Fontbonne University and Mustard Seed Theatre have teamed up to present their first annual New Play Festival. Out of more than 60 plays entered by new playwrights from across the country, this year’s winner is "The Geography of Nowhere" by hometown actor, director and writer Joshua Cook. The story is a twisted journey of three individuals who have little in common, but are united by the drive to build a spiritual utopia. A second play by Cook, "An Invitation Out," and a play by another St. Louisan, DJ Sanders, also finished in the final four. The submissions were judged blindly by Seth Gordon, Mary Ann Hogan, Linda Kennedy, Bobby Miller and Deanna Jent, Artistic Director of Mustard Seed. Contest rules stipulated only that the plays must deal with faith or social justice.
"The Geography of Nowhere" will be presented in staged readings at 7pm on April 22 and 23 in Fontbonne’s Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Blvd. Tickets are $10. To make reservations, call the Mustard Seed box office, 314.719.8060.