman.
Will It Go Round by Matthew Ivan Bennett
Directed by Alexandra Harbold
Saturday, June 10 @ 7:30 PM
Will It Go Round is a cycle of short stories in civil rights from 1964 to 2020, each a snapshot of people’s lives in Utah. A mixed race couple is sent to the principal’s office. LGBT students fight for an after-school club. Old estranged classmates reunite after the murder of George Floyd and see how far apart—but still close—they are. A tapestry of scenes showing how far we’ve come, how far we haven’t, and why politics are always personal.
This production is sponsored by:
Lee and Audrey Hollaar