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.
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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.