New Play-Reading Festival


The Growing Stage Proudly Presents

Our 3rd Annual New Play-Reading Festival (ROUND 2)


March 6 – 9, 2014

Plink and PlunkTickets: $5 Adults, Pay-What-You-Can for Students (up to 18)
Make a reservation at or call (973) 347-4946
About the New Play-Reading Festival:

Did you ever wonder how new plays are chosen for production? Here’s your chance to find out–and, if you wish, participate in the process!

In our New Play-Reading Festival, four brand-new plays for young audiences, chosen from 100 submitted works, will be read by professional and community artists in a casual setting.  Following each reading,the entire family can participate in discussion of the work with our professional team. One of the four plays will be selected to become a fully mounted Main Stage production in 2015! Bring the family for this unique theatre event!

 2013 – 2014 New Play-Reading Selections:

Kid Turboni Brings the Rain by Mark J. Costello
Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m.

The worst heat wave in the history of Albuquerque’s Housing Project 326A rages on, leaving Kid Turboni sweat-deprived on the hot pavement with his best friend, Billy Santos. When it becomes too much, they decide to steal rain from Mother Nature. Parents interfere, nature refuses to cooperate, girls want kisses and sparklers are lit, but the question remains: Can Kid Turboni bring the rain?

Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller
Friday, March 7th at 7:30 p .m.

The imagination, sophistication and intelligence of today’s youth are addressed through a story that examines one of the most important turning points in any individual’s life: creating an identity. Janey, a young student who prides herself on her anonymity, finds her world shaken up when a girl arrives at school dressed as a superhero who performs small acts of kindness–Captain Superlative! Much against her will, Janey becomes the superhero’s sidekick in an anti-bullying campaign.

And Then Came Tango by Emily Freeman
Saturday, March 8th at 2:00 p.m.

This beautiful play is inspired by the true story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo, who formed a pair bond, built a nest, and were so determined to be parents that they incubated a rock. When given an orphaned egg, the pair successfully raised a baby fledgling. At the penguin exhibit, Lily, a young visitor to the zoo, learns to understand the consequences of doing what she believes is right when faced with a public outcry about Roy and Silo’s same-sex pair bond. Dance, storytelling and live music are interwoven with audience interaction through a play that celebrates families of all shapes and sizes.

Totally Okay, Right Now by Madelyn Sergel
Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 p.m.

“Between everyone demanding that I know what I am going to do with my entire life right now, parents full of way-too-much loving, supportive and very irritating advice, friends with their own set of problems that somehow keep ending up in my in-box, I have to tell you, it’s not exactly easy being a teenager these days!” – Lizzie in Totally Okay, Right Now.

We gratefully acknowledge The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
for its support of the 2013 New Play-Reading Festival.
 Past New Play Reading Selections include:
The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel  (2013 WINNER, 2014 Main Stage Production) by Susan Rowan Masters
City of Ember (2013) by Merissa Stewart
What We Lost Along the Way (2013) by Corrine Esme Glanville
Julie of the Wolves (2013) by Brian Guehring
With Two Wings (2012 WINNER, 2013 Main Stage Production) by Anne Negri
Lizzie Bright and Buckminster Boy (2012) by Joan Cushing
Convivencia (2012) by R. N. Sandberg
Theatre For Your Mother – The Little Red Riding Hood Show (2012) by Russell Davis