Madison New Play Festival
By Charles Smith, Heather McDonald, Keith Bunin, Willy Holtzman, Darrah Cloud, Louise Beach, and others
At Madison Repertory Theatre's third annual Madison New Play Festival, playwrights will share with audience members the process of creating new works for the stage in readings, workshops, and full production. Artists will include Charles Smith, resident playwright at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, who will present a reading of his new play Denmark, based on the life of the slave revolutionary Denmark Vescey; Keith Bunin, author of The Credeaux Canvas, who will present a reading of his new play The Busy World is Hushed, which is slated for production later this season at New York's Playwrights Horizons; Heather McDonald will continue her work on Fireweed, based on the book by Gerda Lerner, which drew large audiences at last year's Festival; and Darrah Cloud, Willy Holtzman and Louise Beach will workshop the musical Sabina, based on Holzman's play, which was recently presented at off-Broadway's Primary Stages. An earlier version of Sabina was given a workshop in the first Madison New Play Festival. Madison Repertory Theatre's mainstage Midwest premiere, Tina Howe's Rembrandt's Gift, kicks off this festival of plays at varying stages of evolution, and begins a two-week process of feedback and audience engagement. All readings and workshops are at the Overture Center for the Arts.
Produced by Madison Repertory Theatre at Promenade Hall in the Overture Center for the Arts
Performances: September 17 - 25, 2005
Call (608) 258-4141 for reservations or more information.