The Salon's 2019 Season Announced!

 Fireworks by Adam Carter

Fireworks by Adam Carter

We are thrilled to announce the first eight shows of our 2019 season! Join us at The Palace Theatre and Art Bar on the fourth Thursday of each month and support vibrant local art.

January 24 - The Lost Virginity Tour by Cricket Daniel
Happy Trails Senior Resort Living in Surprise, AZ is where the ladies of the Happy Trails Baking Club meet weekly, swapping desserts and recipes. But when these four friends start swapping stories about their “first time”, one of them bakes up an idea: to take a road trip across the country, revisiting each location where they lost their virginities. Tears, laughter, memories and secrets are all revealed as each lady shares the details about their first time.

February 28 - Weather the Storm by Anna McAlpine
The Caribbean, 1720. When Anne Bonny and Mary Read meet aboard the ship of Captain Jack Rackham, they find themselves inexplicably drawn together. But the world of the black flag is violent and unforgiving, and pirates are hunted and executed throughout the Caribbean. Soon, Anne, Mary and the crew are forced to question the very essence of who they are and what they are willing to sacrifice in the name of survival.

March 28 - The Future's So Bright by Michael Mendiola
MARTI is trapped in an Off-Off-Broadway theater and is certain that solving the equation for predicting prime numbers is the key to his freedom. That, and to understanding random events. All random events. Unfortunately, solving this equation requires help from his like-minded companions—an agoraphobic theater tech and a secluded mathematician—both of whom are in danger of succumbing to the most random event of all: falling in love.

April 25 - Florence Fane in San Francisco by Brianna Barrett
A Civil War Era romantic comedy about the San Francisco publishing industry starring a cast of literary titans including Frances Fuller Victor, Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and all their pals. The history of the west is forever changed when a peculiar young woman enters the Lick House Hotel Saloon, headquarters of the city's most popular weekly newspaper: The Golden Era...

May 25 - One Thing by Scott Stolnack
Three estranged siblings return to their childhood home in Chicago to bury their father, settle old scores, and confront old ghosts. Sally wants to do the right thing, but her view on “the right thing” changes after discovering the adoption papers from the child she gave birth to when she was 17. Tony, charismatic and movie-star handsome, needs money to finance his political ambitions. Bobby is just along for the ride while Trisha, Bobby’s girlfriend, is a little mesmerized by Tony. And the Old Man is still very much a presence in their lives. The play asks the question, “Can we escape our family karma?”

June 27 - A Collection of Shorts (TBA)

July 25 - Fur Pajamas the musical by John Allman and David Ceci
Nigel is an aging British rocker whose music career peaked in the ‘80s with his New Wave one-hit wonder band, Fur Pajamas. For a number of reasons, Nigel is desperate to regain fame and fortune. Along the way, he runs into several people from his past – Peter, a resentful ex- band mate; Eva Jean, an ex-wife who has moved on; and Claudia, an ex-girlfriend who hasn’t. Working together with Andi, his young and inexperienced agent, will Nigel be able to reconcile with his past as he tries to ‘make it big again?’

August 22 - Some Come, Some Go by Norbert Sorg
Two women who were best childhood friends reconnect after thirty years and struggle with the differences in their personal histories.

We want to thank everyone that took the time to share their work--we were pleasantly overwhelmed with the magnitude of talent we saw in the submissions. The remaining shows of the season will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

2018 Year of Parity at Seattle Playwrights Salon: Lessons Learned

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In a bit, I’ll tell you how many scripts the Salon received in the first fifteen months of operation that were written by women and female-identifying playwrights. But first, some context.  Playwrights Kate Danley and Margaret O’Donnell started up the Salon in October 2016 to give new and emerging playwrights script development opportunities. After doing table reads and closed readings, seeing your work performed in front of a public audience is a critical next step. The Salon presents staged readings on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the marvelously atmospheric Palace Theatre and Art Bar in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. We invite the public, provide well-rehearsed actors and an excellent director, and conduct a talk back, all with the goal of giving playwrights what they need to move forward with their work in development.

From August 2016 through December 2017, we invited any playwright in the state to submit to us full-length scripts or enough short plays to make up an evening. Ready for the number of plays written by women and female-identifying playwrights? Zero. That’s how many sent in their scripts based on our widely distributed submission calls. That doesn’t mean we didn’t produce plays by women in our first fifteen months. We did. But we had to reach out individually to each one of those women, and encourage them to submit. We heard from women about their fears of not being ready, not being good enough, not knowing how to work with a director, and not knowing what to do if the audience doesn’t like the play. 

The women’s scripts were every bit as good on average as those submitted by men. Our experience in those first fifteen months brought home what we knew only anecdotally before: that many women submit their scripts only when they believe they are perfect. But we weren’t prepared for zero submissions from women. So, to see if more encouragement and outreach would bring us the good scripts we know are out there, we launched our Year of Parity for the 2018 season, and began specifically soliciting scripts from women and female-identifying playwrights.

We worked harder than we ever thought to find women to submit their scripts, even more than our first fifteen months worth of experience predicted. We had excellent scripts for our first five months – we produced staged readings of four full-length plays, and staged seven 10-minute plays for our April Shorts competition. Of these, at least two have gone on to world-premiere productions. But a June script was hard to find, and our July Shorts competition had so few submissions that we had to cancel the event. We came up dry and short. With grace and style, Parley, a Seattle playwrights’ collective, stepped up to produce staged readings at the Palace Theatre and Art Bar in July and August. 

We spent the summer re-thinking and planning the Salon’s future, and decided to accept scripts from any playwright for our 2019 season. We also opened up our submission process to any northwestern United States and British Columbia playwright. We are thrilled with the quality of plays we received—more than half of which written by women and female-identifying playwrights.

We won’t give up encouraging women and female-identifying playwrights to submit their work to the Salon. We’re working on plans to bring more resources and classes to playwrights, and help make connections among us, in addition to producing staged readings. Our central aim is to give playwrights the resources we need to shine! 

— Margaret O’Donnell, Artistic Director