Play fest brings new plays to Grand Strand

  • Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:20 pm

Atlantic Stage is pleased to present the 3rd Annual New Voices Play Fest, May 2 and 3 at 79th Avenue Theatre.

This year’s festival will be comprised of an evening of ten-minute plays on Friday, May 2 and a day of one-act and full length plays on Saturday, May 3 with a reception at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Through staged readings directed by Atlantic Stage company members, New Voices gives the audience an opportunity to hear plays that have not yet been produced within an environment that provides thoughtful and constructive feedback to the playwright.

Post-reading talkbacks will be moderated by Kevin D. Ferguson, Atlantic Stage Company member and resident playwright. For a second year, Todd Ristau, Program Director of the Playwrights Lab at Hollins University, will be the guest responder.

In addition to Mr. Ristau, the audience is also encouraged to share their thoughts on the readings. In doing this, they become part of the process of bringing a play to the stage, and according to Mr. Ferguson, a number have been produced or received recognition from other theatre organizations.

New Voices Play Fest will open on Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m. with an evening of six 10-minute plays, included the featured 10-minute play, Clean Linen by Kathy Campshure of Gillett, Wisconsin .

It continues Saturday, May 3 at noon with a selection of one-act plays, including the featured one-act, Fallout by Laura King of Barnesville, Georgia and will continue with full-length plays, a reception and the featured full-length play, Spinning Jenny by Kevin D. Ferguson of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

There will be a reception at 6 p.m. for the Spinning Jenny. At this time volunteers and new Atlantic Stage company members will be recognized.

New Voices Play Fest full schedule of events

Friday, May 2 – 6 p.m. An Evening of Ten-Minute Plays

6 p.m. – “A Cut Above the Rest” by Mary Clohan (Richmond, VA)

6:30 p.m. – “Corn Flakes” by Aaron Adair (Chicago, IL)

7 p.m. - “Gun Jr. Leaves Home” by Stanley Toledo (Richmond, CA)

7:30 p.m. – “Form Follows Function” by Judd Lear Silverman (Brooklyn, NY)

8 p.m. – “Clean Linen” by Kathy Campshure (Gillett, WI) *

8:30 p.m. – “Dorothy’s Train Ride” by Kevin D. Ferguson (North Myrtle Beach)Saturday, May 3 – noon A Day of One Acts and Full-Length Plays

Noon – “Ice Dancing” by Ron Pullins (Newburyport, MA)

1 p.m. – “Fallout” by Laura King (Barnesville, GA) *

2 p.m. – “Oblivion by Paul Lewis (Seattle, WA)

4 p.m. – “An Uncommon Language” by Evan Guildord-Blake (Stone Mountain, GA)

6 p.m. – Reception

7 p.m. – “Spinning Jenny” by Kevin D. Ferguson (North Myrtle Beach) *

* Denotes Featured plays for each category

New Voices will take place at the 79th Avenue Theatre, inside Coastal Carolina University’s Myrtle Beach Education Center on the corner of bypass 17 and 79th Ave.North.

For information, contact (877) 287-8587 or


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