ANPF Presents a Staged Reading of Perseverance by Callie Kimball on April 4
We look forward to welcoming you to our first staged reading of the 2020 season with Perseverance by Callie Kimball on Saturday, April 4, at 7:30 pm, at the SOU Main Stage Theater, 491 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland.
Tickets are $20 and will be available beginning February 22. Members receive priority access and discounts on tickets.
In Perseverance, we meet Perseverance Turner, an African-American schoolteacher, writer, and suffragist, determined to elevate her students above the circumstances in which they were born. One hundred years later, in the same small town of Hillcroft, Maine, Dawn Davis, a white school teacher, is running for office on a platform of education reform. As the two women’s stories intertwine, the ownership of history takes center stage.
The play will be directed by Martine Kei Green-Rogers and will follow a weeklong workshop with the playwright, director, and cast. The play is a commission of Portland Stage and the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative, timed to coincide with the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
Learn more here. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available!
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.