Headwaters New Play Festival


Into Place by Skye Robinson Hillis

In a small town in Indiana, Frank Wheelan has lived every day the same since he can remember. Work, beer, bingo, Amazing Race night. When a former childhood crush returns to town with her ailing son, he begins to see things in a new way and his small life begins to grow and soon fills him to the brim with emotions and motivations he doesn’t understand. As she grapples with potentially losing her son, Frank and his friends learn to open themselves up to new possibilities and prepare for what may await them outside county lines.

North Star by Georgette Kelly

Summer in the north woods of Minnesota. The days are long. The stars are bright. But when it gets dark, it gets really dark. NORTH STAR is a new play that centers around an all-female group of campers and counselors coping with violence that leaves them utterly vulnerable. At the crux of this play is the question: what happens when social contracts are broken, when gun violence breaks through places that should feel safe, and when young people lose trust in the adults in their lives? Their stories are entwined with the French Canadian myth of La Chasse-Galerie, in which a group of voyageurs made a deal with the devil to journey home in a flying canoe in order to see their lost loved ones. This play takes a hard look at wilderness, both historical and contemporary: from the isolation of the woods in the 19th century to the wild rash of gun violence currently sweeping our nation. The characters in NORTH STAR are all explorers, trying to find a path through their own frontiers.

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