Added Performances for Broken After selling out the initial three-weekend run of performances of the world-premiere of Aaron Randolph’s Broken the QC Theatre Workshop has added three additional performances to meet the high demand – one of which has already sold out. Broken, produced in partnership with Braking Traffik and supported by a grant from the Regional Development Authority, has wowed audiences and critics alike, and the Workshop has already received requests from other organizations around the country that fight human trafficking for information about the play, and possible production in cities as far away as Atlanta, Georgia. In order to spread Broken’s message of awareness, strength, and hope to as many Quad City audience members as possible, the Workshop will present one more full weekend of performances: Friday, September 15th at 7:30pm, Saturday, September 16th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, September 17th at 3:00pm. Within one day of announcing the additional performances, the added Friday show sold out, and the added Saturday show is almost sold out. Audience members are strongly encouraged to make reservations at, or to arrive at the theatre a half hour before any show time to be added to a wait list, to claim possible last-minute cancelled seats or no-shows. Submissions Open for the 2nd Annual Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival As a theatre based in her hometown of Davenport, Iowa, the QC Theatre Workshop believes in the importance of sharing and sustaining Susan Glaspell’s historic legacy. To this end, the Workshop presents the 2nd Annual Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival, which presents original works by local and national playwrights. The Susan Glaspell Playwriting Award is given annually to the winner of the national category, and is accompanied by a monetary prize. Additional awards and monetary prizes are given to the winner of the local adult and youth categories. Susan Glaspell was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1876. She was a journalist, author, actor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. She founded the Provincetown Players, one of the first great American theatres, which launched the careers of such luminaries as Eugene O'Neil, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Theodore Dreiser. In her works, Glaspell often challenged gender roles and featured strong, well-written female characters that drove the action of the play – a rarity in her own time as much as it is now. Due to the immense contributions she made to the American theatre tradition during her lifetime, she has often been called "The First Lady of American Drama." The QC Theatre Workshop is seeking submissions of original plays that feature female lead characters, which focus on gender issues, social justice, and/or current events. The plays will be scored by a panel of judges, and the finalists will be performed at the Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival, held at the QC Theatre Workshop February 2-4, 2018. Three categories of submissions are available: Local Adult, Local Student, and National. Local Student Category: Award for winning submission: $100 No submission fee -Open to students residing in the Quad City area who are (or will be) under 18 years of age on November 6, 2017. -Scenes or monologues between approximately 2 and 10 minutes in length Local Adult Category: Award for winning submission: $200 No submission fee -Open to playwrights residing in the Quad City area who are (or will be) 18 years of age or older on November 6, 2017. -Plays may be one-acts or full-length plays, but should be more than roughly 30 minutes in length. National Category: The Susan Glaspell Short Play Award Award for winning submission: $500 Submission fee: $15 -Open to any playwrights residing in the United States -Plays up to 20 pages in length. Deadline for all categories: November 6, 2017 The winning submissions in each category will be performed February 2-4 at the Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival. The winning playwrights will be invited to participate in the rehearsal process, and will be honored at the public performances. For full details and submission requirements, please visit

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