It may not be the most seasonally appropriate name for a summer fest, the the Icicle Creek Theater Festival continually brings fresh and interesting works to the Northwest. The annual new-play festival invites up-and-coming scribes to hole up at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, writing amid the beer houses and stunning views of the Cascades. Actors and a production team then arrive for a week to workshop the scripts in quiet seclusion before testing them in front of an audience on the weekend. After the weekend retreat, the crew then treks over to ACT Theatre to try the plays in front of Seattle audiences on August 21 and 22.

This summer, Cory Finley’s The Private Sector and Sarah Saltwick’s A Perfect Robot get some special attention. In The Private Sector, a managing director at a top hedge fund takes four new employees on a wilderness training retreat that soon morphs into a ruthless test of wills. A Perfect Robot takes a look at the ethical implications of societies technological advances through the story of "Mollybot," a female robot whose attempt to pass the test for humanness is complicated when her creator goes missing.

Icicle Creek Theater Festival
Aug 20 & 21, ACT Theatre, Single ticket $12; Festival pass $20

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