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Cover of AACT NewPlayFest Winning Plays 2020AACT NewPlayFest
Winning Plays Anthology 2020

Volume 4: 2020 ($30.95)
available on Dramatic Publishing's website

Includes:  Cassarole by Pamela Harbaugh, Shattering by Pat Montley, On Pine Knoll Street by Mark Cornell, Goat Song Revel by Dan Borengasser, Proprioception by Marilyn Millstone, and The Cayuga Canal Girls by Laura King.

Rights and availability: Some titles in this collection may be licensed directly from the book; others require the purchase of separate scripts. See the “Included Titles” tab on the website for details.


Cover of 3rd volume of plays from NewPlayFestAACT NewPlayFest
Winning Plays Anthology 2018

Volume 3: 2018 ($30.95)
available on Dramatic Publishing's websit

Includes: Sweet Tea and Other Secrets by Paul Elliott; Eternity by Michael Cochran; Mynx and Savage by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill; Treehouse by Joe Musso; Sweet by Denise Hinson; and Finishing School by Elaine Liner.

NewPlayFest Vol 2AACT NewPlayFest
Winning Plays Anthology 2016

Volume 2: 2016 ($30.95)
available on Dramatic Publishing's website

Includes: Lighthouse by William Baer; Gracefully Ending by A.J. DeLauder; Laguna Beach, Ohio by Malcolm MacDonald; Wash, Dry, Fold by Nedra Pezold Roberts; Get Out of Dodge by Jeanne Drennan; The Emperor of North America by Thomas Hischak; and Shades of Valor by Karen Lewis.

NewPlayFest Vol 1AACT NewPlayFest
Winning Plays Anthology 2014

Volume 1: 2014 ($30.95)
available on Dramatic Publishing's website

Includes: Exit Laughing by Paul Elliott; The Seamstress by Cece Dwyer; The Vanishing Point by Nedra Pezold Roberts; Jellofish by Jim Henry; End Papers by Barry Weinberg; and The Boatwright by Bo Wilson.

Book coverWhen the Lights Are Bright Again:
Letters and images of loss, hope, and resilience from the theater community
Available on Amazon.com

The Covid-19 pandemic revealed what a world without live performance looks and feels like. Andrew Norlen's book captures a small fraction of the powerful and transcendent internal heartbeat that never went away within the theater community. When the Lights Are Bright Again immortalizes the stories, struggles, and successes of an industry that was the first to be shut down and one of the last to return. Not only has the creation of this book allowed the theater community to grieve and express themselves in a new way, but for every copy purchased, a portion of the profits will directly benefit The Actors Fund. This book will continue to help support arts workers to thrive and receive financial stability for decades to come with every copy sold.

Cover of "The Lucid Body"The Lucid Body: A Guide for the Physical Actor
Available on Amazon.com

Fay Simpson's The Lucid Body reveals how each body holds the possibility of every human condition. With Fay Simpson’s help, actors can better analyze character, hear their inner bodies, dissect the self into layers of consciousness, and more.

Cover of James Carver's bookCarver's Manual on Community Theatre Directing: A Step-by-Step Approach
Available on Amazon.com

James Carver set out to write a "How To" book for those interested in directing at community theatres. He has succeeded in doing much more than writing a manual. He has written a Chautauqua, an anecdotal instruction book for all aspiring actors, directors, producers and managers in a witty and enlightening manner-and above all, a book for those who love the magic of community theatre, and are fascinated by what "goes on behind the scenes." Nor should the lessons of this manual be limited to community theatre. The principles so clearly enunciated apply to all theatre productions, certainly to theatre at the high school and college level; and neither should any professional director, no matter what may be his or her skills or level of achievement, be without this manual. The basics are presented in an unforgettable manner, and "why didn't I think of that," pops up on every other page. Jim has served as President of AACT, on countless committees and task forces, as adjudicator for many festivals (including two national AACTFests), as a popular workshop facilitator, and has received both the AACT Fellow and Art Cole Lifetime of Leadership awards.

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