Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: Just a Bus Driver

Just A Bus Driver by Susan Middaugh directed by Katie Haster

About the Play:

It is the evening before a city bus driver retires. Outside it is snowing. What interrupts this midwinter scene is a young passenger who is on his way to committing a murder. What’s the driver to do?

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Perspective From the Playwright: Susan Middaugh

I want to thank Katie Haster, the director of Just a Bus Driver, for all of her efforts to find the appropriate actors for the cast of this short play. Two of the characters are African American men, apparently these actors are in short supply in Seattle. At one point I was asked if I’d agree to make substitutions, including having a woman bus driver. I demurred and I especially appreciate Katie and Carolynne’s respecting my wishes. Putting this cast together would not have been an issue in Baltimore where I live and work. Although I don’t know him personally, I asked Duane Kelly, the Dramatist Guild rep in Seattle, if he knew of any actors that might qualify. He graciously went out of his way to make suggestions. Ultimately, though, it was due to Katie’s persistence that the right complement of actors have come together. Thanks so much, Katie. Have a good show.

About the Playwright:

Dramatists’ Guild member Susan Middaugh has been writing plays since 1990.  Many of her short plays have had productions by community theaters in the United States, Canada and England.  The One Act Play Depot has published Such Good Neighbors and Lazy Bee Scripts Table for Two.  Susan lives in Baltimore.

About the Director:

Katie Haster has worked extensively with Village Theatre, The Inverse Opera, and Interplayers Theatre in Spokane. Katie holds a degree in Theatre Arts from Gonzaga University. Previous directing credits include 12 Angry Jurors by Reginald Rose, Opus by Michael Hollinger (Asst. Dir), Train Story by Adam Rapp, and Raunchy Dame in the Chinese Raincoat by John Ford Noonan.

Don’t Miss Just a Bus Driver! Playing May 3- May 6

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Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: Routine Procedure

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Routine Procedure by Catherine Noah, directed by Norene Sterling

About the Play:

A CEO finds himself in the wrong phlebotomist’s chair after outsourcing her husband’s job to China. “Routine Procedure” was first produced in October 2010 by the Visceral Company in Los Angeles.

About the Playwright:

Catherine Noah is city editor of two daily newspapers in Southern Oregon. She has been writing short plays since 2002 and has had productions in Manhattan, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles, Eugene and Ashland. She’s proud to be part of Double XX and thanks cast and crew for their hard work.

About the Director:

Norene returns to XX as a director–and actress this time–for Year 2. Although she teaches and directs a myriad of different things year-round, the chromosome draw of this festival is a great treat. Thanks to Catherine Noah for such an awesome script!

Don’t miss Routine Procedure! Opening April 26-29

Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Readings Series: April 16-18

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Directed by Lorraine Montez

Slick Dame by Kay Poiro

Valentine’s Day 1945 takes an unexpected turn for private investigator Jagger Fleming

Kay Poiro is an internationally produced playwright and screenwriter. She is a 2011 Page Screenwriting Award finalist and currently has a feature script under option. In 2010, her play “Bless Their Hearts” won the Audience Ovation Award at the Fire Rose Productions’ Ten Minute Play Festival in Los Angeles. Kay is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and lives in Hawaii. 

Self-Guided Tour by Faith de Savigné

A woman is given a quick chance at constructing her life in art if that were possible.

Faith de Savigné is an American living in Australia where she has had her plays performed at the Short & Sweet Festival, Imagine Festival, Crash Test Drama and Playtime@ World Bar 2011.

Ice Brothers by Libby Heily

Sibling rivalry at its height as two brothers find themselves in perilous situations

In her short time on this planet, Libby Heily has been a stage manager, a director, video editor, commercial producer, and has worked a string of day jobs to support her creative habits.  Her favorite job, however, has been as a writer.  Libby has written several plays and screenplays and is currently hard at work on her first novel, Tough Girl.  Her plays have been featured in readings in New York, Washington DC, Seattle and in virtual reality. 

Short-Term Affairs by Donna Spector

Client of a no-strings dating service & his agent hate each other so much they fall in love

Donna Spector’s play Golden Ladder (Women Playwrights: Best Plays of 2002 , Smith & Kraus) was produced Off Broadway, as was her first play, Another Paradise. She has written 17 full-length plays that have appeared in New York, regionally and in Canada, Ireland and Greece. Short-Term Affairs (35 IN 10: Thirty-Five Ten-Minute Plays, Dramatic Publishing) won Palm Springs National Short Play Fest and was  produced at Playwrights Circle in Palm Springs, CA.

About the Director:

Lorraine Montez possesses extensive professional credits in film and theater. She is Queen Diva of Abundant Productions, where she works her expertise as executive producer, producer, director, writer, and marketing goddess. She has also worked as an executive producer, producer writer, AD and other crew positions for numerous indie productions in Seattle and surrounding areas, including co-executive producer and co-writer of the short, Cloak & Dagger for Star Trek:Phoenix.  

 She also has more than 15 years working as a professional acting coach. Montez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Three-Camera Technique Certificate from Los Angeles Valley College, and a PR Certificate from University of Washington.

Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: See. On. Unseen. The. Lost

See. On. Unseen. The. Lost by Evelyn Jean Pine, directed by Katie Haster

About the play:

Mesmerized by a mysterious quotation, two down-and-outers clash over conflicting visions of the future.

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See.On.Unseen.The.Lost. was originally developed by PlayGround (James A. Kleinmann, Artistic Director) for the Monday Night Playground staged reading series in residence at Berkeley Rep on November 15, 2010.  Molly Noble directed Gabriel Marin as Nicky and Delia MacDougall as Sammy. The play premiered as part of the 15th Annual Best of Playground Festival on May 5, 2011.  Raelle Myrick-Hodges directed Jomar Tagatac as Nicky and David Cramer as Sammy.

about the playwright:

Evelyn Jean Pine writes about moments when people feel their lives are brand new.  She is a five-time PlayGround Emerging Playwright Award Winner and a recipient of the June Anne Baker Award.  Her latest PlayGround commission is Altair about the 1976 battle between computer hobbyists and Bill Gates.

about the director:

Katie Haster has worked extensively with Village Theatre, The Inverse Opera, and Interplayers Theatre in Spokane. Katie holds a degree in Theatre Arts from Gonzaga University. Previous directing credits include 12 Angry Jurors by Reginald Rose, Opus by Michael Hollinger (Asst. Dir), Train Story by Adam Rapp, and Raunchy Dame in the Chinese Raincoat by John Ford Noonan.

Don’t Miss See.On.Unseen.The.Lost playing April 26-29!

Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: The Best Things In Life are Money

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The Best Things In Life are Money by Megan Cohen, directed by Kaitie Huffman

Synopsis:
Magic realism and brash comedy combine in this urban fairytale which examines the meaning of money, and seeks a new definition of “value.”  During their ten minute exchange, the piece’s two characters negotiate a surprising bargain, and the audience watches the story unfold through a linguistic mash-up of modern slang and florid heightened poetry.

About the Director:

Kaitie Huffman recently graduated from Stephens College, an all-women’s college in Missouri, where she learned the power of strong women in theatre. At Stephens, she directed many small projects, as well as a production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She is thrilled to be making her Seattle directorial debut!

Don’t miss this! Playing in Week 2, April 26-29

First Rehearsal

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by Jessica Stepka

Director of Close Enough

Hello Double XX followers!  I was thrilled when this script came my way and after last night’s rehearsal I am simply bowled over by the fun to be had.  I won’t spoil things, because you need to come see it to believe it, but lets just say that it is about a kitten and an established house cat trying to make sense of their lives.  If you have ever looked at LOL Cats, or made up dialogue for your own pets, this piece is for you.  I thought up some ridiculous alternate names too: Blanch Cattidy and the Sundance Kitten, Love Cat-ually, Of Mice and Cats, and Cat Trek IV- The Voyage Home.  My two lovely actresses are ready for the task ahead and I am excited to see where this process takes us.  My own cat has just weaseled his way into my lap as I write, since goodness knows the world revolves around him!

I can’t help but feel honored to be a part of a festival that is promoting such varied works from women playwrights.  I mentioned the project to a friend and his response was “Will we reach a point where works by women are so prolific that we won’t have these types of festivals?”  I replied “Possibly, but not before I’ve had my chance to help those ladies get their work shown!”  And the more I thought about it the more I realized he has an interesting point of view.  Many women have persevered for decades to bring work by women to the public.  In my own lifetime I have watched a struggle rage as we continue to try and carve an equal piece for ourselves in this world, and not just in the arts.  I feel that by participating in festivals like this that I am helping level the playing field one script at a time.  And to be honest, I don’t think we will ever reach a point where we don’t “need” a festival like this to help new works by women see some stage time.

Now if you’ll excuse me, my cat is being way too cute to ignore.  Please come support the Double XX Fest, you won’t regret it!

Men Are People Too

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by. Norene G. Sterling

Director and Actress of Routine Procedure

Being a part of an all-female Playwrights and Directors festival has given me a new perspective of my own gender.  The audition process was quite pleasing because I was able to see these talented playwrights’ fantastic depictions of their male characters.  A great deal of emotional depth and complexity has been brought  into many of the male characters in the festival without cheating their masculinity or turning them into caricatures.

As a former bartender, I encountered a lot of lounge lizards and received many phone numbers that ended up in the Round File.  Sadly, I saw one female after another compromise what they really were to either “fit in” or catch some dude’s eye.  Often the dudes had money.  Sad.  Perhaps I became jaded watching so many of my own gender lower themselves daily.  What could they do if they chased something far more gratifying than the easy way out we are bated with by the media?

These Playwrights and Directors of the XX Fest have done precisely that and, guess what guys?  They can see you, and now so can I. We don’t all believe men are paper dolls with bulging muscles or techno-nerds with super-high I.Q.’s but no social skills.  You are sons, fathers, brothers, friends, and mates to the women in your lives.  For the female gender to stereotype you all is just as sexist.  Therefore, I believe men will also be entranced by and can identify with what they would witness at the fest.

It isn’t just about women.  It’s about people