2014 is the year of aactWorldFest!
June 16-21 Venice Theatre in Venice, FL
on Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast.
Register online at www.aact.org/world
Full registration includes all performances,
workshops (Ben Vereen is extra),
the opening reception, and all afterglow parties.
Register NOW and don't miss a single thing at aactWorldFest 2014!
Register online at www.aact.org/world, where you will find up-to-the-minute
information about the festival. Online registration is simple, and you can book your hotel room directly from the festival website.
17 Theatre troupes from six continents will perform at aactWorldFest!
See the list of performing companies at www.aact.org/world
In addition to outstanding performances, there will be tremendous opportunities for education and networking. Also, plan to enjoy the historic beach town of Venice where shops, restaurants, art galleries, and the beach are all within walking distance of the theatre.
AACT NewPlay Fest: 'Jellofish' opens
Jellofish by Jim Henry of Chicago, IL, opened on May 2 at Phoenix Stage Company in Naugatuck, CT, as part of AACT NewPlayFest. The production runs through May 11.
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 NewPlay Fest: May Deadline, Reviewers Needed
May 1, 2014
is the deadline to apply to be selected as a
Producing Theatre for AACT NewPlayFest!
Click here for Producing Theatre Guidelines
Plan now for your theatre to be a part of this exciting national play festival. 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 theatres produce winning scripts in their local communities.
For details and application form go to
The theatre that produces a new play brings a brand new adventure to its company and its patrons.
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.
AACT is seeking volunteers with
time, interest, and theatre expertise
to review and score the scripts
for AACT NewPlayFest.
Click here for AACT NewPlayFest Reviewer Information
If you have questions,
contact Susan Austin
at email@example.com or contact the AACT office.
AACT NewPlay Fest Updates
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.
Playwright Nedra Roberts (center) with cast members Richard
Winters and Jeremy Minagro.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
not too late to claim the AACT member discount (even if you have already paid!)
you currently have a MTI musical scheduled, you can receive a rebate!
a full list of discounts for AACT members, Click
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