Ian August is a New Jersey-based playwright and librettist. His works have been performed across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Australia, the UK, South Korea and Bermuda. He is a founding member of the Princeton-based Witherspoon Circle and a graduate of the Philadelphia playwriting workshop The Foundry.
The Excavation of Mary Anning: In 19th century England, fossil hunter Mary Anning combs the earth for glimpses of the ancient past while also fighting to claim her legacy in a society that refuses to acknowledge her worth.
10/17 @ 7:30 pm | 10/20 @ 1:30 pm | Purchase tickets
Nate Eppler is a playwright and new play advocate currently serving as Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre. In addition to his work as a playwright, Eppler serves as Director of the Ingram New Works Project, a nationally recognized and locally valued program designed to connect artists and audiences across extraordinary new plays. He is represented by The Gersh Agency.
Primary User: A cutting-edge chatbot unintentionally becomes a digital monument when one of its creators dies unexpectedly, leaving his loved ones to argue over ownership of the digital remains – and their own grief.
10/18 @ 7:30 pm | 10/21 @ 3:00 pm | Purchase tickets
Victor Lesniewski‘s plays have received world premieres at TBG Theatre and The Wild Project in NYC. He was the only American to be shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award and was a 2015-16 Uncharted Artist in Residence at Ars Nova. He is currently an Artistic Patriot at Merrimack Rep and a member of The Playwrights Union.
Cold Spring: After a teenager accuses his baseball coach of sexual assault, four parents attempt to deal with the response of their close-knit community while the ramifications resound through their own relationships.
10/18 @ 1:30 pm | 10/19 @ 7:30 pm | Purchase tickets
Stephanie Alison Walker is a returning ANPF Fall Festival winner, previously winning in 2016 for The Madres, which is receiving four consecutive productions in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, and Austin, as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere this year. The Abuelas is a companion piece. Walker is a NNPN Affiliate Artist and a member of the Playwrights Union and Antaeus Playwrights Lab. She lives in Los Angeles.
The Abuelas: A visit from two strangers exposes a 37-year-old secret about the ongoing and devastating repercussions of the military dictatorship in Argentina in the 1970s and ‘80s. The Abuelas explores the heart’s capacity for resilience and forgiveness even in the face of the most incomprehensible betrayal.
10/19 @ 1:30 pm | 10/20 @ 7:30 pm | Purchase tickets
ANPF 2017 Testimonials:–“I had a tremendous time at the ANPF. My actors and I were given ample time to rehearse, both before and after our first performance. My director was brilliant and the quality of the artists I was able to work with was completely inspiring. It’s also a thrill to be able to do a staged reading in front of a huge (200) audience for two different performances. The audience at Ashland is extremely well-informed and thoughtful – a large number of them were readers for the contest so they are very familiar with the work. In some ways, it’s a bit overwhelming. People were coming up to me on the street or in restaurants and telling me how much they enjoyed my play. In short, it was everything you want from a developmental opportunity: a chance to work on the work, while reaping the benefits of an informed, passionate audience. And the accommodations were wonderful too!” – Don Zolidis, A Dark Sky Full of Stars–“I had a great time at ANPF! I enjoyed getting to see Ashland for the first time, meeting some lovely actors and directors from all over the country and feeling the love and support of the whole community at both of my readings. I’m very impressed with the level of deep engagement the ANPF audiences have with the plays and playwrights they encounter. I left the week with my spirits bolstered and with warm feelings about the vibrant Ashland theater community. I also must mention the beautiful and bountiful gift bags we received upon arrival! Thank you to everyone who makes this week possible and hope to see you all again soon!” – Emily Feldman, Go. Please. Go.–“My time in Ashland was meaningful and productive, as well as a ton of fun! It was a great to be in the room with such generous theater artists, who all worked hard to bring my play to gorgeous life. A huge part of what made the week so worthwhile was connecting with my fellow playwrights and spending time with my director talking about process and our respective experiences. Ashland has an incredibly thoughtful and engaged theater community, and I was so glad to get to know the ANPF staff, as well as my lovely hosts and the donors who underwrote my play. I felt thoroughly supported through the entire week and am so grateful for the many resources I was given. I hope I can return one day!” – Callie Kimball, Sofonisba–
“What a gift what a gift what a gift! Ashland New Play Festival is a true oasis for playwrights, and an experience to cherish. From first contact, I felt taken care of, respected, and encouraged to do my best work. My accommodations were lovely. My hosts were gracious to a fault. The coffee was AMAZING! My fellow playwrights were inspirational, kind, and generous with their insights and feedback. Beth Kander was the perfect artistic host – the smartest, most articulate cheerleader one could ever hope to meet. Kyle Haden led the festival with a calm, cool, collected hand that made everything seem possible. The artistic team assembled to work on my play could not have been bettered. But the real prize of the festival was the community. The depth and breadth of their engagement with the process from beginning to end was truly astonishing – to have a talkback with a hundred people who have read your play MULTIPLE TIMES!!!!!!!! What?!!?!?!?!?! If my punctuation is a little hysterical, so be it. The people of the Ashland New Play Festival – all of them – every one – deserve all the exclamation points I can throw at them. It was an honor to be in their presence.” – Blake Hackler, What We Were–More testimonials here.
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