The nature of the Old and New West is fully reflected through dialects, beliefs, occupations, and actions in this collection of thirteen plays with complete stage directions. Set in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah from the mid-1800s to the present day and focusing on veterans, children, prostitutes, priests, the newborn, and newly dead, these one-acts written by playwrights who know the region give voice to those who created and continue to recreate the West. This collection of contemporary plays, written out of love and concern for the region, examines as never before the western myths rooted in the national psyche. The characters battle limits, deny fate, and seek new beginnings. The plays examine symptoms, pose questions, and seek answers about the past and present West.
“The 13 voices gathered in Lucky 13: Short Plays about Arizona, Nevada and Utah are as strong, idiosyncratic, and feisty as any group of playwrights one could hope to round up in the U.S. today.” -Elizabeth Diamond, Resident Director, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale School of Drama~Elizabeth Diamond, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale School of Drama
“Red Shuttleworth’s Lucky 13 is as varied and colorful a collection of short plays as the landscape that nurtured and inspired its authors. These plays careen from the desert to the even more barren suburbs, from Catholic churches to Las Vegas quickie wedding chapels--from the West you think you know to a West that might have drifted in from some peyote-inspired vision.” -Robert Schenkkan, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama 1992 for The Kentucky Cycle~Robert Schenkkan