Skinny Dipping With Our Clothes On

Skinny Dipping With Our Clothes On

This Is Water Theatre, Spring 2017

A 10-Minute Play Festival Featuring:

Assistant Director - Jacqueline Kana
Stage Manager - Jessica Cooper

Square Footage by Jessica Moss
Conception by Alex Dremman
Cut and Run by Allie Costa
Don't Look Back by Erin Lerch
I Own You Now Bitches by Drew Petriello
American Kids by Emily Kaczmarek
Soldier by Andrew Roblyer
Whatever by C. Kay "Andy" Landis (directed by Jacqueline Kana)

We received well over 400 submissions for this festival based on the them of "risk and vulnerability," utilizing the New Play Exchange as well as the power of Twitter and playwright forums. We boiled it down to 8 pieces that were incredibly delightful to work on.

In our community, the idea of a "10-minute festival" is a foreign one, and we chose some intentionally challenging material. Among the challenges:

  • An onstage (simulated) orgasm
  • An actor needing to draw on their face with a "sharpie"
  • A piece about the effects of school shootings on kids (any conversation about guns that isn't 100% pro-gun in Texas is asking for pushback)

Thankfully, the ensemble and intern company were up to the challenge. In addition to the pieces themselves, to help prepare the audience and prevent emotional whiplash, I made the decision to insert interactive games and activities between each performance. This was perhaps the most talked about element of the production afterwards, and confirms my belief that the framing of a show is sometimes just as important as the show itself. Creating an environment that makes it easier to get lost in the story is incredibly important to the way that I direct.