Thank You One and All for a Fabulous Fall Festival 2019!
“We had an array of settings and situations, casts of characters, and carefully wrought moments that were so real, they reminded us of what we all love: new plays. Here’s to 2020!”
Thank you to our audiences and members, the actors and directors, our dedicated volunteers, our host playwright and artistic team, the playwrights, and everyone in between. We love the community Ashland New Plays Festival fosters and the new works we all get a hand in supporting.
New stories, new plays, are the lifeblood or theater. We’re so grateful to be on this collaborative journey with all of you. As many of the playwrights echoed this weekend, we’ve created something special, worth celebrating and sharing. Thank you everyone! And, yes, here’s to 2020!
Meet the ANPF 2019 Winning Playwrights!
We are excited about our four winning plays and can’t wait to share them with audiences at this year’s Fall Festival, October 16–20!
“This was the deepest pool of finalists we’ve had in my tenure at ANPF,” shared ANPF’s Artistic Director Kyle Haden, “These four plays stood out. The stories are all very different, but are all well-crafted and will stick with you.”
The winning playwrights will travel to Ashland for the festival week of receptions, rehearsals, a playwriting workshop, and other festivities that culminate with dramatic readings of their plays performed by world-class actors, many from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon University’s Theatre Department.
ANPF offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to develop their previously unproduced works by providing skilled directors, actors and guidance from ANPF’s artistic team and ANPF Host Playwright Beth Kander. Talkbacks with audiences follow each performance.
View synopses and more information about the playwrights on our Current Winners page.
ANPF also sincerely congratulates the twelve finalists, listed below:
Harbor by Liz Appel
White Party by Brent Askari
This Holy and Unruly Cause by David Beardsley
The Captives by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
Signature Photo by Michael Bucklin
Even Flowers Bloom In Hell, Sometimes by Franky Gonzalez
Up The Ladder, Down The Slide by David Valdes Greenwood
Last Dance by Suzanne Logan
Hitch by James McLindon
Visionaries by Mark Rigney
Pasado Mañana by Paul Stein
The Three O’Clock Briefing by Bo Wilson
As always, we wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the amazing ANPF volunteer readers for all their hard work in the selection process. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Fall Festival, October 16–20, in Ashland!
ANPF 2019 Directors
Jackie Apodaca | Michael J Hume | Kym Moore | Chip Walton
ANPF 2019 Actors
Starter Pistol by Michael Gotch Directed by Chip Walton
Chris Butler | Christopher Michael Moore | Mia Morris | Corey Renfree Todd Sible | Erica Sullivan
Pelicans by David Johnston Directed by Michael J Hume
Sean Boulton | Eileen DeSandre | Taya Dixon | Richard Elmore David Fraioli | U. Jonathan Toppo
The Way North by Tira Palmquist Directed by Kym Moore
Rebecca S’Manga Frank | Aaron Galligan-Stierle | Kimberly Monks Greta Oglesby | Carlos-Zenen Trujillo
The Night Climber by Joshua Rebell Directed by Jackie Apodaca
Katie Bullock | Wren Eustis | Elizabeth Gudenrath | Patrick Russell Robert Sicular | Amy Kim Waschke
ANPF 2019 Playwright Profiles