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The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 16th Annual New Play Festival

FREE EVENT! 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 nine plays of various lengths and styles for your enjoyment, featuring drama, comedy, deadly arguments over arts funding, people who eat dirt, and singing Tesla coils! 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!

The doors to the Ames Center's Black Box Theatre will open at 9:30 a.m.

The schedule is as follows. All times are approximate.

9:15 a.m. - Doors open
9:30 a.m. - "Intermission" by Matthew Loren Cohen, directed by Kari Elizabeth Godfrey
9:45 a.m. - "The Real Inspector Hound Kisses the Spider-Woman" by David Wilcox, directed by Scott Pakudaitis
11:00 a.m. - "Santa Maria del Mar" by John Krisak, directed by Matthew Greseth
12:30 p.m. - Excerpts from "Macho Manly Men" by Michael Gordon Shapiro, directed by Bradley Donaldson
1:00 p.m. - Lunch Break
1:15 p.m. - "The Smelly Girl" by Cary Gitter, directed by Ben Layne
2:30 p.m. - "Living Tesla" by Kim Esop Wylie, directed by Andrew Troth
3:30 p.m. - "Bully Bully" by Esta Fischer, directed by Duck Washington
3:45 p.m. - "Weak Days" by Hillary DePiano, directed by Jenny Moeller
4:30 p.m. - "Fertile" by Tony Foster, directed by Scott Gilbert
6:15 p.m. - "Fair Trade Coffee" by Maurice Herzing, directed by Duck Washington

Producer: Andrew Troth
Contest Coordinator: Jim Vogel

Featuring performances by: Alison Anderson, Joe Awada, Muriel J. Bonertz, Isabelle Bukovsan, George M. Calger, Michelle Casali, Lori Castille, Reba Clamp, Garrick Dietze, Matthew Englund, Lisa Marie Fulton, Logan Gilbert-Guy, Kari Elizabeth Godfrey, Phil Gonzales, Kelvin Hatle, Lauren Haven, Philip D. Henry, Elizabeth Hilber, Christy Jones, Adam King, Nicole Korbisch, Steve Looten Jr., Jessica Lynn, Bill Marshall, Nick Menzhuber, Marlo Miller, Amelia Mohn, Megan Navarrette, Rachel Nielsen, Phoebe Pannier, Will Piotrowski, Alissa Shellito, Glen Stone, Liz Swabey-Keith, Coleman Thompson, Tristan Tifft, Bailey Troth, Corinna Troth, and Garrett Vollmer!

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.