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St. Louis Writers' Group presents

A Special Event from the St. Louis Writers' Group
An evening of one act plays
6:30 pm Monday 15th May
Big Daddy's 1000 Sidney Street, Soulard, 63104

This special event will consist of plays 10 to 15 minutes long on a variety of themes. We will be starting at 6:30,  so come early if you want to order food or drinks at the bar.  As usual we will be upstairs. 

As always, the event is free, and anyone is welcome to come and listen. 

The plays to be read will be:

THEY ALL WANT TO BE WHAT THEY'RE NOT - by Rita Winters Sisters Meredith and Shelby are coming home to visit their thrice-divorced mother, Gloria, the last person they'd ever expect to have the nerve to dispense relationship advice. 

BLUE HONEYMOON - by George Hickenlooper  
Looking for a hotel room in Paris, Left Bank, a middle-aged American widow and her young adult son find themselves in an establishment where the rooms rent by the hour. When the concierge mistakes Junior for Mother's "boy toy," they find the language barrier is not the only barrier they have to confront.

- by David Hawley 
There are a lot of people thinking that things aren't as good as they used to be, and the appeal of a strong leader is quite appealing to some, especially one headstrong girl who is having a bit of a rebellion against her dad. After all, what is there for a teenager to do in Sherwood Forest?

- by Mario Farwell  
Dr. Merriweather and Author Lavantas III are the hosts of an hour radio program on 1113 AM the Holy Ghost Station. On one Sunday broadcast, the holy ghost moves them, but in a very unexpected way.

This takes place in an institution in Madden, Missouri. The cast is comprised primarily of two sons, who are visiting their widowed parents. Watch out for the Receptionist.

BOO - bySurilla Shaw 
Not every high school kid comes across as college material. But
sometimes with the right supports, they can have unexpected outcomes. How can a principal, a parent, and a teacher make a difference?

ROACH POWDER - by Mario Farwell  
A man walks into the doctor's office and is told that he is dying. The only remedy is the consumption of a substance that has very unusual side effects.

UNDERDOG  -by  Joseph De Rose 
A dictator makes audio broadcasts to his people from an underground bunker during wartime.

THRU A DOOR, DARKLY - by Terry Wall  
Three people discuss the mysteries of the quest for an automatic transmission to fit an early-model VW Rabbit.

Got a play, an idea or a story, done, half-done or just started?
Come along to the St. Louis Writers' Group for support and constructive criticism.


Schedule of Events for 2017

Monday, May 1

Play Reading, 6:30pm

Monday, May 15

Night of One Acts, 6:30pm

Monday, June 5

Play Reading, 6:30pm

Monday, June 19

Play Workshop, 6:30pm

Monday, July 10

Play Reading, 6:30pm

Monday, July 17

Play Workshop, 6:30pm

Monday, August 7

SLAM, 6:30pm

Monday, August 21

SLAM, 6:30pm

Monday, September 11

Play Reading, 6:30pm

Monday, September 18

Play Workshop, 6:30pm

Monday, October 2

Play Reading, 6:30pm

Monday, October 16

Play Workshop, 6:30pm

Monday, November 6

Play Reading, 6:30pm

Monday, November 20

Play Workshop, 6:30pm

Monday, December 4

Play Reading, 6:30pm

Monday, December 18

Play Workshop, 6:30pm

We meet upstairs at…
Big Daddy’s – Soulard
1000 Sidney Street
St. Louis, MO 63104

A farewell letter to the supports and participants of STLWG

Dear Supporters of St. Louis Writers’ Group

After eleven years of being the director of the St. Louis Writers’ Group, I will be stepping down as the director of the program.  I am the founder of the St. Louis Writers’ Group and have run the group for eleven years. The eleven-year journey has been challenging, rewarding and a great learning experience.  During the period that STLWG has been in existence, we have developed hundreds of plays, screenplays, musicals, presented poetry readings and more.  We have produced stage reading of STLWG plays, held one-act festivals of original plays, which was the inspiration for the FRT spectrum festival of short plays, presented Playwright Slam (an open mic night for playwrights.)  The group has had a constant stream of writers, actors and musicians participating in readings, workshops and stage readings.

In 2005, I visited San Diego and had one of my plays read by Scripteasers, a writers group I belonged to while I lived in San Diego.  When I returned to St. Louis, I wanted to find another group that would be interested in reading my play. I searched for a place to have my play read in St. Louis but ran into a brick wall.  I got frustrated by the lack of venues/organizations willing to read and develop original work.  I took matters into my own hands and secured a venue (the Soulard Coffee Garden) for the first reading. I asked a few actors to read the play and invited a few friends to attend for feedback.  The St. Louis Writer Group began with a reading of my play “The Healing of Joey Padowaski.” I thought after the first reading at the Soulard Coffee Garden that would be the last of the STLWG.  Almost immediately, I started getting request from script writers to arrange a reading slot for one of their scripts. As more script writers heard about the STLWG, they began to attend meetings and ask to have their scripts read and discussed.  We began to develop a strong core of writers, actors and a loyal audience of theatre lovers.  I had no intention of running a writers’ group for a decade, but it has been a fun ride, and after a decade, it’s time for me to step down. 

To manage the STLWG in the next decade, I have set up a steering committee composed of writers that have been involved in the group for years. The members of the steering committee are Brad Slavik, Rob Miller, Terry Wall, David Hawley, Richard Young, DJ Ludwig and Mario Farwell.  We had the first meeting of the steering meeting a couple of weeks ago, and the committee had many positive ideas to improve the group and build on what we have already accomplished.  I’d like to thank all the wonderful people that have supported the group over the years.  We’ll need your support as the St. Louis Writers’ Group enters its' second decade.

Mario Farwell

The St. Louis Writers' Group is dedicated to the development of area playwrights, screenwriters and writers of musical theater through reading, discussions and workshops.  For more information about this reading or organization or for information about submitting a work for a reading, checkout our web site, www.stlwritersgroup.com, Phone  314-865-1296, or send an e-mail to farwemar@aol.com