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Festival Stage and Wake Forest University Theatre


A national new script competition, a festival of new plays,
and a forum for new ideas and a community conversation

Festival Stage and Wake Forest University Theatre are pleased to announce that the two arts organizations have been working on some new ideas for developing arts scene in Winston-Salem, continuing the partnership that began with the award-winning production of "33 Variations" at the Hanesbrands Theatre.

You might also remember that, in the 3 seasons of fully professional theatre you saw from us at the Hanesbrands Theatre, there were productions of "Hatchman" and "Lunch at the Piccadilly" - both new shows getting some of their first productions at Festival Stage. Now, we are taking it a step further, partnering with the folks at Wake Forest to develop and produce brand new plays through a national new script competition. Festival Stage will be the first to produce these plays, and you will be the first to see them, and - more importantly - talk about them.

Every play was once new, and most have long roads in "research and development" before they see the "bright lights." Festival Stage and Wake Forest's goal is to bring you along on that unique journey from start to finish - from the page to staged reading to production. Follow the life of a play as it grows from idea to reality, and be a part of the conversation about what it means to you.

This is a 3-5 year plan, growing the project along with you, the audience. The first phase is a competition, and a festival of the three winners, to be held in the spring of 2015 at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Juried by representatives of 6 area universities, the festival presents an unusual opportunity to collaborate with colleges, secondary schools and community organizations on outreach events inspired by the plays' topics.

In presenting to Festival Stage the 2013 Arts Development Award for "33 Variations," Arts Council Board member Cheryl Lindsay said, "Through the collaboration between two great institutions, Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Festival Stage proved they not only provide great theatre, but they are also dedicated to building community." We look forward to growing that tradition with New Plays for a New Age in a unique partnership between Wake Forest and Festival Stage, now based exclusively in Winston-Salem.

Festival Stage in performance

The Foreigner

The Foreigner, 2010

The Exact Center of the Universe

The Exact Center of the Universe, 2011

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

The Last Night of Ballyhoo, 2012

33 Variations

33 Variations, 2013

To learn more about an early offer to be a part of this unique new addition to the Winston Salem arts scene, please visit the link below:

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