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ANPF 2020

ANPF’s Fall Festival is our annual flagship event that features readings of four plays - 2020's virtual Festival has 5! - 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 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

Ian August ANPF 2020

Ian August

Zero

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

Hyannis

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.

William Cameron

Truth Be Told

An exploration of the nature of objective truth and how it’s distorted and manipulated, this story follows the grief-stricken mother of a mass shooter as she seeks to convince a true-crime writer investigating the case that her son has been framed.

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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.

Tickets will be available starting Wednesday, September 23.

The Plays

Zero by Ian August

Synopsis

Deep in the woods of rural Connecticut lies a brick-laden Victorian mansion, the St. Vedastus Academy for Misguided Teens, a refuge for the newly violent, mildly sinister, and willfully corrupt. Zero is at least two of these things, and even in the eyes of more deviant classmates, suffers social death for it. But when schoolmate Harrison discovers a seemingly bottomless pit in the forest floor behind the school, Zero sees an opportunity to claw a way to the top of the heap. And unbeknownst to them, the pit appears to be getting larger and larger and larger.

Zero is a narrated tale of the inexplicable and the unspeakable, a darkly comedic allegory about the relationship between addiction and empathy, the danger of simple solutions, and whether ‘nothing’ actually exists anyway.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: This play includes all the things. This ain’t no Disney Channel sh*t.

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Hyannis by Kari Bentley-Quinn

Synopsis

In a small Cape Cod town, Michelle and her mother Fran run a small shop where they sell beach gear, souvenirs, snow globes, and the best fudge around. Michelle’s son, Tommy, has just come home from his second stint in rehab, and the financial toll of his heroin addiction has hit the business’ bottom line. Meanwhile, a young woman named Lauren is home from college to tend to her ailing mother, and she and Tommy make a connection that changes them both forever. Set over the course of a summer and a winter, Hyannis takes a look at the plague of despair and drugs infecting small town America.

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Truth Be Told by William Cameron

Synopsis

Kathleen Abedon’s teenage son Julian carries an automatic weapon into his workplace and opens fire. When the smoke clears, fourteen people are dead, Julian among them. One year later, when true-crime writer Jo Hunter comes to town to interview Kathleen for a book on the shooting, the grief-stricken mother seeks to convince the skeptical journalist that Julian has been framed. At a time in our history when the truth is under attack on a daily basis, Truth Be Told explores the nature of objective truth and the ways in which we manipulate and distort it to serve our own ends.

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Those Days Are Over by David Hilder

Synopsis

Those Days Are Over concerns the five MacKillop sisters in the immediate wake of their mother's death. They're not exactly close, these five, and as they tussle with each other they're also tussling with the past. Alliances are formed and broken; detente is reached one moment, dissolved the next. Fundamentally the play looks at what it is to be a Gen X woman now. It's a vigorous collage, a deeply felt comedy, a joyous journey into grief.

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

Synopsis

Sasha takes her ninth-grade European history class project to the extreme by pitching a tent in the backyard of her family’s Westchester home and inviting Tommy Rivera, a boy in her class, to move in and start the Communist Revolution with her. The targets of her righteous anger are her dad, Mark, a self-made venture capitalist hell-bent on proving to her that having money doesn’t automatically make you a bad person, and her mom, Caroline, whose true stances on the issues are overshadowed by her desire to make everyone get along. 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.

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The Schedule

Tickets will be available starting Wednesday, September 23.

“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 new works with audiences. The plays are food for the mind and the heart.”

Sunday, October 18

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Writing Across the Distance
Playwriting Workshop
3:00-5:00 pm PT
$15

Sunday, October 18

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Winning Playwrights Welcome
5:30-6:30 pm PT
Free

Wednesday, October 21

Truth Be Told William Cameron

Truth Be Told
by William Cameron
7:30 pm PT
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Thursday, October 22

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Hyannis
by Kari Bentley-Quinn
4:00 pm PT
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Thursday, October 22

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Those Days Are Over
by David Hilder
7:30 pm PT
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Friday, October 23

Communist Revolution Grace McLeod Ashland New Plays Festival

The Communist Revolution...
by Grace McLeod
4:00 pm PT
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Friday, October 23

Zero by Ian August Ashland New Plays Festival

Zero
by Ian August
7:30 pm PT
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Saturday, October 24

Truth Be Told William Cameron

Truth Be Told
by William Cameron
1:00 pm PT
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Saturday, October 24

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Those Days Are Over
by David Hilder
4:00 pm PT
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Saturday, October 24

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Hyannis
by Kari Bentley-Quinn
7:30 pm PT
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Sunday, October 25

Zero by Ian August Ashland New Plays Festival

Zero
by Ian August
1:00 pm PT
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Sunday, October 25

Communist Revolution Grace McLeod Ashland New Plays Festival

The Communist Revolution...
by Grace McLeod
4:00 pm PT
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The Playwriting Workshop

2018 Beth Kander

Writing Across the Distance

Join ANPF Host Playwright Beth Kander and the 2020 winning playwrights for a workshop that will help you find the inspiration to write even when the world around us is unpredictable at best. Join the Zoom session ready to write, with pen-and-paper in hand and your favorite writer-fuel to sip on at your side.

Each Fall Festival, our ANPF Host Playwright and the winning playwrights come together for 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.

Sunday, October 18, 3:00-5:00 pm PT
Class will be held through Zoom
$15

Registration will be available starting September 23

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