This year, Renegade is all about the new: New Original Works (N.O.W.). Over three nights, see staged readings of 16 plays ranging from 10-minute plays on theme of "Awkward Encounters" to 45-60 minute comedies and dramas. All new from all over the country. And all free! Come for N.O.W., stay for the Ruckus: Renegade Ruckus Saturday 10:30pm at META Collective. Refreshments available! NEW ORIGINAL WORKS 2018 There are two performance spaces in The Friends Meeting Hall so two shows will be performed simultaneously during each time slot. 2018 – Renegade NOW Line-Up:
Tamar: The Two-Gated City By Emma Goldman-Sherman, New York, NY Directed by Monica Tanner Before her wedding, Young Tamar tries to find out what happened to the aunt for whom she was named. Aunt Tamar exists as a ghost hoping her story will be told so she can rest. When an old servant, Abida, tries to school Young Tamar in her oppressive reality, Young Tamar refuses Abida's lesson and so changes the way Abida sees the world. (60 min.) Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m ----- Rhythm of the Earth By Alec Seymour, New York, NY Directed by Michael Hays Two strangers from toxic environments overcome the unspoken rules of masculinity and forge a true friendship. (25 min.) Thursday 7 p.m., Saturday 9 p.m. ----- Horny Toads By Kita Mehaffy, Santa Fe, NM Directed by Anna Szabo On a road trip, it doesn’t take long for Natalie and Wes to discover that their idea of a vacation is not simpatico. One wants to talk, the other wants peace. When they meet a motorist stranded at a rest stop, Natalie’s need to go on a verbal voyage is suddenly laid on the hapless stranger, both discovering there’s nothing like wide open spaces to bring out the fear of isolation. Throw an amphibian into the mix and complications are inevitable. (25 min) Thursday 7 p.m., Saturday 9 p.m. ----- Party Favors By Cary Pepper, San Francisco, CA Directed by Bob Robinson A local politician running for office must make some hard choices when he is faced with a moral dilemma that could affect whether or not he’s elected. (35 min) Thursday 8 p.m., Saturday 9 p.m. ----- He Who Outruns Rainstorms (Winner – One Acts) By William Whitehurst, Lamma Island, Hong Kong Directed by Paige Dunckel Tufford Eight fifth-grade children remember the events that led to the death of their classmate, Peter, a Native American boy. (40 min) Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 9 p.m. ----- 10 MINUTE PLAYS: AWKWARD ENCOUNTERS I Thursday 9 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m
Colby’s Trucks By Danielle Radeke, Jackson, NJ Directed by Amy Rickett Jenna, a cut-throat third year Columbia law student, and Zoey, an imaginative young mother who spent the last year traveling the world after great personal loss, discover they can help each other learn a little about renewal. (10 min)
The Wakeup Call By Roy Proctor, Richmond, VA Directed by Tim Lewis Many actors fantasize about blasting away at theater critics who have panned their performances. Young Randall Murrow realizes his fantasy in a booze-driven phone call in the wee hours of the morning, but with unexpected results. (10 min)
The Accident By Richard Ballon, Amherst, MA Directed by Amy Rickett Two sisters – a horrible accident. What are we willing to do to protect one family while destroying another? (10 min)
Buzzkill (Winner 10-minute) By Rollin Jewett, Raleigh Springs, NC Directed by Michael McCallum An American is looking to have a good time in Amsterdam when he’s confronted by a foreign refugee with a frightful agenda. A gripping and intense experience with very immediate relevance. (10 min) ----- Misogynoir: Loss By Mikeala Berry, New York, NY Performed by Teriah Fleming Part of a larger body of work that explores the vastness of what it means to be Black, Misogynoir invites viewers into the life, mind and garden of Lena, a young Black woman desperate to grow and prosper in the face of the voices and systems that try to keep her from flourishing. Thursday 9 p.m., Friday 7 p.m. ----- 10-MINUTE PLAYS: AWKWARD ENCOUNTERS II Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m.
Downsized By Anne Flannigan, Los Angeles, CA Directed by Ann Marie Foley It's Terri's closing day as career counselor for the Unemployment Office - because she's been laid off. Red, a dyslexic skywriter, is most likely Terri's final client and is most certainly on her last nerve.
Black Hole Enterprises By C.J. Ehrlich, Chappaqua, NY Directed by Quinn Thomas Kelly Can a person be happy when their job is to make people miserable on social media?
The Bloody Axe By Ron Burch, Valley Village, CA Directed by Nick Lemmer Armed with his bloody axe, Bjorn the Bold, a Viking, may have some trouble with Human Resources at the delivery company where he works.
Avocado Toast By Ken Levine, Los Angeles, CA Directed by Nick Lemmer A young couple dine in the trendiest new hot spot in town - a restaurant where every table has its own audience. Since Millennials feel they star in their own reality show, here they actually do. An interactive satire on trends, modern relationships and avocado toast. ----- Evolution (Winner – Full Length) By Phil Darg, Maple Grove, MN Directed by Judith Evans As organisms evolve to form human beings, they also create an enduring hierarchical social order that becomes increasingly challenged over time by those seeking reform and equity. This allegorical depiction of history explores and portrays the dynamics of the growth of human society from its earliest stages up to the present day. (55 min) Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m.