New Play Festival Announced At The Players Club Of Swarthmore

The Players Club of Swarthmore presents readings of three new plays in its annual New Play Festival, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 20, 21, and 22. These three plays were selected from among 42 submitted scripts and nine finalists.

What Would You Do if You Knew?, by Gwen Ottinger of Philadelphia, will be presented on Friday, July 20th at 8 pm, directed by Dani Kennedy. Seventeen-year old Toni is in danger. Her friend Emma could be her best ally in escaping her abusive mother, but Toni is ashamed of her circumstances and desperate to keep Emma from discovering the truth. As the girls' growing closeness disrupts the status quo in both of their homes, Toni and Emma each must make difficult choices between her friend, her family, and her future.

Having a Ball with God, by David Garrett Shaw of Levittown, will be presented Saturday, July 21st at 8 pm, directed by Tim Oskin. Chad is in a hotel, getting high with "JC". An outrageous, funny and thoughtful cavalcade of arguments, writing on the walls, sleep deprived madness, personal accountability and an eight-ball of crystal meth, Chad's long conversation with "JC" might or might not lead him finally to rehab.

Rev, by Rachel Bykowski of Chicago, will be presented on Sunday, July 22nd at 2 pm, directed by LeAnne Mangano. Rev is a Midwestern, middle class story about what makes you call a piece of land home. Camaro Gibson loves only three things in this life: strawberry glazed donuts, her Daddy, and Route 66. For the last ten years, since her daddy passed away, she has been trying to get that baby to rev, to take Route 66 all the way across the country to the end. But until then she shows up for work every day. Whether it's the motor oil, diesel fuel, or rusty carburators, she keeps plunging her hands in the grease because it feels like home.

The Players Club is located at 614 Fairview Road in Swarthmore. Tickets to New Play Festival performances are $10 each and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at The New Play Festival uses the Raymond W. Smith black box performing space, which is not handicapped-accessible.

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