New Works

The Evolution of a Play

Edmonds Driftwood Players is committed to fostering new plays and supporting playwrights in our community. New Works strives to create spaces for playwrights to collaborate with actors, directors, and each other to develop original full-length plays, forged of individual creativity and group camaraderie. The New Works program has two interconnected components: the Driftwood After Dark playwrights group and the First Draft staged reading series. 

Driftwood After Dark is a group of local playwrights who meet to share and develop new work. Each meeting involves a presentation of a script, read cold by group members and invited actors. Readings are followed by Liz Lerman style feedback sessions, where all who are present can give impressions, ask questions, and offer suggestions, aiming to help playwrights with future drafts. One play can receive multiple readings as it moves though different stages of development. These readings typically just involve the playwrights and actors in an intimate setting. 

First Draft, which is curated by the members of Driftwood After Dark, presents six to eight staged and directed readings of nearly production-ready scripts for an audience each year. Although the majority of these public readings are sourced from the development pipeline of Driftwood After Dark, one or two plays each year are selected from scripts submitted by local writers who are not part of the group. Writers receive help in recruiting a director and actors and must commit to being part of the rehearsal process and to attending the reading and receiving feedback from the audience. 

With a few rehearsals and minimal staging elements, First Draft readings give audiences an opportunity to experience the sorts of plays not usually included in the Mainstage Season, and to be a part of the development process by participating in post-reading feedback sessions to help playwrights further polish their work.  

In New Works there are no restrictions on style, genre, language, or content. Playwrights are encouraged to explore the full gamut of human experience with curiosity, authenticity, grace, and grit. While we hope to engage audiences with the work, we are willing to take them to dark and uncomfortable places in the process. Plays have ranged from macabre dramas to witty comedies, and the hope is that both our repertoire and membership will continue to grow and diversify.

If you are a local playwright, actor, director, or audience member and are interested in the New Works program, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at [email protected].


Join us for a staged reading of One More Thing. Part of the First Draft reading series presented by Edmonds Driftwood Players.

NOTE: Masks required. Proof of Vaccination required (two weeks past original doses, not including booster) OR negative COVID test results within 72 hours of performance.

Sally has finally found the daughter she was forced to give up for adoption twenty-three years ago — Lil is a tough, smart, troubled young woman, unlucky in love and suspicious of her newly discovered ‘mother.’ Add in an awkward private investigator, and Lil’s clueless biological father. A comedy (maybe) — with teeth in surprising places.

Cast:

Scott Stolnack’s short plays have been produced in the US and UK, and were regularly featured in West Seattle’s Drunken Owl Theater reading series. His full-length work has had readings at the Seattle Playwrights Salon, Akropolis Performance Labs’ “New Year New Play” salon, and the Driftwood After Dark First Draft reading series. He has been an O’Neill semi-finalist and Seven Devils New Play Foundry finalist. Scott is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and the Pacific Play Company’s Next Wave Playwrights Project.


Check back for upcoming First Draft readings, scheduled for: