July 5, 2022
Contact: Susan Goes, Executive Director
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Cottage Theatre to give World Premiere in 2024 as part of national new play festival
Cottage Grove, OR — Cottage Theatre has been selected by the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) as one of six theatres in the country to stage a world premiere play in 2024 as part of the AACT NewPlayFest. Community theatres throughout the United States competed for this coveted opportunity to be the first to produce a brand new work. Cottage Theatre will produce the premiere as part of its 2024 season.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be chosen for this honor," comments Cottage Theatre Executive Director Susan Goes. "This is Cottage Theatre's second time in the national spotlight, as we were also selected to participate in the 2018 cycle of this bi-annual festival. In 2018 we produced the world premiere of Treehouse by Alabama playwright Joe Musso. We had such a positive experience so we are extremely excited to be chosen a second time as a NewPlayFest Producing Theatre."
Over 300 scripts have been submitted for consideration in this round of the national festival. Each script will undergo a four-tier review process, leading to the selection of the six plays to be staged, one by each producing theatre. In addition to receiving full productions, the winning scripts will be published in an anthology by Dramatic Publishing Company. In January 2023, Cottage Theatre will receive twelve finalist scripts to read and review, and Cottage Theatre will be involved in the final determination of which play will be produced in Oregon.
Also participating in this 2024 national festival will be Hickory Community Theatre (Hickory, North Carolina), Lincoln Community Playhouse (Lincoln, Nebraska), Stage Left Theater (Spokane, Washington), The Sauk (Jonesville, Michigan), and Verona Area Community Theater (Verona, Wisconsin.) The American Association of Community Theatre NewPlayFest began in 2014, and is made possible in part by a grant from the Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation.