It's tough getting a play admitted to New York's International Fringe Festival, which, on the average, gets a few thousand entries a year from across the world.
But only 200 are accepted, and one of those chosen for this year's festival, which is in August, is LoveSick, a play written by 1996 Kennewick High grad Larissa Wise.
Wise, daughter of Larry and Gloria Wise of Kennewick, moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
"There are other Fringe festivals all over the world, but the two with the most clout and most respected are New York and Edinburgh, Scotland," Wise said via email.
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Because of that reputation, New York and Scotland festivals are the only two that require entries to have an invite.
"New York is the place to be for theater, and they have the most critical eye," Wise said. "This is my first full-length play."
LoveSick first was produced it in L.A. last summer at the LOFT, a theater company she started with several fellow actors a few years ago.
"I was overwhelmed by the way it touched people," Wise said. "It was not a small project. There are 10 characters in the cast, it was the most tech-heavy show we've ever done, and I directed and acted in it as well."
She swears she is not a control freak for all the hats she wears. It's more a matter of not having the month to hire outside the company, she said.
Wise and her LOFT associates also are scrambling to raise $30,000 so they can perform LoveSick at the New York festival.
"This is a chance for our little theater company to get some recognition and create future projects," she said. "It is quite an undertaking for us to do this as we struggle to make the regular theater rent each month, especially for a lot of us who basically work two full-time jobs.
"But in order for us to get our cast, crew and show across the country, it'll cost $20,000 to get us all there."
Or, $30,000 if the troupe stays in a hotel during the two-week festival.
Anyone who would like to donate to Wise's nonprofit theater group can do so at www.loftensemble.com.
Wise describes her play like this: "LoveSick is beautiful and new. Rotten and festering. It's twisted conceptions and its infinite wonders. LoveSick is about love at every angle.
"Benjamin and Sophia find each other in a dream. Even though they're from opposites sides of the track, their lives parallel as the dream and its minions bring them together. Through increasingly clearer memories of Benjamin's mother and Sophia's father, despite the roadblocks caused by Sally and Frank the young couple's intense admirers, Benjamin and Sophia learn to see their lives for what they really are and fight for what they really want.
"It's a little hard to explain without seeing it," she said. "It's written partially in verse, uses a lot of music and movement to convey the story, but it's not weird for weird's sake. That, I promise."