RED STAGE Commissions
RED STAGE commissions emerging female playwrights, and offers dramaturgical and developmental support. Currently, commissions are by invitation, but we look forward to opening up a public submission process in the future. Our first commission is awarded to Nicky Davis, who has written:
A new play by Nicky Davis
V is getting ready for her wedding day, finishing her wedding vows to her lovely fiancé Grey. Her bridesmaids, Cass and Jenna, are only making things more complicated. With wildly comedic dialogue, disturbing twists, and a dash of Kanye West, this play fearlessly explores biracial identity, colorblindness, love, fear, and visibility.
RED STAGE Productions
RED STAGE's first production was the World Premiere of Mark Chrisler's WORSE THAT TIGERS, at ACT Theatre, in 2016. This dark comedy and psychological thriller tracks Olivia, as she bravely confronts a tragedy in her past, and attempts to reconnect with her partner: Olivia and Humphry's quietly failing marriage is ready to eat them alive. Unless the escaped tiger outside their door does first.
SEATTLE TIMES REVIEW: ‘WORSE THAN TIGERS’: THE DANGERS THAT LURK IN A MARRIAGE
"This is a strong debut from RED STAGE, founded by ACT Theatre’s Literary & Artistic Manager Emily Penick. As director, Penick likes to draw out silences to their breaking point, and in her perfectly paced first act, the action teeters on the edge of the uncanny valley — not quite realistic, but somehow a familiar depiction of human interaction all the same.
BWW REVIEW: WORSE THAN TIGERS AT ACT THEATRE: ABSURDISM WITH A BITE
"RED Stage's premiere production "Worse Than Tigers" is more than an emotional roller coaster-- it is a full emotional carnival. Directed by Emily Penick, this jostling, absurdist comedy misleadingly kicks off with understated, easily digestible absurdity, including odd, disjointed language exchanged between an incompatible married couple. But buckle up, because you will plummet into this couple's Lynchian fever dream where getting thrown to the lions (or in this case, tigers) brings their dying marriage back to life."