Reading Titles and Descriptions


Reading Titles and Descriptions

AFPP Readings of new plays are free and open to the public. All readings are held at Barter Stage II

Thursday, August 24th

1 p.m. — "Dough & Cookies" by Stacey Isom Campbell — Darlene and Charlene, twin sisters from South Carolina, steal $20.5 million from the Department of Defense through a loophole.What begins as an accident turns into a 7-year fraud that these middle-aged Baptist women justify. At once funny and touching, Dough & Cookies is a surprising look at greed, grief and the extraordinary journeys of a wounded heart.

4 p.m. — "12 Dogs" by Jeanne Drennan — The young math teacher Luisa is trying to win opportunities for a brilliant student, but she’s doing it in the town of 12 Dogs—nothing more than a dot on a redrawn map in the Outliers of a post-cataclysmic North America. Her efforts attract outsiders to the place, who come with their own plans for the boy and, surprisingly, for Luisa. When her refuge from a disintegrating society back in the Homelands begins to slip from her grasp, Luisa suddenly has to plan for the future when it’s not clear there will be one...at least not for her.

Friday, August 25th

1 p.m. - "Black Diamond" by Anthony Epling — Inspired by a true story, three generations of a Southwest Virginia family navigate the role of coal in their lives. From the early days of the UMWA (United Mine Workers of America) to modern times, the play explores the impact of coal upon the family's dynamics, identity, as well as a secret that is more lethal than any mine shaft explosion.

4 p.m. — "The Lemonade Stand" by Matthew Fowler — Garret Miller is having a midlife crisis. When he gets fired from the only job he’s ever had, he decides to set up a lemonade stand on the street in front of his suburban house. All the while, his wife is probably cheating on him, his brother is a pariah, and the college girl next door wants to be his lemonade-stand intern. In this dramatic comedy, Garret sets out to prove that "the American Dream," "an American Dream," or at least his American Dream still exists.

Sunday, August 27th

1 p.m. — "Sally McCoy" by Alice Stanley — In the midst of the first gruesomely violent event of the legendary Hatfield and McCoy feud, one woman does what she must to save her family. Sally McCoy tells a harrowing and deeply personal story which takes a hard look at how women’s stories and perspectives are too often excluded from our historical narratives.

4 p.m. — "We'll Meet Again: A New American Musical" by James Harris, music arranged by Mark Hayes — Based on the true story of Jewish refugee Henry Stern, who fled Nazi Germany at the age of five to start a new life in the small Alabama town of Opelika. Many years later, he makes an amazing discovery that reconnects him with his past, and gives new insights and meaning to his life’s journey. As the compelling story unfolds, beautiful arrangements of World War II era music by Mark Hayes bring this turbulent era to life. A story filled with joy, sorrow and resilience, this new musical reminds us to embrace and celebrate life.

Special Thanks to This Year's AFPP Sponsors: Henry and Flora Joy