The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 14th Annual New Play Festival
The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 14th Annual New Play Festival - Saturday, September 21
The 14th Annual New Play Festival will take place on Saturday, September 21 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join us on the cutting edge of theatre as we once again present staged readings of the winners of our annual New Play Contest!
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 or as little 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!
It's also our season preview! We're so excited about our upcoming 16th season that we just can't keep it to ourselves any longer. Directors, producers, and/or actors from each of the shows will be on hand to give you a glimpse of upcoming productions we know you'll want to come and see!
This year's list of winning plays that will be read in front of our audience are:
A Dark and Stormy Night by Scott Dixon (Lanesboro, MN)
A fledgling writer gets some unusual help trying to come up with the most important story he's ever told.
But Soft by David Clow (South Pasadena, CA)
Romeo & Juliet - the characters - step out of a performance and reveal their thoughts.
My Broken Kenmore by Bridget Erin (Denham Springs, LA)
A Russian-American housewife tells her story of her husband's encounter with a magical, wish granting fish, and how it ignited her ambition and greed. The play is based on Alexander Puskin's poem (which was based on a Russian folk tale).
Role, Playing by David Ebenbach (Washington, DC)
Two people have a series of interactions, each of which is pretend --- but can they get to the point where they show how they really feel?
The Antichrist Cometh by David MacGregor (Howell, MI)
An average, everyday man is preparing to host a dinner party with his wife when he discovers that he may, in fact, be the Antichrist. Clearly he is faced with a dilemma --- should the dinner party go on as planned or should he attempt to usher in the Apocalypse? Or perhaps a little of both?
The Death of Captain Hero by Amy Crider (Chicago, IL)
The star of 1970's Saturday morning cartoon show dies a scandalous death. His head writer, Chuck, wants to give his character the heroic death he was denied in life. But it's against FCC regulations to have a character die on a Saturday morning cartoon.
Daniil Kharms: A Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggs by Nancy Cooper Frank (San Francisco, CA)
In Leningrad under Stalin, the writer Daniil Kharms finds himself caught between his muse --- a strange creature called Ignavia who punctuates each absurd story she tells him with the gift of a single perfect egg --- and as increasingly repressive regime. He knows that the gifts of his bizarre deadpan muse will lead to his imprisonment or worse, but how can he evade her?
Fall by Audra Lord (Wellington, New Zealand)
A family of Korean immigrants living in America struggles with identity, assimilation, and isolation in the aftermath of a mother's suicide. Based on a true story.
Serendipity by Lynn-Steven Johanson (Macomb, IL)
When James is shown into the hospital's waiting room, he assumes he is there for some preparatory work prior to surgery. But when Gisele enters, his day veers off in a direction he could not have imagined. The ditzy, 28 year old hair stylist is also there for some preparatory work for her upcoming breast augmentation surgery. At first the seemingly bizarre young woman who carries a hammer a crescent wrench in her purse takes him aback. But as they wait to be called in for their respective appointments,the two strike up a conversation and find they are mutually attracted to one another.
The Worst Play in the History of Ever by Jeffrey Wolf (Aurora, CO)
Jeremy should feel great when his play is picked to be performed by his class. But when the director wants rewrites, his lead actor keeps fainting, and sock puppets invade the stage, not even the help of a Fairy Godmother may be able to save it from being "The Worst Play in the History of Ever".
Honorable Mention for the musical The Showrunner by Michael Gordon Shapiro (Los Angeles, CA)
|9:00 a.m.||Doors Open|
|9:15||Byt Soft by David Clow, directed by Garrick Dietze|
|9:30||Serendipityby Lynn-Steven Johanson, directed by Kerri Eldred|
|10:15||The Death of Captain Heroby Amy Crider, directed by Duck Washington|
|11:45||A Dark and Stormy Nightby Scott Dixon, directed by Don Cosgrove|
|12:00 p.m.||Season 16 Previews Part I: Ruthless, Wonder of the World, Sweeney Todd|
|12:30||Season 16 Previews Part II:Simpatico, Mom, Twelfth Night|
|12:45||Role, Playingby David Edenbach, directed by David Otto Simanek|
|1:00||The Worst Play in the History of Everby Jeffrey Wolf, directed by Elizabeth Chaigne|
|2:15||Daniil Kharms: A Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggsby Nancy Cooper, directed by Scott Pakudaitis|
|2:45||The Antichrist Comethby David MacGregor, directed by Scott Gilbert|
|4:15||Fall by Audra Lord|
|5:00||My Broken Kenmoreby Bridget Erin, directed by Katie Starks|
This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.