1st ROUND: November 4 – 6, 2016
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 over 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 production in 2018! Bring the family for this unique theatre event!
BOY SEES FLYING SAUCER by Mike Czuba (Canada)
Friday, Nov. 4th at 7:30PM
The play takes place in the 60’s when flying saucers were being spotted regularly; Dell Flying Saucer Magazine was a big seller, and kids in the neighborhood met once a week to discuss the latest sightings.
JUNGLE EXPLORERS by Josh Carpenter (New York)
Saturday, Nov. 5th at 4:00PM
Eight-year-old Charlie’s family is going through a challenging time: in the last year his parents have separated, his grandfather has passed, and his grandma has moved into assisted living. Is it any wonder that he’s trying to escape all of this by playing video games each day? Jungle Explorers is the story of a family trying to find a way to move forward together, even though life is tearing them apart.
ALI’S BEES by Bruce Olav Solheim (California)
Saturday, Nov. 5th at 7:00PM
Ali, a young Iraqi Boy, loses his parents in the Iraq War and comes to live with his beekeeper grandfather in America. Ali must learn to make new friends, deal with conflict and bullying, heal from his wartime trauma, and learn to play the strange American game of baseball. Most importantly, he inherits his love of honey bees from his grandfather and takes on the mission of trying to help save them.
THE UNDERGROUND LIBRARY by Jon Keevy (South Africa)
Sunday, Nov. 6th at 2:00PM
Khanya wants more out of the world than distractions and boredom. She wants freedom, whatever that is. When Khanya and her best side-kick cross the paths of actual criminals she suddenly gets a lesson in what freedom really means. Featuring hackers, police, a Soweto samurai and her crazy family, Khanya’s story is short on answers and long on questions.