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The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 18th Annual New Play Festival

Join us on Saturday, November 4 for the cutting edge of theatre as we once again present staged readings of the winners of our annual New Play Contest! We have 10 plays of various lengths and styles for your enjoyment, featuring drama, comedy...! Where else are you going to find all that in one day?

The New Play Festival features concert-style readings of this year's Contest winners, selected from hundreds of submissions from playwrights around the world.

Audience members are welcome to attend as much of the Festival as they like. The doors are open all day, so come and go as you please! We will also provide coffee, snacks, and sandwiches!

Discussion follows each of the readings, and the audience also gets to vote for the Best of the Festival!

The New Play Festival will take place in the Black Box at the Bloomington Center for the Arts at 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd in Bloomington.

Full length:
My Beautiful Infinity by David Vazdauskas
The Women of Cheboksary by Emily Schoenbeck

One act:
Night and Fog by Kathleen Davis
Spilled Dictators by Andrew Rosdail
Summers in Prague by Deanna Strasse

10 minute:
Feather'd Choir by Jeremy Hermann
Memories of the American Occupation by Paul Lewis
Mixed Nuts by George Bryjak
The Age of Giants by Arthur Joseph Lundquist

The Notorious Nugget by Mark & Lauren Arnest

Schedule details will be posted as the date gets closer.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle has produced 23 original plays over the course of 18 seasons!

Several past winners have been produced by The Chameleon Theatre Circle:

  • The Antichrist Cometh by David MacGregor - November 2014
  • Mom! A New Musical by Book by Judy Freed, Music and Additional Lyrics by Sari Miller, Lyrics by Randi Wolfe - April/May 2014
  • We Gather Together by Vicki Riba Koestler - November 2011
  • Crossing Event Horizon by Kevin Rush - November 2007
  • Life Savings by David Schrag - 2006 MACT FASTFest
  • Paper Cuts by Timothy Braatz - October 2005
  • Snowflake's Story by Nikki Harmon - January/April 2005 & spring of 2006
  • Love's Shadow On Snow by Rick Raasch - March 2004
  • Are We There Yet? by Kent R. Brown - May 2002
  • New & Nobler Life by Timothy Braatz - Minnesota Fringe Festival, August 3-12, 2001
  • Helena Handbasket by Timothy Braatz - February 2001

The Chameleon Theatre Circle has also produced these original plays:

  • Monsters in America: Puppets of Mass Distraction (created by the company) - 2006 Minnesota Fringe Festival
  • Death Penalty Puppetry (created by the company) - 2004 Minnesota Fringe Festival
  • How I Wonder What You Are - Seven original plays by seven playwrights - January 2004
    • Believe In It by Kim Kivens
    • The Boy Who Dies With The Most Mommies Wins by Rick Raasch
    • Child of Mine by Lysa Clayburn
    • H-I-J-K-LMNOP (but not Q) by G.J. Clayburn
    • Pull Falcon's Feather Lever by Tim Kuehl
    • Twinkle by Timothy Braatz
    • Un, Deux, Trois by Clare Jodzio McDermott
  • Pollyholiday by Rick Raasch - March 2003
  • I Could Kick Your Ass by Daniel K. McDermott - January 2003
  • If Garrett McDermott Were A Bowl of Prize-Winning Chili by Rick Raasch - November 2002

Incorporated on January 9, 1998, The Chameleon Theatre Circle continues to succeed in accomplishing the company's mission of providing an engaging and complete experience to their audience through growth and development of all participants in a nurturing and unified environment. Now in their 18th season, Chameleon will be producing our 101st production, Stanley Ann, in November 2015. The company has produced 11 world premieres, including Monsters in America, an original play written by the company, and a collection of seven plays written by seven playwrights performed in one production. The Chameleon Theatre Circle's production of Hair was also featured on PBS.