Rockford New Play Festival

Aug 14, 2014

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Nathan Alan Davis
READING DIRECTED BY Mike Werckle

The Rockford Area Arts Council and The West Side Show Room collaborated on the first-ever Rockford New Play Festival. Originally conceived as an extension of the Arts Council's Arts Place summer apprenticeship program for teens, the festival quickly expanded to include playwrights from around the world. Over 150 plays were submitted. Six were chosen and presented in a staged reading to a capacity crowd at the Mendelssohn Club in Rockford, Illinois. 

The theme of the festival was "Beginnings."
 


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

The Paperboy Comes Before Dawn by Aaron Adair (Chicago, IL)

Dam, Sweet Dam by Steve Coogan (Rockford, IL)

Late Bloomer by Caleigh Derreberry (Atlanta, GA)

Earth From The Moon by Derrick Edgren (Rockford, IL)

Not Peace But A Sword by Mildred Lewis (New York, NY)

Epiphany by Charlyne Blatcher Martin (Rockford, IL)
 


CAST & CREW

CAST
Letta Baker
David Causey
Erin Farsté
Joshua Hoover
Erin Philpott
 

 

FESTIVAL STAFF
Festival Director: Nathan Alan Davis
Festival Coordinator: Sharon Nesbit-Davis
Reading Director: Mike Werckle

Anne O'Keefe: President & CEO RAAC
Ann-Margret Naber: RAAC Coordinator
 

 


ARTWORK

 
The 2014 Rockford New Play Festival was a part of our first season.
Learn more about Season 1...

CONTENT ADVISORY
The West Side Show Room believes in freedom of expression and we present all works in their entirety. We encourage people of all ages to expose themselves to a wide range of art, and to engage in critical discussions about the content they encounter. For specific information about the language, content, and effects in a particular production, please contact us.