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2019 Ashland New Plays Festival Summer Events

Award-winning Playwrights E.M. Lewis, Octavio Solis Featured at Ashland New Plays Festival Summer Events

Award-winning Playwrights E.M. Lewis, Octavio Solis Featured at Ashland New Plays Festival Summer Events

Ashland New Plays Festival’s summer events include its popular Theatre Talk monthly conversation series, this year featuring Jessica Ko, Octavio Solis, Amy Kim Waschke, and Erica Sullivan. The series launches on Monday, June 3. ANPF also welcomes back award-winning playwright E.M. Lewis to Ashland for a special full production of her critically acclaimed play The Gun Show with performances on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15.

“I am thrilled this season to be speaking with such an enormously talented group of theater artists,” says Theatre Talk host John Rose, “I’m particularly looking forward to talking with a playwright about the complete creative process of theater, from words on the page to staged production, and that playwright is Octavio Solis, one of the most important and original voices in American theater

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Ashland New Plays Festival Presents 27th Annual Fall Festival Oct. 17 – 21, 2018

ANPF 2018-poster

Now in its 27th year presenting new works for the stage, new play incubator Ashland New Plays Festival will present its flagship Fall Festival, in a weeklong run of dramatic readings of works from award-winning playwrights October 17 through 21. ANPF is proud that many past winning plays and playwrights have received world premieres and won top honors, including 2016 ANPF Women’s Invitational winner Martyna Majok for her play Cost of Living, which won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

This year ANPF features four new plays – chosen from 400 worldwide submissions – that take audiences on unique journeys. The first is through 19th century England and a woman’s struggle to make her scientific work known in The Excavation of Mary Anning by Ian August, directed by Penny Metropulos. Another sees a suburban American community rocked by a sexual assault allegation in Cold Spring by

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Ashland New Plays Festival opens its 2018 season March 25th

Production photo from The Luckiest People world premiere at Curious Theatre Company, photo by Michael Ensminger

Production photo from The Luckiest People world premiere at Curious Theatre Company, photo by Michael Ensminger

Ashland New Plays Festival will open its 2018 season by staging a dramatic reading of a family drama, Your Best One, on Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Oregon University’s Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available now at www.ashlandnewplays.org.

The play by Meridith Friedman will feature actors Rex Young, James Edmondson, Paul Michael Garcia and Kate Berry. The four are well-known to Ashland audiences and previously appeared in Friedman’s play The Luckiest People at ANPF’s 2015 Fall Festival. They will reprise their original roles and Paul Mason Barnes will direct. “I love, love, love Ashland,” said Friedman, who lives in Los Angeles and writes for television. “ANPF has terrific, smart, insightful patrons, and I’m looking forward to finding out their feedback on the play.”

Your Best One and Friedman’s

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Ashland New Plays Festival announces 2018 season

The Luckiest People cast at ANPF 2015, ANPF archives

Celebrating Past Winners and Welcoming the New: Ashland New Plays Festival announces its 2018 season

Ashland New Plays Festival is pleased to announce its 27th season of staged play readings showcasing new theatrical works, along with a program of talks with theater professionals.

ANPF’s flagship annual Fall Festival Oct. 17-21 will unveil four new plays in staged readings by casts of professional actors. The plays will be selected from 400 entries currently being read by local volunteer readers, with the final decisions to be made in June by ANPF artistic director Kyle Haden. They will be performed at Ashland’s Unitarian Center.

In carrying out its mission to support new works for the stage, ANPF is “working to develop underrepresented voices in theater, including women and playwrights of color,” said Haden. The 2018 season opens Sunday, March 25, with a staged reading of Meridith Friedman’s Your

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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,

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Ashland New Plays Festival Presents CONSTELLATIONS

Ashland New Plays FEstival Constellations

On May 8 Ashland New Plays Festival Presents a Dramatic Reading of CONSTELLATIONS A romantic exploration of one relationship in multiple universes by British playwright Nick Payne

“In the quantum multiverse, every choice, every decision you’ve ever and never made exists in an unimaginably vast ensemble of parallel universes.” – CONSTELLATIONS

 

>From London, to Broadway, to Ashland! Join us for this special, one-night-only dramatic reading of the “spellbinding, romantic journey” of CONSTELLATIONS. What begins as a simple encounter between a man and a woman then delves into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and asks us to think about the difference between choice and destiny.

 

ANPF’s staged reading is directed by ANPF’s Associate Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca and stars Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Alejandra Escalante and Daniel José Molina, who also starred together as the title characters in OSF’s 2012 production of ROMEO AND JULIET. This season

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Contemporary Translation of Edward III by Ashland New Plays Festival

Understanding Shakespeare through a Modern Verse Translation:

A contemporary playwright translates Edward III for today’s audiences, to be performed as a dramatic reading March 27 in Ashland, Oregon

By Kara Q Lewis

Afternoon light filters over the laptop of playwright Octavio Solis, who focuses on the screen, puzzling out ways to decipher a difficult verse from William Shakespeare’s play Edward III. After getting sick two weeks earlier, Solis began working from bed. His wife teases him about not using his brand new writing studio. He works intensely and relentlessly: “I get obsessive about it,” he says, “I work on it ‘til 1 or 2 in the morning and then it’s the first thing I do when I wake up.” He continues:

“I’ve enjoyed every second of it. It taps into the part of my brain that likes puzzles. I’m decoding something really intricate and

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Edward III Presented by Play On!, Ashland New Plays Festival

A (New) Shakespeare Play Translated into Modern Language

On March 27, Play on! in collaboration with Ashland New Plays Festival presents EDWARD III by William Shakespeare, translated by Octavio Solis and directed by Dawn Monique Williams

ASHLAND, Ore. — Forget the international debate over translating William Shakespeare’s verse into contemporary modern English. Playwright Octavio Solis, who has been commissioned to translate EDWARD III, says “the controversy should be about why this was not a Shakespeare play before.”

Solis is one of 36 playwrights across the country hard at work translating 39 plays attributed to Shakespeare into modern language. Oregon Shakespeare Festival has innovated the ambitious Play on! project for a purpose. “The clarity we aspire to get from the translations will make us better appreciate the vibrancy of the original,” says OSF’s Artistic Director Bill Rauch.

EDWARD III, which was published anonymously in 1596, has had its authorship argued

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Better Together: Four Playwrights Share Their New Plays with Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — In the basement of Mix Bakeshop, Beth Kander began the first rewrites of her new play, Hazardous Materials. It was fall 2015 and her play The Bottle Tree was one of the four winning plays for Ashland New Plays Festival’s flagship event that year. ANPF is a non-profit organization celebrating its 25th year of encouraging playwrights in the creation of new works. The organization offers public readings of selected plays and educational forums to the community through discussions and workshops. ANPF’s Festival Week runs October 19 through 23, with matinee and evening performances each day as well as a playwriting workshop on Saturday, October 22, led by Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient and ANPF Host Playwright EM Lewis. This year’s winners are Beth Kander for Hazardous Materials, Stephanie Walker for The Madres, Mike Teele for EdanEv, and Michael Erickson for Oberon Springs. Hundreds of playwrights submit new

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Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Fall Festival’s Full Schedule

2016 Ashland new Plays Festival Schedule

2016 Ashland new Plays Festival Schedule

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