NewPlayFest 2018

An Exciting Process
For productions July 2017 to December 2018

NewPlayFest logoSubmission of scripts for AACT NewPlayFest 2018 is closed.
Scripts were accepted August 1 - September 30 , 2016 for AACT NewPlayFest 2018. 
2018 Producing Theatres  
2018 Winning Plays, Playwrights, and World Premieres

AACT selects six member theatres to produce the winning plays (full-length, non-musicals that have never had a full production). Theatres are responsible for providing a fully realized, world premiere production between July 2017 and December 2018, and for bringing in the playwright for a rehearsal or a performance. Volunteers read and score the scripts, and those making it to the final round are submitted to the Producing Theatres, which select the winning shows to produce.

AACT works with the producing theatres to compile a festival calendar and a promotional plan, including social media, to encourage attendance at the productions and consideration of the winning plays for production by other theatres.

The theatre that produces a new play often contributes to the future development of the piece. It illustrates to the playwright what works or doesn’t work. The interpretations of the director and the actors may reveal insights into the work that even the playwright didn’t know were there. A first production allows the playwright to discover what needs to be rewritten to make it more effective. 

Producing a new play is an exciting process. While the 2018 plays have been submitted and finalists chosen, we invite you to consider being part of AACT NewPlayFest as a producing theatre, a playwright, or a reviewer in the years to come.

04/03/2018 AACT News Release World Premiere of Award Winning Play Produced at The Vortex Theatre View/Download Release

Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre FoundationAACT NewPlayFest 2018 is made possible in part by a grant from the Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation

Jack K. Ayre celebrated his 90th birthday before passing away in December 2011. At his birthday party, he sang with a barbershop quartet – one of his favorite activities – and celebrated with his cousin and lifelong friend, Frank Ayre Lee. Though as adults they lived on opposite sides of the country, the cousins kept in touch through letters that displayed a love for the written word and an irreverent sense of humor. Jack had participated in theatre productions at Drew University in New Jersey and at a community theatre in Connecticut in his younger years, and continued that interest when he moved to California. Mr. Lee was also an avid aficionado of theatre, and had dabbled in playwriting, adapting Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for a children’s theatre production, and penning McSteg, a tongue-in-cheek discourse, ribbing his cousin Jack and based on a scene in Shakespeare’s MacBeth. The Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation was created by the children of Frank Ayre Lee as a tribute to their father, who passed away in August 2012, and a legacy for the creative endeavors of Jack, who was an advertising executive and public relations director. The family is pleased to honor both men through a lasting legacy promoting new works for theatre through AACT NewPlayFest.

Jack K. Ayre
Jack K. Ayre

Frank Ayre Lee
Frank Ayre Lee



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