One of NYT’s top-15 theater festival picks arrives in Steamboat next week
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Steamboat Springs will get a sneak peek at new works created by major American playwrights like Lucas Hnath and Daisy Foote during the 21st annual Colorado New Play Festival.
The weeklong event is typically presented in a staged reading that brings together five playwrights who each create a new play, which is then brought to life by professional actors at the end of the week.
Recently selected by the New York Times as one of 15 top theater festivals in North America, the Colorado New Play Festival kicks off Monday with rehearsals at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs during the week followed by public readings at 4 and 8 p.m. Friday, June 15 and 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the Chief Theater.
“This year’s festival brings the most anticipated lineup of playwrights and projects in our history, and we are very excited to host such a diverse group of playwrights and see what the week brings,” said Executive Producer Jim Steinberg.
“These festivals are where some of the most exciting, cutting-edge work in theater is born and where audiences can form an integral part of an active, rigorous development process,” said Kate Hamill, author of “Little Women,” one of the new works.
The plays are in the formative stages.
“Writers come and have the freedom to write and work with a director, dramaturgy and actors to find their way,” said Claire Wojciechowski, public relations manager for the festival. “Sometimes, a piece leaves here with a finished script, and sometimes the script is just further along in the development process.”
The Colorado New Play Festival was formerly known as the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival.
“This is our highest profile group of writers in 21 years,” Wojciechowski said. “It includes a Tony-nominated playwright (Hnath) as well as a writer whose last piece is now in the process of transferring to Broadway. And Horton Foote and his daughter Daisy are no slouches, either.”
Single tickets for each reading are $15 in advance. Festival passes start at $70 for all five readings and are available at cnpfsteamboat.org/schedule-tickets. Call 970-879-4335 for more information.
2018 Colorado New Play Festival Lineup
Presented by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky; directed by Les Waters
Description: It’s a place where the line between this world and another other world is very thin.
Presented by the Alley Theatre of Houston, Texas; directed by Michael Wilson
Description: Daisy Foote adapts Horton Foote’s Oscar-winning screenplay “Tender Mercies” for the stage. Mac Sledge was the king of country married to the queen, Dixie Scott, but the bottle and jealousy tore their family apart.
Presented by Curious Theatre Company of Denver; directed by Chip Walton
Description: In the world of Division 1 football, there is no room for scandal and no tolerance for losing.
Presented by Primary Stages of New York City; directed by Kate Hamill
Description: A fresh new take on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of love and duty.
“Miriam for President” by Madhuri Shekar
Presented by Victory Gardens Theater of Chicago, Illinois; directed by Chay Yew
Description: From Madhuri Shekar, the author of “Queen,” comes a powerful play about survival, rebirth and the silent crime of human trafficking in Chicago.
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