TK NEW PLAYFEST

For the past five years, Theatre Kalamazoo (TK) has been providing a platform for local playwrights to develop and share new plays with the community. Theatre Kalamazoo is proud to announce that the sixth annual Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival will be held February 5-6, 2016 at the Epic Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo. The free event will feature new plays by 9 local playwrights, performed and directed as staged readings by local actors and directors representing the member theatres of Theatre Kalamazoo.

Selected playwrights being featured in the festival are Kendra Ann Flournoy, Cara Beth Heath, Miranda Lopez, R.D. Rivers, Erin Shelton, Darcy Sturges, Nick Thornton, Von Washington, Sr., and Austin Wines.

To launch the festival, Theatre Kalamazoo is honored to collaborate once more with the WMU Gwen Frostic Reading Series to feature a new work by accomplished and published playwright, Adam Szymkowicz. A reception for the public will follow the reading of his play. He will also conduct a free workshop for our local playwrights being featured in the festival.

Due to the success of the event over the past five years and the recognition of the diversity and enormity of local playwriting talent, the New Play Festival has grown to include new work by Kalamazoo County playwrights, as well as that of WMU and Kalamazoo College playwrights, and the Gwen Frostic Reading Series to provide a unique, free and useful platform for our local playwrights to develop their work and further their writing skills. Steve Feffer (Professor of Playwriting at WMU) will conduct post-show conversations to assist the playwrights in further developing their work with input from the audience.

INFORMATION

This is a free event. No reservations are necessary. All shows are at the Epic Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo. For more information please call any participating theatre.

The schedule for the festival is as follows:

Friday, February 5, 2016

7:00pm – Special guest Adam Szymkowicz from the WMU Gwen Frostic Reading Series – reception following open to the public

9:00pm – Three 10 Minute Plays

Lyrical Invasion by Von Washington, Sr. – produced by Face Off Theatre and commissioned by Theatre Kalamazoo
The Test by Darcy Sturges – produced by Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College
Tabby & the Infinite Possibilities of Liquid Hand Soap by Erin Shelton – produced by Center Stage Theatre

Saturday, February 6, 2016

2:00pm – Five 10-Minute Plays Followed by at talkback

Fly Berdie by Kendra Ann Flournoy – produced by WMU Theatre
Rinse Cycle by Miranda Lopez – produced by Fancy Pants Theater
At The Zoo by Cara Beth Heath – produced by Farmers Alley Theatre
Front Porches and the People Who Populate Them by Nick Thornton – produced by Queer Theatre Kalamazoo
The Sound of Roadkill by Austin Wines – produced by New Vic Theatre

4:00pm – Repeat Five 10-Minute Plays Above – Followed by a talkback

7:30pm – Three One-Act Plays – Followed by a talkback

Lyrical Invasion by Von Washington, Sr. – produced by Face Off Theatre
The Test by Darcy Sturges – produced by Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College
Tabby & the Infinite Possibilities of Liquid Hand Soap by Erin Shelton – produced by Center Stage Theatre

Interval

One-Act Play – Followed by a talkback

Spendthrift Lovers
by R.D. Rivers – produced by The Civic Theatre