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Perry-Mansfield to present fresh ideas at its 19th annual New Works Festival

Actor Carolyn Braver reads a scene from "Eden Prairie 1971" with Colin Sphar. The piece is part of the New Works Festival currently taking place at the Parry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.
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19th annual Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival schedule

Primary Stages presents: “Yes Ready Within” by Mat Smart and directed by Henry Wishcamper

When: 4 p.m. Friday, June 12 Chief Theater

Actors Theatre of Louisville presents: “I Now Pronounce” by Tasha Gordon-Solmon and directed by Meredith McDonough

When: 8 p.m. Friday, June 10 at the Chief Theater.

The Lark will present “The Quiet Ones” by Mary Elizabeth Hamilton and directed by John Clinton Eisner

When: 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 in the Julie Harris Theater, Perry-Mansfield

South Coast Repertory presents “Orange” by Aditi Kapil, directed by Jessica Kubzanksy and dramaturgy by Kimberly Colburn

When: 4 p.m. on Saturday June 11 in the Julie Harris Theater, Perry-Mansfield

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company presents “Zoey’s Perfect Wedding” by Matthew Lopez, directed by Mike Donahue and dramaturgy by Douglas Langworthy

When: 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 in the Julie Harris Theater, Perry-Mansfield

College and Professional Dance Performance featuring Emmy-nominated choreographer and dancer Stacey Tookey and her Still Motion Dance Company

When: 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 in the Main Studio, Perry-Mansfield

— Creative artists visiting Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp embarked on quite a ride this week.

In its 19th season, the camp’s New Works Festival brings together actors, playwrights, directors and dramaturges for one week to develop new productions, which will potentially be performed on stages across the country and internationally.

But, Steamboat Springs has the chance to see these productions first.



The New Works Festival will kick off at 4 p.m. Friday at the Chief Theatre with a performance of Mat Smart’s “The Yes Ready Within” followed by Tasha Gordon-Solmon’s “I Now Pronounce” at 8 p.m.

19th annual Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival schedule

Primary Stages presents: “Yes Ready Within” by Mat Smart and directed by Henry Wishcamper



When: 4 p.m. Friday, June 12 Chief Theater

Actors Theatre of Louisville presents: “I Now Pronounce” by Tasha Gordon-Solmon and directed by Meredith McDonough

When: 8 p.m. Friday, June 10 at the Chief Theater.

The Lark will present “The Quiet Ones” by Mary Elizabeth Hamilton and directed by John Clinton Eisner

When: 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 in the Julie Harris Theater, Perry-Mansfield

South Coast Repertory presents “Orange” by Aditi Kapil, directed by Jessica Kubzanksy and dramaturgy by Kimberly Colburn

When: 4 p.m. on Saturday June 11 in the Julie Harris Theater, Perry-Mansfield

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company presents “Zoey’s Perfect Wedding” by Matthew Lopez, directed by Mike Donahue and dramaturgy by Douglas Langworthy

When: 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 in the Julie Harris Theater, Perry-Mansfield

College and Professional Dance Performance featuring Emmy-nominated choreographer and dancer Stacey Tookey and her Still Motion Dance Company

When: 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 in the Main Studio, Perry-Mansfield

On Saturday, performances move to the Julie Harris Theatre at Perry-Mansfield with performances of Mary Elizabeth Hamilton’s “The Quiet Ones” at 1 p.m. and Aditi Kapil’s “Orange” at 4 p.m. Matthew Lopez’s “Zoey’s Perfect Wedding” will be featured performance at 8 p.m.

“There’s a chance to create here where it is relatively low stakes, and everybody is so supportive,” said Hamilton, who is from The Lark Theater Company based in New York City. “You can feel free to explore artistically as opposed to the deadline of a fully packaged production at the end.”

Throughout the past week, five prestigious theater companies — Primary Stages, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Lark, South Coast Repertory and Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company — brought together selected performers to work on fresh material, rework productions and rewrite five plays.

In addition to the New Works Festival, Stacey Tookey, Emmy-nominated Canadian choreographer and dancer who has worked with Celine Dion, Michael Bublé and Justin Timberlake, will present new works with her Los Angeles-based Still Motion Dance Company as well as works for Perry-Mansfield’s professional dance students.

The dance company performance, which will take place at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Main Studio at Perry-Mansfield, is inspired by her sold-out world premiere performance of “Moments Defined,” which is based on moments from Tookey’s life.

In addition to Tookey’s performance, Dante Puleio, a principal and soloist with Limon Dance Company, will also be performing new work with Perry-Mansfield’s professional dance students on Sunday evening.

“An experience like this gives us time to initiate ideas,” Tookey said. “Because, when you’re here, this is your life for a week. You are just involved with this process, and you shut everything else out.”

Both productions will feature a mix of students and seasoned professionals, which sparks new energy in the artistic process.

“I think that the gathering of all these artists is very exciting, because everybody’s incredibly accomplished at what they are doing,” said Andrew Leynse, artistic director of Primary Stages, NYC. “Every year it’s a smorgasbord of plays, and we’ve often found that people come out of the festival feeling very inspired and that they have a lot to talk about across the table at a dinner or at the supermarket.”

In between the Friday night performances, Harwigs L’Apogee will be offering an Opening Night Dinner at 6 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a BBQ dinner with Rick Spenser at 6 p.m. in the Julie Harris Lobby.

Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Festival passes range from $60 to $150. For more information, visit visit perry-mansfield.org, call 970-879-7125 or email rsvp@perry-mansfield.org.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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