Edward Hopper's artwork always seems to be telling a story in a single image.
So we put out a nation-wide call for playwrights to select one of Hopper's 182 works and craft a short play based on it.
The eight selected works are just as haunting and mesmerizing as the art itself.
Synopses of the plays
(note: This is not the running order of the show)
AN INVOCATION TO HIS MUSE
by Aly Kantor
based on the painting "Automat"
Two strangers chat in a New York City automat. But maybe they aren’t strangers.
ASTERS IN JULY
by Rich Espey
based on the painting "Office at Night"
Grace and Mr. Martin prepare for tomorrow’s audit. John arrives unexpectedly, and Grace discovers a powerful secret about her employer. Grace then reveals her own secret.
by Brianna Barrett
based on the painting "Hotel Room"
Liz is taking every pregnancy test she's ever taken in her life, her memories blur from one moment to the next.
by Stuart Baker Hawk
based on "Four Lane Road"
A husband and wife's conversation about a new highway being constructed unearths past grievances one puts upon the other, and reminds the viewer how we sometimes hurt those we love the most.
OF NIGHT SHADOWS
by John Mabey
based on "Night Shadows"
Horror is often the manifestation of guilt and regret, nothing more. But what comes to us at night in the shadows might be far worse.
THE TRUTH MUST DAZZLE GRADUALLY
by Steven Doloff
based on "People in the Sun"
Emily and Tom, a couple in their 20's, sit on an urban rooftop, waiting to watch a solar eclipse. As they casually begin to review their new live-in partnership, unexpected light is shed upon their relationship.
by Jake Lewis
Based on "Summer Evening"
Bianca is thrilled that her high school sweetheart, Artie, has returned home from the war, but as she hopes their conversation on her front porch will be about their future, he can't help but be stuck on his past.
by J. Deschene
Based on "Nighthawks"
It's late at night, and three strangers sit at a bar, contemplating mysterious faces that they have lately been seeing. Before long, they come to a surreal understanding about the nature of their existence.
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The festival will stream January 23-25, 2022.
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