Free play festival Aug. 14

Staff Report

The inaugural “Rockford New Play Festival” will be held at Mendelssohn’s STARR Center, 415 N. Main St., beginning at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14.

The festival will consist of staged readings of seven 10-minute plays, written by playwrights from Rockford and across the country and performed by an ensemble of Rockford-area actors.

The plays presented represent a broad range of theatrical styles, yet they all touch in some way on the festival’s theme of “beginnings.” They include The Paperboy Comes Before Dawn, by Chicago-based writer Aaron Adair; Dam, Sweet Dam, by Steve Coogan of Rockford; Late Bloomer, by Caleigh Derreberry, a high school student from Lilburn, Georgia; Earth from the Moon, by 2014 Rockford Auburn High School graduate Derick Edgren; Not Peace but a Sword, by New York- and Los Angeles-based writer Mildred Lewis; Epiphany, by Rockford writer Charlyne Blatcher Martin; and Roundabout Rumble, by David Ross, also of Rockford.

The seven plays selected were chosen from among 111 submissions, sent by playwrights from all across the United States and as far away as New Zealand.

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

Posted Aug. 12, 2014

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