Ashland New Plays Festival

Ashland New Plays Festival 2015 brings winning playwrights to town

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Ashland New Plays Festival, an annual event that presents a unique and exciting form of theatre to the Rogue Valley, is bringing this year’s four winning playwrights to town for ANPF 2015, October 21 to 25. The winning playwrights will spend a week in Ashland, rehearsing with their casts and seeing their plays performed as staged readings by actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community.

Three of the four playwrights—Skye Robinson Hillis, Beth Kander, and Meridith Friedman—are prolific women writers with impressive bodies of work; this is the first play written by Brian Mulholland. The winners were selected through a months-long process of reading 572 blinded submissions. Playwrights will hear their work in both rehearsal and live readings performed by some of our finest actors and observe an audience react to their work, often for the first time. Those famously discerning Ashland audiences provide insightful feedback during the talkbacks after each performance. Previous winning playwrights without exception have said they find this process to be invaluable in their creative efforts to bring their work to full production.

The staged readings are Wednesday through Sunday, October 21 to 25, with two readings of each winning play at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. All performances are followed by a talkback moderated by ANPF 2008 winner and returning host playwright EM Lewis.