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Playwrights Showcase opens Thursday

An unheard whisper, portrayed above by actress Elsa Dora Hull Arendt and actor Jack Gibson, leads to a cascade of tension-filled moments in playwright Greg Sutherland’s ‘Whispers and Echoes’.   - Journal photo / Scott Rasmussen
An unheard whisper, portrayed above by actress Elsa Dora Hull Arendt and actor Jack Gibson, leads to a cascade of tension-filled moments in playwright Greg Sutherland’s ‘Whispers and Echoes’.
— image credit: Journal photo / Scott Rasmussen

From a family road trip to a reincarnated piano bench, from a night on the town and a tattoo to a wager between two women with an eye on romance, the 2013 Islands Playwrights Showcase is a tour de force of wit and wisdom from the islands’ own.

The Showcase, formerly titled the Islands Playwrights Festival, opens Thursday, Jan. 24, for a two-week run at San Juan Community Theatre’s Gubelman Theatre, Thursdays through Sundays, Jan. 24-27, and Jan. 31 to Feb. 3.

The seven plays and monologues in the Showcase were chosen last year by three off-island judges and then further developed in a series of workshops held by the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. Each features both directors and actors from the islands.

The lineup: Whispers and Echoes, by Greg Sutherland; The Haro Hills Homeowner’s Association, by Kevin Hillstrom; The Love Tattoo, by Clark Gilbert; The Wager, by Jim McCormick; Are We There Yet?, by Jim and Jan Zurcher. Monologues are: Know Thine Enemy, by Chris DeStaffany, and Born Again, by Ernest Pugh.

Tickets, $17 adults, $9 students, $5 student RUSH; SJCT, 378-3210, www.sjctheatre.org.

 

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