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Ashland New Plays Festival New Voices Emerging Playwrights

Emerging playwrights Kathryn de la Rosa, Ty Greenwood, Heesun Hwang, Jasmine Sharma, and Carlos-Zenen Trujillo will come together for a virtual retreat August 1-7. The retreat will allow the artists to fully engage with the writing process. They will be paired with established theatre professionals as mentors who will assist with the development of a script in progress.

Mentors will include comedy writer and playwright Sarah Cho; playwright and TV writer Inda Craig-Galván; playwright and director Lavina Jadhwani; Amrita Ramanan, Senior Cultural Strategist and Dramaturg for Play On Shakespeare; and, dramaturg Luan Schooler of Artists Repertory Theatre.

The playwrights will also receive a $500 stipend and come together during the week for virtual workshops with special guests. 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."

ANPF 2021: 29th Annual Fall Festival

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We will present readings of new works by winning playwrights Thomas Brandon, Meghan Brown, Andrew Lee Creech, and Tylie Shider at our flagship annual event which runs October 20–24. The Festival will feature in-person evening and matinee performances followed by audience talkbacks with the playwrights. There will also be a playwriting workshop taught by the winning playwrights as well as several opportunities for audiences to engage in the festival virtually.

“This is the first year I have had the opportunity and responsibility of selecting the four winning plays,” says ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca. “The finalist pool, chosen through a vigorous process completed by our 70 devoted readers over 10 months, included 12 truly compelling plays. Our four winning playwrights stood out for their unique, original stories told through engaging characters. I am truly grateful that we are able to bring these powerful new works to our community.” Read full announcement here.

Earlier Events in 2021

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.