Our Season

ANPF 2021: Special Encore On-Demand Streaming Week

On-demand presentations of the readings will be available October 26 through 31.

We also have Festival Passes that give you access to all four shows with one ticket purchase.

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Earlier Events in 2021

ANPF 2021: Live Virtual Festival

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We are excited to announce the full Festival schedule of performances and events!

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Wednesday, October 20, at 6 pm PT

First, we hope you'll join us for the Launch Party and Playwright Panel. Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca and Host Playwright Beth Kander will be leading a discussion with the winning playwrights in a Zoom room where guests can mingle and hear directly from the playwrights. It is free for members with registration and $10 for the general public.

Pocket Universe by Thomas Brandon Ashland New Plays Festival 2021

Opening Night Performance

Thursday, October 21, at 6 pm PT

Pocket Universe by Thomas Brandon

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.

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Friday, October 21, at 6 pm PT

Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family by TyLie Shider

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.

Ashland New Plays Festival 2020 writing across the distance workshop

Saturday, October 22, at 10 am PT

Writing Across the Distance 

Join ANPF Host Playwright Beth Kander and the 2021 winning playwrights for a writing workshop that will help you find the inspiration to write even when the world around us is unpredictable at best. All writers are welcome—poetry, non-fiction, fiction—all will find information of interest. Free for members, $10 for the general public.

What Happened While Hero Was Dead by Meghan Brown Ashland New Plays Festival 2021

Saturday, October 22, at 6 pm PT

What Happened While Hero Was Dead by Meghan Brown

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.

New Voices Fall Festival Panel Discussion

Sunday, October 24, at 2 pm PT

An Afternoon with the ANPF New Voices Playwrights

Join us as we welcome the five emerging playwrights from our inaugural New Voices Retreat for a free panel discussion. Don’t miss a chance to gain new perspectives about theatre from this talented group of playwrights, including Kathryn de la Rosa, Ty Greenwood, Heesun Hwang, Jasmine Sharma, and Carlos-Zenen Trujillo.

Last Drive to Dodge by Andrew Lee Creech Ashland New Plays Festival 2021

Closing Night Performance

Sunday, October 24, at 6 pm PT

Last Drive to Dodge by Andrew Lee Creech

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.

Ashland New Plays Festival New Voices Emerging Playwrights

Emerging playwrights Kathryn de la Rosa, Ty Greenwood, Heesun Hwang, Jasmine Sharma, and Carlos-Zenen Trujillo are the inaugural cohort of ANPF's New Voices Retreat 2021. The virtual retreat, running August 1-7, will allow the artists to fully engage with the writing process. They are paired with established theatre professionals as mentors who will assist with the development of a script in progress, and special guest artists will meet with them to share their experiences and insight.

Mentors for the week include: comedy writer and playwright Sarah Cho; playwright and TV writer Inda Craig-Galván; theatre director, adapter, and activist Lavina Jadhwani; Senior Cultural Strategist and Dramaturg for Play On Shakespeare Amrita Ramanan; and, Artist Repertory Theatre’s Director of New Play Development and Dramaturgy Luan Schooler.

The guest artists include: Octavio Solis, nationally renowned playwright and ANPF associate artist; Oregon Shakespeare Festival Literary Manager Paul Adolphsen; Dana Lynn Formby, playwright and faculty member at Chicago Dramatists; actor, director, and cofounder of UNIVERSES Steven Sapp; and ANPF Host Playwright Beth Kander, a Chicago-based playwright and author.

The playwrights also receive a $500 stipend and will return to ANPF for a live virtual conversation during the Fall Festival. The retreat is funded in part by a grant from the Kinsman Foundation.

"These young playwrights are passionate, generous, and original artists poised to make big waves in the future of theatre,” says ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca. “We are thrilled to be able to support them as they develop new works for the stage."

Click below to read each playwright's Q&A playwright profile to learn more about them and their work. 

New Voices Artists
Berth Breach/Breech Birth by Inda Craig-Galván poster art by Kara Q. Lewis and LUMEZIA

Berth Breach/Breech Birth
By Inda Craig-Galván
Directed by Kyle Haden
Lead sponsor: Donna Ritchie
Featuring: Christiana Clark, Desean K. Terry, Shaun Heard, Josie Seid, and Samantha Wynette Miller

During a house call for a pregnant mare, a veterinarian discovers an entire ship filled with enslaved people, inside the horse’s uterus. And one enslaved man sees her, too. Is she imagining it all? Can she get them out? And if she can, what happens to them then? What has happened to any of us? This play explores the world of a Black farming community in America and examines how cycles of birth, life, and death look much different to those of the African Diaspora.

Berth Breach/Breech Birth was performed on Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25, 2021.

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Lonesomes: Conrado and Paisley Blue
Two New Pieces Written In and For Isolation
By Octavio Solis
Directed by Jackie Apodaca

By popular demand, we are bringing back Lonesomes by Octavio Solis for an encore with the release of a newly recorded performance, available to stream this March 16 through 21! After a successful two-day run of the play in February where hundreds of audience members were able to see this powerful new work, we received many requests to make it available on demand.

Lonesomes was such a special event,” says the show’s director and ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca, “I've done some virtual readings and Zoom theatre, sure, but getting to work on a script written expressly for our remote world was freeing. I hope this release gives a wider audience the chance to see Octavio's work, and the brave, personal performances given by Armando Durán and Isabel Pask.”

NOTE: This play features mature themes and may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Explore Our Events

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Fall Festival

Our annual flagship event is a week-long celebration of new works for the stage with workshops, public readings, and events with our winning playwrights.

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Workshops

Each year we workshop and present readings of new plays by past ANPF winners and new plays we are excited to share with our audiences.

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Theatre Talk

From June to September we present our monthly salon series of talks with theatre artists, many from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.