Next month, the Long Beach Playhouse will present the works of the four winners and four finalist from its New Works Festival, which invites novice and experienced playwrights from all over the world to submit their unproduced plays to the Playhouse’s New Works Literary Committee.
During the two-week festival, the winners’ plays receive a staged reading and the finalists receive a cold reading. The playwrights hear their words brought to life by actors and receive feedback from the audience. Winning playwrights receive detailed written critiques by professional theatre critics.
This year’s lineup is as follows:
• Friday, Aug. 17 at 8pm: Refuge by Marc Kornblatt (staged reading)
• Saturday, Aug. 18 at 2pm: Lost in History by Adam Siegel (cold read)
• Saturday, Aug. 18 at 8pm: The Salt Prince by Ernest Kearney (staged reading)
• Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2pm: American Dames by Susan Hefti (cold read)
• Friday, Aug. 24 at 8pm: Yellow Jack by William Baer (staged reading)
• Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2pm: Provenance by Daniel Weber (cold read)
• Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8pm: The Polish Book of Karma by William Missouri Downs (staged reading)
• Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2pm: Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room by Collin Crowley (cold read)
The four winners will be given staged readings at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and the four finalists will be given cold reads on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. In addition to the professional critiques, a Q&A will take place at the end of each showing. Admission is a suggested $10 donation.
Playwrights interested in submitting a script for next year’s New Works Festival may check out the “New Works” page at lbplayhouse.org, located on the Special Events drop-down menu under The Shows tab.