Now in its third year of producing one-act plays by local playwrights, the Delray Beach Playhouse’s 2022 Festival of New Plays will be held October 22-23, 2022. Ten one-act plays by local playwrights and read by actors venues showcase South Florida’s diverse and talented theater community.
This year, in conjunction with the Playwrights’ Festival of New Plays, the Playhouse sponsored a poster contest. The committee sent out a call to visual artists in March and was pleased with the number of responses from across Palm Beach and Broward County. “We were impressed with the high quality of all of the artwork submitted,” said Dan Bellante, Playhouse Arts Program Director.
“The selection committee had the difficult task of selecting just one poster.” Bellante continues, “And after much deliberation, Jason Kahan’s lovely and original work has been chosen for this year’s top spot and $500 prize.”
Kahan’s poster will grace the cover of this year’s Playwrights Festival poster and will be displayed in the lobby of the Playhouse during the month of October. Additionally, Kahan’s Poster will be part of Playhouse Artwork’s permanent collection.
Playhouse Playwrights Project Director Marianne Regan is delighted with the continued overwhelming positive response. “We’ve hit the trifecta with our writers, actors, and now, our visual artists,” Regan said, “and we look forward to celebrating all the talent in our thriving community.”
In keeping with the project’s mission statement – to encourage and promote local playwrights and provide them with a springboard to achieve their literary goals – the Playwrights Project also seeks to identify new plays that can be developed into a full production. This year’s Festival will feature a longer version of a finalist produced for the first time in 2019, Todd Caster’s “Burden of Truth.” “We are thrilled to be working with Todd to prepare his piece for future inclusion in The Playhouse’s new ‘Off-Broadway’ series,” said Regan. “We look forward to encouraging this next step for our writers and hopefully giving them a stepping stone to becoming better known throughout Florida and beyond.”
Playhouse’s Off-Broadway series kicks off this year with some well-known and newer selections, ranging from “Love, Loss and What I Wore” by Nora and Delia Ephron to “Ann Landers, The Lady With All The Answers” by David Rambo, to “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom.
As the Festival has done in the past, five new plays will be presented on Saturday October 22 and five different new plays will be presented on Sunday October 23. Performances on both days are at 2 p.m. Tickets for each day are $15. . True to Festival fashion, you can purchase a “Festival Pass” that will include both days of performances, for $25. “It’s $2.50 per game,” says Regan. “Where can you see quality live theater for so little?”
“So if you’re a playwright, artist, actor, or enthusiastic viewer, we want you!” Regan continues. “We are your local community theater and we look forward to celebrating our mutual love of the arts together.” And who knows, for either participant, it could be the start of a new career in the limelight. “I just hope,” Regan says, “that when one of our playwrights or actors or artists accepts their Tony Award, they pay tribute to the Delray Beach Playhouse!”
The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, Delray Beach (33444).
Playhouse Playwrights Project
Saturday October 22 at 2 p.m.
Sunday October 23 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15, or $25 for a 2-day Festival Pass
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