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ANPF 2014's creative team: artistic director Douglas Rowe, playwrights Bob Clyman and James Harmon Brown, host playwright EM Lewis, and playwrights Jack Karp and Michael Edan. Photo by Elizabeth von Radics.

ANPF 2014 artistic director Douglas Rowe, playwrights Bob Clyman and James Harmon Brown, host playwright EM Lewis, and playwrights Jack Karp and Michael Edan. Photo by Elizabeth von Radics.

The Curtain Has Closed on ANPF 2014

ANPF 2014 was a smashing success. Read the testimonials from the winning playwrights. The staged readings of the four plays ran October 22 to 26 and featured both matinée and evening performances of each play.

The winning playwrights traveled to beautiful Ashland, Oregon, to workshop their plays and see their scripts taken from the page to the stage, featuring professional actors and directors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community.

We are thrilled with the stellar talent who graced our stage: Barzin Akhavan, Kenneth Albers, Christine Albright, Catherine E. Coulson, Catherine Lynn Davis, Tony DeBruno, Al Espinosa, Mauro Hantman, Olena Hodges, Caitlin Lushington, Dee Maaske, Holly Weber Neimark, John Pribyl, Geoffrey Riley, Monique Robinson, Douglas Rowe, Mickey Rowe, Vilma Silva, John Stadelman, Jeremy Thompson, U. Jonathan Toppo, Rachael Warren, Peter Wickliffe, and David Wood.

Bios of the playwrights and synopses of the plays


Jacob Marley logoJacob Marley’s Christmas Carol Returns in Winter

Douglas Rowe returns this year to show a surprising new side of an old friend when he reads Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula on Thursday, December 4, at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland and on Monday, December 15, at Camelot Theatre in Talent. Buy tickets.

This headlong, hilarious romp through the gritty side of Victorian Christmases is a tale of redemption and remorse, the fear of loss and the joy of love, and the way we can find our own salvation in our care of others. Whether your introduction to Scrooge was from the book, the black-and-white movie with Alastair Sim, or the musical madness of Michael Caine and the Muppets, everyone is familiar with the story. But Marley is, after all, the first person mentioned in Dickens’s classic tale: “Marley was dead, to begin with.” When he finds himself in a very unsatisfactory afterlife, Marley seeks his own redemption by taking on the monumental task of redeeming that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, covetous old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge. His adventures form the basis of this delightful reading by a veteran actor of stage and screen. Tickets are $15 and on sale now online. Tickets also available at Paddington Station three weeks before the event (cash or check only).


TheatreTalkTheatre Talk Interview Series

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 and videos of past Theatre Talk interviews with Dan DonohueRobynn 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.