21st Century Voices

American Stage New Play Festival

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.

This year we are seeking submissions of new plays that focus on multicultural storytelling. We are interested in plays which explore a vast landscape of characters, experiences and viewpoints.

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival

Two Weekends! 

January 7, 8, 9 AND January 14, 15, 16

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“We’re grateful to American Stage for creating a unique platform that enables our community to share in conversations about mental health,” said Bill Goede, Tampa Bay market president for Bank of America. “Supporting the physical, financial and emotional wellbeing of individuals and employees is more important now than ever, and the arts’ ability to help translate these stories is a valuable connection.”

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 – Selected for American Stage’s 2019-2020 mainstage season

 

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival 2020

STRANGE COURTESIES by L. Peter Callender

THE IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPE OF DON MISTERIOSO by Hal Borden

YOU TOO? By Taylor Leigh Lamb

MLM IS FOR MURDER (OR, YOUR SIDE HUSTLE IS KILLING US) by John Bavoso

PREDICTOR by Jennifer Blackmer

 

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival 2021

In Search of the Mothman by Amber Palmer

Sons of Liberty by Cris Eli Blak

The Polar Bear Society by Meghan Maugeri

Gated by Arlene Hutton

Ticket Information 

American Stage Memberships include an all-access pass for both weekends. Memberships can be purchased individually or by household. Patrons can learn more about memberships, including the benefits of being a member and the three different types of memberships, at americanstage.org/membership

 

All-Access Festival passes are available and include each of the four play readings and post-show discussions with playwrights and mental health clinicians, as well as panel discussions, wellness workshops and more. 

 

All-Access Pass for the whole festival: $75 

Weekend Pass for 1 Weekend of your choice: $45

Post-show Discussions: FREE to ticket holders 

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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 https://samuelfrench.com/resources/playwrights-welcome.