A free public reading

Blackbirds - Meagan Gove

The 3 Fates have become fortunetellers trapped in an underground circus troupe, and have vowed themselves into silence. The rest of the circus, who rely on the 3 Fates for their livelihood, believe this is a sign of the apocalypse. Ren, an enigmatic yet brutal ringleader, is blamed for the Fates’ silence and exiled into hiding. His journey out of the underground circus brings him to Granny Rose’s house, an elderly matriarch with her own gift for telling the future. Tied to a chair with little chance of escape, Ren challenges Granny Rose on the morality of being in the business of telling the future—a clash of beliefs made worse when Granny Rose’s grandchildren, sisters who are on the verge of going separate ways, pick sides and pull no punches. The 3 Fates are brought out of the shadows and into the living room of a family struggling to re-connect with one another. Blackbirds is about seeing the extraordinary in the most ordinary of people; In order to conquer their fear of the unknown they are forced to face their destinies even if that means defying the Fates themselves.


Paprika Playwright-In-Residence
Written by Meagan Gove
Mentored by Susan Coyne

Strong Language




60 minutes


Tuesday May 5, 5:00pm


The emphasis of this program is on the process of developing a full draft of a script for the stage. Playwrights work on their own time, and for up to 10 hours with a Professional Artist Mentor. Playwrights meet with each other throughout the season to share their processes and learn from each other. Professional actors read the play for the playwright, the playwright’s mentor, and Festival staff in a table read two months before the Festival. This gives the playwright a chance to learn about their work and about how to conduct a professional writing development process. A formal staged reading of a full draft of each script is presented as part of the Festival for a public audience.