New Works Festival Holds Write Fight

Four Day Festival Runs July 8-11.

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Renegade Theater Company took over Duluth’s Teatro Zuccone, Wednesday night as they kicked off this years New Works Festival.

The four day festival wraps up Saturday, July 11th with a performance of the play Finnegan’s Wake.

Wednesday night was about unrehearsed performances, however.

The festival’s first event Write Fight pitted writers against each other in an “on the spot” writing competition.

Writers, including Duluth mayor Don Ness, were chosen at random to compete against each other in a one on one single elimination writing tournament.

After being selected, writers were given a short phrase as a prompt and set to work. 

The pressure of a live crowd wasn’t the only thing the writers had going against them, shortly after they began their work, they were also given a distraction.

In the first round the writers were blindfolded, in the second members of the audience stood over the author’s shoulders and whispered suggestions.

After 10 minutes of writing the authors read their works aloud and faced an audience vote.

The New Works Festival will continue every night through Saturday with events starting at 7 p.m.

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