American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: Emerging Plays

We are not currently accepting submissions for American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival. Submissions will be open Spring 2019.

American Stage is committed to producing powerful and relevant professional live theatre. Our 21st Century Voices is an initiative dedicated to developing and presenting new works for the stage that speak to a contemporary audience in fresh and compelling ways. 21st Century Voices programming includes an annual staged reading festival, workshopping of new scripts, playwriting residencies and fully produced new plays receiving one of their first three professional productions at American Stage.

New Play Festival

This year we received over 500 submissions to 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival! Come and experience the five selections of new works presented as staged readings performed by professional artists. January 3-6, 2019.

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival 2019

Playwright-in-Residence (NEW)

Our playwright-in-residence spends a season developing a new play in collaboration with American Stage leadership and artists. Beginning with a series of private readings with professional actors over the course of the season, the play will be presented to an audience in a staged reading and ultimately, through an American Stage workshop production.

Natalie Symons

2018-19 American Stage Playwright-in-Residence

Playwright of LARK EDEN, THE BUFFALO KINGS, & NAMING TRUE

Visit www.americanstage.org/18-19 for additional Season Announcement Media

I’m thrilled to have an ‘artistic home’ for the 2018/19 season, LIFE. OUT LOUD where with the support of the entire American Stage community I will have the opportunity to develop my new play. It’s through these collaborative efforts that never-before-produced work transitions from the page to the stage and ultimately finds its legs.” – Natalie Symons, Playwright-in-Residence

 

21st Century Voices Past Festivals

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival 2017

STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR by Andrea Lepcio – Selected for American Stage’s 2017-2018 mainstage season

FLYING by Sheila Cowley

RISE OF THE PRICKLY PEAR by Radha S. Menon

PRUDENCE by Stefan Lanfer

 

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival 2018

LENI AND JOSEPH by Jacob Marx Rice

IF NOW WERE HENCE by Tess Light

POSTLINGUAL by Brooke Downs

GROUP by Alex Rubin

GOOD BAD PEOPLE by Rachel Lynett

 

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival 2019

THE COLONY by Gina Stevensen

SHRUTI GUPTA CAN TOTALLY DEAL by J.Stephen Brantley

THE FLORA AND FAUNA by Alyson Mead

THE DIARY OF ANNIE MAE FRANKLIN by Crystal V. Rhodes

THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS by Playwright-In-Residence Natalie Symons

Playwrights Welcome Logo

Playwrights Welcome
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 samuelfrench.com/playwrightswelcome.