Join us for ANPF 2020 on the virtual stage!

Ashland New Plays Festival's 29th annual season is going virtual! We are thrilled to present readings of this year's winning plays by Ian August, Kari Bentley-Quinn, William Cameron, David Hilder, and Grace McLeod.

To kick off the Festival week, take part in a playwriting workshop with all the playwrights on October 18. Then get your tickets and...

Join us for FIVE DAYS OF PLAYS, October 21–25, with matinee and evening readings livestreamed to wherever you are! Tickets are sliding scale starting at $10 (no added fees).

There will be a free livestream panel that will be available on ANPF's social media accounts where audiences can meet and welcome our winning playwrights to the virtual stage on Sunday, August 18 at 5:30 pm PT.

View the full schedule, get tickets, and explore our 2020 winning plays, playwrights, and the theatre artists bringing them to life on our Fall Festival page. You can also click here to view our digital playbill.

***NOTE***If you wish to add multiple readings to the same order, follow these instructions: After you click Get Tickets above, you will be taken to our order page on Choose your first stream, select your price point, and click Check Out - this will add that ticket to your cart. From that same page you will see a tab at the top that reads "All Current Events." Click that and you will see all our shows, which you can then also add to your cart.

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We at the Ashland New Plays Festival acknowledge our complicity in racist structures and pledge to move forward with concrete actions.

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We are deeply committed to supporting theatre artists during this time of crisis in funding for the arts. We ask that you stand with us as we reach toward a more equitable and ethical future.


“Ashland loves theatre like the South loves college football.”

— Kyle Haden

Artistic Director

Ashland New Plays Festival began in 1992, when a group of theatre enthusiasts came together and launched a unique collaboration among local theatres and playwrights. The objective was to present new works, giving audiences, actors, and playwrights a role in the evolution of a new play. The objective remains the same today. ANPF works with new and past Festival winners as well as invited playwrights, to come to Ashland and enjoy a fertile week of workshopping their play with world-class directors, actors, and artistic team members. Our enthusiastic audiences and dedicated volunteer readers make ANPF what it is: a unique community-based theatre organization. Our readings, talkbacks, playwriting workshops, podcast play recordings and conversations provide a rich theatrical experience for audiences and theatre artists alike.

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I love new theatre and this is a tremendously vibrant festival.

What an inspiring experience to see a play in its developing form. Hearing the ideas and intentions expressed directly by the playwright adds another layer of insight and appreciation for the audience.

I didn't know what to expect walking into the play, but I was pleasantly surprised. The performances were incredible and I really connected to the story despite never having seen a play so early in development. I really enjoyed it!

Strong performances bring rich life to already exciting and well-crafted new plays.

Great theater is good words plus good actors. The rest is detail. You have it all.

Hearing artists speak on their art is fascinating. It's pleasurable to be part of artistic development.

We love our community and our community loves us.


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