Thank you for joining us on the virtual stage for ANPF 2020!
Ashland New Plays Festival's 29th annual season went virtual! We were 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, there was a playwriting workshop with all the playwrights on October 18, followed by a playwright panel, which you can watch on our Youtube page.
Then we enjoyed FIVE DAYS OF PLAYS, October 21–25, with matinee and evening readings livestreamed to wherever you were! Tickets were sliding scale starting at $10 (no added fees).
Our Commitment to Antiracism
We at the Ashland New Plays Festival acknowledge our complicity in racist structures and pledge to move forward with concrete actions.
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
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.
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.