The Playwrights Realm to Present NEXT EDITION FESTIVAL, 1/21-27

The Playwrights Realm will present the Next Edition Festival, a free first look at five plays from its previously produced playwrights, January 21 through 28 at The Studio at 511 (511 W 54th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues). The 2014 festival features the plays of Anton Dudley (Substitution, 2008), Ethan Lipton (Red-Handed Otter, 2012), Gonzalo Rodriguez Risco (Dramatis Personae, 2010), Jen Silverman (Crane Story, 2011), Christopher Wall (Dreams of the Washer King, 2010) and Anna Ziegler (Dov and Ali, 2009).

After a Playwrights Realm premiere, the Page One Playwright joins the Alumni Playwrights Group. This group meets monthly to develop their latest work, participate in public readings, and to drive their careers and craft forward. Each January, select members of the Alumni Playwrights Group share their new works in a week of free public staged readings: the annual Next Edition Festival.

The 2014 edition of the Next Edition Festival will take place at The Studio at 511 (511 W 54th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues). Each reading is immediately followed by a reception. Tickets are free and can be reserved at:

The schedule is as follows. All readings begin at 7:00 pm:




  • IT NEVER RAINS IN LIMA by Gonzalo Rodriguez Risco


The Playwrights Realm, helmed by Artistic Director Katherine Kovner and Producing Director Renee Blinkwolt, is devoted to supporting emerging playwrights along the journey of playwriting, helping them to hone their craft, fully realize their vision and build meaningful artistic careers. To serve this mission, The Playwrights Realm has produced one Off-Broadway play each year since its founding in 2007, giving ample time and support to every playwright who has joined the Realm. Previous productions by The Playwrights Realm include this season's The Hatmaker's Wife by Lauren Yee, Red-Handed Otter by Ethan Lipton (2012), Crane Story by Jen Silverman (2011), Gonzalo Rodriguez Risco's Dramatis Personae (2010), Christopher Wall's Dreams of the Washer King (2010), Anna Ziegler's Dov and Ali (2009) and Anton Dudley's Substitution (2008). The Playwrights Realm is dedicated to providing comprehensive support to playwrights throughout their creative processes and careers and supplements it's Off Broadway productions with the Page One Residency, Alumni Playwrights Program, Writing Fellows Residency, and New Play Development Pipeline.

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