Theater 7's First Light Series serves as a platform for the development of new work and emerging artists in the Wabash Valley Theater community.
- 2017-2018 First Light Series will be held in the Velvet Room of Terre Haute Brewing Company.
- Doors open at 5pm, shows begin at 6pm.
- Post show talkbacks will be held after each performance.
Upcoming Performances in the First Light Series
- When: September 21st, 2017
- Playwright: Tim Dick
- Director: Caleb Clark
- Adult Content
- Summary: In the heart of his barren apartment Billy is in for the fight of his life as ID, the embodiment of his addiction, is not about to lose control. An examination of the struggles of getting clean, Withdrawn brings the audience face to face with the power of addiction.
- Run time: Approx. 30 minutes.
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- When: April 19th, 2018
- Playwright: Benjamin Fulk
- Adult Content
- Summary: On Friday, the twenty-seventh of November 1835, James Pratt and John Smith became the last two men in England to be executed for sodomy. Particular Disposition, follows their story— from meeting each other to their last moments together in Newgate Prison— through the eyes of their mutual friend and cause of their conviction and death, William Bonill.
- Run time: Approx. 2 hours.
A Dickens Christmas Carol
- When: November 16th, 2017
- Playwright: Charles Adams
- All audiences
- Summary: Charles Dickens (played by Charles James Adams) is on yet another one of his famous reading tours. While visiting the Terre Haute Brewery, Dickens decides to mix it up a bit while performing his classic 1843 story A Christmas Carol. In so doing, he takes on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge himself as well as Jacob Marley, Old Fezziwig, Tiny Tim, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to— well, you get the idea. Come see Dickens like you’ve never seen him before!
- Run time: Approx. 70 minutes.
Between the Dams
- When: December 21st, 2017
- Playwright: Arthur Feinsod
- Director: Dale McFadden
- All audiences
- Summary: In Central Europe, Noah survives a flood decades ago, becoming the sole inhabitant of a town between two dams. Deciding to create his own new world, he invites ten of society’s outsiders to live there: two Muslims, Jews, gypsies, gay people and politically disenfranchised Christians. Noah and his son Shem struggle to maintain their utopia built on respect, participation in each others’ traditions, and faith in Humanity and God against internal and external threats from potential floods and a surprise visit from two Californians with designs of their own.
- Run time: Approx. 2 hours
- When: March 15th, 2018
- Playwright: Bryant Clayton
- Director: Charles Adams
- Adult content
- Summary: Set in the misty, hot, and groovy Sweet N’ Lo Juke Joint, Hooked follows the journey of the talented and tormented characters Lu Lu, Leslie, and Dustin. Conducted by the sly and charming Sweetness, it’s evident that this place intended for sensuality and warmth reveals something much more disturbing. While each character reveals their battle with addiction through poetry, rap, and song, Hooked shifts the focus of addiction to its origin, its story, and its psychological impact on each character. Song after song, empathy for the characters sets in, challenging the viewer’s notion of what it means to be hooked.
- Run time: Approx. 45 minutes
First Light Series Submission Guidelines
Playwrights must only submit original work that has not received a professional production. Plays that have received workshops or other limited, non-professional productions (unpaid, readings, staged readings, etc.) will be considered.
Plays deemed closer to production quality will receive first consideration.
Playwright must include a cover letter including a short bio detailing connection to the Wabash Valley as well as a short synopsis of the play. The playwright is encouraged to detail inspiration and intention within the constructs of the play (to be used for promotional purposes and any responses or talkbacks, should their play be selected).
In accordance to Theater 7’s core values, all submissions must be conceivably able to be staged simply and preferably with a diverse cast. The playwright is free to discuss staging and casting insights in the cover letter. If a given play cannot be cast with racial diversity, the playwright is encouraged to detail in what other capacity their play may offer representation.
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note - While the current FLS season has been selected, all submissions will be taken into consideration for the 2018-2019 FLS season.