2024 Colorado New Play FestivalMatthew Laws2023-11-06T22:47:45+00:00
2024 Festival Lineup to Be Announced
REHEARSALS, June 12 – 15
All rehearsals take place at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. Please contact Matthew Laws at 480-440-3833 or Dagny McKinley at 970-846-6768 to walk you into the rehearsal room. We ask that you show up at the beginning of rehearsals and/or wait for a break before entering.
EAGLE’S NEST- BERKELEY REP BRISTOL HALL ROOM 135- TWO RIVERS THEATER BRISTOL HALL ROOM134- FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE BRISTOL HALL ROOM 339- AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATRE BRISTOL HALL ROOM 221- SIGNATURE THEATRE
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
4:00pm: BIG DATA.Kate Attwell –American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA Sam loves Timmy, and Lucy loves Max, but the pressures of modern life leave them anxious, lonely, and susceptible to the siren song of tech. Do our devices—tantalizingly incarnate in this funny, sexy, uncanny world premiere—really know us best? Are our digital footprints predictive of our future choices, or are they choosing for us? When Sam and Lucy’s parents make a shocking announcement, the family is forced to confront what’s distracted them from each other—and the legacy they’ll leave behind. A.C.T.’s Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and playwright Kate Attwell reunite to realize this revolutionary piece, inspired by Attwell’s experience touring Mozilla’s “Glass Room” pop-up interactive exhibit in San Francisco. Come explore questions of attention, connection, nourishment, and the dizzying possibilities of AI. Buy Tickets
7:30pm: SUICIDE ON TELEGRAPH. Richard J Montoya –Berkeley Rep., Berkeley, California.
Memory. Madness. Yearning for more artistically pure times if they existed. Mental and physical challenges that follow the sudden shutdown of entire artistic communities and the ensuing struggles of maintaining community, artistic identity and relevance in pandemic times.
In this dynamic multiple character performance work, Montoya (of Culture Clash) writes a love/anti-love elegy to Berkeley and the Bay Area. Montoya plays with temporality, embracing his own challenges with the crushing competition of large academic institutions versus the romanticism of his father’s generation and the seminal Chicano poets/artists there. Audiences will witness the jazzy vibrancy of Telegraph Avenue, the serene Sierra Nevada mountains, Chinatown, pre-revolutionary Oakland and the world of Chicano poetry and the Beat generation. Buy Tickets
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
1:30pm: A THOUSAND MAIDS. Tony Meneses–Two River Theater. Red Bank, New Jersey Cordelia’s stuck. Cordelia needs to design a maid’s costume, but she can’t stop thinking about The Help and Maid in Manhattan and Gone with the Wind and As Good As It Gets and… and… and… How can she find a way to show these women for who they really are? And though a woman of color herself, she must also face her blind spots and biases. A world premiere by Tony Meneses (The Hombres, The Women of Padilla, Guadalupe in the Guest Room). Buy Tickets
3:30pm: INDIGO DREAMS. Melis Aker– Signature Theatre. New York, New York In the hills of central Turkey, three carpet-weaving women are caught between wanting to salvage their dying industry, and an offer to modernize that could have both profitable and dangerous consequences. Across the globe, a “Westernised” Turk working in corporate divestment straddles the gap between uplifting carpet-weavers’ rights, considering company interests, and confronting her own cultural hypocrisies. INDIGO DREAMS is about the fetishisation of tradition and locality in the face of globalisation, following two colliding worlds that grapple with preservation vs. progress, the complicity of good intentions, and the rituals that keep them alive. Buy Tickets
7:30pm:THE ADVENTURE OF LIFE. Veronika Duerr – Florida Studio Theatre. Sarasota, Florida The Adventure of Life uses humor and curiosity to challenge the narrative surrounding infertility, creating a blueprint to better understand the highs and lows of fertility issues. With legislation being passed daily, now is the time to explore the science behind how we actually came to exist in the first place. Part theatrical exploration, part obstacle course, part conversation with the audience, all one woman show. Buy Tickets