Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble announces ‘Season of Entrapment’

SATE celebrates its twelfth year producing theatre in St. Louis with the Season of Entrapment.
The 2018 season will explore the definition of entrapment: the state of being caught in or as in a trap. It includes the following productions:
  • Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival, SATE’s new works festival highlighting women playwrights and directors (March 9-11, 2018)
  • Run-On Sentence, the professional premiere of a new play commissioned by Prison Performing Arts (June 6-16, 2018)
  • No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist play with a new translation by Alyssa Ward (August 15-September 1, 2018)
  • Doctor Faustus, a modern day retelling by John Wolbers…and Kit Marlowe (October 31-November 17, 2018)
To kick off its Season of Entrapment, SATE will present a showcase of original material through its second annual Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival. This year’s festival will consist of four new plays written and directed by promising female artists. The festival is named after Aphra Behn, the British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, Aphra Behn broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors.
SATE presents the Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival, March 9-11 (Friday-Sunday) at 8:00pm, at Centene Center for Arts and Education (4th Floor Ballroom), 3547 Olive Street.
The Festival includes the following new plays:
The Accident of Sex
by Lana Dvorak
directed by Lex Ronan
performed by Rachel Hanks
The Accident of Sex is a one woman show that imagines Amelia Earhart on a deserted island after crash-landing while making her famous 1937 round-the-world flight, during which she disappeared. Using spoken word, monologues, sound, and silence, the audience is taken on a journey that explores Amelia’s innermost longings, heartaches, and secrets that made up who she was. Time and order cease to exist but the audience is invited to explore the metronome that keeps Amelia’s heart beating.
Bar Fight
by Madelyn Boyne
directed by Grace Langford
performance ensemble: Marissa Grice, Carl Overly, Jr., and Sophie Powell
A new father and his old friend hang out in a bar after a long absence. When the outing turns into one dude’s shocking pickup attempt, his friend tries to intervene.
Lady Warrior
by Mollie Jeanette Amburgey
directed by Margaret Christie
performed by Rachel Bailey
A one-woman show about a character on her own philosophical quest to discover her purpose and her meaning in life.
How To Be A Woman
by Amanda Wales
directed by Katy Keating
performance ensemble: Alicen Moser, Carl Overly, Jr., and Elizabeth Van Pelt
A comedic and absurd look into what it feels like to try to live up to the contradictory ‘standards’ of being a woman in 2018. Olivia and Jessica are two young women trying to spend a night in their apartment when they are thrust into the middle of an audience and forced to perform on a game show they want nothing to do with.
 The production stage manager for the Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival is Kristin Rion. Lighting design by Elizabeth Lund and costumes by Liz Henning.

Tickets are $15.00 per person and can be purchased with cash, check or at Brown Paper Tickets. Please call (314) 827-5760, email or visit the SATE website at for more information.
SATE’s Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival is made possible by funding from Missouri Arts Council, Siteman Family Foundation, and the Steve Nelson Memorial Playwright’s Fund.
Photo caption: The 2018 Aphra Behn artists: Grace Langford, Madelyn Boyne, Lex Ronan, Katy Keating, Margaret Christie, Amanda Wales, Kristin Rion, Elizabeth Lund, and Mollie Amburgey (not pictured: Lana Dvorak)

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