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Ashland New Plays Festival Announces ANPF 2017 Fall Festival Full Schedule

Ashland New Plays Festival Announces ANPF 2017 Fall Festival Full Schedule

Ashland, Ore – Ashland New Plays Festival today announced the full schedule for its 26th annual Fall Festival, which takes place October 18-22, 2017, at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street in Ashland.

The four winning playwrights, whose plays were selected in blind readings of 400 submissions from around the world, will have their plays produced as dramatic readings by world-class actors and directors in matinee and evening performances.

Each year, more than 50 hard-working volunteers read, debate and score every play submitted to the festival. Artistic Director Kyle Haden selects the four winners from the readers’ 12 highest-scoring plays.

“This year, Kyle had the luxury of choosing the four plays — the top 1 percent — from a very strong field. ANPF 2017 will feature new work by Emily Feldman, Blake Hackler, Callie Kimball and Don Zolidis, each of whom is an accomplished playwright with an impressive resumé,” says ANPF Board President James Pagliasotti.

The festival opens with a members-only reception where guests meet the playwrights, directors, and actors, and follows with a week of rehearsals, performances and a playwriting workshop.

The winning plays and playwrights are:

– A DARK SKY FULL OF STARS by Don Zolidis, whose plays for young people are among the most-produced in the world, having received more than 10,000 productions. Performance directed by Claudia Alick, Oregon Shakespeare Festival community producer, who produced The Every 28 Hours Plays nationally.

– GO. PLEASE. GO. by Emily Feldman, a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and a 2016 Alliance/Kendeda finalist. Performance directed by Jackie Apodaca, ANPF Associate Artistic Director and Southern Oregon University professor who also directed Island Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of SEAGULL as well as ANPF’s 2017 performance of CONSTELLATIONS.

– SOFONISBA by Callie Kimball, two-time winner of the Rita & Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award and former MacDowell Fellow. SOFONISBA was included in the 2016 Kilroy’s List of best under-produced plays by female playwrights. Performance directed by Stefanie Sertich, a New York-based director who is also Program Director and Associate Professor of Theatre in the Humanities Department at LaGaurdia Community College.

– WHAT WE WERE by Blake Hackler, actor, writer, and Fulbright Scholar with teaching positions at Yale University and Southern Methodist University. Performance directed by Holly Derr, writer, director, professor of theater, and feminist media critic, who directed KING OF THE YEES at last year’s ANPF Women’s Invitational.

The opening night performance is Wednesday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m., followed by matinee and evening performances at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and closing with a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 22.

Each performance is followed by a talkback with Host Playwright Beth Kander, the playwrights, and cast. Kander, an award-winning playwright and novelist, was a winning playwright at ANPF 2015 and 2016.

Kander also will conduct a playwriting workshop, “Taking a Page from Their Playbooks”, Saturday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The workshop is $10 at the door, located at Headwaters Center, 84 Fourth Street, Ashland. To reserve a space, email [email protected]

A detailed schedule of the festival is attached.

Performances are $20 each, with tickets available online beginning September 7 at and also sold at the door, subject to availability.

ANPF’s mission is to assist playwrights in the development of new works through public readings and offer an educational forum to the community through discussions and workshops.

For community calendars:

Who: Ashland New Plays Festival
What: Annual Fall Festival ANPF 2017
When: October 18-22, 2017
Where: Unitarian Center, 87th Fourth Street, Ashland
Tickets: $20, online at and at the door, subject to availability


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