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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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  • The NNPN Rolling World Premiere of WINTER by Julie Jensen Open's at Chicago's Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

    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, celebrates the opening of Winter by Julie Jensen on the second leg of its Rolling World Premiere at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (Chicago, IL, January 16-February 17, 2017). The play ran from October 12-November 13, 2016 at...
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  • The NNPN Rolling World Premiere of DOGS OF RWANDA and HOW TO USE A KNIFE in Conversation in Indianapolis and Phoenix

    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 supporting two plays that reflect on experiences of the Rwandan genocide through its Rolling World Premieres program. How to Use a Knife by Will Snider and Dogs of Rwanda by Sean Christopher Lewis each offer...
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  • NNPN Annual Commission Awarded to Cleveland Public Theatre and Nikkole Salter

    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 2016-17 Annual Commission is awarded to Core Member Cleveland Public Theatre (OH) and playwright Nikkole Salter. The supported project is, as yet, untitled and will concern the consent decree created in May 2015...
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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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  • The NNPN Rolling World Premiere of DOGS OF RWANDA by Sean Christopher Lewis Opens at Out of Hand Theater

    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, celebrates the opening of the Rolling World Premiere (RWP) of Dogs of Rwanda by Sean Christopher Lewis at Out of Hand Theater (September 15-November 18, Atlanta, GA). During the Roll, the play also received productions...
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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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  • Inside Philanthropy profiles NNPN

    Mike Scutari profiled NNPN in his article entitled" This DC-Based Grantmaker Has an Agenda. And That's a Good Thing " published at Inside Philanthropy on August, 15 2016
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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 Announces More Than $135,000 in Awards for 2017-18

    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 its 2017-18 grant recipients, including the 2017 Smith Prize for Political Theatre, seven Producer Residencies, and five Collaboration Fund awards that will support partnerships between multiple Member Theaters, playwrights, and other theater makers in...
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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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