Four Exciting New Plays Featured in WSU’s Heck-Rabi Festival

"Genius, or Crazy?" rehearsal photo.

“Genius, or Crazy?” rehearsal photo.

The 2014 Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Writing Festival will take place February 27-March 8 at 8 p.m. at the Studio Theatre, located underground at the Hilberry Theatre at the corner of Cass and Hancock on WSU’s campus. This year’s festival features new works from four promising playwrights. The plays will be presented in rotating repertory, with three plays at each evening’s performance. Specific performance dates are provided below.

The Heck-Rabi Festival is an opportunity for emerging playwrights to have their work produced. The Festival features winning plays from the Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Writing Competition, a collaboration between the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the English Department at Wayne State University. Winning plays are chosen after several finalists are presented as staged readings in the fall. Winning playwrights receive a scholarship and a chance to work with undergraduate directors, designers, and actors to realize their plays onstage at the Studio Theatre.

"For the Kids" rehearsal photo

“For the Kids” rehearsal photo

Louise Heck-Rabi was a dedicated writer and member of the Detroit literary scene. She created the playwriting scholarship in hopes that young writers in Detroit would carry on her passion, and the Studio Theatre has been hosting the Festival in her name since 2000.

For tickets, call 313-577-2972, visit, or visit the WSU box office located at the Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Avenue, Detroit, at the corner of Cass and Hancock.

"The Crate" rehearsal photo.

“The Crate” rehearsal photo.

For the Kids by Brent Griffith (Port Orchard, WA)
Directed by Kelly Robinson (Royal Oak)
Two friends, roommates, and co-workers drift apart as their goals in life start to change.

Thursday, February 27; Friday, February 28; Saturday, March 1; Thursday, March 6; Friday, March 7; Saturday March 8
Featuring Adham Aljahmi (Dearborn); Amelia Gilis; Caitlin Macuga (Westland); Allen Wiseman (Roseville). Stage Manager: Michael Hallberg (Fraser).

Jazz Duet in a Minor Key by Topher Payne (Lubbock, TX)
Directed by Lisa Youngs (Wyandotte)
A gay man returns to his hometown to find an old friend who tormented him as a teenager.

Thursday, February 27; Friday, February 28; Saturday, March 1; Thursday, March 6; Friday, March 7; Saturday March 8
Featuring Doug Lubaway (Wyandotte); Katelin Maylum (Byron). Stage Manager: Cassandra Maniak (Southgate).

Genius, or Crazy? by Megan Barbour (Rochester, NY)
Directed by Shannon Hurst (Warren)
An art student seeks creative advice from the greats when she hits a mental block.

Thursday, February 27; Saturday, March 1; Friday, March 7
Featuring Alexis Barrera (Hartland); Carl Bentley (Flat Rock); Dan Finn (Armada); Michael Fisher (Garden City); Joe Sfair (Eastpointe); Allen Wiseman (Roseville). Stage Manager: Maggie Beson (Riverview).

The Crate by David Sterritt (Atlanta, GA)
Directed by Katelyn Foster (Harrison Township)
Two shipping warehouse employees mistakingly open a “loaded” crate.

Friday, February 28; Thursday, March 6; Saturday, March 8
Featuring Carl Bentley (Flat Rock); Michael Fisher (Garden City); Egla Kishta (Clinton Township); Chris Peterson (Royal Oak). Stage Manager: Nicholas Boyd (Redford).

The production team includes Scenic Designer Christa Tausney (Garden City), Costume Designer Jared Morin (Warren), Lighting Designers John Schmidt (Farmington Hills) and Peter Lawrence (Brownstown), Sound Designer Michael Hallberg (Fraser), Assistant Sound Designer Aaron Beckius (Grosse Pointe), and Properties Designer Jon Piggot (Wyandotte).

"Jazz Duet in a Minor Key" rehearsal photo.

“Jazz Duet in a Minor Key” rehearsal photo.


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