The fifth annual Seven Devils Playwrights Conference returns to McCall on June 6through 18, at the Alpine Playhouse. Actors, directors and playwrights from around the country will travel to McCall to work with local artists and students on 10 new plays in two weeks. The conference focuses on supporting playwrights while they bring their work to fruition, and all rehearsals and readings are free of charge and open to the public.
The schedule of readings this year include four plays from around the country, four by McCall Donnelly High School students and two by emerging Idaho playwrights.
Those selected by submissions from around the country are Judy Anderson of McCall; Dano Madden of Boise; Ron Fitzgerald of New York City and Jonathan Yukich of Brooklyn, NY. Plays by Bernadine Cockey of McCall and Mona Curtis of New Plymouth have been selected to be featured for the Playwrights Intensive. The high school playwrights will be selected in June.
"This is an exciting year for us," says Jeni Mahoney, artistic director of the conference. The conference is featured in the new book by Michael Wright, At Work and Play: Plays and Playwrights in Development, and was recognized with a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. In the book, Wright singles out Seven Devils for its inclusion of high school students and quotes Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Lee Blessing, who states "The conference has by far the strongest and most direct connection with the surrounding community that I've encountered with any play workshopping program."
"It's a great honor," says Sheila McDevitt, co-artistic director of the id Theatre, which organizes the conference. "And we're looking forward to a conference that celebrates all the remarkable things we've accomplished, thanks to the Alpine Playhouse and the good folks of McCall over the past five years."
"It's especially satisfying, in a year that saw a tremendous surge in the volume of plays submitted to us, that two Idaho playwrights, Dano Madden and McCall's own Judy Anderson, rose to the top of the pile," says Mahoney.
All staged readings start at 7:30 p.m. at the Alpine Playhouse. Plays from the McCall Donnelly High School headline the Alpine Playhouse on June 9, and Jem & I, by Ron Fitzgerald will be featured June 10.
Plays continue until June 18, with special sit-down readings on June 11 at 2 p.m. from the the two emerging Idaho writers, Death Comes to Sweet William by Bernadine Cockey, and The Post Modernist by Mona Curtis.
For more information about the conference visit www.sevendevils.org, or call 634-5851.