The Ashland New Plays Festival features streaming videos of play readings by Andrew Lee Creech, top left, Meghan Brown, top right, Thomas Brandon, bottom left, and TyLie Shider, bottom to the right.
Ashland New Plays Festival offers streaming service
The Ashland New Plays Festival wrapped up live virtual readings of four new plays during its fall festival, but people can still stream the readings on demand until October 31.
Last week, the plays were read by actors and presented live online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The four winning pieces of the Fall Festival were chosen from hundreds of submissions.
Tickets to watch videos of recorded coin readings anytime through the end of the month are available on a sliding scale starting at $ 15. Festival passes are available to purchase tickets in bundles. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ashlandnewplays.org.
“I have been looking forward to this for a year,” said ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca. “And while I was hoping we would be in person, I’m thankful that we were still able to spend this time together celebrating new pieces. We’re a small organization, but this year we were able to present four amazing new plays, by four amazing playwrights, hosted by an ensemble of world-class artists.
Thomas Brandon’s sci-fi mystery “Pocket Universe” follows married couple Kelly and Roan, played by married real-life actors Amy Kim Waschke and Moses Villarama, who are on a picnic. ‘it seems.
The plot propels audiences forward through realistic relationship dynamics and comes face to face with a grim reality, giving viewers the opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs and fears.
TyLie Shider’s family drama “Some Aspects of Conflict in the Black Family” is set against the backdrop of the summer of 1967.
While it was written in 2019, the themes of the civil protest echoed in the summer of 2020, when America saw widespread protests after black man George Floyd was killed by a police officer.
In the play, a black family who joined the Great Southern Migration for more opportunities in the North must consider whether to return during times of civil unrest in Plainfield, New Jersey.
Meghan Brown gives voice to one of William Shakespeare’s underdeveloped female characters in her play “Much Ado About Nothing: What Happened While the Hero Was Dead”.
One audience member described the play and reading as “fabulous, clever comic writing delivered with fabulous, clever comic timing.”
Andrew Lee Creech’s “Last Drive to Dodge” takes audiences to 1880s Texas at the end of the golden age of cowboys. Through the cowboys, ranchers, and landowners, people see a side of the story that is usually not told.
The Ashland New Plays Festival worked with streaming content producer Transcend Streaming, who used design and staging techniques to improve the mood and flow of the plays, festival organizers said.
Rev.com closed captioning for on-demand reads makes parts more accessible.
Festival organizers said streaming play readings and closed captioning services would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Rae and Bill Saltzstein and Drs. Nancy and Bill Grove.