Charlotte's premier festival of new works
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. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte envisions the nuVoices Festival as a springboard to catapult new plays to the national stage through our existing relationship with the National New Play Network (NNPN). We will present two script-in-hand staged readings of each play and the favorite will be produced as part of our next main stage season. Our most recent winner was THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE by Meridith Friedman.
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Thanks to a generous $80,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, ATC will be expanding nuVoices to include PUBLIC GOOD. This initiative will provide a group of four local writers with the opportunity to explore playwriting under the mentorship of a lead playwright who will be commissioned to develop a stage play about the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, under which thousands of people deemed unfit for society were sterilized by choice, force or coercion. Writers selected for the group will support the lead playwright in the creation of this new piece by conducting research and connecting with individuals and organizations impacted by the work of the Eugenics Board.
How Plays Are Selected
With nearly 450 plays submitted from around the country, we are whittling down the stack to four of the most exciting, adventurous, and innovative new works to invite to our stage.
The residency will encompass a four-day festival that will feature two public, script-in-hand readings for each of the four plays selected. Following the end of the festival, a festival winner, who will be determined by a panel of audience members, arts professionals, and Actor’s Theatre staff, will be invited by the theatre to have a full production mounted in the 2016-2017 season.
To be eligible, scripts must be unpublished and have not received a fully staged, professional production at the time of the festival.
Diana Grisanti’s RIVER CITY, the winner of our second festival, was selected as a Rolling World Premiere by NNPN. It had a total of three premiere productions during the 2014- 2015 season with ATC serving as the lead theatre in that effort.
This success was accomplished in only the festival’s second year, proving that we are on our way to fulfilling our goals, which are three-fold:
1. To celebrate and cultivate new plays by emerging American playwrights.
2. To incubate professional artistic talent in the Charlotte region.
3. To educate the public on the process of taking new plays from page to stage.
Previous nuVoices winners
2016- THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE by Meridith Friedman
When his elderly father, Oscar, proposes moving in with him, Richard, happily settled with his partner David, is less than enthusiastic about the idea. Unbeknownst to Oscar, an adopted son will soon be occupying the spare bedroom in Richard and David's beachside condo. Years of unspoken hostilities and resentments are unleashed, spiraling the men into a vicious game of finger pointing. Tensions reach a breaking point when Oscar's growing suspicions over the circumstances of his wife's death lead him to make a startling accusation against his son.
2015- THE PATRON SAINT OF LOSING SLEEP by Diana Grisanti
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. Join us for this topsy-turvy comedy! Formerly known as "INC".
2014- RIVER CITY by Diana Grisanti
Just weeks after her father’s death, Mary discovers a childhood photograph of him from a past he never talked about. Determined to excavate her heritage, Mary goes on a quest to uncover a half-century of family and town secrets buried in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. Sometimes, going back home means leaving life behind.
2013- NARROW DAYLIGHT by Stevan Kaloustian
Susan is struggling with the recent loss of her son, Nathan, to the war in Iraq. When Lena, a nineteen year old Iraqi woman shows up on her doorstep, Susan has no choice but to invite her in. Before Lena, the juiciest thing to happen in their neighborhood was the opening of the brand-new Super Target. Gloria, Susan's sugar-coating, bible-loving best friend, and her tell-it-like-it-is daughter Anne-Marie are also affected when Western and Eastern cultures fuse, turning their quiet way of life in Panama City, Florida, completely upside down.
The nuVoices 4 performances will be held January 14th to January 17th, 2016.
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