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Join us for the 10th year of nurturing new plays! 

This evening will present a reading of Mary’s Girl by Wendy MacLeod.

Mary’s Girl imagines the Jesus story in a 21st century context, with the added twist that the Messiah returns as a female. The play widens to explore this particular cultural moment: evangelicals, our public school system, the cost of a college education, abortion rights, the financial impact of divorce on women, homophobia in the military, and torture.

This year’s festival will feature the talents of ACT Core Company Members Kirsten Potter, Connor Toms, and R. Hamilton Wright, as well as Michael Gotch, Kate Jaeger, Sylvester Kamara, Adam Standley, and Maya Sugarman. 

Part of the 2016 Icicle Creek New Play Festival.

The Icicle Creek New Play Festival offers playwrights the space, time and support they need to develop their new plays as they work alongside professional actors and directors, and then present their work to live audiences. After a week of rewrites and improvements to the plays, the Leavenworth community and theatre industry from around the country are invited to give feedback, and become part of the birth of new plays during presentations at the Snowy Owl Theater. Each August for eight years, the Icicle Creek New Play Festival has brought two brand new plays to ACT as part of ACTLab (formerly known as the Central Heating Lab). Three of those plays went on to win the Steinberg Award—the top award for plays produced outside of New York City. This year, the festival invites you to be the first in the world to hear two new plays by Jenny McConnell Davis and Eric Coble.

Find out more about Icicle Creek Center for the Arts on their website.

Wendy MacLeod's Women in Jeopardy! premiered at Geva Theater and is now being performed around the country. Her play The House of Yes became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey and was produced throughout the United States and at The Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin and The Gate Theater in London. Her other plays include Sin (The Goodman, Second Stage), Schoolgirl Figure (The Goodman Theatre), The Water Children and Juvenilia (Playwrights Horizons), and Things Being What They Are (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre). Her newest play Slow Food was performed by Reed Birney and Jane Kaczmarek at the 2015 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence at Kenyon College and Artistic Director of the Kenyon Playwrights Conference.