The Colorado New Play Festival Announces Lineup for 2024 Season

REHEARSALS, June 12 – 15
From 1-6pm

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.



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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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Seattle Rep
Northlight Theatre of Skokie, Illinois
En Garde Arts of New York City
The Old Globe of San Diego

(Steamboat Springs, CO) – The Colorado New Play Festival (Matthew Laws, Executive Producer / Jim Steinberg, Executive Director), a nationally renowned play development organization dedicated to bringing new American plays from page to stage, is pleased to announce the line-up for its 26th season in the beautiful mountain town of Steamboat Springs. A Company of 30+ artists will descend upon the quiet mountain town from 9 – 16 June 2024 for a week of intensive rehearsals followed by a weekend of public readings.

Following a thorough selection process 4 theatre companies were chosen to bring their plays to this year’s Festival.

This year’s projects include:

this man i call mi primo
by Benjamin Benne
presented by Seattle Rep

Spanning 10 billion years in the life of the earth, this man i call mi primo is a moving, lyrical play about Sean and Nathanael, two cousins born just weeks apart in 1988. The play follows them through every year of their lives as they return to the same beach in Southern California to swim in the ocean, eat carne asada, and witness how their lives, bodies, and the natural world around them have changed year after year.

The First Lady of Television
by James Sherman
presented by Northlight Theatre, Chicago

Gertrude Berg was one of the first women to create, write, produce and star in a hit comedy-drama series for the radio. Soon after moving the show to television in 1951, she ran afoul of the House Un-American Activities Committee when her co-star and a founding member of Actors Equity Association, Phillip Loeb, was blacklisted. The incident is the inspiration for James Sherman’s new play, The First Lady of Television.

73 Seconds
by Jared Mezzocchi
presented by En Garde Arts, New York City

The true story of a family, secrets held and revealed, and what happens when you find out that your mother, who you always knew as a science teacher, was once an employee of NASA and was under consideration to go into outer space.

Fiasco Theater’s Bartleby
adapted by Noah Brody and Paul L. Coffey
presented by The Old Globe of San Diego

Noah Brody and Paul L. Coffey, two of the members of the acclaimed Fiasco Theater Company, have adapted Herman Melville’s classic short story Bartleby the Scrivener for the stage. The resulting play blends Melville’s incisive social critique with Fiasco’s dynamic, physical theatrical style. A workplace comedy that gradually becomes something darker and more surreal.

In its 25 seasons, the Colorado New Play Festival is responsible for helping to bring more than 130 new plays to the American Stage, having supported such artists as José Cruz Gonzalez, Samuel Hunter, Richard J. Montoya, Matthew Lopez, Charles Mee, Octavio Solis, Kate Atwell, KJ Sanchez, Karen Hartman, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, Kate Hamil, Naomi Iizuka, Lucas Hnath, Daisy Foote, Bruce Graham, Martha Redbone, Dan O’Brien, Lauren Yee, Sandra Tsing Loh, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Claire Baron, James Still, Itamar Moses, Noah Haildle, Laura Eason, Carey Perloff, Theresa Rebeck, Willy Holtzman, Jordan Harrison and more.

In addition to its unique format of inviting theatre companies to participate with projects, all of the festival rehearsals throughout the week are open to the public. Public readings of each project will take place on Friday and Saturday 14 & 15 June at the Julie Harris Theatre in Steamboat Springs. For further information and tickets, contact:, 970.879.4335.
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