Avant Bard Announces 2019 SCRIPTS IN PLAY FESTIVAL

Avant Bard Announces 2019 SCRIPTS IN PLAY FESTIVAL

Avant Bard theatre is proud to announce the 2019 edition of Scripts in Play Festival, its signature play-reading series, February 8 to 24, 2019. This year's selection features seven plays over two weekends followed by a weekend-long encore presentation of the 2018 Capital Fringe hit A Two Woman Hamlet in full production.

Since 2016, Avant Bard's Scripts in Play Festival has been a showcase and testing ground for fresh scripts with programming potential, presented by rising local professional talent. Five works have already gone on from Scripts in Play readings to full production by Avant Bard: The Good Devil (in Spite of Himself); the Helen Hayes Award-nominated TAME.; Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight; Illyria, or What You Will; and A Misanthrope, upcoming in spring.

"Our Scripts in Play audiences really help shape who we are as a theatre company," said Artistic and Executive Director Tom Prewitt. "We listen closely to their feedback during these tryout readings and weigh it carefully when programming our seasons. In that sense attending Scripts in Play events can be an exciting insider experience." Avant Bard's mission is to produce classic works, both time-tested and contemporary, and accordingly the seven works chosen for this year's festival share a common theme: "The past reprocessed, classics retooled for today."

"Scripts In Play is a great time to explore what makes an Avant Bard play, what it means to be classic," said Director of Audience Engagement Quill Nebeker, who curated this year's festival with input from a select reading team of directors and other theater artists. "So we've paid special attention to picking plays that have engaged the past in an original and provocative way--and we're all ears to hear how they sound to our creatively curious theatre lovers."

On the festival bill joining Shakespeare's Hamlet are scripts by Lauren Gunderson and Lojo Simon, together with locally grown works by Richard Byrne, Allyson Currin, Matthew Minnicino, Alexandra Petri, and Amanda Quain & Rebecca Speas. The full three-weekend program is below.

VENUE: All but one of the performances will be at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206. (The exception is the February 16 reading of a play about art, which will be at Fred Schnider Art Gallery, 888 North Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22203.)

ADMISSION: The seven play readings are free, no reservations required. The performances February 22 to 24 of A Two Woman Hamlet are Pay What You Will, with advance reservations at avantbard.org/tickets recommended.

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