Companies, Casts & Readings

Please note that the 2020 festival has been postponed until June 2021.

The Companies

Curious Theatre Company – Denver, CO

Curious has cultivated a local and national reputation as a destination for artists and playwrights to foster and develop new work, and as a place where audiences are challenged.

Mosaic Theater Company of Washington, DC

Independent, intercultural, entertaining, and uncensored, Mosaic Theater Company is committed to making transformational, socially-relevant art.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater – New York, NY

The mission of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is to produce ambitious plays to inspire empathy and provoke conversation that will lead to positive social change.

Seattle Repertory

Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of the Pacific Northwest.

South Coast Repertory Theatre – Costa Mesa, CA

South Coast Repertory was founded in the belief that theatre is an art form with a unique power to illuminate the human experience.

Readings & Casts

Curious Theatre Company

The Human Court

Playwright: Jessica Dickey

Director: Chip Walton

When a caretaker with a background in voodoo arrives to help a man put his wife into a facility for dementia, the contracts of love and family and marriage must be renegotiated. A play about (and called) The Human Court.

Mosaic Theater Company

The Alchemist of Jerusalem

Playwright: Bill Martin

Director: Anita Maynard-Losh

Dramaturg: Salma Zohdi

Taking place in East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the last week of September 2000––the week that led up to the Al-Aqsa Intifada––this bracing new work captures the excitement of an ambitious business plan to build a “Trash To Cash” recycling plant uniting Palestinians, Israelis and Americans in a joint venture without graft or kickbacks. But old business practices, and political realities, die hard, as do the dreams of Nassir, Rema, and their daughter Leila, who hope to live in a new, free Palestine.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

how to make an American Son

Playwright: christopher oscar peña

Director: Kimberly Senior

A “Model Immigrant” and business mogul, Honduran born Mando’s cleaning empire is bracing for a downturn and he must rein in his over-privileged American son Orlando. To teach him a lesson, he puts Orlando on the floor with the cleaning team. But in the wake of a personal crisis, Orlando suddenly finds himself responsible for the fate of a treasured undocumented worker and the future of his father’s entire enterprise.

Seattle Repertory

Mr. Dickens and His Carol

Playwright: Samantha Silva

Director: Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His new book is a flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives hound him for money — every beggar and charity knows he’s an easy mark. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their growing family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poorhouse. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. When a serious bout of writer’s block sets in, a frazzled, self-doubting Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself, where he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As his deadline closes in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.

South Coast Repertory Theatre


Playwright: Erika Sheffer

Director: Tyne Raphaeli

He never appears, but the title character is ever-present in this epic suspense drama. It’s 2004 and Raya, a crusading journalist, runs afoul of the Russian government and its notorious leader. Raya will risk family, friends and freedom to uncover that rarest of commodities – the truth.