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  • New Work Resolutions

    As we said goodbye to 2016 and looked ahead to 2017, we thought about how to go about launching this New Year - the National New Play Network's 20th - of advocating for new work in the American theater. This is, of course, a time like none we’ve encountered before. We can see that there are many challenges on the...
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  • NNPN's New Play Exchange Adds Its 10,000th Play

    National New Play Network —the alliance of theaters dedicated to the development, production and continued life of new plays—is proud to announce that its database of new scripts, the New Play Exchange ( www.newplayexchange.org ), now includes 10,000 plays by living writers. “The New Play Exchange’s database continues to grow faster than we projected,” said NNPN Executive Director Nan Barnett...
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  • October is an NNPN Rolling World Premiere Bonanza, With Productions From New York to Alaska

    Washington, D.C. - (The) National New Play Network , the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, celebrates an October filled with NNPN Rolling World Premieres (RWP) , including Bars and Measures by Idris Goodwin at The Theatre @ Boston Court (playing until October 23); Pulp by Joseph Zettelmaier at Williamston...
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  • Sean Christopher Lewis' DOGS OF RWANDA To Receive NNPN Rolling World Premiere

    Washington, D.C. - National New Play Network , the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces Dogs of Rwanda by Sean Christopher Lewis as its 63rd Rolling World Premiere. The play will receive four productions, kicking off at NNPN Core Member 16th Street Theater (Berwyn, IL, October 21-November 19, 2016),...
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  • NNPN Announces the 15th National Showcase of New Plays in Austin, Texas.

    Washington, D.C. - National New Play Network , the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, is pleased to present the 15th annual National Showcase of New Plays (NSNP). NNPN and The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Theatre & Dance will host more than 40 playwrights, directors, and actors...
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  • WINTER by Julie Jensen To Receive NNPN Rolling World Premiere

    Washington, D.C. - National New Play Network , the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces Winter by Julie Jensen as its 62nd Rolling World Premiere. The play will receive three productions, kicking off at NNPN Core Member Salt Lake Acting Company (UT, October 12-November 13, 2016), and followed by...
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  • Meridith Friedman's THE FIRESTORM Wraps It's NNPN Rolling World Premiere at Local Theater Company

    Washington, D.C. - The National New Play Network , the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, celebrates the success of the NNPN Rolling World Premiere (RWP) of The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman. NNPN Associate Member Local Theater Company (Boulder, CO) will offer its production, directed by Pesha Rudnick, at Dairy...
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  • 28 NNPN Member Theaters Kick Off Their Seasons With New Works

    Washington, D.C. - National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, recognizes its Member Theaters that are producing new plays to lead off their 2016-17 seasons. Four NNPN Rolling World Premieres serve as season openers at Member Theaters: The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman at LOCAL Theater Company...
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  • HOW TO USE A KNIFE by Will Snider To Receive NNPN Rolling World Premiere

    Washington, D.C. - National New Play Network , the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces How to Use a Knife by Will Snider as its 61st Rolling World Premiere. The play will receive four productions, kicking off at NNPN Associate Member Capital Stage (Sacramento, CA, Previews start August 31/September...
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  • NNPN Announces the 11th Annual MFA Playwrights Workshop

    Washington, D.C. - National New Play Network , the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, is pleased to co-present the 11th annual MFA Playwright’s Workshop (MFAPW) in association with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and Stanford University’s National Center for New Plays . The Kennedy Center will host...
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  • Idris Goodwin's BARS AND MEASURES continues a 4-theater NNPN Rolling World Premiere at Core Memeber Prop Thtr

    Washington, D.C. - The National New Play Network , the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, celebrates the initial success of the first half of the NNPN Rolling World Premiere (RWP) of Bars and Measures by Idris Goodwin . NNPN Core Member Prop Thtr (Chicago, IL) will offer its production,...
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  • NNPN Adds B Street Theatre and 16th Street Theater as Core Members

    Washington, D.C. - The National New Play Network (NNPN), the country’s alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays , has added two new Core Members: B Street Theatre (Sacramento, CA) and 16th Street Theater (Berwyn, IL). As of the date of this release, NNPN now has 108 Members, comprised of 30 Cores...
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  • NNPN Announces More Than $115,000 in Awards for 2016-17

    Washington, D.C. - National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announced its 2016-17 grant recipients, including the 2016 Smith Prize for Political Theatre, four Producer Residencies, and four Collaboration Fund awards that will support partnerships between multiple Member Theaters, playwrights, and other theater makers in various...
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  • NNPN Announces CHURCH & STATE by Jason Odell Williams as Its 60th Rolling World Premiere

    Washington, D.C. - The National New Play Network , the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces the 60th NNPN Rolling World Premiere (RWP) of Church & State by Jason Odell Williams. The play was developed in conjunction with Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director of Associate Member JCC CenterStage (Rochester, NY,...
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  • Announcing the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of RELATIVITY by Mark St. Germain

    Washington, D.C. - The National New Play Network , the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces the 59th NNPN Rolling World Premiere (RWP) of Relativity by Mark St. Germain . The Roll includes NNPN Core Members Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota, FL, June 24-July 2), who originally commissioned the play,...
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  • Steve Yockey’s BLACKBERRY WINTER Wraps Up Its Tremendous NNPN Rolling World Premiere

    Washington, D.C. - The National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, celebrates the final two productions of the NNPN Rolling World Premiere (RWP) of Blackberry Winter by Steve Yockey. NNPN Associate Member Forum Theatre (Silver Spring, MD, May 19-June 11) and Core Member Kitchen Dog Theater...
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  • The New Play Exchange Continues to Increase Its Impact with New Features and Explosive Adoption Rates

    The National New Play Network is thrilled to announce that the New Play Exchange—the world’s largest database of scripts, which provides a variety of services for the new play sector—has just added both its 6,000th user and 8,000th script. The New Play Exchange (NPX) is a web-based platform that allows playwrights to upload and tag their scripts so that producers...
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  • NNPN Announces the Rolling World Premiere of NOT MEDEA by Allison Gregory

    Washington, D.C. - The National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces Not Medea by Allison Gregory as its 58th Rolling World Premiere . It will receive productions at NNPN Associate Member B Street Theatre (Sacramento, CA, May 14-June 11, 2016) and Core Members Contemporary American...
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  • The Rolling World Premiere of ON CLOVER ROAD by Steven Dietz Continues at Phoenix Theater and San Francisco Playhouse

    Washington, D.C. - The National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces the continuation of the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of On Clover Road by Steven Dietz . The play rolls through NNPN Core Member Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, IN, March 10-April 10 2016) and Associate Member...
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