National Showcase of New Plays

Established in 2002, the National Showcase of New Plays is an annual three-day event that showcases unproduced plays from across the country. The Showcase creates a unique and invaluable opportunity for production-ready new plays to be viewed by NNPN’s Core and Associate Members’ artistic directors and literary managers, as well as literary agents, publishers, and independent producers invited from around the country.

Core and Associate Member Theaters, Alumni Playwrights, and selected partner organizations submit scripts to be considered. The six plays presented as staged readings at the Showcase are selected by a panel of experienced NNPN-affiliated artists organized by the Literary Chair, and are cast and produced by the Core Member hosting the event.

Prospective NNPN members, the Ambassadors Council, alumni playwrights, and other industry professionals are invited to join our Core and Associate members at the Showcase. More than 90% of the plays featured in Showcase have received a production within the next three seasons, many of them supported as NNPN Rolling World Premieres.

The 2016 Showcase will be hosted December 9 – 11 in Austin by The University Texas at Austin's Department of Theatre and Dance.

2016 Showcase Plays

Past Showcase Plays