Spokane Playwrights Laboratory

Spokane Playwrights Laboratory

Change Lives Through Story

Up Next in the Lab

Minister of Sorrow

Written by Pam Kingsley

Emma is a traveling librarian who, in 1937, delivers books to the rural community living in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. This winter’s night, she has been called out to deliver a book to the Reverend Cahill; a man she left in her past many years ago. Minister of Sorrow, by Pam Kingsley, is a powerful story of forgiveness, redemption, and the spirit of the mountains.

After watching the performance, join us for a live “talk back” session with the playwright. This is your chance to meet the playwright and help us create an original play.

Tickets are “pay what you think it’s worth”. At the event you will be given a link to donate to SPL. If you would like to donate before the event, we will provide you with a link in the confirmation email when you register. See you at the show!

March 23, 2023

Washington Cracker Building

304 W. Pacific Ave

Doors open: 6:30

Curtain: 7:30

Chat back: Immediately following the show


Emma: Jane May

The Musician: Dahveed Bullis


Stage Manager: Abby Constable

Literary Advisor: Scott Doughty and Hazel Bean

Technical Director: Hazel Bean

Director: Scott Doughty

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Our Mission

Spokane Playwrights Laboratory exists to help local writers create original plays. We are here to help you get your script ready to submit to local or professional theatres. Our goal is to give you, our playwright, a unique opportunity to develop your unfinished work into a fully realized rehearsal scripts ready for print or production. We provide you with time, resources, and professional expertise in an extended workshop environment. By giving you an opportunity to experiment and discover, we also give you a competitive edge.

At the end of our workshop period, we invite audiences to view your work at a staged reading. You get the benefit of direct feedback from a live audience. In this way, you will truly know if your script “works” before you submit it for consideration in local theatres. By staging your work, we foster an environment of support and meaningful/constructive creative dialogue.

We give equal consideration to all creative voices in our community.

How does it work?

SPL offers a unique, extended workshop experience. We affectionately call it Lab Time. Click the button below to take a peek at how SPL does what it does.

We’ve partnered with Terrain!

SPL has partnered with Terrain to bring you our 2021-2022 staged reading series.

SPL is thrilled to announce we have partnered with Terrain for the 2022-2023 season! All of our staged readings will be held at the Washington Cracker building! Come enjoy great new scripts by local playwrights in this awesome performance space. For more information about our upcoming events click the button below.

SPL Won a SAGA Grant!

SPL is honored and grateful to be selected as a 2022 Spokane Arts Grant Awards recipient. The funds from this grant are going directly to supporting Spokane’s playwrighting community. We will be using the support given by SAGA to develop 5 original scripts by Spokane playwrights (see Lab Time), create workshop opportunities within our community, and set up a playwrighting internship program with local colleges and universities. Thank you, Spokane Arts! Your support makes the difference to us.

How to Get Involved

We are always excited to welcome new collaborators! If you are a theatre artist, writing enthusiast, volunteer, or friendly face, please fill out the form below. We will contact you directly. See you in the Lab!

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