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Thanks for joining us for the Makers Mart! Scroll through this page for to see recordings of this year's festival, presented via Zoom.

Up House Down

What's In Store

The Silent Shaker Project

Sweetwater

THE SHOWS

UP HOUSE DOWN

by Annalise Joanne Settefrati

directed by Molly Jo

A virtual-theatre-friendly dual monologue play, Up House Down is an exploration of two best friends in different stages of reality as they grapple with the challenges that go along with being women in unique circumstances and uncharted territory. 

 

NASA Astronaut Joy is haunted by her past as she produces vlogs for teens during her five months onboard the International Space Station, and Air Force Captain Lacey struggles with what the future looks like in the very real aftermath of narrowly avoiding nuclear war over the course of a few hours in an underground bunker. The past and present collide for the women over the course of alternating monologues as they consider their places beneath and above the world, the lasting effects of trauma, and the importance of doing the right thing - even if it hurts.

WHAT'S IN STORE

by Kate Brennan

directed by Ryanne Domingues

Discouraged by her recent futile apartment search and the equally futile state of the world, Jaycee finds solace in the clean lines and pre-fab layouts at DUKTIG, her local Swedish furniture store. So she moves in. When others follow her lead, will she be discovered or start a revolution? A heart-warming and unconventional take on where we live, and the parts of ourselves we donate to make it home.

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UP HOUSE DOWN

THE SILENT SHAKER PROJECT

10 minute plays by

Nikki Brake Sillá, Keenya Jackson, Nimisha Ladva & Iraisa Ann Reilly

directed by Katrina Shobe

Everything the Devil Stole

by Nikki Brake Sillá

 

Everything the Devil Stole tells the story of Patience and Mohamed, a couple who built a life, paid taxes, and raised a family in West Philadelphia until 2018. For the next two years, they live in involuntary exile, seeking sanctuary in a church due to their undocumented immigrant status. Their story unfolds in the final 15 minutes before they are able to reunite with their children. As the couple reckons with the guilt of leaving their offspring to fend for themselves, and the turmoil that separated families endure after narrowly escaping ICE raids and deportation proceedings, they find hope and joy.

God Bless Them

by Keenya Jackson

 

Tara is a black woman, a mom, a wife, the only daughter of her aging parents and a nurse. When the pandemic hits she also becomes an essential worker.  But Tara is strong... until she isn't. Until she feels as though she can no longer take the heartache that people continue to pile on her as a "strong black woman." Tara turns to her grandmother's recipes, and through cooking and ancestry she is able to heal and have joy.

 

Por La Ventana

Through the Window or For the Window

by Iraisa Ann Reilly

 

"Where God closes a door he opens a window." Elena, a speech therapists, wonders about the origin of this phrase as she visits her grandmother for Christmas dinner, 2020. One problem- since Elena is working at the hospital, she must share this meal with her Grandmother through the window of her nursing home. In a spiritual world, they remember how they got there, and how throughout life they've had to search for the windows. 

Shanti At Peace

by Nimisha Ladva

 

A South Asian mother who was a medical doctor in India retrains as a physician's assistant and works on the COVID front lines. When she succumbs to the virus, she comforts her daughter who fears her mother may die alone.

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UP HOUSE DOWN

SWEETWATER

Book & Lyrics by Patricia Noonan

Music by Liz Filios & Sean Mahoney

As World War II shakes the nation, sisters Beth and Frankie join with over a thousand women from across the country to answer the call to fly for the US Army Air Forces. Leaving behind their homes to train in Sweetwater, TX, these brand new Women Airforce Service Pilots soon master 77 different types of planes and become among the first to test the new B-29 bomber–risking their lives every day without the benefit of military status. From the fringes of the history books, Sweetwater brings the WASP and their fight for recognition center stage in an epic story of sacrifice, duty, love, and the joys and costs that come with being female pioneers.

UP HOUSE DOWN

WHAT'S IN STORE

THE SILENT SHAKER PROJECT

SWEETWATER