NewPlayFest 2024 | AACT

NewPlayFest 2024

AACT NewPlayFest 2024
Producing Theatres, Script Submissions, Script Reviewers

NewPlayFest logoAACT will select member theatres to produce the winning plays. Producing Theatres will be responsible for providing a fully realized, world premiere production, and for bringing in the playwright for workshopping the script and a performance.

AACT will work with the Producing Theatres to compile a festival calendar and a promotional plan, including social media, to encourage attendance at the productions and consideration of the winning plays for production by other theatres. Producing Theatres are responsible for providing a fully realized, world premiere production between June 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024, and bringing in the playwright for workshopping the script and a performance.

The theatre that produces a new play often contributes to the future development of the piece. It illustrates to the playwright what works or doesn’t work. The interpretations of the director and the actors may reveal insights into the work that even the playwright didn’t know were there. A first production allows the playwright to discover what may need to be rewritten to make it more effective.

Square yellow box to mark each topicAACT NewPlayFest 2024 Producing Theatres

Applications to be a Producing Theatre for AACT NewPlayFest 2024 are now closed (deadline was February 1, 2022).

     >> Producing Theatres Information page

  Square yellow box to mark each topicScripts for AACT NewPlayFest 2024 

Script submissions for AACT NewPlayFest 2024 are CLOSED.   Scripts were accepted May 1-June 30, 2022.

     >>  General information is available now. Click here for more details.

Square yellow box to mark each topicReviewers for AACT NewPlayFest 2024

Individuals are asked to volunteer to read and score the scripts. Each script will be reviewed and scores will determine the semi-finalists. Those making it to the final round are submitted to the Producing Theatres, which select the winning shows to produce.

If you’d like to be a part of this exciting AACT festival as a Reviewer:

     >> Apply to be an AACT NewPlayFest 2024 Reviewer.

NewPlayFest in Print

Winning plays are published in an anthology by Dramatic Publishing Company. 
Click here to view the four current anthologies.

Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre FoundationAACT NewPlayFest is made possible in part by a grant from
the Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation

Jack K. Ayre celebrated his 90th birthday before passing away in December 2011. At his birthday party, he sang with a barbershop quartet – one of his favorite activities – and celebrated with his cousin and lifelong friend, Frank Ayre Lee. Though as adults they lived on opposite sides of the country, the cousins kept in touch through letters that displayed a love for the written word and an irreverent sense of humor. Jack had participated in theatre productions at Drew University in New Jersey and at a community theatre in Connecticut in his younger years, and continued that interest when he moved to California. Mr. Lee was also an avid aficionado of theatre, and had dabbled in playwriting, adapting Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for a children’s theatre production, and penning McSteg, a tongue-in-cheek discourse, ribbing his cousin Jack and based on a scene in Shakespeare’s MacBeth. The Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation was created by the children of Frank Ayre Lee as a tribute to their father, who passed away in August 2012, and a legacy for the creative endeavors of Jack, who was an advertising executive and public relations director. The family is pleased to honor both men through a lasting legacy promoting new works for theatre through AACT NewPlayFest.

Jack K. Ayre
Jack K. Ayre

Frank Ayre Lee
Frank Ayre Lee

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