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2018 Rockford New Play Festival - Staged Reading

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The 2018 Rockford New Play Festival will present a staged reading of six new ten-minute plays.

In its fourth year, the purpose of the Rockford New Play Festival is to give established and aspiring playwrights from the Rockford area the opportunity to have their work presented professionally to the public alongside the work of national and international playwrights. 

This year's Theme is 'A DREAM EXPLODES!'

In 1951, Langston Hughes wrote the poem "Harlem" which explores several possibilities of what might happen when a dream is left unfulfilled, including the famous closing line: "...does it explode?" Given today's social and political uncertainty, we invite playwrights to explore what happens when "A Dream Explodes!”

2018 Selections:

Near Mint by Paula Hendrickson (Rockford, IL)
Two fashion dolls discuss their fate at the hands of potential owners.

Every Drop by Mildred Lewis (Inglewood, CA)
Patrice and Tevin search for a way out of a world that threatens to engulf them.

Play Date by Marilyn Millstone (Kensington, MD)
As cultures collide, strangers from different worlds find common ground at a bus stop.

Coffee For Two by Steffi Ruben (Chapel Hill, NC)
Timing is everything and a missed appointment can cost all that a mother and daughter had planned.

The Boy On The Beach by Matthew Weaver (Spokane, WA)
The boy’s sleep from exhaustion awakens dreams— or summons a sweet reality.

Incarcerated Christmas by Charles White (Rockford, IL)
A wayward father offers a solution to break the family curse threatening to destroy his son’s future.

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Charlyne Blatcher Martin
PRODUCED BY Mike Werckle

Subarea:Rockford Downtown

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Directions:
Riverfront Museum Park Burpee Museum - 737 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west on Business 20 6.5 miles to IL 2 north (Wyman St., first street past the Rock River); right on IL 2 five blocks to the museum complex on the right side of the one-way street (N. Main St.). From the south, I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main St.); north on IL 2 through the downtown to the museum complex. Park in the Riverfront Museum parking lot or the Burpee Museum lot. An above-ground tunnel connects Riverfront Museum Park and Burpee Museum. Discovery Center Museum - 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west on Business 20 6.5 miles to IL 2 north (Wyman St., first street past the Rock River); right on IL 2 five blocks to the museum complex on the right side of the one-way street (N. Main St.). From the south, I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main St.); north on IL 2 through the downtown to the museum complex. Park in the Riverfront Museum parking lot or the Burpee Museum lot. An above-ground tunnel connects Riverfront Museum Park and Burpee Museum. Rockford Art Museum - 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west on Business 20 6.5 miles to IL 2 north (Wyman St., first street past the Rock River); right on IL 2 five blocks to the museum complex on the right side of the one-way street (N. Main St.). From the south, I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main St.); north on IL 2 through the downtown to the museum complex. Park in the Riverfront Museum parking lot.

2018 Rockford New Play Festival - Staged Reading