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    GUNS IN DRAGONLAND 

    EISLINN GRACEN

    sponsored by: TOM & COLETTE WALLS

    SYNOPSIS

    During a recess like any other, Lilah Gordon and her best friend/imaginary dragon, Toucan, set off on a special adventure to help Lilah earn dragon wings of her own. But things go awry when a mysterious noise from her nearby school compels the duo to embark on the biggest quest they have ever encountered.

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    "Lilah, I’m very sorry that running is not the game you want to play right now, but sometimes we have to play games that we hate."

     

    Eislinn Gracen

    Guns in Dragonland

    Playwright's Bio

    Eislinn Gracen is Florida-based writer. Her piece, GUNS IN DRAGONLAND, was initially workshopped & produced as a virtual staged reading as the headliner for Beth Marshall Presents’ New Works Series. She was a participant and winner in the inaugural Be Original playwriting festival in 2019, hosted by New Generation Theatricals and Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. She won the Florida Theatrical Association Award for her play, WOLF IN A CONCRETE JUNGLE, which was performed as a table read at the festival and also as a staged reading at UCF last winter. Most recently, she wrote the part of THE PARDONER in the Howler’s Theatre presented virtual reading of the Orlando Fringe Festival’s THE CANTERBURY TALES PROJECT.

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