Family Game Night: a new a capella musical

written and composed by Kendra Phillips

Mature themes and content.

When Connie comes home with her boyfriend, she expects a simple meet the parents visit. Instead, she is thrown into a world of deception, confusion, and family skeletons she couldn’t have imagined. Family Game Night is a story of heartache, healing, and second chances.

Family Game Night was developed at Pacific Lutheran University. Much of the music was written for student ensembles and performed in Composers Forum concerts. It was workshopped by a group of PLU alumni in Tacoma last summer. In the fall it received a staged reading with Northwest Playwrights Alliance at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, made possible by a GAP Grant from Artist Trust. In attendance was Mark Kuntz, a board member of Northwest Playwrights Alliance, who was taken by the musical and chose to bring it Western.

Family Game Night grew out of a desire to inject hope into what often seems is a hopeless situation. It aims to ask the questions, how do we love in the midst of darkness? To where or to whom do we look when we are out of answers? And, is anyone beyond a second chance?

Playwright Kendra Phillips

Kendra is an emerging playwright in the Seattle area. She has a BMA and BFA in acting/directing from Pacific Lutheran University, and currently works as an educator and music director for the Mercer Island based Youth Theatre Northwest. For nearly two years she has worked[[{"fid":"5211","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Kendra Phillips","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Kendra Phillips"},"type":"media","link_text":null,"field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Kendra Phillips","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Kendra Phillips"}},"attributes":{"alt":"Kendra Phillips","title":"Kendra Phillips","height":349,"width":235,"style":"float:right; height:349px; margin-left:10px; margin-right:10px; width:235px","class":"file-default media-element"}}]] with Northwest Playwrights Alliance facilitating ten-minute play contests and festivals. She also provides dramaturgical assistance. In 2015 she was invited to participate in a writers co-op retreat sponsored by HBMG Foundation and Creede Repertory Theatre, where she wrote with five other playwrights from around the country. Her previous productions include Pancakes and Eggs; Greek Gods in a Diner at Seattle's Eclectic Theatre, an adaption of Tads by Eva Suter with Theater Arts Olympia, and an adaption of Riders to the Sea with original music for flutes at Pacific Lutheran University.

 

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