Four new plays will transition from the page to the stage at the Ashland New Plays Festival. Look for "Sleeping Dogs" by Robert John Ford of Des Moines, Iowa, a play that explores why some are content to accept matters while others are compelled to seek the truth.
"A Question of Words," by Richard Manley of New York City, tells the story of a poet who comes to understand that life is a question of words.
What: Ashland New Plays Festival
When: Mondays through Sunday, Oct. 21-27
Where: Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, and other venues
Tickets: $15 for play readings, free for reception, talks and panel discussion
Call: 541-488-7995 or see www.ashlandnewplays.org
"Other Than Honorable," written by Jamie Pachino of Los Angeles, finds a female protagonist confronting the American military's codes of honor, courage and loyalty.
"The Boatwright," by Bo Wilson of North Chesterfield, Va., explores a relationship between a father and a son.
The four scripts were chosen from about 270 submissions.
Staged readings of the playwrights' work will feature professional actors and directors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community, along with interviews, workshops and talks.
The festival kicks off with a free reception to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Schneider Museum of Art on the Southern Oregon University campus, at Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Readings begin Wednesday and run through Sunday, Oct. 23-27, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St.
The plays will be followed by audience discussions with the playwrights. See the schedule at www.ashlandnewplays.org.
Robynn Rodriguez, Kimberly Scott and Al Espinosa of OSF will offer free theater talks at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Unitarian Fellowship. These talks are inspired by James Lipton's "Inside the Actors Studio" and focus on ways actors' lives merge with their process, skill and inspiration to create drama.
For local writers, a playwriting workshop will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the Campbell Center on the SOU campus, 655 Frances Lane. A panel discussion with the winning playwrights of the 2013 ANPF will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at OLLI. The cost is $10 for each event, or $15 for both. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com.
Readings of the winning scripts will be directed by OSF's Rodriguez, Scott, Ken Albers and Catherine Lynn Davis.
Cost of admission to the readings is $15 each. Tickets can be purchased at Paddington Station and Music Coop, by calling 541-488-7995, and online at www.showtix4u.com.
— Laurie Heuston