The first annual Indie Boots Theatre Festival, produced by the arts company Mudgeonsoul, has a unifying theme: Rebecca, the title character in each of nine short plays, whom organizers chose as a prompt to encourage writers to come up with stories about women. The full lineup, ranging from rom-com to absurdist critique, will run each of three nights in a 95-minute block.
In Spenser Davis’s Rebecca Says Be Cool, Rebecca helps calm Eric’s nerves before his blind date with Nate. Rebecca-Crazy, by Lucca Suvi, observes two girls sharing a park bench while they wait to get into a gay dance bar. Rebecca and two friends experiment with “rejuvenation” in Liz Siedt’s zombie buddy comedy Rebecca Back to Life.
In Ron Burch’s Facebook romance Rebecca’s Broken Less Than Sign Number Three, Rebecca pines for her crush, who has a new girlfriend, before prince charming Bill arrives with a friend request. When Rebecca returns from a long hiatus in Rebecca’s Roommate, by Amanda Petefish-Schrag, her partner tries to hash out why their relationship has deteriorated. Reader critic Jack Helbig hatched fairy-tale-within-a-play Snow White, Who Is Also Called Becky, No, Rebecca. . . and the Frog Prince with his daughter Margaret when she was five years old.
Michelle Meyers’s Rebecca and Larry Get Stuck in Traffic zooms in on two people trapped in gridlock and musing about the circuitousness of time. Friends respond with contrary attitudes, and sensitivity, to an account of rape in Rebecca on the Bus, by Jennie Webb. Rebecca, alone at a bar, invites a man to sit with her in Ian Fines’s Rebecca’s Laugh, which investigates the assumptions people are quick to make about strangers.