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17th Annual New Play Festival Competition Coming November 9th to Centre Stage

Celebrating Southern Playwrights!

Free to the Public
For the last decade and a half, Centre Stage has counted it a privilege to celebrate works from far and wide as part of our New Play Festival. But this year, we turn our attention to local playwrights, honoring artists from right here at home! Join us for our 17th Annual New Play Festival -the only one of its kind in town. Be a part of this free event and help in the development of new plays competing for a chance to win a stage production in the 2020-2021 season!

The action takes place on November 9, 2019. The 17th Annual New Play Festival will consist of readings of the three finalist scripts, selected and evaluated from hundreds of submissions. Each reading will be followed by a talkback led by the Dramaturg in Residence to aid in the development of the work. Audience members will then fill out a ballot to rate the play. Comments and scores from the Dramaturg in Residence, the Executive/Artistic Director and staff of Centre Stage, audience evaluations and expert panel members, will be considered in determining the winner.

At the close of the festival on Saturday night, a winner will be announced and entered into consideration for production at Centre Stage as part of the 2020-2021 Fringe Series. The winner will receive a $500.00 prize to encourage further development of their play and craft.

The Festival is open to the public free of charge! There will be a reception with hors d’oeuvres after our second reading. Concessions will also be available for purchase before and after each reading! Audiences can pick and choose the show or shows they attend, but we encourage them to stay for all three readings so they can have a chance to compare the plays to one another and decide which one is their favorite!
Learn more at www.centrestage.org

New Play Festival Schedule

12:30 pm
Mack, Beth by Chris Stezin
3:00 pm
Jordan and the Paper Crane Reading by Meghan Reimers
5:00 pm
Sharks by Randall David Cook
7:00 pm
Winner of 2019 NPF Announce

Mack, Beth by Chris Stezin
Tragedy
Plucked from its origins in a medieval Scottish castle this contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s tragedy relocates The Scottish Play from its medieval setting inside castle walls to a 21st Century office building in the booming enclave of corporate America. Full of mysticism, seduction, and wit, Stezin’s engaging rendition of a beloved cautionary tale follows the rise and fall of a corporate power couple to their tragic ends.

Jordan and the Paper Crane by Meghan Reimers
Dramedy
Jordan, a terminally ill college student, seeks to escape his fate by flying away to a land of immortality on a magical paper crane, brought to life on stage through dance. Although successful in his escape, Jordan discovers that in gaining perpetual life, he may have lost his reason for living. This whimsical play explores the fear of mortality, the power of story-telling, and what truly matters in life.

Sharks by Randall David Cook
Comedy
On Pelican beach in nearby Charleston, a bickering, long-married couple (an actress and playwright) find their intermittent squabbling interrupted by a psychiatrist and a librarian whose fear of sharks prevents her from even looking at the water without losing control, even with a lifeguard by her side. When one of them decides to wade into the waves and never return, everyone on the beach that day is forced to face the realities of aging, unrequited love and the fear of being torn to pieces by a thousand jagged teeth.

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