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AACT NewPlay Fest Updates


The Vanishing Point by Nedra Roberts of Atlanta, GA opened in Sacramento, CA at the California Stage Company on March 29 and runs through April 28 as the third production of the inaugural AACT NewPlayFest. Playwright Nedra Roberts attended the opening night performance, as did AACT Executive Director Julie Crawford and Past President Linda Lee, along with AACT Marketing Communications Director David Cockerell and former AACT Board Member Stephen Peithman.

PHOTO: Playwright Nedra Roberts (center) with cast members Richard Winters and Jeremy Minagro.


The Vanishing Point is set in the wetlands of Louisiana in the summer of 2005 – just before Hurricane Katrina. Following the St. Pé family and their struggle to restore the wetlands and save their way of life, the play invites our speculation on another kind of restoration – one of human relationships and their power to heal the broken spirit.


Next for the AACT NewPlayFest, Jellofish by Jim Henry of Chicago, IL, opens on May 2 at Phoenix Stage Company in Naugatuck, CT. Jellofish focuses on four World War II veterans who have been playing a monthly game of poker since 1945. They’ve been dragging five percent from every pot for over 50 years and this "side pot” has grown to a sizable fortune. Who will survive this game of wits and be the heir presumptive to the poker fortune? Or will competition and resentment destroy their friendships and the game itself?


AACT NewPlayFest will also premiere End Papers by Barry Weinberg of Bethesda, MD at Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg (Mechanicsburg, PA) opening on July 24, and The Boatwright by Bo Wilson of Richmond, VA at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (Grand Rapids, MI) opening on September 13.


AACT NewPlayFest addresses the need for new, high-quality plays for community theatre audiences. The second cycle has already begun. Producing theatre applications are due May 1, 2014.  Click here for more information.





MTI Discounts for Summer/Fall Shows



For the first four Music Theatre International musicals produced during the membership year (Sept 1 - Aug 31), AACT member theatres receive a 20% discount on standard rental fees.  If a theatre produces five MTI musicals in the year, the fifth standard rental package is FREE.  


It's not too late to claim the AACT member discount (even if you have already paid!)  


If you currently have a MTI musical scheduled, you can receive a rebate!


For a full list of discounts for AACT members, Click HERE


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AACT NewPlayFest


Plan now for your theatre to be a part of this exciting national play festival, and produce a winning new play in your 2015-2016 season.

AACT NewPlayFest is a national new play festival developing exciting new plays that your audiences will enjoy. Selected AACT-member theatres produce winning scripts in their local communities. 

Call for Theatres

Applications to be selected as a Producing Theatre are due by May 1, 2014. 

  • Questions: contact the AACT office (see below).

AACT will select 5-7 member theatres to produce the winning plays. Theatres will be selected in May 2014.

Theatres will be responsible for providing fully realized productions between June 2015 and December 2016. 



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