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FESTIVAL 56
NATIONAL PLAYWRITING PROGRAM
FINALISTS

Aaron Higareda
South Hope St.
University of California, Riverside


Karly Thomas
Oh My God Did You Lose Weight?
University of California, Riverside

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Anna Watts
The Feminine Urge To Disappear
University of California, Los Angeles


Bettina Ernst
Loving, We Freed Ourselves
Loyola Marymount University

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Campana Award Recipient

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NATIONAL PLAYWRITING PROGRAM
FESTIVAL 56

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Playwriting Program is dedicated to supporting student playwrights in the development of their original work for the stage, with dramaturgical and performance opportunities that emphasize respect of the written word and for the playwright’s contribution to the theatrical process.

Region 8 sponsors both a 10-minute and a one act-play competition at our regional festival. Six 10-minute plays and three one-act plays are selected through an exchange process with another region of the country. All plays are read “blind” (without the author’s name or school affiliation) to avoid bias in the selection process. The six 10-minute plays and three one-acts selected will be presented as staged readings at the regional festival.

A group of qualified respondents will select 2 of the 10-minute plays and 2 of the one-acts as national semi-finalists; those 4 scripts will be sent forward to the national office for consideration at the national level in Washington D.C. in the spring. The plays will be judged as written work, not based on the presentations at festival.

Invited Plays

Invited Plays

One Acts

Anna Watts

Feminine Urge to Disappear

Bettina Ernst

Loving, We Freed Ourselves

Andrew-Elijah Schindler

Eli

10 Minute Plays

Aedan Ferrara

Dialogue

Halle Harper

The Test Never Lies

Aaron Higareda

South Hope St.

Lucca Rodriguez

Empty Box

Karly Thomas

Oh My God, Did You Lose Weight?

Caroline Thompson

5 Dates

Staged Readings
Program

Casts Lists
Invited Guests

Invited Guests

Michael J. Mejia
World of Wonder
Marisela Treviño Orta
Playwright
Heather Helinsky
Literary Manager
Jef Petersen
Playwright
National NPP Vice Chair
Emmanuel Wilson
Playwright
Dramatists Guild
JR Caldwell
Playwright 
Region 1 NPP Chair
Festial Schedule

NPP SCHEDULE

Auditions

Monday, February 12

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Main NPP Room - AU 211

Auditions for the One Acts and 10-Minute Play Festival. Actors will audition with sides from the plays. Auditions will be done in partners.

Cast lists will be posted on main NPP Room door, via social media, and our website.

Workshop 3

Thursday, February 15

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NPP-Dramaturgy Room - AU 114

Workshop with Heather Helinksy, dramaturg and literary manager with the Playwrights Foundation.

Workshop 4

Crafting a Career as a Playwright

Friday, February 16

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

NPP-Dramaturgy Room - AU 114

Workshop with Marisela Treviño Orta, a professional, published playwright.

Workshop 1

Playwrights Have Rights! (Musical Theatre Writers, Too)

Tuesday, February 13

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NPP Room 3 - CS 177

The Dramatists Guild Bill of Rights, a document long-held as an industry standard in how theatre writers may interact with the process of a script from conception to production. 

10-Minute Performance

Thursday, February 15

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Kreider Hall

Readings of our 10-Minute Play finalists immediately followed by a response from our Guest Artists.

Workshop 2

Professional Development Intensive for Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, and Librettists

Wednesday, February 14

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

NPP-Dramaturg Lounge - AU 114

Designed specifically for theatre writers selected as part of the NPP Program, the Dramatists Guild hosts a focused, dedicated open-forum session to prepare tomorrow’s writers with essential tools and skillsets to take the next big step in their career. Participants

One Act Performance

Friday, February 16

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Kreider Hall

Readings of our One Act finalists immediately followed by a response from our Guest Artists.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsal Schdule

Tuesday
February 13

Main NPP Room - AU211
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  - Test Never Lies

12:00 p.m. -   2:00 p.m.  - Dialogue

  2:00 p.m. -   4:00 p.m.  - South Hope St.

  4:00 p.m. -   6:00 p.m.  - Oh My God, Did You Lose Weight?

  6:00 p.m. -   8:00 p.m.  - 5 Dates

  8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  - Empty Box


NPP Room 2 - SR 116
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Loving, We Freed Ourselves

12:00 p.m. -   2:00 p.m. - Feminine Urge

   2:00 p.m. -   4:00 p.m. - Eli

Wednesday
February 14

Main NPP Room - AU211
   9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  - Dialogue

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  - 5 Dates

11:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.  - Empty Box
 
12:00 p.m. -   1:00 p.m.  - South Hope St.

  1:00 p.m. -  2:00 p.m.  - Test Never Lies

    2:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.  - Oh My God, Did You Lose Weight?


Main NPP Room - AU 211
  3:00 p.m. -  5:00 p.m. - Feminine

  5:00 p.m. -  7:00 p.m. - Eli

  7:00 p.m. -  9:00 p.m. - Loving We Freed Ourselves

Thursday
February 15

Kreider Hall
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - 10 Minute Tech


Main NPP Room - AU211
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Feminine Urge to Disappear

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Eli

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Loving We Freed Ourselves


Kreider Hall
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - One Act Tech
The Team

THE TEAM

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Miguel Torres Cruz
NPP Chair
miguelkcactf@gmail.com

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Rosa Navarrete
NPP Vice Chair
rosa@casa0101.org

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Cristina Goyeneche 
NPP Vice Chair
cgoyenechenpp@gmail.com

Contact
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Timo Class
NPP Stage Manager
timo.overcover@gmail.com

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