Perry-Mansfield's 20th Annual New Works Festival to Feature Sandra Tsing Loh, Lauren Yee and More
Perry-Mansfield has announced the full lineup for their 2017 New Works Festival. The 20th Annual festival, held on June 16 and 17 in Steamboat Springs, CO will develop five new works in partnership with the South Coast Repertory, Primary Stages, Curious Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Tectonic Theater Project.
"This year's festival includes a stellar line up of 5 premiere plays, 4 of which are by women writers, in partnership with 5 of the top theatrical institutions in our industry and including actors and directors from across this nation. The New Works Festival at Perry-Mansfield has become the essential destination for the theatrical landscape," shared Artistic Director Andrew Leynse.
Executive producer Jim Steinberg said, "Over the course of its 20 years the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival has become a significant generator of new American plays that consistently go on to multiple productions. Working in a beautiful mountain environment, playwrights, directors and actors flock to Steamboat Springs for the open, welcoming atmosphere where creativity rules. Under the artistic direction of Andrew Leynse, the Festival has become a major destination for theatre artists from across the country."
Sugar Plum Fairy
Written and performed by Sandra Tsing Loh
Presented by South Coast Repertory
Directed by Bart De Lorenzo
Dramaturgy by Jerry Patch
The Madwoman in the Volvo is back-and Scrooge isn't the only one bitter about the holidays! With signature irreverence, NPR superstar Sandra Tsing Loh recounts her own childhood desire for a highly coveted role in the Beverly Rosann School of Dance's production of The Nutcracker. Filled with ambition, rivalry and pre-teen angst, this is a hilarious tale of life's crushing blows. Adult content.
Part and Parcel
Presented by Primary Stages
Directed by Kip Fagan
On the anniversary of her mother's death, Marissa and her father Harold decide to get in the car and drive. In this road trip play set to classic rock, a father and daughter must learn to get to know each other in the absence of the one person who held them together. With heart, humor, and rock-and-roll, Part and Parcel explores what unfolds in the vastness of grief, and what can happen when we decide to truly let go.
God Hates You
By Emily Dendinger
Presented by Curious Theatre Company
Directed by Chip Walton
Dramaturgy by Dee Covington
Laurel has always been the apple of the church's eye. She's the first person to volunteer to picket funerals of dead soldiers, knows what to say to strike a nerve in a crowd, and can debate the Bible with the best of them. Despite the constant hate mail and death threats, she knows she's saving the sinners of the world before the end of days arrives. However, when Laurel joins social media she's faced for the first time with the outside world, and soon everything she believes is called into question. God Hates You asks what it means to grow up in a church dedicated to spreading hate and intolerance, and what happens when the faith you've rigorously adhered to your whole life came shattering down around you.
The Voice Of
By Lauren Yee
Presented by Seattle Repertory Theatre
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody
Dramaturgy by Kristin Leahey
Throughout the 20th century, the Voice of America radio broadcast served as the United States' propaganda tool in the fight against Communism, blaring news and music to our frenemies around the world. But who was listening and what might they beam back to us, if given the chance? An exploration of family, music, and memory across time and space.
The Very Extraordinary Mr. Law
Presented by Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Amanda Gronich
A Scottish gambler arrives at Versailles with a trick he says will make everyone rich: turn paper into gold. John Law's scheme to replace coins with paper money is a wild success until it turns into the world's first stock market crash, and he barely escapes with his life. Law and his partner in commerce, the flamboyant younger brother of Louis XIV, flee to New Orleans, where they are captured by a runaway slave and her gang of buccaneers. A comedy that reveals origin of the word "millionaire" and how America's most improvised city was founded on a gamble.
Friday, June 16th @ 4pm - The Chief
Sugar Plum Fairy by Sandra Tsing Loh
Friday, June 16th @ 8pm - The Chief
Part and Parcel by Jenny Rachel Weiner
Saturday, June 17th @ 12:30pm - Julie Harris Theater
God Hates You by Emily Dendinger
Saturday, June 17th @ 3:30pm - Julie Harris Theater
The Voice Of by Lauren Yee
Saturday, June 17th @ 7:30pm - Julie Harris Theater
The Very Extraordinary Mr. Law by Jeffrey LaHoste
Single tickets for each reading are $15 in advance. Festival Passes start at $60 for all 5 readings. Tickets are available at perry-mansfield1913.ticketleap.com. For advanced ticket reservations and other information, call 970-879-7125. For lodging and area information, please visit the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort online.
The Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, now in its 20th year, brings performing arts professionals together in the Rocky Mountains to continue Perry-Mansfield's founding principle of nurturing new talent with new work. Presented under Executive Producers, Jim (The Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival) and Lori (Lark Play Company) Steinberg with sponsorship from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Artistic Director, Andrew Leynse, (Primary Stages, NYC) and Grady Soapes (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Associate Producer.
The New Works program was founded in 1997 to provide a collaborative festival for voices in the arts. Students have the opportunity to interact and observe a professional new play development process and our guest artists get to craft their pieces in a relaxed environment with a very supportive staff and audience.
Past festival works include Appoggiatura by James Still (Denver Center Theatre Company and LAUNCH PAD); The Whistleblower by Itamar Moses (Pacific Playwrights Festival); The Few by Samuel D. Hunter (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Bronx Bombers by Eric Simonson (Broadway, Circle in the Square Theatre and Primary Stages); The Receptionist by Adam Bock (received critical acclaim at Manhattan Theatre Club); Lydia by Octavio Solis (Denver Center Theatre Company, Yale Rep); The Blue Flower by Jim Bauer & Ruth Bauer (Prospect Theatre at the West End Theatre); Plainsong by Eric Schmiedl (Denver Center Theatre Company); The Morini Strad by Willy Holtzman (Primary Stages, City Theatre); Maple and Vine by JorDan Harrison (Humana ATL, Playwrights Horizons); Eat Your Heart Out by Courtney Baron (Humana ATL); What's That Smell by David Pittu (Atlantic Theatre); and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown with books & lyrics by Kait Kerrigan and music by Brian Lowdermilk (Goodspeed).