| newTACTics New Play Festival 2013|
The 2013 newTACTics New Play Festival
at TACT/The Actors Company Theatre
Unheard. Unseen. Unexpected.
newTACTics is back with our 3rd annual New Play Festival! We invite you to join us at 7:00PM each Wednesday and Thursday evening in June to catch four brand new plays, handpicked by TACT to brighten your summer.
Start the evening off at our pre-show reception at 6:30pm, and play a crucial part in the play's development process at our engaging post-show talkbacks with the creative team.
All performances are free of charge and will be held at the TACT Studio at 900 Broadway Suite 905. Space is limited, so make sure to book your seats now!
Please RSVP to newTACTics@tactnyc.org with "newTACTics Festival tickets" in the subject line, and include your first and last name, date of the performance you wish to attend, and the number of seats you require in the message.
|Click the images below for information about the plays & playwrights!|
Written by Carrie Robbins,
from stories by RD Robbins MD
Directed by Pamela Hunt
Wednesday, June 5th at 7PM
Thursday, June 6th at 7PM
When military apprentice and black freeman Jebediah Wall delivers a wounded Rebel soldier to a Northern field hospital, Dr. Cordell Cuttaridge teaches him a harsh lesson in sacrificing a limb to save a life. But a decade after the Civil War ends, will his mutilated patients consider the surgeon a merciful savior, or a merciless SAWBONES?
ALL THE STARS IN
THE MIDNIGHT SKY
Written by Jeff Talbott*+
Directed by Jenn Thompson*+
Wednesday, June 12th at 7PM
Thursday, June 13th at 7PM
ALL THE STARS IN THE MIDNIGHT SKY is the story of two very different unplanned pregnancies. Kelsey and Trish have some big questions to answer, and not just the ones about babies. But a lot can happen in nine months, and if you let it, a lot can change. A comic drama about mothers and daughters, and maybe, just maybe, finding happiness where you least expect it.
Written by Lally Katz
Directed by Lauren Miller+
Wednesday, June 19th at 7PM
Thursday, June 20th at 7PM
In the midst of global economic disaster, Cookie, a pregnant Romani fortune teller desperate for a mark, strikes gold when she checks into an anonymous New Jersey motel. A grieving mother, a pair of jobless stock brokers, and a landless cowboy gamble everything on Cookie's intuition, in the hopes that FORTUNE favors the bold in the home of the brave.
Written by David Caudle
Directed by Scott Alan Evans+
Wednesday, June 26th at 7PM
Thursday, June 27th at 7PM
When a fire erupts next door, Susan and her teenage daughter are forced to evacuate their apartment. Randall, Susan's coworker, comes to the rescue, but his pregnant wife Kathy is suspicious. What is Susan really after? Why is her husband so eager to come to her aid? Who really is the DAMSEL in distress? The answers are not what you think in this finely observed psychological drama.
*Member, Actors' Equity Association +TACT Company Member
| past seasons|
| Click the images below for information about past seasons!|
|newTACTics is a new play intiative that discovers, develops, and explores new works for the theatre. The program is not only dedicated to finding new plays that fit within the TACT aesthetic – theatrical works that focus on the text and the actor’s craft – but also plays from the past that have yet to be performed. We want to encourage new playwrights as well as experienced, produced writers to continue to write for the theatre and to discover new ways to use the extraordinary language of the theatre to tell their stories. newTACTics is interested not only in completed plays but also in works in progress, hoping to bring them to completion through the review, development, staged reading process.|
Although TACT is known primarily for its rediscovery of rarely seen, and often unjustifiably neglected works, the company has considerable experience with the development of new plays. In 2002, TACT presented the World premiere of Noel Coward’s Long Island Sound and worked closely with his estate to adapt the play for production. In 2004, Artistic Director Scott Alan Evans, playwright Christopher Piehler, and members of TACT’s acting company, developed the script to The Triangle Factory Fire Project. TACT presented the World premiere production of Triangle in May of that year and the play has since been produced across the country (the published script is available through Dramatist Play Service). The company has also developed scripts through its Readings program, The Salon Series, including work by Dan O’Brien and a new translation/adaptation of a play by Alexander Ostrovsky. newTACTics builds on this experience.
This coming season, newTACTics will continue to discover great new works through its development process and through its partnership with The Virtual Theatre Project of Los Angeles. Each year, The Virtual Theatre Project runs a national playwriting competition which elicits thousands of entries. newTACTics has access to each year’s top ten entries and will have the first option to present them to a New York audience (Mr. Delany’s T or C came to us from this source). Next June, newTACTics will present its first New Plays Festival featuring a new work each week throughout the month. Watch the newTACTics window on our website for information and details as they emerge.
If you’d like to get involved with newTACTics, we are currently forming the newTACTics Council. Council members support and help raise the funds needed to develop the new works and to present the New Play Festival each June. They will also assist in promoting the project and encouraging new audiences, in addition to connecting with producers and investors. If you are interested in joining the Council, or any other aspect of newTACTics, (including play submissions), email Barry Satchwell Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.In June of next year, we will take 4 new plays and present one a week in this exciting new direction for newTACTics of TACT. More information will follow on this progress during the course of the year.
newTACTics productions will be presented jointly by TACT and Silver Blue Pictures. Silver Blue Pictures was founded in 2002 by Barry Satchwell Smith in Los Angeles. The company’s goal is to tell stories plainly and simply. Their produced works include the World premieres of ‘MsTrial’ at the Court Theatre and ‘A Tad Bazaar’ at the Comedy Theatre. Their most recent movie ‘The Blue Hour’ was released last year and has been officially nominated at San Sebastian, Turino and Los Angeles.
For more information about newTACTics or to inquire about play submissions, email the Director of newTACTics, Barry Satchwell Smith at email@example.com
| The newTACTics Process|
|Step 1 : |
Plays up for serious consideration will be read by all TACT Company co-Artistic Directors (Cynthia Harris, Simon Jones and Scott Alan Evans) and also of newTACTics’ Director, Barry Satchwell Smith.
A meeting between these 4 will then decide which plays will move on for development.
A table reading for the selected plays will be presented at the TACT Studio for the TACT Artistic Directors and Company, the playwright and a few selected guests.
The objective of the table reading is to hear the play “off the page.” The TACT Artistic Directors along with the Director of newTACTics will determine next steps, of which there are 3 possible outcomes:
-No future consideration for newTACTics
-Further development of the play with the playwright for future newTACTics consideration.
-Step 4 (see below)
A fully rehearsed stage reading, will be presented for the play with 2 or more performances. The objective of this rehearsed reading is to give the play a true platform to be heard in its current form. The readings will be held at the TACT Studio, unless otherwise stated, and would be open to the Company, guests of the cast, TACT subscribers, Board members and industry guests of the playwright, and Director and Artistic Directors of TACT and often the public.
THE WRAP UP:
We are thoroughly excited at this new venture and hope you will come and experience this added direction with us.
Barry Satchwell Smith