Theyre the most underappreciated talents in theater, falling somewhere between the ticket taker and the lighting designer in the recognition department. Playwrights seldom get their due, a fact that local author Richard Warren has been trying to rectify for the past decade with Phoenix Theatre's New Works Festival. Warren selects several new pieces -- this year there are four, one written by Warren himself -- and presents staged readings of the works featuring some of our better local stage talent.
Of the four, its Alexander Danners Parens. that garnered the most pre-festival praise. A winner of PTs national playwriting competition, Danners story of a pair of siblings whose parents live together but communicate only through recorded messages offers opportunities for both comedy and commentary.
Parens. was irected by Daniel L. Schay. The festival winds up with readings of Stefanie Zadravecs Save Me, directed by Mark DeMichele, on August 3 and 4.