2015 nuVoices festival

See details about the 2015 finalists below

The 2015 nuVoices Festival Plays:

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Ada, a call center representative, can't sleep. When she receives a call at her job from a woman in need, she takes a trip to try and help her. Unfortunately, things go wrong. Terribly wrong. Desperate to cure her insomnia, Ada must confront her regrets, past and present, if she's ever going to sleep again.


Diana Grisanti was recently named a Playwright in Residence at Theatre [502] in Louisville, Kentucky. Her plays have been produced or developed at the Playwrights’ Center (Minneapolis), Performance Network (Ann Arbor), San Diego Rep, the Lark (NYC), the Alliance (Atlanta), Actors Theatre of Louisville, and more. This season, her play River City will enjoy a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, the Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis), and Borderlands Theater (Tucson). Her short play Post Wave Spectacular was produced in the 2010 Humana Festival, and her musical Richie Farmer Will Have His Revenge on Durham (written with Matt Schatz) was Best of Fest in Austin’s FronteraFest. She was a Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center, the inaugural recipient of the Marsha Norman Spirit of Achievement Lilly Award, a finalist in the Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, a nominee for the Wasserstein Prize, and a runner-up for the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Award. Her plays for young actors include Dorina and the Plague: A Fairy Tale of Epidemic Proportions, and adaptations of1,001 Nights and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Her most recent project was The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn, a year-long, serialized play about magic, co-written with her partner, the playwright Steve Moulds. As a teaching artist, she has worked with communities in Kentucky, Texas, Iowa, and Cuernavaca, Mexico. MFA: Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin.

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The midterm elections of 2010 signaled the rise of the Tea Party, much to the dismay of playwright Rich's liberal friends. With the 2012 Presidential election heating up, Rich embarks on a trip across America to meet local Tea Party leaders and answer the question, "Who are these people?" What he discovers surprises him, angers him and touches him, and makes him realize that even across the great political divide, we may share more in common than we think. Nothing the interviewees say in the play has been made up.


Rich Orloff is the one of the most popular unknown playwrights in the country. His 15 full-length plays (mostly comedies, mostly award-winning) have been presented at such theaters as Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Charlotte Rep, Dayton Playhouse, Detroit Rep, Florida Studio Theatre, New Jersey Rep, Phoenix Theatre Company, and three times at the Key West Theatre Festival. Rich’s 80 short plays have received over 1200 productions on six continents (and a staged reading in Antarctica). His short comedies have been published six times in the annual Best American Short Plays anthology series and three times in the annual Best Ten-Minute Plays anthology.

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Archie, a chess hustler from D.C., travels to New York City to enter the World Chess Open. Short on his fee, he meets a group of skilled, homeless chess players who have gathered in the Bronx's Inwood Park. Led by the enigmatic Joe Deany, Archie engages them in a competition of wit and cunning that threatens to be his undoing. He may have just met his match.

SPheadshot1-231x300Sean Pomposello is a screenwriter, playwright and former HBO writer. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Nicholl Fellowship, Monterey County Film Commission and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference have recognized his work. His full-length plays include House Red, Bitch, Turnpike South, Barbicide, House Afire and The Woodpusher. Many theaters and festivals around the country have staged his plays, including Theater for the New City, Naked Angels, The Impact Theater, The Strand Theatre, Manhattan Repertory Theatre and The Riant Theatre's Strawberry One Act Festival. The Theatre Project hosted a series of his work titled Universal Monsters in November and December of ’11 and his previous full-length play, Bitch, ran at The Players Theatre in January of 2012.


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It's November 1864. President Lincoln has been reelected, and the United States is engulfed in the Civil War. At New York's Winter Garden Theatre, brothers Edwin, Junius and John Wilkes Booth, the most celebrated actors of their generation, prepare to take to the stage in a special benefit performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. What ensues is a battle of sibling rivalry over art, race and the fate of the Union.


Rich_Rubin_photo1-225x300Rich Rubin’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and internationally in London, Berlin, Sydney, Singapore, Canada and Mexico. Institutional colleagues in the development and/or staging of his plays have included the American Bard Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Works, Castillo Theatre, American Actors UK, Tristan Bates Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage and (upcoming, in August 2015) the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Rich’s work has been awarded first prize in both the Fratti-Newman Political Play Competition and the Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest, and has been selected as a finalist for the Julie Harris Playwright Award, the Playwrights First Award, the Trustus Playwrights Festival, the Oregon Book Award, the Heideman Award and the Burbage Prize. Rich is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Portland’s Nameless Playwrights and P-Town Playwrights. A retired primary care physician, Rich is a Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and currently a member of the volunteer teaching faculty at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.


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What is nuVoices?

nuVoices was created by Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte to honor and encourage emerging playwrights of the American Theatre, as well as develop the next generation of regional artists.

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