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WordWave

A Festival of Story

2021 Contest Winners

Nicole DeSalle

Peter McDonough

Susan Boulanger

WordWave Contest Winners each received a $500 prize.

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When forced to face an unthinkable horror, a young, first-grade teacher's world slowly closes in around her. Peter McDonough’s “The Process” finds Sarah Chapman reliving the events of a specific day with the help of a Counselor. Struggling to separate reality from delusion, Sarah searches for answers that will profoundly impact herself and the future of her students. The women painstakingly unearth the truth, forcing the audience to confront a chilling threat from which no one is immune. Intense and powerful, this contemporary, one-act drama delves into one of the most compelling issues of our time.

Peter McDonough
"The Process"

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Susan Boulanger’s “Out, Damn COVID Audition” finds Gayle and Darcie, two regional (local) theatre actresses who have been out of work for over a year and a half during the Covid-19 pandemic. The play opens with Gayle relaxing on the sofa with a trashy novel and a supply of wine. Darcie has invited herself over supposedly for some long-awaited girl-time with Gayle. It doesn’t take long for Gayle to realize that Darcie has invaded her treasured respite just to have her coach Darcie for an upcoming audition – a role that Darcie just
knows Gayle is not right for. Gayle’s breaking point has now been reached and she proceeds to coach Darcie for an audition that will definitely be…unforgettable.

Susan Boulanger
"Out, Damn COVID Audition"

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“Big Top Love” written by Nicole DeSalle explores the motivations behind our dreams through the experiences of Travis and Lydia who meet at a Chicago cafe and learn they both are seeking thrills they hope will bring joy to their lives. Travis wants to enlist the help of talent agent Lydia to build a circus that he believes will revitalize his town, while Lydia is looking for the thrill of finding a lasting love. Both characters have to consider whether Big Top Love is the right remedy to fill the holes in their hearts.

Nicole DeSalle
"Big Top Love"

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Our Mission:

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.

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Ginger Nicolay-Davis graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Masters degree in Communication Science. She has been studying theatre and performing for over 30 years. While attending the University of Mississippi, she won a Mississippi Theatre Association award for her role as “Joy” in Shadowlands. She has produced and performed in several productions at Valhalla including August Osage County. She has served on the Board of Directors for Valhalla for 7 years and was president of the board for 3 years. Ginger is a real estate broker and owns her own firm in South Lake Tahoe.
Diana Evans has worked in marketing in the Tahoe area for close to 30 years. She owns a marketing & advertising agency called DAE&Co. that specializes in tourism & resort marketing. She currently serves on the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Marketing Committee and has volunteered in theatre arts and cultural events in the area for over 20 years. She is a seasoned actor, singer, and has even been known to dance occasionally. A past Valhalla Tahoe (aka Tahoe Tallac Association) board member, she served as the Board President for over a year.
David Hamilton has an MFA in acting from UC Davis, an MA in Theatre from San Diego State. He has performed professionally in the Bay Area with theatres such as Berkeley Repertory, Marin Theatre Company, and Shakespeare San Francisco. He was the Director of Theatre at Lake Tahoe Community College for 19 years where he was privileged to help design and create the Duke Theatre. Having produced and directed over 80 productions, he also wrote the book and co-wrote lyrics for the musical Beauty, and lyrics and story for the rock opera Lysistrata’s War, which performed at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh and the Victoria Fringe. He has also served as the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts at Folsom Lake College and the Dean of Business, Design and Workforce at Cañada College.
Michelle Morton is the Operations Manager at Valhalla Tahoe. Between managing the property, hosting events and planning for Valhalla Tahoe’s future, Michelle finds peace through written word. Michelle took the stage for the first time in 2019 as part of South Lake Tahoe’s annual performance of the Vagina Monologues. She loves announcing events and contest winners in the Boathouse Theatre and she has a passion for storytelling and fine arts.
Kim Wyatt is the owner and publisher of the award-winning independent press Bona Fide Books in South Lake Tahoe, California. A founding director of WordWave, she believes in the power of storytelling to change lives. One of her missions is to support new writers and new work, and the One-Act Play Competition is an exciting way to bring fresh talent to Lake Tahoe.
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 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