About Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets
Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets is an annual writing/theatrical competition where you the audience get to vote on the winner!
The Medicine Ball Process
We gather 8 playwrights and 8 poets, pair them off, and then give them a prompt to write toward in the form of a piece of visual art by a local artist. Then our ensemble of actors and directors stage the plays and poems, presenting them in a series of 8 rounds – like a boxing match – with the audience voting on who wins each round – the playwright or the poet. At the end of the weekend, either the playwrights or poets prevail – the winning team of writers each receiving a bottle of Two Buck Chuck and the defeated team each winning a can of warm Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
The 2016 Theme: (D)Constructing Seattle
The overall theme for this year’s edition is (D)Constructing Seattle! What is Seattle as a city? What does the past say about the city? What do the changes the city is experiencing say about its future? By constructing the city on stage, can we deconstruct what makes it tick underneath?
2016 Medicine Ball artists!
Graham Isaac (Poetry), Kymberlee della Luce (Visual Art), and Daniel Tarker (Playwriting)
Bryan Edenfield, Yasmin Elbaradie, Lauren Ireland, Graham Isaac, Natasha Marin, Arne Pihl, Arlo Smith, and Anna Wolff
Jessica Andrewartha, Brent Griffith, Jennifer Jasper, JC Pankratz, Anthony Lee Phillips, Seth Tankus, and Daniel Tarker.
Maggie Adams, Michael Ryan Blackwood, Ellen Graham, and Daniel Tarker
Terry Boyd, Alysha Curry, Geb Brown, Ty Bonniville, Maren Comendant, Jen Davis, Solomon Davis, Emily Felliciano, Tom Fraser, Stephanie Graham, Gary Gorland, Fox Matthews, Triston McAvoy, Sarah Rose Nottingham, Erin Reitz, David Rodriguez-Jenkins, and Brendan Toner
Larry Calkins, Kymberlee della Luce, Shelby Helle, Dan Joslin, Ti Locke, Humberto Reyes, Daniel Tarker, and Omar Wiley
Design Tech Crew
Jennifer West (Stage Manager), Kali Greenberg (ASM), Steven Cooper (Lights), Amy Lazerte (Costumes)
Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets 2016 -
2016 Theme: (D)Constructing Seattle
Feb 5 - 7, 2016
The Erickson Theatre
1524 Harvard Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Friday February 5 at 7:30 pm - Traditional Voting
Traditional Voting – Audiences vote on who wins each round like in a boxing match – the poet or the playwright – to determine which team of writers takes away the championship for the evening. Either the playwrights or the poets will prevail!
Saturday February 6 at 7:30 pm - New Team Voting
New Team Voting – Audience gets to vote on each of the four teams of artists over the course of the evening to determine which team will take away the Championship for the evening.
Saturday February 6 at 10 PM
Late-Night Highlights Version
Join us for a late night highlights edition of Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets at a reduced price.
Scenes From Previous Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets events