FutureFest is an annual festival of new plays presented by the Dayton Playhouse. This year’s festival will be July 26-28. During the 3-day festival, audience members join the playwrights and professional adjudicators in viewing, and reviewing, six new scripts presented half as staged readings and half as fully staged productions. The Dayton Playhouse received 190 eligible scripts from across the country for this year’s FutureFest . Here are the six finalists along with their performance schedule:
A Position of Relative Importance by Hal Borden of Philadelphia (fully staged performance July 26, 8 p.m.)
Veils by Tom Coash of New Haven, Connecticut (staged reading July 27, 10 a.m.)
The One with Olives by Sam Havens of Houston, Texas (staged reading July 27, 3 p.m.) Havens also wrote Curve which was a finalist in 2012 FurtureFest.
On the Road to Kingdom Come by Michael Feely of Woodland Hills, California (fully staged performance July 27, 8 p.m.) Feely’s play Night and Fog won the festival in 2009.
St. Paulie’s Delight by J. Joseph Cox of Chicago (staged reading July 28, 10 a.m.)
The King’s Face by Steven Young of Dallas, Texas (fully staged performance July 28, 3 p.m.)
Adjudicators for FutureFest 2013 will be David Finkle, freelance reporter and reviewer for the Village Voice and the Huffington Post; Rob Koon, resident playwright and dramaturg at Chicago Dramatists; Faye Sholiton, Cleveland playwright; Helen Sneed, whose career included work in Theatre Professional Rights at Dramatists Play Service; and Eleanore Speert, founder of Speert Publishing and former publications director for Dramatists Play Service.
How to Attend: FutureFest will be presented July 26-28 at the Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, OH 45414. Weekend passes are $95 and include admission to six plays, adjudication sessions and social activities with the authors and adjudicators. Passes can be purchased online at www.daytonplayhouse.org, or through the box office, 937-424-8477. The box office is staffed Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., however messages may be left at any time. Admission to an individual play is $18. Individual tickets may be purchased online, or through the box office, but may also be purchased at the door one hour before each performance (space permitting).
The Dayton Playhouse is a community theatre providing outstanding theatrical productions to Miami Valley audiences of all ages for more than fifty years. The Playhouse is nationally recognized for “FutureFest,” a festival of new plays.