Supported in part by festival sponsor Toyota of Laramie and with partial funding from the Wyoming Arts Council, Relative Theatrics presents the 6th Annual PLAYWRIGHTS VOICED FESTIVAL: Featuring New Plays, May 20-23.
The plays will be presented virtually through YouTube livestream at 7pm. The series features 4 nights of readings of new plays by developing playwrights. The plays are BONE RECORDS on May 20; DEAD MEAT on May 21, AND THE WIND HOWLS on May 22; and MAN UP on May 23. PLAYWRIGHTS VOICED returns for its sixth year as a successful festival of new works with a goal of developing contemporary playwriting and promoting local talent in directing and acting. The YouTube link will be provided at 6:30pm each evening on Relative Theatrics social media sites.
May 23: MAN UP; by Cordelia Zars; Directed by Noelia Berkes
MAN UP tells the story of a boy and his sister, Jill and Duncan, who come of age together on a ranch in the West. They begin the story as very similar children—both are expressive, fun, and quirky. Jill loves dancing; Duncan nurses a burgeoning obsession with frogs. But their path through life splits when Duncan begins struggling to reconcile his identity with society’s expectations of what it means to be a man. The closer he comes to reaching an ideal of masculinity, the further he strays from his closest relationships—and from himself. Can he find his way back?
The show is based on the true stories of many men and women. Together we hope to encourage a bigger conversation about gender expectations, masculinity, and the culture we all come together to create.
PLAYWRIGHTS VOICED features mature content and is recommended for adult audiences. Each reading will be followed by an optional chatback with the artistic team. Readings are free; donations to Relative Theatrics are encouraged.
Relative Theatrics strives to present thought-provoking theatre that examines the joining qualities of the human race. We believe that theatre is a forum with the power to illuminate the binding qualities of humanity and reinforce the ideals that as a society we have values that pose as common ground and emotions that relate us to one another. Taking artistic risk, we provide a community gathering place where thoughts can be exchanged about society, culture, and the power of creativity.