November 10-12

7:30 on Friday and Saturday nights
2:00 on Sunday afternoon


Six short plays in one evening! The playwrights this year are Ricky Diaz, Angel Kenison-Scott, and Trent Rash. 


Talking Horse Productions presents its third annual Starting Gate New Play Festival on November 10, 11, and 12.  Six original 10-minute plays, written just for this festival, by three very talented playwrights! Works by Ricky Diaz (Chicago, formerly MU), Angel Kenison-Scott, and Trent Rash, following the prompt "Earth and Sky" (based on a poem by the late Monica Hand). A diverse mix of comedy, drama, historical fiction, and mythology all rolled into a single performance event!


Here's a quick overview of the plays:


Forces by Ricardo Blayde Diaz:    A comedy about the tragedy of the nature of love in its most basic form

Moon Rabbit  by Ricardo Blayde Diaz:  A story of the relationship between a mother and daughter and how much we are truly willing to sacrifice for those people who we love explored through traditional Aztec folklore.



Pretense by Angel A. Kenison-Scott:   A romantic setting: Prom.  A magical spotlight dance.  A perfectly sucky moment neither Brandy nor Eric can escape from.

At the Horizon by Angel A. Kenison-Scott:  All stories have their origins; where it all began.  This is the story of Earth and Sky



The Sky's the Limit by Trent J. Rash:  A teenager is not thrilled with his name and how because of it he becomes a popular graphic novel hero.

After the Earth Stood Still by Trent J. Rash:  Three women are joined together after each loses their significant other in the sinking of the Titanic.


Tickets for the event are only $8, and are available by purchasing through our website,, by calling 573-268-1381, or at the door.  Show times are 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11; and at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 12.  The house and box office open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance times.


Come join us for this unique and fun event!


Talking Horse Productions is a not-for-profit, 503c3 organization, funded in part by the City of Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Missouri Arts Council.