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FUNNY WORLD, BY AL FRANK
Directed by Emma Watt

It’s spring again – flowers budding, laughter ringing, love freshening city air. Strains of joyful harmony swell with hope and promise. But when the panhandlers go on strike, discord trickles up.

ABOUT AL FRANK

After seven years living in the West African country of Togo and a twelve year run as a Capitol Hill antiquarian bookseller, Al Frank began writing plays in 2006. He greatly enjoyed the good fortune of being awarded a two year residency in the Inaugural Seattle Repertory Theatre Writers Group (2011-2013). To date he has completed a dramatic trilogy in his ongoing Seattle Scuffle Cycle: AIN’T NO PLACE LIKE HOME (2007), IT’S NOT STEALING (2010), and CARVER’S LAST STAND (2013). His latest script, FUNNY WORLD (2014), a comedy, squares the cycle. He’s grateful to The Northwest Playwrights Alliance for producing this staged reading, to The Seattle Repertory Theatre for many things, and to the Director and Actors who bring life to the words.

ABOUT EMMA WATT
Emma Watt is thrilled to work with Northwest Playwrights Alliance on this project. Directing: Death and the Maiden (Latino Theatre Projects), Paper and Ink (Live Girls! Theatre), Time Stands Still, Little Red’s Wild Ride (Princeton Summer Theater), The Baltimore Waltz, The Pavilion (Theatre Intime), and The Tempest (Exeter Shakespeare Society). As a producer and administrator, Emma has worked with Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Princeton Summer Theater, Theatre Intime, and McCarter Theatre Center.