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Rain and Zoe Save the World  by Crystal Skillman

Winner of the 2018 EMOS Festival



ANCHORAGE, AK – Rain and Zoe Save the World by New York playwright Crystal Skillman has been named the winning script by a national panel of judges for the 2018 Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) New Play Competition.


The production will run at the University of Alaska Anchorage from April 20-29, 2018, as part of the 2018 EMOS Symposium, hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance.


In Rain and Zoe Save the World, two Seattle teenagers embark on an impulsive motorcycle journey to join a group of oil protesters on the east coast. But as they follow a major pipeline across the country, what began as two young activists’ longing to belong to something greater than themselves gives way to Rain and Zoe discovering that the true danger in this world might just be growing up.


EMOS is an triennial event, founded in 2004 to call forth and foster new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis. A series of presentations, workshops, and play readings will surround the opening of the production.


Oberon Springs by M.G. Erickson was the runner-up, and the other finalists were The Lovebirds by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Preapocalyptica by Erin Marie Panttaja, and The Man’s Bitch by Debra Thomas.

Crystal Skillman, photo by Jody Christopherson

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