Pittsburgh New Works Festival

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Country and Region United StatesPennsylvania
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Festival Contact Information

Pittsburgh New Works Festival
P. O. Box 42419
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 USA
Phone: (01) 412-881-6888
Email: info@pittsburghnewworks.org

Festival Description

Pittsburgh New Works Festival is dedicated to fostering the development of original one-act plays. each Each September PNWF is an annual event where 18 new one-act plays are produced by different theater companies during the four weeks of the festival. Three new one-acts are performed each weekend.

The Festival features performances Thursdays through Sundays. There are also staged readings, one-act plays that have never been produced form the program of the festival. Playwrights interested in submitting their new work should visit the website for additional information at http://www.pittsburghnewworks.org

Festival Dates September 5 - 29, 2013
Festival Links http://www.pittsburghnewworks.org

Festival Events:

Plays & readings 2013:
  • The Festival received a record number of submissions, more than 250 in total, coming from as far away as India, Finland, and Israel. Five Pittsburgh playwrights are represented among the eighteen plays selected.
  • Program A includes:
    • All Things to All People, by Kyle Zielinsky of Bethel Park, PA (produced by the Baldwin Players), Suddenly, Last Supper, by David Katzin of Pittsburgh (produced by the Summer Company) and Moon Over Gomorrah by Brian Wilmont of Rochester, NY (produced by The Red Masquers).
  • Program B features:
    • Unveiled, by J. Thalia Cunningham of Delmar, NY (produced by CCAC South), The Perhaps, by F. J. Hartland of South Park, PA (produced by Stage Right) and The Test, by Pauline Shur of Latham, NY (produced by Cup-A-Jo).
  • Program C is comprised of:
    • Bored of Education, by Georgina Marsh of Mayville, NY (produced by The Theatre Factory), Even, by Karen Lewis of Saranac Lake, NY (produced by Phase 3 Productions) and One 2nd, by Sara Baines-Miller of Pittsburgh (produced by Greensburg Civic Theatre).
  • Program D will show:
    • Dinner Theatre of the Absurd, by Mike Melczak of Oakmont, PA (produced by McKeesport Little Theatre), Whistleblower, by Carolyn Kras of La Grange, IL (produced by The Heritage Players) and Hotline, by Cheryl Navo of American Armed Forces, Europe (produced by Thoreau MN).
  • Two weeks of readings that are free to the public
    • The readings will kick off the Festival. On August 18 will be Waiting for Dr. Hoffman by Michelle Willens of New York City (produced by Comtra), Ch-ch-ch, by Mark Cornell of Chapel Hill, NC (produced by 12 Peers Theatre) and Witness Seven, by David Clow of South Passadena, CA. August 25 will feature A Cricket, A Grasshopper, by Tal Rayman of Tel Aviv, Israel (produced by Pittsburgh New Works Festival), What Grows Back by Hilary King of Avondale Estates, GA (produced by Actors Civic Theatre) and I Love You, Lynn Swan, by Michael Soloway of Denver, CO (produced by New Horizon Theatre).


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Practical Info:

  • Father Ryan Arts Center
    420 Chartiers Avenue (Route 51)
    McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
  • About the new venue
    The Father Ryan Arts Center provides a clean, bright, venue for the Festival with its 125-seat Baverso Theatre, which features new technical equipment for lighting and sound. The attractive, pleasant building sits amid a thriving business district, with restaurants, banks, and a shopping mall. There is ample free parking nearby, and the location is served by several Port Authority bus lines. Says Festival Director Mindy Rossi-Stabler. “Not only is it a beautiful theatre, it also has a spacious lobby where we can hold the after-theatre parties we call Mingles. And it will be a great spot for auditions in late July.” In its multi-level, state-of the-art facility, the Father Ryan Arts Center provides outstanding resources in all facets of artistic education, enrichment and entertainment serving residents throughout the region. Among its events this summer are a weekly farmers market, Peace Camp, Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania Fit & Fun, and Sto-Rox Library’s weekly “Catch the Music Bug” program of storytelling and performances. The Father Ryan Arts Center is fully accessible to persons with disabilities.


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