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Kill Date: June 8, 2015

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Event: Sandbox One-Act Play Festival
What: A Sandbox Artists Collective Member Project initiated by Amy Love
When: Wednesday, June 3 - Saturday, June 6 at 8pm; Sunday, June 7 at 2pm
Where: West of Lenin, 203 North 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103 
Tickets:  Purchase them in advance at Tickets are $20.


A 2013 Stranger Suggests selection, and a 2014 Seattle magazine Editor's Pick, SOAP Fest is sure to captivate audiences in 2015. Building upon its overwhelming success, West of Lenin presents the Sandbox One-Act Play Festival, returning June 3-7 with another stellar evening. It's the stories that matter, where each play is selected for its quality of craftsmanship, and the playwrights are revealed only after the lineup has been carefully assembled. Experience the latest by award-winning playwrights, as well as emerging voices, of The Sandbox Artists Collective.

  • Nominated for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for 99 Layoffs, and a winner of the McKnight and Bush fellowships, as well as a Jerome Commission and the Heideman Award, playwright Vincent Delaney's Las Cruces transports us to 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. Directed by SOAP Fest 2013's Julie Beckman (The Bunner Sisters at Theatre Off Jackson), Delaney weaves a finely tuned story with equal parts humor and pathos.
  • Chosen Less, by emerging playwright Phillip Lienau, reveals a chance meeting on the street where two men learn the hard way that leaving is not the same as escaping, and that dreams can change in the chase. Kelly Kitchens (Associate Artistic Director at Seattle Public Theater, and 2014 Gregory Award for Outstanding Director), directs this poignant tale. Mr. Lienau serves as Lecturer of Scenic Design at the University of Washington. Chosen Less is his first produced play.
  • A former Washington State Artist in Residence, and a grant recipient from the Washington, King County, and Seattle Arts Commissions, Carl Sander's plays have been produced by Seattle Rep, ACT, Seattle Children's Theatre, and many others. In Why Do We Keep Broken Things, 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. Directed by Tim Hyland (Wooden O, Seattle Public Theater), 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.


Featuring 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; as well as the design talents of Burton Yuen, Thorn Michaels, Evan Mosher, Rob Witmer, K.D. Schill, Ryan Gelskey, stage managed by Stina Lotti, and with Liza Comtois at the helm.


It begins as a Collective-wide call for anonymous submissions in September, and culminates in a lineup of world premieres in June. "The result is a fascinating, and truly satisfying night at the theatre," wrote Nancy Worssam in Arts Stage-Seattle Rage. And Seattle Met says, "SOAP Fest may be young, but it is setting the stage for emerging local theater." Get your tickets today! With only five performances, seating is limited. See the Sandbox One-Act Play Festival before it moves to a new biennial schedule. For more information, please visit


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.