Announcing This Year’s Winning Playwrights!
We are delighted to announce the winning playwrights for ANPF 2014, our flagship festival in October:
- James Harmon Brown of Los Angeles, CA, for The Groyser
- Bob Clyman of North Caldwell, NJ, for A Little Quid Pro Quo
- Michael Edan of Southfields, NY, for Homecoming
- Jack Karp of Brooklyn, NY, for Irreversible
The winning scripts were chosen from nearly 200 blinded submissions. All four winners are prolific writers with impressive bodies of work. ANPF receives scripts from the top tier of playwrights in the United States, and through the months-long process of reading the blinded scripts, the cream rises to the top. Only after the top four plays are selected are the playwrights’ names revealed.
The winners will travel to beautiful Ashland, Oregon, for a week in October to workshop their plays and see their scripts taken from the page to the stage. There will be two readings of each winning play, featuring professional actors and directors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community.
Festival Week kicks off Friday, October 17, with an ANPF Theatre Talk interview with OSF actor Dan Donohue. The staged readings are Wednesday through Sunday, October 22 to 26, at the Unitarian Center, with both matinée and evening performances at 2 and 8 p.m. Festival Week will also include a playwriting workshop, “All Our Yesterdays,” on Saturday morning, October 25, led by ANPF 2008 winner and returning host playwright EM Lewis. Tickets will go on sale in September. Read the bios of the playwrights and synopses of the plays.
Theatre Talk Interview Series
The next ANPF Theatre Talk is Friday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m., when John Rose sits down with Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Dan Donohue. This Festival Week kickoff event, held at 310 Oak Street in Ashland, is underwritten by Carole and David Florian.
ANPF Theatre Talk is a series of conversations between host John Rose and prominent local actors and theatre professionals. Inspired by James Lipton’s television series Inside the Actors Studio, it focuses on the ways their lives merge with their process, skill, and inspiration to create art. The series gives audiences a unique glimpse into the art, craft, and nature of theatre and the lives of these dynamic, hardworking artists.
View photos of ANPF 2013′s Festival Week interviews with Robynn Rodriguez, Kimberly Scott, and Al Espinosa. Check out the full-length videos of Theatre Talk interviews with Oregon Shakespeare Festival dramaturg Lue Douthit and OSF actors John Tufts, Nell Geisslinger, and Mark Bedard on our YouTube channel.