The Big Shout Out is our occasional call for entries for new work submissions, traditionally full-length plays by women+.

Announcing the Winner of
Echo Theatre's BIG SHOUT OUT 3

International New Play Contest for Women+ Playwrights

FOUNDERS, KEEPERS
by Aurora Behlke

Directed by Caroline Hamilton

Society has collapsed and 5 middle school girls are tasked with rewriting the Constitution for the new world. But like...has anybody even read the Constitution? Friendships form and break as these young ladies struggle with grief, power, and what it means to grow up in a broken democracy.

SEPTEMBER 16-OCTOBER 8, 2022

BATH HOUSE CULTURAL CENTER

Thursdays 7:30 / Friday & Saturday 8:00 / Sat Mat 2:30

Congratulations to the Finalist Honorees:
TOMORROW GAME by Brandy N. Carie
FOR THE PEOPLE by Carol Mullen
THOSE HOLLOW BODIES by emma joy hill
SLEEP/WAKE by Yael Haskal
DAISY VIOLET THE BITCH BEAST KING by Sam Collier
FROZEN FLUID: An Antarctic Gender Non-Conforming
Creation Myth by Fly Jamerson

THANK YOU to over 500 playwrights who submitted to the contest IN 2021.

We appreciate your patience as we conducted the contest. 

This contest's winner is Aurora Behlke (she/her), a self-described Storyteller raised in Anchorage, AK, and based in Seattle & St. Louis. Currently a directing major at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Behlke states, "My work puts an emphasis on what we inherit as we move forward in time. I’m interested in telling stories about the people who catch the pieces as the world falls apart."


Cast: 6 / Genre: adventure, dark comedy, political, science fiction

Keyword: apocalypse, U.S. Constitution

Synopsis: The nation is in crisis. Washington DC is burning, and the
government has assembled five 5th grade girls to rewrite the Constitution of the United
States in their image. Played by adult actors, friendships form and break as these young
ladies struggle with grief, power, and what it means to grow up in a broken democracy.

We the People redefined, as seen through the eyes of the next generation.

A Note to Playwrights...

Echo Theatre enjoys plays that encourage learning, growing, and evolving together as people and as an institution. We look for work that cries out to be performed in a theatrical setting. Whether your script is an experiment in form and language, a comedy, a drama, a work about historical characters, or a new translation, we pledge to produce rich and compelling creative work with high quality artistic effort.

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Thank you for writing your truths!

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE BIG SHOUT OUT:

Winners of the 2019 Big Shout Out Special Project: #WRITENOW

HEAR ME: Voices of #MeToo

Curated and Directed by Kateri Cale

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In response to the #metoo and #timesup movements, Echo Theatre called for monologues and devised a compelling new work distilled from 14 diverse female stories on sexual harassment. Click HERE to visit 2019's Voices of #MeToo.

Winner of the Big Shout Out 2

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THE ADVENTURES OF FLO AND GREG

by Briana Pozner

 

"Everyday Super-Heroes Fighting Modern Day Demons"

Directed by Terri Ferguson

 

September 10-26, 2015

 

Bath House Cultural Center / White Rock Lake Park

CAST

Flo - Chandler Ryan

Greg - Matt Holmes

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Producer/Stage Manager - Alett Gray

Tech Director - Bryan Douglas

Master Electrician/Carpenter - Alexander Ferguson

Set Design - Randy Bonifay

Light Design - Bob McVay

Sound Design - Graeme Bice

Costume Design - Melissa Perkins

Co-Prop Design - Lynn Mauldin and Rebekka Koepke

Box Office - Jordan Willis

Box Office - Alett Gray

Board Op - Jon Leitch

 

Winner of the Big Shout Out 1 (Three-Way Tie)

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THE EARLY EDUCATION

OF CONRAD EPPLER

by Isabella Russell-Ides 

"What if the Myths we Believe in, Believe in Us?"

Directed by Pam Myers-Morgan

 

February 9-25, 2012

 

Bath House Cultural Center / White Rock Lake Park

CAST

Sister Mary Extraordinary - Ellen Locy

Sister Merry Berry - Kateri Cale

Sister Subordinary - Lisa Anne Haram

Luce - David Lugo

Kilowatt - David Meglino

Conrad Epplar - Jennings Humphries

Alethia - Kylie Zeko

Roica - Matthew Clark

Miss Demeanor - Miller Pyke

Honeycomb/Epiphany - Tatum Zeko

Honeycomb/Epiphany - Wendy Blackburn

Wing Sergeant - Tamitha Curiel

Wing Sergeant - Stephanie Butler

CREATIVE TEAM

Producer -Terri Ferguson

Production Assistant - James Stroman

Asst. Director - Carolyn McCormick

Stage Manager - Jordan Willis

Asst. Stage Manager - Alett Gray

Set Design - Christopher Jenkins

Light Design - Jaymes Gregory

Sound Design - Graeme Bice

Costume Design - Ryan Matthieu Smith

Co-Prop Design - Rebekka Koepke and Lynn Mauldin

             

Winner of the Big Shout Out 1 (Three-Way Tie)

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A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN

by Cathy Tempelsman 

"Is George Eliot - the most popular writer of the age - secretly a woman, and living in sin?"

Directed by David Meglino

 

September 8-24, 2011

 

Bath House Cultural Center / White Rock Lake Park

CAST

George Eliot - Emily Scott Banks

George Henry Lewes - Russell Schultz

Isaac Evans - Randy Pearlman

John Blackwood - Scott Milligan

Novel Woman - Morgan McClure

George Combs - Adrian S. Churchill

Barbara Bodichon - Jessica Cavanaugh

Herbert Spencer - Brian Witkowicz

Edward - Jordan Willis

CREATIVE TEAM

Set Design - Cindy Ernst
Costume Design - Caitlin Rain
Lighting Design - Jaymes Gregory
Sound Design - Pam Myers-Morgan
Prop Design - Rebekka Koepke and Lynne Mauldin
Dialect Coach - Elly Lindsay
Board Operator - Bryan Douglas

 

Winner of the Big Shout Out 1 (Three-Way Tie)

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THE EXECUTIONER'S SONS

by Catherine Bush

 

"Once upon a time, there were four little boys who lived in the tower of London."

 

Directed by Terri Ferguson

 

February 5-19, 2011

 

Bath House Cultural Center / White Rock Lake Park

CAST

Henry Tatersall - Wm. Paul Williams

Kate Tatersall - Jessica Cavanagh

John Tatersall - Lily McCollum

Thomas Tatersall - Stuart Lee Williams

Prince Edward V - Jaxon Beeson

Richard, Duke of York - Marlhy Murphy

Duke of Gloucester - Kevin Moore

Lord Hastings - Jack O'Donnell

Shane Beeson - Hooded Henchman

CREATIVE TEAM

Kateri Cale - Co-Producer

David Meglino - Co-Producer

Alett Gray - Stage Manager

Bryan Wofford - Set Designer

Ally Elsey - Costume Designer

Graeme Bice - Sound Designer

Jaymes Gregory - Lighting Designer

Tish Mussey - Properties Designer

Erin Keller - Dramaturg               

Bo Barron - Box Office Manager

Linda Marie Ford - Publicity Manager

Jessica Cavanagh - Patron Outreach Manager

Shane Beeson - Kid Wrangler

Lucas Barnes - Board Operator