Casting confirmed

Serious heat! Actors Haley Alaji, Eric Ray Anderson*, Christine Marie Brown*, Randy Hoffmeyer*, James Lapan*, David Anthony Lewis*, Amy Love*, Trevor Young Marston, Terry Edward Moore*, and Mary Ethel Schmidt* will come together this June. Things are getting pret-ty exciting around here.


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Meet the Production Team

We’re thrilled to introduce this year’s Design and Production Team. Scenic Designer Burton Yuen, Lighting Designer Thorn Michaels, Sound Designers Evan Mosher and Rob Witmer, Costume Designer K.D. Schill, Props Master Ryan Gelskey, and Production Stage Manager Stina Lotti* will artfully transform West of Lenin into the New Mexico desert, 2011 Seattle, and Anytown, USA.

We can’t wait to see you there.


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She shoots playwrights

Photographer Ann-Margaret Johnson was back on the SOAP Fest scene, tracking our playwrights as they made their way through Fremont on a Sunday morning. Of course Carl, Phillip, and Vince were up for anything.

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Did somebody say directors?

SOAP Fest 2013’s Julie Beckman returns fresh off the heels from directing her adaptation of The Bunner Sisters at Theatre Off Jackson. We are thrilled to have her join us once again to direct Las Cruces by Vincent Delaney.

Associate Artistic Director at Seattle Public Theater and 2014 Gregory Award winner for Outstanding Director, Kelly Kitchens* will direct Chosen Less, by Phillip Lienau.

And SOAP Fest 2013 actor Tim Hyland*, whose directing credits include Macbeth for Wooden O and Tryst for Seattle Public, will direct Carl Sander‘s Why Do We Keep Broken Things.


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Sneak peek a success!

Last night we hosted the SOAP Fest 2015 Rent Party to celebrate the new playwrights and their captivating works. Our generous guests were treated to the musical genius of Jose “Juicy” Gonzales, yummy edibles by Patrick Frank of Cochon Catering, and of course sneak peeks by Vincent Delaney, Phillip Lienau, and Carl Sander (performed by Yesenia Iglesias, Larry Paulsen, Amy Love, and Richard Sloniker). As promised, the luckiest of partygoers walked away with a prize.

Meet the Playwrights

Vincent Delaney’s plays have been produced, commissioned and developed at the Guthrie, Humana Festival, Premiere Stages, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage, InterAct, the Magic, Woolly Mammoth, Source Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Public, New Harmony, PlayLabs, the Lark, and LAByrinth, among others. His awards include McKnight and Bush fellowships, a Jerome Commission, the Heideman, and Core Membership at the Playwrights Center. Ampersand won the Reva Shiner Award from the Bloomington Playwrights Project. The Sequence, commissioned by the Guthrie, has been produced around the country and in the UK, Canada and Japan. 99 Layoffs premiered at Radial Theatre Project and ACT Theatre, and was produced at Orange Tea Theatre in Amsterdam. The script  was a nominee for the Steinberg Award. Foreclosure was developed at Seattle Rep, Shakespeare and Company, and Florida Studio Theatre. Vincent is published by Applause Books, Smith and Kraus, Samuel French, Heineman, Dramatics Magazine, Theatre Forum, and 

Phillip Lienau teaches scenic design at the University of Washington School of Drama. His recent design work includes Measure For Measure for Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wilson Mendieta’s piece in the UW Dance Faculty Concert, and The Bunner Sisters, written and directed by Sandbox member Julie Beckman. Chosen Less is his first produced play.



Carl Sander is a playwright, actor, producer, stage and production manager whose work in the Seattle theater community spans thirty-five years. In that time he earned an MFA from The University of Washington School of Drama, served as a Washington State Artist in Residence, and received grants from the Washington, King County, and Seattle Arts Commissions. His plays have been produced by Seattle Rep, ACT, Seattle Children’s Theater, and many others. He toured internationally as a playwright with the Seattle Peace Theater, creating new works with artists from around the world. Winner of the first ever New City Theater Playwrights Festival for Two Women TV, as well as the Stanley Kramer New Play Contest for American Lebanon. Carl is a Mazen Award-winning veteran of 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival, for which he has acted, directed, played in the band, served on the Steering Committee and written over 18 ten-minute plays in the last 15 years. He is currently the Public Programs Manager at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.


Announcing our 2015 lineup!

The Sandbox One-Act Play Festival is proud to announce the new plays for 2015:

Las Cruces, by Vincent Delaney
Out in the New Mexico desert, not far from the casinos and the spaceport, Sheridan is camped out, hiding in a gutted trailer. Everyone knows he’s there, but no one knows why. Except maybe a card player named Soledad.

Chosen Less, by Phillip Lienau
A chance meeting on the street forces two men to face the consequences of their choices. They learn the hard way that leaving is not the same as escaping, and that dreams can change in the chase.

Why Do We Keep Broken Things, by Carl Sander
It’s 2011 in Seattle: Mike McGinn is in office, Bertha is in Japan, pot is illegal, and the Occupy Movement is camped in Westlake Park. Five inhabitants of the city by the Sound collide in a kinetic collage of civics, sex, and estranged friendship leading us to ask why some things change and others stay the same.

Stay tuned throughout the coming months for further details! We cannot wait to have the opportunity to bring these stories to life.

Production Photos by John Ulman

Backstage with Production Assistant Tracy Kirkpatrick and Assistant Stage Manager David Hsieh

A special thanks goes out to John Ulman for capturing moments behind the scenes and on stage. Here’s to another successful run, exceptional artists, a first-class production team, and enthusiastic audiences.

To view the entire album, please click here.

Insightful Praise

G. Valmont Thomas* in Yussef El Guindi’s “The Tyrant,” photo by John Ulman

“The play itself is brilliant, dark, challenging and thoroughly believable. G. Valmont Thomas is spectacular as the brutal and very sophisticated “barbarian”. Thomas brings such incredible range to the man’s experience and such insight to his complexity and contradiction… Perhaps the greatest achievement of this dense, challenging drama is the way in which it allows us to see entire societies, political forces and national histories, as embodiments of real human beings.”

To read Jerry Kraft’s review of SOAP Fest and all of the plays, click here.


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A sold out house for opening night!

Megan Ahiers and Brian D. Simmons* in Brendan Healy’s “Things to Say When It’s Too Late to Say Them, aka Proof You Were Here,” photo by John Ulman.


Tickets are still available for Thursday through Sunday’s closing. With only 5 performances, get your tickets before it’s gone!


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