Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company presents Museum of Dysfunction IX
For the ninth year running, Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company will produce two weekends of new works at its annual Museum of Dysfunction short play festival. The festival has become a staple of the summer theatre calendar, featuring local talent and plays that probe the dark and funny edges of the everyday. Nineteen short plays were selected from over 100 entries by emerging and established writers nationwide, with several spots held exclusively for high school and college students as a way to encourage their craft and build their portfolio.
This year’s plays feature up-and-comers as well as well-known writers, including: Diana Burbano, Donna Hoke, Evan Guildford-Blake, Daniella Vinitski, Emily Vieweg, Shannon Murdoch, Arthur M. Jolly, Kay Adshead, Matthew Weaver, and Suzanne Bradbeer. Also among the playwrights are seven students: Audrey Webb (Texas State University), Emily Elizabethe Lewis (University of Alabama), Carol Harkness (University of Houston), Magdalena Hill (High School for the Performing and Visual Arts), Citlali Chavana (Heights High School), Sonya Rodriguez (Heights High School), and Evie Cockrell (High School for the Performing and Visual Arts). Directing the plays this year are a bevy of local artists, including: Bree Bridger (Mildred’s Umbrella), Rod Todd (Mildred’s Umbrella), Miranda Herbert (Mildred’s Umbrella), Ruth McCleskey (Boiling Point Productions), Elizabeth Seabolt (Mildred’s Umbrella), Guy Cohen, Matthew Jamison, Jaymes Julian Wilson (Mildred’s Umbrella), Kayla Boffone, Jeff Wax, Clara Goodwin, Brandy Carie, Peter Ton, Jonathan Gonzalez (Main Street Theater), and Adriana Dominguez.