Our Staged Reading Series presents plays by emerging playwrights all across the country as a fully staged readings with minimal technical elements at our festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2018.

the spark program

The Spark Program invites plays by emerging playwrights to participate in a week-long workshop process that ends in a seated reading. Our spring Spark workshop will take place in April/May 2018 in Boise, Idaho, and our Fall workshop will take place as part of our festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2018.





When Iris arrives home from college, she discovers her father is trying to replace her with a baby doll also named Iris. Montana did not want to become a mom, abandoning her daughter when she was born. Now Montana is a nomad, driving across the country, picking up hitchhikers when she can. When the women cross paths, their connection is unlike anything they’ve ever known. A dark comedy about parental responsibility and possibilities. THE ORIGINALS will be workshopped in Boise, Idaho in Spring 2018.


Lauren Wimmer is the author of several plays including Divorce Party, which has been produced by the New York City-based Cave Theatre Co. following development at Sewanee Writers' Conference and Theater For The New City. Her play, The Originals, was a semi-finalist for Road Theatre's Summer Playwrights Festival and has been developed at Swarm Artist Residency. The Death of Hayden Waverly, The Most Popular Person In The World is currently the Region II nominee for KCACTF’s National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award. The Annoyance produced her one-act play, Do As I Say. In addition, Lauren was a finalist for The Ingram New Works Project at Nashville Repertory Theater. Her short play, Everything You'll Miss In Minutes, was selected for
Theater Masters' National MFA Playwrights Festival with performances in Aspen and New York. Samuel French published the play. Lauren’s short story, My Time With Lennifer Jawrence, was published on the "Fictitious" blog. She is a former playwriting apprentice at New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theatre as well as a graduate of The Second City's Conservatory & Writing Programs and the Sitka Fellows Program. Lauren earned her B.A. in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University where she is the recipient of the Jean & Samuel Elgart ACS Legacy Fellowship.

Little perfect you

by Caitlin turnage


Lemon is a girl with a flair for building kick-butt battle bots. She’s also Daddy’s perfect ‘girly’ angel. When faced with her upcoming purity ball, Lemon is given an ultimatum: choose between the battle bots that make her who she is or give her dad the little perfect girl that he’s raised her to be. In this coming of age story, a young person learns exactly what makes them the cool human they are. LITTLE PERFECT YOU will be presented in Boise, Idaho as part of our festival in September 2018.

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Caitlin Turnage holds a degree in B.F.A Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Houston. She's currently pursuing her masters at Texas State University. Her play "It's a Fine Day for a Picnic" was featured in the first ever University of Houston ten-minute play fest. She was named as a National Finalist for the Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Contest for her play "Jigsaw Cactus" which was read in Washington D.C. as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The play also went to L.A. where it was performed as part of Scribe Stages "Motel Plays: Lost and Found". Caitlin's one-act play "Routine" was named a National Semi-Finalist of the John Cauble One- Act contest, her one-act "In a Darkroom, The Lord Knows" was recently named the
recipient of the National John Cauble Short Play award. Caitlin was a finalist for the 42nd annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway festival, and a NPDW ATHE participant with her play “The Holes in Human Flesh”. She's a past attendee of the Dorsett Theatre Writer's retreat in partnership with
Theresa Rebeck and the Lark.

The fermi paradox

by katherine vondy


in 1950, a casual conversation between scientists led to the problem that became known as The Fermi Paradox: given the high likelihood that life exists beyond our planet, why haven’t our paths crossed with any extraterrestrial beings? Decades later, after his co-pilot dies during a maintenance spacewalk, astronaut Joseph Morgan finds himself asking the same question. As Joseph grapples with the nature of loneliness, THE FERMI PARADOX takes us into orbit around the Earth to tell an unexpected story of love, betrayal, and a dance competition in outer space. THE FERMI PARADOX will be presented in Boise, Idaho as part of our festival in September 2018.

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Katherine Vondy is a Los Angeles-based writer and director whose credits span theater, film, and literature. Her play at the 2018 Campfire Theatre Festival, The Fermi Paradox, received the Davey Foundation Theatre Grant, through which it had a developmental workshop with the Salt Lake Acting Company. Kat's other plays have been developed with the HBMG Foundation, Paper Wing Theatre Company, and The Vagrancy (where she currently serves as playwriting group moderator). She is the recipient of dramatic writing residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Starry Night, Wildacres, and the Voice and Vision ENVISION Retreat. As a director, Kat recently helmed The Complete Human Experience, a live show from noted LA musical comedy group Lost Moon Radio. She also directed the world premieres of All Terrain Theater's Suddenly Split and Swiping Over and Friends In Transient Places with Fresh Produce'd LA. More information about all her creative work is available at

cold spring

by victor lesniewski


After a teenager accuses his baseball coach of sexual assault, four parents attempt to deal with the response of their close-knit community while the ramifications resound through their own relationships. COLD SPRING will be presented in Boise, Idaho as part of our festival in September 2018.


Victor Lesniewski's plays include Couriers and Contrabands (World Premiere at TBG Theatre in NYC, Critic Howard Miller’s 2015 Best of Off & Off-Off Broadway List, Developmental Workshop at New York Theatre Workshop), Cloven Tongues (World Premiere at The Wild Project in NYC), Where Bison Run (Ars Nova Out Loud Reading Series, NY Times Profile), Amid Purpleheart (Geva Theatre Center Concert Reading), Pipistrellus (The Dramatists Guild Fellowship), Khardal (Berkeley Rep’s The Ground Floor), and Tentative City (Roundabout’s Space Jam at Wyoming Theater Festival).  His short play Someone Who Knows was produced by Gowanus Art + Production in their inaugural Green Plays event in NYC, as well as by Ammunition Theatre Company in Los Angeles.  Victor was the only American to be shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award which included six writers culled from over 1,600 applicants.  He was a 2015-16 Uncharted Artist in Residence at Ars Nova. He is currently an Artistic Patriot at Merrimack Rep and a member of The Playwrights Union.

What \\ washed ashore // astray

by benjamin benne


Twin sisters, Cat and Chris, are reunited in their family's beloved seaside cottage in the Pacific Northwest. But the landscape has changed and so have they. A pungent smell arises from the incoming waves--waves that come up higher and higher with each passing year. As the sisters compile their memories and attempt to reach a consensus on the details, they are forced to face the deterioration of the cottage, the beach, their bodies, and their minds. WHAT \\ WASHED ASHORE // ASTRAY will be presented in Boise, Idaho as part of our festival in September 2018.

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Benjamin Benne is a 2017-18 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at The Playwrights’ Center and was previously a 2016-17 Many Voices Fellow. He is a Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner, National Latino Playwriting Award runner-up, Princess Grace Award finalist, Ingram New Works Lab finalist, Blue Ink Playwriting Award finalist, and a P73 Playwriting Fellowship semifinalist. Additionally, his plays have been finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Headwaters New Play Festival, and Austin Playhouse’s Festival of New American Plays. His work has been produced by Annex Theatre (Terra Incognita, 2016), Forward Flux (las mariposas Y los muertos, 2017), and Pillsbury House Theatre (The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation, 2017), as well as developed by The Playwrights Realm's Scratchpad Series, The Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, Two River Theater's Crossing Borders Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre's The Other Season, A Contemporary Theatre's Construction Zone, Umbrella Project, Parley, and The Playwrights’ Center, among others. He was born and raised in Los Angeles County, claims Seattle as home, and currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.




A black man is murdered in a faraway country. A young woman from New Zealand is shot dead here in the States. These two seemingly unrelated occurrences are haunting Melanie, a journalist trying to make sense of random violence from the past. When a new relationship offers an escape from the loneliness of her work, Melanie discovers the delicate threads that can bind us together — and the unmistakable forces that can drive us apart. IN COMMON will be workshopped in Boise, Idaho as part of our festival in September 2018.


Quinn D. Eli grew up in the Bronx and lives now in Philadelphia. His short plays have appeared in Best American Ten-Minute Plays and been produced throughout the country.  Longer works include “Chasing Waves,” developed at PlayPenn New Play Development Conference; and “Hot Black/Asian Action,” a satire about sexual and racial stereotypes that premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. Along with the playwrights Jacqueline Goldfinger and Michael Hollinger, he is a co-founder of the Foundry, a professional development initiative for emerging theater artists. The two-time recipient of Fellowships in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Eli has served as a Playwright-in- Residence at Philadelphia’s Plays & Players Theatre.