COVID-19 Postponement News
As previously announced, we are rescheduling our spring workshop and reading of Perseverance by Callie Kimball for sometime this summer. We are waiting until the first week of April to make decisions about our other events scheduled in April and May. Within our organization, we are creating Zoom video conferencing alternatives for reader gatherings and board meetings.
During this time, we are thankful for our ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast initiative, as it allows us to continue sharing new plays with you! You can find us wherever you listen to podcasts: just search for Ashland New Plays Festival. You can also explore our collection of free plays and conversations with theater professionals on our website:
We thank you for your support and understanding during these difficult times. Please continue to watch our website for details about our future events.
ANPF Postpones Staged Reading of Perseverance by Callie Kimball
Given the level of concern and the ban on all gatherings of 250+ people, Ashland New Plays Festival is regretfully postponing the staged reading of Callie Kimball’s play Perseverance scheduled for Saturday, April 4th.
“We are mindful of our members and supporters who are in a high-risk population group and we are committed to protecting our audiences and artists from any exposure to the COVID-19 virus,” said ANPF Board President Peggy Moore.
The play will be rescheduled for the summer and details will follow in the coming months.
“As always, we thank you for your support of our work,” continued Moore, “We regret that ANPF, like many organizations throughout the country, must make this difficult decision to postpone, but the safety and peace of mind of our members, our supporters, and the artists who bring the magic of theater to us must be the first consideration.”
ANPF Spring Fundraiser: Special Theatre Talk with Nataki Garrett
We are thrilled to share that OSF’s new Artistic Director Nataki Garrett is our guest for our spring fundraiser: a unique stand-alone Theatre Talk on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 pm at OSF’s Carpenter Hall, 44 S. Pioneer Street in Ashland. Tickets are $20.
“She is one of the most talented and highly regarded stage directors in America,” ANPF Theatre Talk host John Rose says, “and as all who saw it know, her production last year of How to Catch Creation was a breathtaking exploration of both intensely personal and broad societal themes. She astutely directed the play to highlight and give voice to how their confluence affects and changes people’s lives.
I’m greatly looking forward to talking with her about that production and discovering more about her as a theater artist.”
We hope you’ll join us!
ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast: Where new plays live!
Ashland New Plays Festival is proud to present new play recordings and conversations with theater professionals direct to you, available on demand. Our ANPF Play4Keeps Podcast is your new ticket to the theater! Listen now wherever you get your podcasts.
Compelling, convenient, and free, this ever-growing treasury of new works for the stage features plays by accomplished playwrights in a format that suits your lifestyle. At the gym, on the trail, in the car, listen wherever, whenever you like.
You can help us build and support this exciting new platform for theater. Share our plays and conversations with the story- and theater-lovers in your life!
ANPF Host Playwright Emerita E.M. Lewis part of OSF American Revolutions
E.M. Lewis is a playwright of extraordinary depth, care and wisdom. She has shared her amazing work with ANPF audiences both as a playwright–with her ANPF 2008 winning play Song of Extinction and our recent full production of The Gun Show–and as a new play advocate–with her many seasons as ANPF Host Playwright.
We are thrilled to share her amazing news: she is one of six playwrights chosen for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s latest round of American Revolutions commissions. Also exciting is the fact that this powerful line-up features all women, including: Zakiyyah Alexander, Jaclyn Backhaus, E.M. Lewis, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Sara Novi and Sanaz Toossi.
“American Revolutions tells a story of our history. Who we commission tells the story of who we are now,” said OSF Artistic Director Nataki Garrett. “This is a remarkable group of artists.”
Past ANPF Winning Play Wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2018
The 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded to Cost of Living by Martyna Majok, a play that headlined Ashland New Plays Festival’s Women’s Invitational in 2016.
Cost of Living is “an honest, original work that invites audiences to examine diverse perceptions of privilege and human connection through two pairs of mismatched individuals: a former trucker and his recently paralyzed ex-wife, and an arrogant young man with cerebral palsy and his new caregiver,” the Pulitzer Prize Board said.
Following the ANPF presentation of Majok’s play in March 2016, it later received fully-staged productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and then at New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club.
“Cost of Living is a beautiful play,” said ANPF Artistic Director Kyle Haden, “I’ve been excited to watch its journey after our reading here in Ashland during the Women’s Invitational, through its major productions, and now being recognized with one of the highest honors a play can receive. I couldn’t be more thrilled for Martyna.”
The Ashland reading of Majok’s play was enthusiastically received by the local audience. It was directed by Penny Metropulos, long associated with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The acting company was Armando Durán, Regan Linton, Valerie Anne Huntington, Christopher Imbrosciano, and Samuel L. Wick.
“All of us at ANPF are very pleased by Martyna’s well deserved success,” ANPF Board President James Pagliasotti said, “Bringing powerful voices like hers to our audience is what the Women’s Invitational was intended to do.”
Majok (pronounced my-oak) is a native of Poland and grew up in the U.S. She studied at the University of Chicago, Yale School of Drama, and Julliard. Her plays have been produced at many leading theaters.
Click here to learn more about ANPF’s past winners.