Our Season

Jackie Apodaca ANPF artistic director

When: Tuesday, September 27, at 6:30 pm

Where: Oregon Cabaret Theatre, 241 Hargadine St, Ashland

Tickets: $10

Note: Masks are required. We can provide you with one if you do not have it at the door.

This Month

Inside ANPF: A conversation with ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca

Join us on Tuesday, September 27, at the nationally recognized and celebrated Oregon Cabaret Theatre for an in-depth conversation with ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca, interviewed by John Rose.

Jackie took over the helm during the unprecedented global pandemic and kept the focus on creating new work, nourishing both the creative process and the writers to create it. She was able to pivot productions to be online, thereby keeping our regular audience engaged and reaching new fans who hadn’t had access to the Fall Festival before.

Jackie will share her thoughts about Ashland New Plays Festival: the history, the luminaries who have had work produced here, and what her vision is for the future. There will be an overview of the upcoming Fall Festival and the opportunity for you to ask questions about the curation of a season, what it takes to build a play, and where works can go from here.

Inside ANPF is a community engagement opportunity for fans, friends, members, readers and donors to connect more deeply with the art we collectively create. It is a forum for hearing about big ideas from inspiring artists. We look forward to welcoming you into the ever-evolving dialogue.

The doors will open at 6:15 for seating; the talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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The Festival Week runs October 18 through 23.

View the full schedule and make your ticket selections today:

Learn more about the plays, playwrights, and Festival information
on our Fall Festival page.

Covid Precautions:

Masks are required in the lobby and theatre. At the door, please also be prepared to show photo ID and either proof of vaccination + booster or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test taken within 72 hours or negative rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours). Photocopies or digital photos are fine.

We are a small organization and the health and safety of our artists and patrons are of the utmost importance.

Notes for the Fall Festival:

The box office opens one hour before showtime. The house opens for seating approximately 30 minutes before showtime.

Seating is general. ANPF Members at the Benefactors level and above receive reserved seating. For patrons needing wheelchair assistance, email boxoffice@ashlandnewplays.org.

Runtimes: Each play's runtime will be shared on the individual playbill pages midway through the new play development process the Festival Week.

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New Voices Retreat

Oregon Playwrights

June 2—5, 2022

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By Sarah Cho

July 9 & 10, 2022

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Fall Festival

30th Annual Celebration

October 18—23, 2022

We've announced our 2022 season!

Click below to read the full press release.

Past Events

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By Sarah Cho
Directed by Lava Alapai
Dramaturg Paul Adolphsen

Featuring: Nina Pamintuan, Annie Yim, Janet Song, Leta Dolores Marcellus, and Nicole Villavicencio Gonzalez

stains is a coming-of-age comedy about a teenage girl whose family sees her first period as a burden. An autobiographical play about growing up poor, female, and Korean American in Los Angeles, stains is in development as part of Moving Arts Theatre’s 2021 MADlab Playwriting Development Program and was selected to participate at the 2022 Great Plains Theatre Commons New Play Conference.

Saturday, July 9, at 7:30 pm & Sunday, July 10, at 1:30 pm

Masks are required following CDC guidance for Jackson County and in accordance with Actor's Equity Covid Protocols. At the door, please also be prepared to show photo ID and either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test taken within 72 hours or negative rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours). Photocopies or digital photos are fine.
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We launched our 30th anniversary season with the return of the New Voices Emerging Playwrights Retreat June 2–5. Hailing from Ashland, Portland, Rainier, and Banks, this year’s retreat cohort features Oregon playwrights Mikki Gillette, Lindsay Partain, Lorenz Qatava, Leslie Slape, and Ken Yoshikawa.

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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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. 

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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.

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An annual retreat for emerging playwrights, with a focus on craft and community building.

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Inspiring conversations with theatre artists about the process and productions that make up ANPF.