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2014 New Play Festival

Join us on 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, Cecil B. DeMille, an Art Dragon, and the first creatures to ever live on land! 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 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 17th 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 six shows we know you'll want to come and see!

The doors to the Ames Center's Black Box Theatre will open at 9 a.m.

8:45 a.m. - Doors open
9:00 a.m. - Page Ten by Amy Crider, directed by Meagan Kedrowski
9:15 a.m. - The Colonial Diner by Jack Karp, directed by Scott Gilbert
9:45 a.m. - A Dragon Is Coming! by Christine Williamson, directed by Duck Washington
12:00 p.m. - Beige Is the New Plum Crazy by Garrett Heater, directed by Jenny Moeller
12:15 p.m. - Season 17 Previews Part I: Blood Brothers, The Antichrist Cometh/Brilliant Traces, and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
12:30 p.m. - Lunch break
12:45 p.m. - Calypso's Corner by Emily Rosenbaum, directed by David Coral
2:15 p.m. - Season 17 Previews Part II: Veronica's Room, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Betty's Summer Vacation
2:30 p.m. - The Mugging by Fred Roberts, directed by Don Cosgrove
3:00 p.m. - Spoken For by S. L. Daniels, directed by Andrew Troth
3:30 p.m. - Eve of the Vertebrates by Christian Simonsen, directed by Scott Pakudaitis
3:45 p.m. - Ayn Rand in Love by Gregory Dodds, directed by Bob Neu
5:45 p.m. - Touché, Cliché, Touché by Everett Chambers, directed by Kristin Fox

The Chameleon Theatre Circle has produced 22 original plays over the course of 16 seasons!

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

  • 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 16th season, Chameleon will be producing our 94tg, Blood Brothers, in September 2014. 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.