33rd Bryan Harnetiaux Playwrights’ Forum Festival

33rd Bryan Harnetiaux Playwrights’ Forum Festival

Spokane Civic Theatre is proud to present its celebrated Playwrights’ Forum Festival, which, since 1983, has showcased new one-acts by playwrights from across the region. The festival is performed in two separate sets on alternating days.

The System
By Bryan Harnetiaux | Spokane
Resident Playwright Non-competitive Entry
Directed by Sarah Junette Dahmen
Distant Objects
By Paul Lewis | Bainbridge Island
Directed by Matthew Harget
Broadway Pick-Up
By Rich Rubin | Portland
Directed by Heather McHenry-Kroetch
By Rich Rubin | Portland
Directed by Jamie Suter
Crazy Quilts
By Karen Fix Curry | Camano Island
Directed by Karen Brathovde
When the Chaos Started
By Lee Lawing | Bainbridge Island
Directed by Barry Brathovde
Inevitable Pandemic Play: Day 182
By Jean Hardie | Spokane
Directed by Hazel Bean
Thank You For Breastfeeding
By Ashley Arai | Olympia
Directed by Matthew Pope
The 19 1/2 Deaths of Dung Beetle-Man
By Matthew Weaver | Spokane
Directed by Adam Sharp
The Interview
By Kate Danley | Mukilteo
Directed by Tom Armitage

Rating: PG-13


2023 Playwrights’ Gathering

The 33rd Playwrights’ Forum Festival of short plays includes 10 productions and runs June 15-18 in the Firth J Chew Studio Theatre.

The Playwrights’ Forum Festival Gathering is Saturday, June 17, from 10AM-12PM and includes multiple interactive panel discussions regarding the art and business of playwriting, providing helpful information and suggestions for local and regional playwrights, followed by plenary Q&A session. This event is supported by The Dramatists Guild of America. See agenda.

Moderators include Melody Deatherage, Susan Hardie, Bryan Harnetiaux, Jake Schaefer, and Matthew Weaver.

Guest Presenter (via interactive Zoom): Gwydion Suilebhan — a cultural critic, journalist, and playwright. With co-author Steven Gimbel, he writes about comedy, politics, and philosophy for SalonMoment3 Quarks Daily, and JewTh!nk, among other publications. Together, they are currently working on a social history of Jewish American comedy. As a playwright, Suilebhan’s writing has been noted for its “dexterous theatricality and unexpected pleasure” (Washington Post). A lifelong arts advocate, Suilebhan serves as both the Executive Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Project Director of the New Play Exchange for the National New Play Network. A founding member of The Welders, a Helen Hayes Award-winning playwrights collective in Washington, DC, Suilebhan previously held the position of Director of Brand and Marketing for Woolly Mammoth. Earlier in his career, he worked as a brand and communications consultant for arts and culture organizations. Suilebhan currently serves on the board of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre. From 2017-2020, he was a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America. He speaks widely on the intersection between the arts and technology in the 21st century.

Optional playwriting workshop, involving real time writing exercises, conducted by Scott Doughty, Bryan Harnetiaux and Pamela Kingsley, immediately following (1:30-3:00PM at Spark Central, 1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA).


Regional Premiering Short Plays

Dates and Times

Performance Dates

June 15 – 18, 2023
The Playwrights’ Forum Festival is performed in two rotations (A and B).

Curtain Times

June 15, 2023 | 7:30PM
June 17, 2023 | 7:30PM
June 18, 2023 | 2:00PM
RATED PG-13 for mature language and themes

June 16, 2023 | 7:30PM
June 17, 2023 | 2:00PM
June 18, 2023 | 6:00PM
RATED PG-13 for mature language and themes. CONTENT WARNING: This production utilizes nonworking prop weapons and gunshot sound effects.

Ticket Prices

  • One Rotation Adult: $15
  • One Rotation Student (5-25): $10

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