Clay & Water 2021

Our Third Annual Playwrights’ Retreat and
New Play Reading Series

When: Thursday-Sunday, February 18-21, 2021 (See schedule below for times.)
Where: Zoom
Admission: Free.
Reservations:  Required in order to receive Zoom link.

Playwrights from all over the country.

Five developmental readings of their works-in-progress! A different play each session!

Please note: If we have more than 2 events available for reservations at one time, you may not see all of them when you first click the red “Tickets” toggle. Just click in the white space between two events to force the widget to expand and display all available events.

For questions or assistance, please email (and please tell us which play you are asking about or trying to reserve).


Thursday, February 18, 7pm EST | FAMILIAR KILL by Barbara Lindsay
Middle-aged couple Ruby and Earl are happy in their new marriage, but the rest of life is bleak and looking bleaker. Earl has lost his job, Ruby hates hers, and they both hate their new apartment. When Ruby makes a homicidal fundraising suggestion, Earl plays along with the joke. But then, their new and very attractive neighbor shows up, and maybe it’s not such a joke?
with Robert Baumgardner, Cher Davis, Debbie Pascoe, and Erica Villanueva
[FAMILIAR KILL contains adult language and situations.]

Friday, February 19, 7pm EST | LEVIATHAN by Bethany Dickens Assaf
Heather and Greer are taking a trip to a lake house so Heather can ‘get sober’ before they start trying for a baby. But Heather might just be a fully in-denial alcoholic – and her inner demons are about to have some company. Not to mention there’s something strange going on in the lake…
with Max Arnaud, Jeffrey Brackett, Danielle Dobies, Karen Konzen, and Blythe Scott

Saturday, February 20, 2pm EST | WHEN WE BREATHE by Jaisey Bates
Zee tries to write. Tee tries to keep Zee awake. Tee and She are four days gone. Lightning: a predatory white Coyote with a bard ruff and sharp teeth in the window. Thunder: an otherworldly howl and pounding at the door. Bee storms in, setting off a dangerous dance of blood memories, grief, horror and hope as History—written with black ink in red blood by white hands on white pages—opens its eyes. And its mouth.
with Sarahjeen François, Sage Hemstreet, Sophia Hill, and Dawn Lura

Saturday, February 20, 7pm EST | AFFINITY LUNCH MINUTES by Nick Malakhow
Ben and Jasmine are the only two Black teachers at Penn Valley, a private Quaker school. Jasmine is passionate and boundary pushing, while Ben has worked his way up the ranks at the school to be Diversity Dean thanks to his “agreeable” nature. A racially charged discipline decision ignites a divide at the school and in Jasmine and Ben’s collegial relationship.
with Daniel Bair, Paris Crayton III, Deltoiya Goodman, Brian Johnson, and Meganne Johnson

Sunday, February 21, 3pm EST | ATLAS, THE LONELY GIBBON by Deborah Yarchun
ATLAS, THE LONELY GIBBON is a dark comedic thriller set in the future. Irene, a former journalist, struggles to find autonomy in a now mindless job editing AI-generated articles, an increasingly challenging marriage, and in an apartment potentially being targeted by hackers.
with Daniel Bair, Danielle Dobies, Meganne Johnson, Emily Ramsey, and Mitchell Wohl


The Retreat playwrights visited a class at the Green Cove Springs Junior High School. The beautiful thank you notes below came from the students. We removed their names to protect their privacy and scanned them so we could share them with you.


Jaisey Bates
Bethany Dickens Assaf
Barbara Lindsay
Nick Malakhow
Deborah Yarchun


Elizabeth Amos
Kim Euell
Blossom Johnson
Fiona Kyle
Linda Lombardi


And thank you to the restaurants and many other contributors to our “No Starving Artists” Fund who are helping to feed our guests while they are here!

20 N Orange Ave, GCS

14 N Magnolia Ave, GCS

328 Ferris St, GCS

232 Walnut St, GCS

  • Janet Peterson, dōTERRA Essential Oils,
  • Jason Scoggins, Orkin Commercial
  • Something Special, 425 Walnut St, GCS
  • Two Chic's Eclectic Mix, 408 Walnut St, GCS
  • No H2O Mobile Waterless Car Wash & Wax, 904-923-8884
  • Patricia and Joey Evans
  • The Guitar Station, 421 Walnut St, GCS
  • Curt Coenen, Bemer Group, 904-891-3838
  • Lisa Stern, Embrace Your Journey Health and Wellness Coaching LLC, 301-633-2000
  • Renae Aiple, Financial Advisor-Edward Jones, 904-337-9298


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