About This Episode
In this episode of Stories Found, we hear the humorous ten-minute play, sixteen17 by Jason Rainey.
sixteen17 is a funny play about the quirky relationship between a mother and her daughter as the daughter turns 17 — a birthday that’s an important milestone for the mother.
Jason wrote this play as part of the ScriptWorks Weekend Fling. The Weekend Fling is ScriptWorks’ annual 48-hour playwriting event in which writers are tasked with creating a ten-minute play in 48 hours. There are three ingredients provided that MUST appear in the play. In our interview with Jason we discuss the ingredients that he had to weave into his play, how those ingredients influenced his script, and why we think writing exercises with rigid constraints can often help writers produce work they might otherwise not have created.
About the Storyteller
Jason Rainey is a member of ScriptWorks in Austin.
His work has been commissioned, presented, or produced by ScriptWorks, Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Valdez, AK), Penobscot Theatre (Bangor, ME), Daedalus Theatre (Columbus), Freshwater Theatre (Minneapolis), Mildred’s Umbrella (Houston), Sound Plays, Texas Dramatist Playwriting Series, and Punchkin Rep in Austin. He has directed several of his own short plays at Austin’s FronteraFest, receiving a Best of Fest citation in 2011.
You can find more of Jason’s plays on NPX, the New Play Exchange: https://newplayexchange.org/users/50068/jason-rainey
About the Cast
sixteen17 was performed for us by:
Kristin Chiles as CASS
Jordan Marrett as DENA – Jordan Marett, a real-life lover of podcasts, hand-written birthday cards and fried chicken, is excited to relive the feeling of turning 17 all over again via Sixteen17 on Stories Found. A native-Austinite, Jordan originally performed the role of Dena in 2013 on stage at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. When not performing, she can be found using all her Texan gumption to keep herself warm in her current home in the great white state of North Dakota.
ScriptWorks is a playwriting organization based in Austin, Texas, but it’s membership is open to playwrights across the country. Every year, ScriptWorks hosts the Weekend Fling. Writers have 48 hours to write a ten-minute play including three required ingredients. The event culminates with a super fun cold reading Salon on Sunday and all scripts submitted are then reviewed by a selection committee for the Out of Ink Festival.
If you’d like to learn more about ScriptWorks membership or how you can join us for the upcoming Weekend Fling in November (11/20 – 11/22/2020) feel free to visit ScriptWorks.org or contact us and we’ll connect you.
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