ANPF 2016 Winning Playwrights Announced
Ashland New Plays Festival is very pleased to announce the winning playwrights for ANPF 2016.
These four exceptionally gifted playwrights will travel to Ashland to present their work during our annual Fall Festival, October 19-23, 2016.
A week of receptions, rehearsals, a playwriting workshop, and other festivities will culminate with dramatic readings of their plays, which will be performed by some of our finest actors in both matinee and evening performances at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street in Ashland. Tickets will go on sale online and at Paddington Station around September 1.
Talk backs with Ashland’s famously sophisticated audiences will follow each performance.
We at ANPF sincerely congratulate our winning playwrights and the other eight finalists, listed below, for their extraordinary work.
ANPF 2016 Finalists
We also congratulate our other finalists for ANPF 2016.
William Kovacsik for Exchanging Minka
Marin Gazzaniga for In Ways Both Frivolous and Deep
Chris Widney for Keepers
Barbara Lebow for Killing Spiders
Natalie Symons for Naming True
Desiree York for The Puppeteer
Sholeh Wolpe for Shame
Norman Simon for Where The Hell Am I?
Submit Your Script Now for ANPF 2017
ANPF’s flagship festival is an international playwright competition that culminates in the reading of four new plays chosen from hundreds of submissions by a cadre of volunteer readers.
This unique and much-loved five-day festival in Ashland, Oregon, features professional actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community. The event includes rehearsals and two staged readings of each winning play.
The winning playwrights receive a $1,000 stipend and local accommodations. There is a $15 submission fee. See the complete list of criteria and further details here: Submit a Script.
Submissions will be accepted starting at 8 a.m. PT, June 15, 2016, through December 31, 2016, or until 400 scripts are received, whichever comes first. A running tally of submissions will be shown on our website. The ANPF 2017 Fall Festival will take place October 18-22, 2017.
Summer Salon Series: Theatre Talk Interviews
Email Sunny Anderson at sunny.anderson1(at)gmail(dot)com
to add your name to the wait list.
Email Sunny Anderson at sunny.anderson1(at)gmail(dot)com
to add your name to the wait list.
We are pleased to announce, ANPF will reprise of the intimate, personal atmosphere of last year’s Theatre Talk series as we continue to explore the artistic skills and vision of our very talented Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors, many of whom have appeared in or directed ANPF play readings.
The series will be available by subscription at $30 for all four events and will be limited to an audience of 60.
The events will take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Headwaters Building, 84 Fourth Street, with host John Rose. The dates and featured actors are as follows:
June 28: Miriam Laube
July 26: Jeremy Peter Johnson
August 30: Anthony Heald
September 13: Kate Hurster
Passes are transferable. If you are unable to attend one of the series, you can give your pass to someone else. Individual tickets are $10 each, so a subscription pass gives you one free talk.
We hope you will join us for this exceptional series and purchase a subscription pass.
Please email Sunny Anderson at sunny.anderson1(at)gmail(dot)com to check availability and where to send your check.
Exploring Purple Mountain’s Majesty – and Secrets
Writer Jeffrey Gillespie of Ashland Daily Tidings writes a review of NOW THIS: the dramatic reading “paints a quirky canvas of proverbial Anytown.”
“Ashland New Plays Festival has been a longtime, reliable incubator for compelling new works of art under the leadership of James Pagliasotti and his board. Now in their 25th year, the ANPF continues to shine as a uniquely homegrown institution.”
“Kaiser has written a play best described as the hallucinogenic lovechild of Garrison Keillor and Hunter S. Thompson. His narrative descriptions of the imaginary town in which his denizens dwell is sweet and heartfelt. However, the various citizens are all victims of an overarching materialism that leaves them stranded on the tarmac of American commercialism.”
“Weird flights into trippy language and bawdy humor make way for more soulful disclosures; a local policeman talks about the pain he experienced in having to put down a wounded deer. A nurse in the throes of a midlife crisis drives too fast in a car filled with boxes of faded memories. Coming back to humor, we meet a sushi chef who is dealing with road rage, his only companion on the journey is an “anger management” CD … played by another actor, whose calm demeanor and reassuring presence does little to soothe the irate driver. There are overly optimistic school teachers and aging, failed local athletes.
Kaiser has a knack for touching on many of the archetypal characters of village life.”
“The assembled actors are all excellent sports, and their professionalism is spectacular, thanks in no small part to the fact that the ensemble is made up entirely of moonlighting OSF artists. There wasn’t a weak showing in the bunch, although there were standout performances from Armando McClain, who, with his resonant voice and pitch-perfect delivery, cleverly caricatured the slightly fruity thespian style of a bygone era. Triney Sandoval was outstanding in character as “Mr. Hyper-Griper,” a raging, twitching heart-attack of a man, seemingly always on the brink of keeling over. Jamie Ann Romero, another OSF actor in good form, was a step above in her various roles.”
“ANPF continues to be a reliable avenue for intelligent and engaging work that leaves the audience hungry for more. Let’s hope they keep feeding us in the coming years.”
Interview with Scott Kaiser, NOW THIS Playwright
Ashland New Plays Festival talks with Scott Kaiser, local playwright, author, teacher, and Shakespeare scholar, about his play NOW THIS.
For the past 26 years, multi-talented Kaiser has been a member of the artistic staff at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is its current Director of Company Development. ANPF’s Mary Silva asks him about his play, NOW THIS, which will be presented as a dramatic reading in Ashland later this month. Kaiser also shares his motivation and his history as a professional playwright, author, actor and teacher.
ANPF will present NOW THIS on Monday, May 23 in the Great Hall at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Sara Becker, the play features a cast of 14, including Kaiser, ANPF artistic director Kyle Haden, several noted actors from OSF and a few visiting artists in this compelling look at the destructive influence of consumerism on American society.
ANPF Presents: NOW THIS, a play by Scott Kaiser
We are presenting a dramatic reading of Scott Kaiser‘s play NOW THIS on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at RVUUF, 87 4th Street in Ashland. Kaiser, now in his 26th season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will join a cast of 14 superb actors, including ANPF artistic director Kyle Haden, in this story about the tragic consequences of American consumerism. Sara Becker will direct.
Monday, May 237:30 p.m.–NOW THIS
A play by Scott Kaiser
World Premieres for Women’s Invitational Plays
All three of the winning plays from the ANPF Women’s Invitational 2016 have been selected for world premiere productions by major regional theaters. You can see Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living at Williamstown Theatre in Massachusetts this summer, Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago next season, and Jiehae Park’s Hannah and the Dread Gazebo will be part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival‘s 2017 season. #OSF2017
Audience Voices from Women’s Invitational 2016
“What I loved about this set of plays is what I love at ANPF –exposure to new, independent, unique voices of very high quality.”
“Great addition to the Ashland cultural scene.Fantastic to support women writers and give them a place to be heard.”
“Love being a part of the new plays venue in Ashland.The festival makes this little town an even bigger draw for tourists.As a resident, I feel proud!”
“Amazing support and platform for wonderfulnew voices in American storytelling.”
“I loved this event because it features female playwrights.Women tend to get the short end of the stick in theater andI am glad to see more opportunities for them.”
Thank you: Women’s Invitational 2016
Thank you, playwrights, actors, directors, stage managers, ANPF staff, volunteers, audience members, donors, partners, and more! We are so grateful for all of the excitement, support, and incredible plays that we all got to take part in during this festival. Each performance was a powerful exploration of the human experience, with magic, mystery, family connections, and inner explorations. We are very pleased and humbled to journey through these stories with everyone.
Learn more about the ANPF Women’s Invitational
Click here to read more about 2016’s Women’s Invitational: the playwrights, plays, directors, events, and more!