UpStage Napa Valley PlayFest 2024

October 2024

Grace Episcopal Church

October 11th - 13th, 18th - 20th & 25th -27th

Friday & Saturday 7:30pm | Sunday Matinee 2:30pm

A different series of plays will be held each weekend.

Plays Selected:

The following nine plays were selected to be performed from 185 submissions by a committee of 12 community members.

Gayer Than Laughter by Felix Racelis

A middle-aged gay man extends a special invitation to an older former lover, who is experiencing hard times, to an event honoring him for his contribution to LGBT community. Getting his friend to the event proves harder than he imagines.

Nearly Departed by Michael Waterson

A man stands on the Golden Gate Bridge intent on suicide until a seeming chance encounter with a homeless person.

The Rabbi’s Daughter by Lawerence Dukore

An African American real estate entrepreneur, Jesse Leonard, encounters Sheila Goldfarb, a musical scholar in front of his townhouse in NYC.

Baby Fugitive by Kelli Lynn Woodend

Cathy, a woman in a wheelchair panics when she wakes to find a fugitive hiding in her kitchen in the middle of the night.

Visitor by Angela Ames

A woman in the hospital receiving cancer treatment befriends a construction worker.

How I Knew Her by Allie Costa

The setting is at a grave site where two people share how they knew the young woman whose name is on the tombstone.

Kiss a Dog Go to Heaven by Susan Jackson

Rick is setting up for a garage sale to get rid of his deceased mother’s things. His overeager girlfriend, Jackie offers advice and assistance; but she finds out more about Rick’s childhood than she expected.  Revenge is sweet—and dark.

Let the Waters Rise by Ron Rosenfeld

A married couple looks over blueprints on how to build an Ark.

Joy Ride by Arianna Rose

In 1933 at a formal White House Dinner, Amelia Earhart proposed a quick flight to her friend and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Joy Ride explores what might have happened on that flight.

Thespian by Henry Ames

A high school student writes a play which he hopes his English teacher will submit to a competition.

Talk Back

Actors and director will hold an open discussion at the end of the performance.

UpStage Napa Valley PlayFest 2024

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