Little Festival of the Unexpected – 2018


Little Festival of the Unexpected is an annual event dedicated to public readings of new works. Three playwrights are in residence each year at the festival as they continue to develop their scripts with input from actors, directors, dramaturgs, and audience members.

2018 Little Festival of the Unexpected Plays

The Absentee by Julia Doolittle

Far out in the Milky Way, “Beacons” serve as lighthouses for warping spaceships around the galaxy. When a U.S. Space Forces ship explodes near Beacon 44.AR.90, its Operator finds herself alone in deep space with only her ship’s A.I. for companionship. That is, until a persistent canvasser calls, desperate to convince her to vote absentee in the 2088 election.

The Half-Light by Monica Wood

Join us for the first look at playwright and novelist Monica Wood’s latest play. Can anyone be trained to see the dead? A college secretary’s dogged pursuit of an answer leads to more earthly challenges when a colleague is felled by grief. This heartwarming drama about love and purpose that examines the ghosts that live within us all.

Things That Are Round by Callie Kimball

Tetherly, a dentist specializing in existential terror, and Nina, an opera singer who just might be the worst babysitter ever, square off in a strange ballet of truth or dare. But is this a game anyone can even win? Thelma and Louise meets Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? On steroids.