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

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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 Announces ANPF 2018 Fall Festival Schedule

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Ashland New Plays Festival today announced the schedule for its 27th annual Fall Festival.

October 17-21, 2018, at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street in Ashland.

ANPF 2018 playwrights, clockwise from top left: Nate Eppler, Ian August, Stephanie Alison Walker, and Victor Lesniewski.

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 Hadenselects the four winners from the readers’ highest-scoring plays. This year’s festival will feature new work by Ian August, Nate Eppler, Victor Lesniewski, and Stephanie Alison Walker, who is a returning winner. Full details on the winning playwrights and their plays are below.

“It was a thrill

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Playwright Meridith Friedman Returns to Ashland with I Can Go

I Can Go’s vivid characters bring difficult realities to light with warmth and wit

Ashland New Plays Festival is pleased to present a dramatic reading of I Can Go by Meridith Friedman,

the final play in her powerful and touching trilogy about the Hoffman family. Directed by Kyle Haden, this special, one-night-only event is on Sunday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Southern Oregon University’s Main Stage Theatre.

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ANPF is the first organization to present the final two plays of Freidman’s series back to back in the same season. In March, our audiences welcomed the return of Friedman’s memorable and moving family drama with Your Best One. For I Can Go, Friedman will be coming to Ashland the week before the performance for an intense workshop with the director, cast, and a dramaturg.

ANPF’s dramatic reading will star returning cast members Kate Berry, Cameron Davis, Paul

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Ashland New Plays Festival announces 2018 season

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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

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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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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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2016 Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Winning Playwrights

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2016 Ashland New Plays Festival Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Winning Playwrights. These exceptionally gifted playwrights present their work during our annual Fall Festival, October 19-23, 2016.

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