Join us April 13th 

At the Conservatory Seattle

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April Shorts

Seattle Playwrights Salon continues its Year of Parity for Women Playwrights with a wake-up-and-shout collection of eight short plays by Washington playwrights.  These plays are the best short work of talented, insightful, and savvy writers, interpreted by an energized and experienced troupe of local actors, and directed by sought-after Seattle theatre artist Rachel Rene. 

Each of the plays meets the Bechtel test: Two women who talk to each other about something other than a man.

Join us April 13th at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory, 5813 Airport Way South, Seattle 98108. Admission is free! Beer, wine, cider, and food available for purchase before and after the show, and during intermission.

Let Go Now by Pamela Carter

- Mother (Nikki)
- Daughter (Julia) 

Mercy Killing by Diane Walker

- Mercy (Eloisa)
- Hannah (Casey)

Wrong # by Lyssandra Norton

- Alice (Jean)
- Tammy (Aimee)

Two Martinis Please by Ashley Arai

- Marcia (Eloisa)
- Nancy (Nikki)
- Announcer (TBD) 

After This Espisode by Brianna Barrett

- Rae (Jean)
- Margo (Julia)
- Emma (Aimee)

Not Food for Monsters by Devin Rodger

- Mrs. Wardell (Nikki)
- Chloe (Casey)
- Principal (Eloisa)

The Mean Girl and The Best Friend by Monique Hebert

- Mean Girl (Aimee)
- Best Friend (Julia)

The Morning Rush by Lyssandra Norton

- Harley (Jean)
- Keegan (Casey) 

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Brianna Barrett - Playwright

Brianna Barrett is a writer, cancer survivor, and storyteller who performs throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is a member of LineStorm Playwrights, a company-in-residence at Artist Repertory Theatre, where she recently presented her first multi-media solo performance piece TRUE LOVE AND OTHER NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASES. Her full-length comedy, 36 PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE MEALTIME CONVERSATIONS, was the first place selection at HART Theatre's Page to Stage competition, received a workshop at Theatre33’s Summer Season of New Plays, and was a semifinalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Brianna regularly facilitates writing workshops for young adults with cancer and is currently writing a full-length play about young adult cancer experience for the students of Camas High School to perform in association with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Monique Hebert - Playwright

Monique Hebert is a playwright who is originally from Ohio but now resides in Seattle, Washington. She graduated with an English degree from Cleveland State University in 2014 and just started a graduate program in Creative Writing. She loves writing the three P's; poems, personal essays, and plays. She's passionate about theatre and advocating for mental health. When she's not writing you can find her reading or spending time with her family.

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Lyssandra Norton- Playwright

Lyssandra Norton is a Seattle based playwright graduating this year with her MFA at Smith College.

Her work has been developed through Western Washington University, Smith College, The NYC May Short Play Lab, The Seattle Fringe Festival, The Pocket Fringe Festival, Funhouse Anthology, and The Kennedy Center.

She was nominated for the David Mark Cohen playwrighting award and was a finalist for the Paula Vogel playwrighting award, as well as the National Playwrighting Programs Outstanding 10-minute play award. 

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Diane Walker - Playwright

Diane Walker spent 20 years in corporate marketing and is currently the volunteer manager of a small community podcasting station on Bainbridge Island. In her spare time she’s a poet, photographer, painter, actress and playwright whose previous plays have been performed at the Jewel Box Theatre in Poulsbo and in the Island Theatre 10-Minute Play Festival on Bainbridge.

Ashley Arai- Playwright

Ashley is delighted to be making her playwriting debut with Seattle Playwrights Salon. She earned a political science degree from SUNY College at New Paltz in 2000 and recently studied playwriting with the Seattle Repertory Theater. She spends her days as a transit and urban mobility planner for Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates.

Pamela Hobart Carter- Playwright

Pam used to be a teacher who wrote on the side. Now she is a writer who teaches on the side. Live Girls! Theater, Infinity Box Theatre Project, Macha Monkey, Theatre Schmeater, and The 14/48 Projects have read or produced her plays. She also writes poems, essays, and fiction.

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Devin Rodger - Playwright

Devin Rodger is a film and stage actress and an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and film director. She has a BA in creative writing, an MA in psychology, and is a licensed mental health counselor. Devin worked in social services for nearly 20 years--most recently, in public schools—high school and middle school—as a mental health and substance abuse counselor. Currently, Devin lives in Burien, WA and works on a post-apocalyptic TV show that shoots in Spokane during the hottest times of the year. (She loves both the heat and the apocalypse!)

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Rachel Rene - Director

Rachel Rene is a Seattle-based actor, director, and stage manager who has worked in and around the Seattle area for 30 years. Her most recent full-length directing credit was Ben Butler at Burien Actors Theatre last fall. Current projects include: performing in touring productions with Intergenerational Theatre Company and Theatre for Young Children, stage managing for ReAct Theatre, directing and performing in several staged readings and short plays, and training new stage managers. She is also a performer and educator with Living Voices.

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Aimee Karlin - Actor

Originally from SoCal, Aimee is loving her new city of Seattle. She started in musical theatre at a young age. She received her B.F.A. in Acting from Cal State University, Fullerton's rigorous BFA program. She was most recently seen as Olivia in ReAct's 2018 production of Sex with Strangers. Her favorite roles and credits include: Mother (A New Brain), Olympia (Big Love), Belinda (Noises Off!), Eliza (My Fair Lady), and an original cast member in LA's Ovation Award winning original musical The Trouble with Words. Catch her in Disenchanted! this summer!

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Jean Sleight - Actor

Jean E. Sleight is delighted to read with Seattle Playwrights Salon. She is a member of The Fern Shakespeare Company and has recently been seen in Hamlet, The Tempest, Macbeth, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). She holds a BA in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University and has performed with Reboot Theatre Company in their all-female 1776, Edmonds Driftwood Players (Fahrenheit 451), Bainbridge Performing Arts (Much Ado About Nothing), Kitsap Forest Theater (The Little Mermaid), and the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society (Iolanthe, Gondoliers).

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Julia Beers - Actor

A Seattle actor and singer for the past 11 years, Julia has appeared with Inverse Opera, ReAct Theatre, SecondStory Repertory, Balagan Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, GreenStage, Unexpected Productions, and others. Offstage, you can find Julia building websites, making videos, & more with Dropped Aitch Productions. www.juliabeers.net

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Eloisa Cardona- Actor

Eloisa is very happy to  be working with this wonderful group of women on this series of new works play readings.  She has worked with Margaret on an original play of hers dealing with the immigrant dilemma from a women’s point of view. Theaters she has worked with include Sound Theater Company, SIS Productions, Duke’s Bay Theater( Tacoma), Latino Theater Projects, Book It Repertory Theater, REact Theater, Seattle Pubic Theater, Seattle Childrens Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater.  Shea was recently seen in a fundraising production of Rebate theater’s Welcome The Moon as Shirley Dunbar, and in Seattle Taglog’s  stage reading of Hintayin Sa Langit (Heaven’s Waiting Room) as Lisang.