Perseverance by Callie Kimball
Directed by Martine Kei Green-Rogers
In Perseverance, we meet Perseverance Turner, a Black school teacher, writer, and suffragist, determined to elevate her students above the circumstances in which they were born. One hundred years later, in the same fictional town of Hillcroft, Dawn Davis, a white school teacher, is running for office on a platform of education reform. As the two women’s stories intertwine, the ownership of history takes center stage.
We will be workshopping Perseverance the week of August 4. There will be two offerings open to members and invited guests to view parts of the play during the workshopping stage.
After much discussion, ANPF is cancelling the ANPF Theatre Talk series for 2020.
The success of Theatre Talk has been the immediacy of a discussion with the guests focusing on roles they are performing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. With OSF dark, that is not a possibility. This, coupled with wanting to maintain safe social distancing, means we do not feel we can offer this popular event.
Host John Rose will be looking at the 2021 season for theatre artists to interview for next year's Theatre Talk series slated to begin June 2021. Stay tuned!
Our 29th annual Fall Festival winners are: Ian August, Kari Bentley-Quinn, William Cameron, David Hilder, and Grace McLeod. The Festival this year will feature livestreamed readings of their new plays, talkbacks, and a playwriting workshop as well as other opportunities to engage with the winning playwrights from October 21–25, 2020.
“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.”
Learn more about the winning playwrights and their plays on our Fall Festival page.
We look forward to sharing these compelling new stories with you!
Tickets to the online Festival will go on sale in September.
Explore Our Events
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.
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.
From June to September we present our monthly salon series of talks with theatre artists, many from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.