PlayFest Santa Barbara

PlayFest Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s vision is informed by our commitment to performing arts virtuosity. We aim to create a haven for diverse artists to develop and celebrate classic and new literary and musical works from conception to completion. 

We are committed to providing an exciting and creative environment for artists to hone their skills and promote their talent with the support and guidance of the world’s leading professional theatre artists. We believe the cultural vitality of our community is enhanced and reflected by the creative depths of our storytelling.

We are committed to providing an exciting and creative environment for artists to hone their skills and promote their talent with the support and guidance of the world’s leading professional theatre artists. We believe the cultural vitality of our community is enhanced and reflected by the creative depths of our storytelling.

Above all, we expect to be a credit to the communities we serve, a valuable resource to our audience, and a place where dedicated artists can grow and prosper. Toward this end, we will not only listen to our audience and artists, but also embrace the idea that PlayFest Santa Barbara is at their service. 

If you’d like to submit a play, head over to our Playwriting Competition Page for information on awards, judging and submission procedures. Any plays submitted now through October 1, 2020 will be considered for the January 2021 festival.

PlayFest Santa Barbara Announces 2020 PlayFest Honoree Play

We are delighted to announce a special streaming of the 2020 PlayFest Santa Barbara winning play AGATHE by 2020 Honoree Playwright Angela J. Davis, which will take place November 20-23 (details below).

Earlier this year, PlayFest Santa Barbara selected AGATHE by Angela J. Davis, as the winning play from an international field of new works.  AGATHE, a moving drama, is inspired by the overlooked story of the woman who served as Rwanda’s president for just fourteen hours. The play is also the recipient of a 2020 New American Voices Award (The Landing Theatre), and a Eugene O’Neill Semi-Finalist, among other honors.  

The Honoree Playwright, Angela J. Davis (website: angelajdavis.com), is the author of The Spanish Prayer Book (The Road Theatre Company, 2019-20 Season; L.A. Times Best Bet) and Clara and Serra and The Talking Bear (commissioned by the Antaeus Theatre Company as a radio play and released just this week on major podcast platforms), among other plays.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, PlayFest will not be mounting a live reading but has instead teamed up with The Road Theatre Company to host an encore streaming of its widely praised 2020 Summer Playwrights Festival performance, directed by Saundra McLain.  Playfest Santa Barbara will also host a special discussion with the playwright and leading international experts on Rwanda and the International War Crimes Tribunal. 

Details:

AGATHE by Angela J. Davis will stream from Friday November 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time through Monday, November 23 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on the PlayFest Santa Barbara YouTube Channel.

SPECIAL BONUS EVENT: A discussion with the playwright and leading experts on the International War Crimes Tribunal, Patricia Viseur Sellers and Terree Bowers, moderated by UC Santa Santa Barbara Doctoral Candidate Chloe Roberts, will take place on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

All programming will be free of charge; donations greatly appreciated.

All programming will be available through the PlayFest Santa Barbara YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=playfest+santa+barbara

ABOUT THE PLAY AND HONOREE PLAYWRIGHT

A play for our time, AGATHE, celebrates virtue and bravery during times of extraordinary tragedy.

AGATHE, taking place on the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, tells the little-known but critically important story of the woman who served as Rwanda’s president for just fourteen hours and accomplished a miracle during one of the darkest moments in history. In addition to its selection as the winning Honoree play from PlayFest’s international competition, AGATHE is also a 2020 New American Voices Award recipient and is currently a semi-finalist for the 2020 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.

PLAYWRIGHT ANGELA J. DAVIS

Angela J. Davis

Angela J. Davis is the author of The Spanish Prayer Book (The Road Theatre Company, 2019-20 season; L.A. Times Best Bet). Recently named in the top 21 (from a field of over twelve hundred) for the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative, additional playwriting honors include the New American Voices Award, the Marsha A. Croyle Award for Achievement in Playwriting, Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist (2017, 2018, and [current] 2020), 2018 ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting (2nd Place), 2017 PlayPENN Finalist, FutureFest – Official Selection, SETC New Play Award – First Alternate Winner, Playhouse Creatures/Rodriguez (NYC) New Play Award top 5, Julie Harris Award top 5, and MultiStages (NYC) New Play Award top 12.

Angela’s play AGATHE (2020 New American Voices Award, and [current] 2020 Eugene O’Neill Semi-Finalist), Charlotte (Hidden River Arts Award, Viterbo New Works Festival), The Czar’s Daughters (Pittsburgh Original Works Series), and Mata H. (Frostburg Arts New Play Series; Sky Blue Theatre (London) / British Theatre Challenge Short List) are each part of the 365 Women a Year International Playwriting Project. Recent work presented and/or forthcoming at The Landing Theatre, The Chameleon Theatre Circle, The HRC Showcase Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, The Blank Theatre, North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival, The Itinerant Theatre Company, Viterbo, The Frostburg Palace Theatre, and elsewhere.

Angela’s poetry, prose, and essays appear in numerous national publications, including a University of Iowa Press anthology. A Pushcart Prize nominee, three-time Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist, and one of sixteen writers selected as Literary Hosts for the 2018 PEN America LitFest, Angela studied comparative literature at Stanford and is an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School, where she received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the creator of an award-winning multi-media program on elimination of bias in courtroom environments. Member of Dramatists Guild of America, PEN America, and the Antaeus Theatre Company Playwrights Lab.

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics but for our contributions to the human spirit.” John F. Kennedy

For information on submitting a play, visit our Playwriting Competition page.

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