Local Playwrights

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Shaun Mitchell is a published poet and the author of several plays. He also has a strong interest in history-the subject of most of his theatrical work. After Shaun wrote the play I, Constantine, he intended to focus his attention on Emperor Theodosius. That changed when he heard about the 6th century peasant who was an actress and prostitute before her fortunes changed: Empress Theodora. 

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Ken Vest retired from television news; he retired to Wilmington with his family in 2015. He studied Drama and English Literature at Texas State University, and he's a writer and actor. When tragedy struck his family 5 years ago, Ken turned to theatre as one way to move through grief - and to help others. In October, he successfully raised enough funds to produce the play he wrote: Inside Job.

Three years ago, playwright Susan Steadman founded Port City Playwrights' Project (PCPP). Each year, the group has presented a themed staged reading of works from participants. This month, the PCPP presents its first full production: Common Place, Uncommon Encounters. Founder Steadman and one of the playwrights, local small business owner Don Wood, joined us.

If you've ever wondered what a meeting between political comedian/atheist Bill Maher and religious leader Pope Francis would look like, Skip Maloney has done the imagining for you. 

Lee Lowrimore's experiences working at a gay theatre in New York City several decades ago stayed with him. He wrote a one-act play about it back in the 80s. But he put it away. Just a few years ago, he took it out again, expanded it...and he put it away-largely because "gay" issues didn't seem as relevant anymore. After HB2 passed in North Carolina, Lowrimore pulled it out again. After re-approaching the script with renewed vigor, Lowrimore is ready to share this story with the world.

Edison Strange is a reluctant spirit channeler whose spectral talent brings him to a breaking point. You've never heard of Edison? That's because he's a brand new character in a brand new play.

Any given weekend, most stages in Wilmington are likely to host plays we've heard about-likely that we know and love. But major theaters across the country are staging new works throughout their seasons (sometimes an oldie dressed up in new clothes). In the Port City, there has been a steady rise in readings and productions of new works. Case in point: Nick Gray, playwright and Artistic Director of City Stage Co., decided to use the month of June to host new play readings. Hence The Reading Room at City Stage.

Up All Night Theatre Company presents a new play by Zeb Mims: The Holiday Wrighters.  The show follows two playwrights (played by Nick Reed an Arianna Tysinger) as they attempt to work together on a script over the space of a year.  This intimate tale is aptly being performed at Old Books on Front Street.