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Kill Date: June 16, 2013
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Event: Sandbox One-Act Play Festival
Who: Members of The Sandbox Artists Collective
When: Thursday, June 13 - Saturday, June 15 at 8pm
Where: Erickson Theatre, 1524 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Tickets: Purchase them in advance at Tickets are $15.
Parking: Across the street or at Seattle Central Community College garage for $5, one block north on Harvard


Three nights only! Members of The Sandbox Artists Collective present the Sandbox One-Act Play Festival (SOAP Fest), premiering the latest works by some of Seattle's most provocative playwrights. Innovative and inspiring, each piece is a fully realized story packed with dramatic intensity.

For two years, audiences in and beyond Seattle have enjoyed the quick-witted performances of Sandbox Radio Live! How about a lineup of four fresh new plays written and directed by Sandboxers, all in one scintillating evening?

  • Milwaukee, by Printer's Devil favorite and member of Seattle Rep's Writers Group Scot Augustson, depicts an aging mother and her struggle to communicate with her two grown sons. Directed by Julie Beckman (Strawberry Theatre Workshop's The Bells), Augustson's signature mix of humor and pathos is at its finest.
  • In ...dispose of me..., by inaugural winner of ACT's New Play Award and Seattle Rep veteran Elizabeth Heffron, a young woman and a former step-father figure are reunited after the death of her mother. Under the direction of Gregory Award winner Carol Roscoe, the characters try to redefine their relationship in the midst of a life-changing event.
  • Openly We Carry, by Stranger Genius Award winner Paul Mullin and directed by Book-It's Annie Lareau (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet), is an allegorical tale about an openly carrying gun community and the rise of a comely female prophet.
  • And a surreal transformation occurs in Sloan grant recipient Emily Conbere's Knocking Bird. What happens when a professional couple leaves the city and desperately attempts to cut ties with the outside world? Directed by recent University of Washington MFA Andrew McGinn, theatregoers will surely fall under its spell.

The SOAP Fest acting company includes Sandbox members Shawn Belyea, Gin Hammond, Heather Hawkins, Tim Hyland, Tracy Hyland, Paul Mullin, and Seanjohn Walsh, as well as Susan Corzatte, Nicole Merat, Michael Patten, and introducing Salmon Bay 5th grader Declan Mullin. Designs are by Sandboxers Peter Dylan O'Connor, Robertson Witmer, and Phillip Lienau, along with Reed Nakayama, Kelly McDonald, and Fawn Bartlett. SOAP Fest is stage managed by Jeremiah Givers.

Founded by Sandbox members Amy Love, Gin Hammond, and Liza Comtois, SOAP Fest is inspired by Ensemble Studio Theatre's Marathon of One-Act Plays. (Festival coordinator Love came from its ranks, as did playwrights Mullin and Conbere.) As the pursuit of The Sandbox Artists Collective is to dare to play, its award-winning playwrights, directors, actors, and designers come together for an evening you won't want to miss. For more information about the Sandbox One-Act Play Festival, go to

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors' Equity Association Members' Project Code.

SOAP Fest: Expect Something New

Scheduling, programming, and performers subject to change