Save the Dates for 2017
2016 Year in Review
Ashland New Plays Festival just celebrated its 25th season! We at ANPF are excited to continue each year encouraging playwrights in the creation of new works, offering public readings of selected plays, and providing educational forums to the community through discussions and workshops.
The year began with a resounding artistic accomplishment of our most ambitious event ever, the Women’s Invitational.
This special invitational festival included dramatic reading performances of the three winning plays, a riveting roundtable discussion on parity in theatre moderated by Dr. Lue Douthit of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and a playwriting workshop sponsored by the Dramatist Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters Program.
All three of the Women’s Invitational winning plays were selected for world premieres, including Jiehae Park’s Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, which will be part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 season.
Next, we had the powerful, one-night-only performance of Scott Kaiser’s Now This.
The dramatic reading featured 16 performers, our largest cast yet!
Read the review of Now This by Jeffrey Gillespie for the Ashland Daily Tidings, who wrote, “ANPF continues to shine as a uniquely homegrown institution.”
Over the summer we sold out our popular Theatre Talk series featuring conversations between host John Rose and prominent local actors and theatre professionals.
The Fall Festival is and always will be our flagship presentation. Once again this year, ANPF 2016 brought us four powerful stories from our winning playwrights, whose work was selected by our readers from 400 new plays sent to us last year.
The ANPF 2016 winners were The Madres by Stephanie Walker; Oberon Springs by Michael Erickson; Hazardous Materials by Beth Kander; and, EdanEv by Mike Teele.
Read “ANPF Delivers Insights Out of EdanEv” for a review from the Ashland Daily Tidings.
We were again joined by Host Playwright EM Lewis, who led a popular playwriting workshop and also guided audiences through talkbacks with the directors, actors, and playwrights following each performance.
Unique to this year, ANPF 2016 was able to workshop Beth Kander’s Hazardous Materials by giving the actors more time to rehearse and the playwright more time for re-writes that were included in the festival performances.
As part of our commitment to community outreach, the festival also included two performances for residents at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford and Mountain Meadows in Ashland.
Finally, we couldn’t do what we do without the passion and dedication of our ANPF readers. With 400 plays submitted for review each year, we are grateful for our hardworking reading committee of 50+ community members who read, discuss and deliberate for months to select the top new plays.
This year, we closed our submissions process on November 15, having reached 400 entries. Good luck to our readers as we prepare for ANPF 2017!
For more about ANPF as we celebrate the organization’s quarter of a century mark and look ahead to the future, click here to read Q&A with ANPF’s Artistic Director Kyle Haden for Quills & Queues with Jeffrey Gillespie.
We are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish together, and there’s a lot more we want to do.
If you are interested in joining as a member, click here to view member benefits. We would love to welcome you into the generous group of people who help make ANPF possible. Thank you!
ANPF 2016 Exit Survey
If you attended ANPF 2016, help us enhance your next ANPF experience!
We are conducting an online survey to get your feedback on the ANPF experience. Tell us what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what we can do better.
We are also collecting demographic information to better understand our audience and what we can do to broaden our support.
When you take the survey, you will be given an opportunity to be entered in a drawing to win two free passes to next year’s festival.
Click here to link to the survey. Please respond by November 30, 2016.
ANPF 2016 Fall Festival
Thank you for joining us for ANPF 2016!
Immense gratitude goes to our playwrights, actors, directors, underwriters, volunteers, ANPF staff, members, and audiences for making ANPF 2016 such an incredible event.
Script Submissions for ANPF 2017 Now Closed
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. The ANPF 2017 Fall Festival will take place October 18-22, 2017.
Submissions were accepted starting June 15, 2016, through December 31, 2016, or until 400 scripts were received, whichever came first. On November 15, 2016, we reached our maximum number of submissions. Thank you for submitting!