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2nd annual


coordinated by Emma Givens and Emily Rouse


Saturday, April 1 @ 11am-10:30pm

Sunday, April 2 @ 11am-10:30pm

$5 cash cover and/or a potluck offering to Dionysus (fruit, olives, bread, wine, etc)

Come and go as you please


Firehouse's 2nd annual  WEEKEND OF NEW WORKS.

Participate in, question, probe, and celebrate the creation of new theatre.

Join us for readings, talkbacks, music, panels, improv, food, drink, and conversations.

Saturday April 1

11a-12n - welcome / coffee / music by Deliberations

​12n-12:30p - monologue #1, written by Mark Lerman

12:45p-1:30p - panel #1 -- How do we write/create theatre now? Addie Barnhart, Mark Covington, Joanna Lee, Bo Wilson.

2p-5p - play #1 - WRONG NUMBER, by Nedra Pezold Roberts, directed by Wes Seals with Brandon Carter, Mikayla Bartholomew, Josh Chenard, Katie Ellis, Cole Metz, Janel Miley, Ariel Richter

5p-5:30p  - monologue #2

6p-7p - dinner panel #2 -- How do we produce theatre now? Matt Allar, Annie Colpitts, Deejay Gray, Tawnya Pettiford-Wates.

7:30p-9p - play #2 - the up back down & RECOURSE, by Kimberly Shelby-Szysko, directed by Matt Ferrell

​9:15p-10:45p - Play #3 - ATACAMA, by Augusto Federico Amador, directed by Boomie Pedersen with Dinah Pehrson, Doug Schneide

Sunday April 2

11a -12n - welcome / coffee / music by Trim Tabs

12n-12:45p - one act - DEAD SEAWEED, by Wes Seals, directed by Emma Givens with Addie Barnhart, Jon Cobb

1p-1:30p - improv #1 with Amy Berlin, Jeff Clevenger, Phil Ivanhoe

2-3p - New Works Cabaret, written and performed by Emma Givens and Matt Ferrell

6p-7p - dinner panel #3 - How do we watch theatre now? Josh Chendard, Julie Hamburg, Chauntee' Irving

7:30p-9:30p - Play #4 - FOOD, CLOTHING and SHELTER, by Bo Wilson, directed by Joel Bassin with Catherine Butler Cooper, Mike Fletcher,  Jana Frances-Fischer, Jan Guarino, Andrew Hamm, Audra Honacker, Donna Marie Miller, Nicole Morris-Anastasi, Bartley Mullin, Joe Pabst, Cameron Potter, Durron Marquis Tyre, Keisha Wallace, Katherine Wright.

9:30p-10p - improv #2


(schedule subject to change)


2017 New Works Featured Playwrights

Nedra Pezold Roberts is an emerging playwright from Atlanta. For several decades she taught English and Drama, then Nedra chose early retirement to concentrate on writing her own plays instead of teaching those of others. Her plays have scored in several national competitions including the Southern Playwrights Competition (2013), AACT NewPlayFest (twice, in 2013 and 2015), and the 2016-17 TNT POPS! New Play Project. Of particular note, her first play, THE VANISHING POINT, was an O’Neill finalist. Three of her plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing Co. and by Smith & Kraus. Nedra is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Working Title Playwrights, and serves on the board of the Atlanta Writers Club.


Kimberly Shelby-Szyszko’s work has been presented and developed at theatres and cultural centers including LaMaMa, Hunter College, Irondale Theatre Ensemble, International Theatre Festival Berlin, Antaeus Theatre Company, Xoregos Performing Company, Bluestockings, Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan Repertory, Red Thread Theatre, Left Hip Productions, Metropolitan Playhouse, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Her play BIBLIOTIKA was a semi-finalist for O'Neill Playwrights Conference, and RARA AVIS IN TERRIS was a semi-finalist for The Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights Festival. Degreed in Creative Writing at Hofstra University, Kimberly is a member of the Antaeus Playwrights Lab and Fell Swoop Playwrights. Her work has been recognized with a Gold Award from Parenting Publications of America and supported by The Puffin Foundation.


Augusto Federico Amador’s ATACAMA  is a semi-finalist for the 2017 O’Neill Festival and was named one of two finalists for the 2016 National Latino Playwriting Award from the Arizona Theater Company. Also in May Augusto’s play THE BOOK OF LEONIDA will be part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival in NYC. Augusto was a writing fellow with the 2016 Humanitas Prize in Los Angeles. Previously he was a playwriting fellow with the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater. In addition to the Public Theater’s Spotlight Series, his plays have been produced or presented at numerous theatres including The Lark Play Development Center, Stella Adler Studio, Terra Nova Collective’s Groundbreaking Series, Repertorio Espanol, Queens Theater in The Park, INTAR Theater, Los Angeles Theater Center, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, and Celebration Theater.

Bo Wilson makes his home in Richmond, Va., where he works as a professional dramatist. The author of more than 40 plays, his work has won a variety of national awards and fellowships from theatre companies, universities and festivals all over the country. His plays have been produced by LORT theatres, SPT theatres, community theaters, murder-mystery dinner theatres, children's theatres and most every other sort of theatre. His work has been published by Samuel French, Algonquin Press and, most recently, Dramatic Publishing. Wilson has also written several dozen award-winning training films for private industry and the United States government including DuPont, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Navy, the FBI, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. A graduate of Virginia Tech and the National Theatre Institute, Wilson is a member of Actors' Equity Association and The Dramatists Guild. He is also a member of the Happily-Married-Father-of-Two Club (lifetime membership).

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