A year-round festival of new plays: theater in the ethers for everyone to enjoy, anywhere
At Ashland New Plays Festival we are dedicated to encouraging and supporting playwrights in the development of new works for the stage.
We’ve learned a lot working with playwrights and presenting new works to audiences. We think there’s more that we can do. New ways to promote new plays.
Most new plays end up in slush piles where they go to die. Harsh but true. Not many theaters have the resources to read them, to sort the wheat from the chaff. They rely on agents, the eye of a needle through which too many playwrights hope to pass. Too few agents mean too many important voices go unheard.
How can we bring these plays to life and keep them alive? Can we work with playwrights to create a recording of their play and make it part of a treasury of new works for the stage, available anywhere, any time, on-demand? Can we make a place where new plays live?
That is what we are doing with Play4Keeps, an ever-growing library of new plays performed by incredible actors, available through our website and your preferred podcast app, for ease of listening wherever, whenever.
Play4Keeps is made in Ashland, Oregon, a small town with a very big theatrical presence. We have unique resources at our disposal: a successful relationship with playwrights all over the world; a knowledgeable, dedicated core of 60-some reader/reviewers who know and love plays; and a deep pool of world-class acting talent centered on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Play4Keeps is a way to do more with these resources in supporting new works for the stage.
Join us in supporting and encouraging new plays! Click here to explore the compelling stories we have in the Play4Keeps library today!