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The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 17th Annual New Play Festival

Join us on Saturday, November 5 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 doors to the Ames Center's Black Box Theatre will open at 9:15 a.m.

The schedule is as follows. All times are approximate.

9:15 a.m.: Doors open
9:30 a.m.: Gratitude Attitude by Ashley Flesher, directed by Scott Pakudaitis
9:45 a.m.: Good Morning, Miriam by Jacquelyn Floyd Priskorn, directed by Wade Fields
10:30 a.m.: The Snowmaker by Aleks Merilo, directed by Scott Gilbert
12:15 p.m.: Exhibitions at a Picture by Joyce Fontana, directed by Daniel K McDermott
12:30 p.m.: The Simple Mind of Dillon Magee by A. D. Hasselbring, directed by Scott Gilbert

1:00 p.m.: Lunch

1:30 p.m.: Corbenic by Michael Peroz, directed by Duck Washington
3:00 p.m.: Zany Planets by Rex McGregor, directed by Jenny Marie Midnight-Thunder Moeller
3:15 p.m.: Colorado Sunset by Jeff Carter, directed by Calonice Meiners
4:00 p.m.: Cross Words by Scott Gibson, directed by Andrew Troth
6:15 p.m.: The Way We Suffer by Deanna Strasse, directed by Kimberly Joan Lynn Miller

Producer: Andrew Troth
Contest Coordinator: Jim Vogel

Featuring performances by: Alison Anderson, Corey Boe, Muriel J. Bonertz, Lori Castille, Lauren Diesch, Emily Rose Duea, Wade Fields, Nathan Gerber, Logan Gilbert-Guy, Kelli Gorr Raney, Aaron Greer, Kayla Hambek, Erin Heitkamp, Laura Hoover, Christy Jones, Adam King, Benjamin Howe Kolis, Collin McAninch, Marlo Miller, Amelia Mohn, Scot Moore, Megan Navarrette, Alyssa Perau, Collin Pote, Matthew Saxe, Michael Spegar, Glen Stone, Izaak Sunleaf, Adam Thompson, Andrew Troth, Bailey Ukulele, Corinna Knepper Troth, Diana Wilde, and more!

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

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.