Lake Tahoe's Only One-Act Play Competition
Our vision for WordWave is to host an annual cultural event at beautiful Lake Tahoe in a setting that honors Lake Tahoe's rich history. Every culture uses story to entertain, educate, preserve traditions, and connect. The underlying principle of WordWave is that stories—in song, theater, oral tradition, and books—change lives. WordWave provides a venue for locals and visitors to share their stories and validate their creativity, an annual gathering where anyone can come, create, and be inspired by our lake.
WordWave features an annual one-act play writing competition that opens in spring and running through summer that culminates in a winners’ event in September. Three submissions will be selected each year as the winners and each winner will receive cash prize and be offered a 2-night stay in South Lake Tahoe to see their work directed and produced as a staged reading at the historic Valhalla Boathouse Theatre.CONTEST ENTRY INFORMATION
From The Committee
Cultivating a Space For Creative Ideas
We feel that theater is essential in our culture and in helping people share experiences and create connections. Theater brings us together to laugh, to cry, and to engage in stories of being human. We created this event for new playwrights to showcase their creativity and to see their work on a real stage; for directors & actors to perform new work and meet new talent; and for theater lovers to experience the joys of theater with an evening of entertainment and discovery. Creating a dialogue between new playwrights, directors, actors, and audience members allows all four to become more invested in the power of creativity, specifically in the joy of theater. We hope you will become a part of this incredible event, whether you are a playwright, a director, an actor, or an audience member. Support theater in South Lake Tahoe.
A Festival of Story
2021 Contest Winners
WordWave Contest Winners each received a $500 prize.
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"Out, Damn COVID Audition"
"Big Top Love"
A play about friendship. About sharing our vulnerabilities. About growing older. About saying things you would never say to someone that wasn’t your best friend. Inappropriate, funny, caustic, and irreverent, Liddy & Eleanor maneuver through one of their “closest friend’s” funeral with hilarity.John Paul Porter2019 Winner for Funeral for a Friend
This play instantly spoke to us. It’s quirky and poetic, with human truths that can speak to anyone. A lovely piece that will tug at your heart-strings, make you laugh, and have you cheering in the end.Dagney Kerr2019 Winner for Deanna and Paul
To anyone that has ever had auto-correct text messages go out without intent, this is your play. A funny take on current faux-pas in the world of dating, this play will definitely tickle your funny bone and have you laughing out loud!Dave Hanson2019 Winner for Cafe D’Automatique
As if the joy of seeing my work brought to life wasn’t enough, the location is absolutely heavenly, the Boathouse Theater is like a little hidden gem, and the people involved with producing WordWave are extremely generous, enthusiastic, and sweet. I’ll never forget the feeling of hearing the reactions from the audience of wonderful locals gathered together to support new writers — I think I spent the evening a few inches off the ground. WordWave is a great experience for an emerging playwright.Gabriella Giocomo2017 winner for Locked In
What an incredible experience it was to see the talented actors and director bring my words to life onstage. The night of the production was one of the best nights of my life. I was so proud of the actors and grateful for the way they treated my work with such respect and enthusiasm. They brought their own artistic vision to my script and, by bringing the characters and their relationships to life, made it even better than simply my words on the page.Dallas Woodburn2015 winner for Woman Running Late in a Dress