For the past three years the Indie Boots Theatre Festival has called for scripts with a very specific writing prompt. The concept was for writers to use a particular name, one traditionally associated with women, in the title of their script – the first year was Rebecca, then Olivia and in 2015 the name chosen was Ella. Indie Boots was not sure if they would continue with the concept but it turns out, it has worked incredibly well. Many writers start brand new scripts for the festival, so they see new plays with lead female characters. They also noticed that some writers take a script that is already in-process and change the name of one of their male characters to the year’s theme name, creating a more unique script with an interesting female character.
One of the reasons that Mudgeonsoul Productions created this special festival was the fact that a number of mainstream stories about men drastically outnumbers those about women. According to Richard Paro, one of the festival’s creators says, “It’s great to see our theme in action, encouraging more stories about women. It definitely supports our mission to celebrate art with different perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what’s funny, and how the world works.”
They receive so many scripts during the submission period making it difficult to narrow down the material. They want to put up a really great show with a variety of topics, themes, and styles, and want the plays to fit together as a whole. When the submissions are whittled down then directors are brought in to choose the piece they would like to direct. Then auditions are held to cast all the individual plays.
This is the first year that the Indie Boots Festival will be showcasing these works at the side project theatre. Paro says, “It’s really great that the theater is both intimate and wheelchair accessible, a combination that’s not always easy to come by. Since the side project theatre is a more intimate space than we’ve used for previous festivals, many of the plays are also more intimate, with smaller casts, more personal topics and a more seriocomic tone. We have a few more “out there” comedies with larger casts, but they still have a strong connection to current social issues.”
So be sure to check out this compilation of original works at the 2015 Indie Boots Theatre running Monday, April 27, Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29. As mentioned the theatre is rather intimate so be sure to order a ticket in advance http://indieboots.bpt.me,