The ANPF 2021 Winning Playwrights

Pocket Universe

On a picnic at the park where they had their first date, a husband and wife share happy disagreements about what counts as a "first date," revealing troubling memory gaps that lead to a dark discovery.

Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family

In the long hot summer of 1967, a disintegrated American family tries to repair and re-migrate south, but racial tensions erupt in the city and threaten to thwart the family’s dreams for the future.

What Happened While Hero Was Dead

Hero, of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, finds herself embroiled in false rumors and discovers that being dead might be the best thing that could've happened to her life.

Last Drive to Dodge

Set at the tail end of the Cowboy Golden Age, Last Drive to Dodge is an examination of race, love, and legacy in a time when everyone is scrambling for their piece of the American Dream.

The Host Playwright

Beth Kander

Beth Kander is a playwright and novelist with roots in the small-town Midwest and the Deep South. Playwriting honors include the Henry Award for Best New Play or Musical; Headwaters New Play Award; Equity Library Theatre Showcase; Ashland New Plays Festival; Eudora Welty New Play Awards; and the Charles M. Getchell New Play Award, among others. In addition to playwriting, Beth is an acclaimed author. Her dystopian trilogy Original Syn won a Foreword INDIES Award, her ghost story 13 Jericho Lane was a Pitch Wars selection, and she has at least two new books coming out in the next two years. The granddaughter of immigrants, she is interested in the intersection of new ideas and identities with old stories, secrets, and legends. She holds an MSW from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Mississippi University for Women. Beth is represented by Allison Hellegers at Stimola Literary Studio. She lives in Chicago with her favorite characters—her quirky little family.

The Directors

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Rhonda Kohl

Pocket Universe

Martine Kei Green Rogers Crop

Martine Kei Green-Rogers

Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family

Holly Derr Crop

Holly L. Derr

What Happened While Hero Was Dead

Valerie Curtis Newton Crop

Valerie Curtis-Newton

Last Drive to Dodge

The Actors

Pocket Universe by Thomas Brandon

Amy Kim Waschke

Amy Kim Waschke


Villarama Moses

Moses Villarama


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Danya Torp-Pereda

Stage Directions

Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family by TyLie Shider

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Michele Mais


Tyrone WILSON, actor

Tyrone Wilson


Mitchell JePaul Doron (2020)

Doron JéPaul Mitchell


Harris Safiya

Safiya Harris


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Cameron Davis

Stage Directions

What Happened While Hero Was Dead by Meghan Brown

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Isabella Briggs


Christiana Clark

Christiana Clark


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Emily Serdahl

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Zach Appelman


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Rafael Untalan

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Andrés Rodriguez

Don Pedro/Chorus

Galen Molk

Galen Molk


Nina Pamintuan Ashland New Plays Festival stains Sarah Cho

Nina Pamintuan

Stage Directions

Last Drive to Dodge by Andrew Lee Creech

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M.L. Roberts


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Krystel Lucas


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Danforth Comins


Sullivan Erica

Erica Sullivan


Josie Seid

Josie Seid


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Allison Walker

Lucia Sala

The Playbill

The Team

Jackie Apodaca

Jackie Apodaca
Artistic Director

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Sarah Cho
Associate Artist


Beth Falkenstein
Production Manager

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Moira Gleason
AEA Stage Manager


Kyle Haden
Associate Artist

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Beth Kander
Host Playwright

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Leanna Keyes
(Transcend Streaming)
Streaming Producer

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Kara Q. Lewis
Program Manager


Molly Norris
AEA Stage Manager

Octavio Solis Circle

Octavio Solis
Associate Artist

ANPF 2021 Finalists

Abundancia by Carlos-Zenen Trujillo

Black Cypress Bayou by Kristen Adele Calhoun

Frankie Moon’s Long Gone by Ean Miles Kessler

If & When by Quinn D. Eli

Mississippi Son by LaDarrion Williams

My Dinner with Andrea by Susan Lambert Hatem

The Stands by Jack Neary

Thoughts & Prayers by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich


ANPF’s Fall Festival is our annual flagship event that features readings of four plays chosen from hundreds of submissions from all over the world. The plays are read (without identifying the author) by a dedicated team of volunteer readers who select the finalists. Our artistic director receives these scripts (with authorship being known) and leads the collaborative process of choosing the winners. Each play receives two readings, a matinée and an evening, and is followed by a talkback session with the playwright, providing a learning opportunity for both the audience and the artist. The week also features a playwriting workshop with all the winners.

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Thank You to Our Grantors

City Of Ashland
Oregon Cultural Trust
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Miller Foundation