Earlier this month, Bruka Theatre presented their eighth Biggest Little Theatre & New Works Festival. This four-day event had over 10 different performances. Shows included scene reads, poetry, musical, improvs, and more.
The intention of this festival was to allow local artists to test out their new work for the first time on a stage. The vibe of the performances was laid back; it was like watching an elevated rehearsal.
At first I thought this format of performances would turn me away. However, the opposite was true. There were some set designs and costumes, so you didn’t need to use complete imagination. I actually enjoyed seeing the performances stripped down. The rawness of the stage really highlighted the acting.
After the shows, the audience would get the chance to meet the casts, directors and writers and to pay compliments and ask questions. This segment was really interesting because it allowed the audience to learn more backstory to each performance and find out what future ideas the artists might have in mind for the piece.
Another great aspect was that if the artist continues with production of their show, then in the future you can watch the completed version and compare it to the original. I know I’ll be on the lookout for any updated performances.
If you missed the Bruka Theatre’s festival this year, be sure to have your eye out next time. Most performances are short, roughly 30 to 60 minutes, and tickets are only $5. If you’re new to the theater scene, this is a great opportunity to step your foot in!
- Written by Anna Christine
- Directed by Douglas Carrion
Last Night Under the Oak Tree
- Written by Ryan Costello
- Directed by Julia Butler
Poets of the Caribbean
- Hosted by Jesse James Ziegler
A Crippled Friendship
- Written & performed by Evan Gadda & Ernest Davis Jr.
Rain Dog Saint
- Written by Jenny Carr
- Directed by Marygrace McManus
All The Little Things
- Written by Victor Uriz
- Directed by Sharon Zenz
- Written & performed by Pan Pantoja
- Written by Sabrina Zackery
- Directed by Cai Thompson
Not Sister Nor Mom
- Written by Everett Ray George & Hannah Arthur
- Directed by Hannah Arthur
Under Paris (Musical)
- Written by Marshall Herman
- Directed by Tami Castillo
All Things Reconsidered (Improv)
- Written by Chris Thigpen
- Directed by Jamie Clark
Kylie Masznicz is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied English with a concentration in writing with a minor in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for ThisIsReno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to write a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music, and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years.