21st Century Voices

American Stage New Play Festival

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4 Days | 5 Plays | Live Staged Readings

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 Tickets: $10 per reading
All-Access Pass: $40 General Public | $30 American Stage Subscribers & Act 1 Club Members

Festival Schedule:

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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

2020 FESTIVAL

February 27 – March 1, 2020

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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

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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.