ANPF 2020

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 submitted blind and are read by a dedicated team of volunteer readers who select the finalists. Our artistic director receives the blinded scripts and leads the collaborative process of choosing the four 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 Playwrights

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Ian August


Three reform-school teens discover a bottomless pit in this narrated tale of the inexplicable and the unspeakable, a darkly comedic allegory about the danger of simple solutions and whether ‘nothing’ actually exists anyway.

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Kari Bentley-Quinn


In this relatable, multifaceted drama set in a small Cape Cod town, a family grapples with healing and despair as they adjust to the return of one of their own from his second stint in rehab.

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David Hilder

Those Days Are Over

A vigorous collage, a buoyant journey into grief, this deeply felt comedy centers on the five estranged MacKillop sisters who meet together at their childhood home in the immediate wake of their mother's death.

Grace McLeod

Grace McLeod

The Communist Revolution: A Ninth-Grade European History Project (There Will Be a Practical Demonstration)

Parents vs. kids, house vs. tent, capitalism vs. communism: the ultimate showdown ensues in this black comedy about rich white liberals whose desire to be “good” runs up against their own fragility.

Watch this space for more details as they become available.

The Schedule

Our 29th Fall Festival will be held virtually. Our first and most fervent wish is that we all gather in the Unitarian Center and hold the traditional Festival, but there are too many uncertainties for us to plan on a physical event. The Festival week will feature livestreamed performances, talkbacks, and a playwriting workshop as well as other opportunities to engage with the winning playwrights. Please continue to check our website for details as they become available.

“At this time in our history, it feels like art has been put on hold,” says Peggy Moore, ANPF’s board president, “It has left many of us without opportunities to experience the emotions and lessons learned from theatre artists. We are excited that we can share these four new works with audiences. The plays are food for the mind and the heart.”

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The Playwriting Workshop

2018 Beth Kander

Wouldn't it be nice if there were a magical formula for creating the perfect play? Well, it might be nice, but it wouldn't be nearly as interesting. The truth is, there is no single path to playwriting; it's an individual journey, sometimes meandering, sometimes maddening, and yes... sometimes, magical. Every playwright makes the journey a little differently, finding their own techniques, processes, and stories.

During each Fall Festival, our ANPF Host Playwright and the four winning playwrights come together for a panel discussion about their playwriting journeys, followed by a writing-intensive workshop where each playwright shares insights into their pathways and processes, helping you take the next steps in your own playwriting journey! All writers are welcome ~ poetry, non-fiction, fiction ~ all will find information of interest.

Watch this space for event details as they become available.

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