4 Days | 5 Plays | Live Staged Readings | 5 Chatbacks | 2 Panels | Youth Showcase | Behind-the-Scenes of a World Premiere
American Stage is proud to continue our commitment to 21st Century Voices with a New Play Festival featuring live staged readings of five new plays from five exceptional up-and-coming playwrights from all over the United States.
A committee comprised of a diverse cross-section of community members worked with our producing artistic director to read, evaluate and discuss hundreds of new play submissions from Tampa Bay and beyond. The selected works will be featured in staged readings and workshops and will provide audiences the opportunity to contribute to the plays’ development through audience talk-backs with the Creative Team and Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte following each play reading.
Individual Play Reading Tickets: $15
Panels and Youth Showcase: $10 per event or “pay what you can” at the door
All-Access Pass: $40 General Public | $30 American Stage Subscribers & Act 1 Club Members
Thursday, Feb. 27
8 p.m. – STRANGE COURTESIES by L. Peter Callender
Friday, Feb. 28
6:30 p.m. – Meet the Playwrights Panel
8 p.m. – THE IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPE OF DON MISTERIOSO by Hal Borden
Saturday, Feb. 29
1 p.m. – 21CV Write ON! Student Playwright Showcase
3 p.m. – YOU TOO? By Taylor Leigh Lamb
8 p.m. – MLM IS FOR MURDER (OR, YOUR SIDE HUSTLE IS KILLING US) by John Bavoso
Sunday, March 1
12 p.m. – Conversation on the National New Play Front
1 p.m. – Behind-the-Scenes for the world premiere of THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS
3 p.m. – PREDICTOR by Jennifer Blackmer
21st Century Voices: New Play Festival Sponsor: Steven W. Walker
2019-2020 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival Committee
Alexandria Crawford, Alyssa Baumgardner, Benjamin Ismail, Chelsea Hooker, Colleen Cherry, Courtney McLaren, DJ Fourquet, Donovan Whitney, Dylan Renfrow, Elizabeth Brincklow, Fanni Green, Gavin Stark, Hannah Lehrer, Jenna Felder, Jerid Fox, Jessy Minson, Jim Sorensen, John Perez, Julianne Kovacs, Kara Goldberg, Kaylie Horowitz, Kianna Jackson, Kody Hopins, Kristina Kourkoulos, Linda Shanker, Lori Shannon, Lyle Sweppenheiser, Marcia Dobbin, Matt Acquard, Matt Conigliaro, Pat Windon, Rachel Harrison, Rose Hahn, Sadie Lockhart, Skye Lindberg, Stephanie Gularte, Steven Walker, Taran Haynes, Taylor McKee, Taylor Sweat, Thomas Brown, Thomas Vorpahl, Vickie Daignault, Wedeline Casimir, Willi Rudowsky
Click on the tabs below to learn more about each of this year’s play selections and playwrights.
Playwrights Welcome is a new program developed for Dramatists Guild of America Members by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The goal is simple: to provide free access to theatre for playwrights, composers and lyricists. We are invested in the success and artistic health of our industry’s writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theatre. We’re also aware that attending theatre is an integral part to how writers learn their craft and grow as artists.
We are proud to take part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. To receive a ticket through Playwrights Welcome at American Stage, call or come to the box office on the day of the show. You must present your current valid DGA membership card to pick up your ticket, one ticket per member.
For more information on this national program, and to learn which theaters around the country are involved, please visit https://samuelfrench.com/resources/playwrights-welcome.