2017 Year in Review
As we close our 26th season of supporting new works for the stage, we wanted to look back at this amazing year and thank you for your continued support.
This season was our most successful yet. Our flagship Fall Festival this October brought us four incredible new plays that resonated deeply with audiences:
“Strong performances bring rich life to already exciting and well-crafted new plays.”
“Great theater is good words plus good actors. The rest is detail. You have it all.”
“It gets stronger and stronger every year. A joy to experience.”
“Hearing artists speak on their art is fascinating. It’s pleasurable to be part of artistic development.”– ANPF 2017 audience survey responses
2017 was also an exciting year for past ANPF Winners. Six playwrights saw their plays receive world premieres, including:
- Meridith Friedman’s THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE (ANPF 2015) at Curious Theatre
- Steven Haworth’s FERNANDO (ANPF 2011) at Ice Factory 2017
- Jamie Pachino’s OTHER THAN HONORABLE (ANPF 2013) at Geva Theatre
- Martyna Majok’s COST OF LIVING (Women’s Invitational) at Manhattan Theatre Club
- Lauren Yee’s KING OF THE YEES (Women’s Invitational) at Goodman Theatre
- Jiehae Park’s HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO (Women’s Invitational) at OSF
In addition, Bo Wilson’s THE BOATWRIGHT (ANPF 2013) had a regional premiere at Firehouse Theatre.
Next year, Stephanie Walker’s THE MADRES (ANPF 2016) will have its world premiere at Teatro Vista in Chicago. And at OSF, ANPF 1999 winner Karen Zacarias (THE SINS OF SOR JUANA) will bring her play DESTINY OF DESIRE to OSF’s 2018 season. Click here to learn more about ANPF’s past winners and where they are now.
Also, from June to September, ANPF’s Theatre Talk summer salon series welcomed its second year of sold out interviews with acclaimed theatre professionals. Thanks go to the series’ volunteer organizers, subscribers, and our inspiring guests this year: Rodney Gardiner, Britney Simpson, Vilma Silva, and Steven Sapp.
The popular series will have a new home in 2018 at the Grange to accommodate more seating.
Finally, we are sincerely grateful to be part of this dynamic and supportive community. To all the playwrights, performers, audiences, and the more than one hundred volunteers who join us in this effort: You made 2017 an exceptional year.
Thank you for giving us the continued opportunity to find and present new works for the stage.
We are looking forward to our 2018 season, which will be another ambitious and exciting year. We will be announcing the full 2018 schedule with all the details after the start of the new year. Below is a partial schedule:
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