THE 8th ANNUAL

NEWvember Playwrights 2019: Ned Dougherty, Emily Brauer Rogers, Aidan Parkinson, Nicholas Makin & Emily Bohannon (Development Spotlight Presentation)

November 1-2
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 2

The Paper Hangers
by Emily Brauer Rogers
Friday 1 Nov. @3pm

I Poured the Tea
by Nicholas Makin
Friday 1 Nov. @7pm

Telemachus Unbound: A New American Myth
by Ned Dougherty
Saturday 2 Nov. @3pm

Bloodshed, Screaming and Monsters
by Aidan Parkinson
Saturday 2 Nov. @7pm

November 3
The Civic Theatre Studio, Tallaght

Playwrights Roundtable
(free entry)
Sunday 3 Nov. @12noon

Development Spotlight Presentation:
Looking at the Sun
by Emily Bohannon
Sunday 3 Nov. @3pm

The Paper Hangers by Emily Brauer Rogers

Me isn’t feeling quite right about her new baby and the expectations around motherhood, but is sure this trip away to the countryside with her husband will sort all that out. That is, until her mother comes along too … and magical things start happening to the house, in this beautiful and haunting tale of recovering from trauma, adapted from the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Cast includes Megan Day, Patrick de Montfort, Lizzy Morrissey, Anna Nugent, Paul Nugent & Fiona Rose Stout, directed by Yvonne Ussher.
– Friday 1st November at 3pm at Smock Alley Boy’s School + post-show discussion

I Poured the Tea by Nicholas Makin

Seamus and Boxer seem to have it made, on their paid-for holiday in the tropics … until their island starts to feel a bit deserted and rather dangerous; meanwhile over in the Chairman’s office of an investment bank, Dickie Fitzsimons is feeling the heat and seeking to pass the buck, in this fast-moving comedy of the blame game and the financial crisis.

Cast includes Gerry Cannon, Tim Casey, Laurence Lowry, Michael Mullen, Eoin O’Sullivan & Yvonne Ussher, directed by Kathleen Warner Yeates.
– Friday 1st November at 7pm at Smock Alley Boy’s School + post-show Q&A with writer

Telemachus Unbound: A New American Myth by Ned Dougherty

Telemachus has waited all his life to meet his father, but now Odysseus is back home, he’s struggling to live up to his dad’s demands at Camp Olympus for Those Who Aspire to Be Men – and his mum Penelope seems lost in her gardening. Luckily Athena and Poseidon are here to help – in the form of two fast-talking girls with tricks up their sleeves, in this playful and imaginative story capturing fathers and sons, the roles of masculinity, and what happens when a god comes down a slide?

Cast includes Megan Day, Patrick de Montfort, Kit Geraghty, Anna Nugent, Maureen O’Connell & Mark Tankersley, directed by Paul Nugent.
– Saturday 2nd November at 3pm at Smock Alley Boy’s School + post-show Q&A with writer

Bloodshed, Screaming and Monsters by Aidan Parkinson

Kevin returns home to Dublin having lost everything, but with a family like his, what can save him? This powerful and funny state-of-the-nation play, brimming with song, heartbreak, poetry and laughter, features a cast of unforgettable characters and asks big questions about what makes us Irish – the drink, the craic, emigration, words, and the meaning of family.

Cast includes Stephen Gorman, Paula McGlinchey, Lizzy Morrissey, Paul Nugent, Gerry O’Brien, Caitriona Pattison & Yvonne Ussher, music by Paddy Quigley, directed by Anna Nugent.
– Saturday 2nd November at 7pm at Smock Alley Boy’s School + post-show Q&A with writer

Playwrights Roundtable

A panel discussion with a group of playwrights, discussing their writing process, the process of creating a play and what playwrights need. Featuring a mix of established writers, including Emily Bohannon, Gary Duggan, Deirdre Kinahan and Adam Wyeth, as well as a number of this year’s NEWvember playwrights, in conversation with dramaturg Krystal Sweedman and AboutFACE Co-Artistic Director Paul Nugent.
– Sunday 3rd November at 12 noon at Civic

Development Spotlight Presentation:
Looking at the Sun by Emily Bohannon

Ron just loves summer vacation and is so excited to have his family and friends at his beach house. But his overworked wife just wants to sleep, his kids don’t want to hear his stories, the Joneses are searching for a swinger, Vaughn is wrapped up in his imaginary girlfriend, and can anyone even understand the two Australians next door? A playful and moving comedy of love, longing, loneliness – and not getting candy floss.

Cast includes Alan Buckley, Kit Geraghty, Ciaran McGlynn, Tara McKeever, Sean McManus, Declan Mills, Caoimhe Mulcahy, Anna Nugent, Paul Nugent & Kathleen Warner Yeates, directed by Eric Weitz.
– Sunday 3rd November at 3pm at Civic + post-show Q&A with writer


“I have had the privilege of participating in many developmental readings of my work, and my experience with AboutFACE Ireland was, hands down, among the best.”

– Matthew Kelly
The Gods of the Ozarks (NEW’18)

“The 2018 NEWvember Festival was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had as a playwright.”

– David Beardsley
Holy and Unruly (NEW’18)

“NEWvember was a fantastic experience, and it was such a delight to hear my work interpreted by such a talented ensemble of actors.”

– Neil Sharpson
The Caspian Sea (NEW’18)

“To me this event is a leading light for the theatre sector.”

– Fergal O’Byrne
Extremophiles (NEW’17)

“Last year’s NEWvember festival was as exciting and involving and happy an experience as any I’ve had in theatre, and I’ve had a few.”

– Jeanne Beckwith
The Late Rosie Callaghan (NEW’17)

“The reading series was an illuminating experience.”

– Ronan Carr
The Barber of Moville (NEW’17)

NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over one weekend in Dublin’s city centre, produced by AboutFACE Ireland. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors, and discuss their work and creative process with the audience.

2018 marked NEWvember’s second year in Dublin after 5 years in New York. AboutFACE co-created and co-produced NEWvember at the Carpenter Shop Theatre in the village of Tivoli in upstate New York, with our partners Tangent Theatre, from 2011 to 2015. During this time, NEWvember was highly successful – drawing large audiences, including breaking the box office record for the venue on successive nights; and finding massive interest from writers – by its fifth year, submissions reached nearly 500 plays a year and rehearsed readings of new work by over 30 playwrights had been presented, while several plays developed at the festival have gone on to Off-Broadway and regional American productions.

NEWvember then moved to Dublin, Ireland, where the festival was held in 2017 at Belvedere House and in 2018 at The New Theatre. Already from NEWvember 2017, plays have gone on to further success – Extremophiles by Fergal O’Byrne has since been awarded the prestigious Eamon Keane Playwriting Award at the 2018 Listowel Writers’ Week while The Barber of Moville by Ronan Carr has gone on to full production including a 10-venue Irish tour.

Playwrights featured at past NEWvembers:
Melisa Annis, Will Arbery, David Beardsley, Jeanne Beckwith, Jessica Bedford, Hal Borden, John Cariani, Ronan Carr, Shawna Casey, Samantha Charlip, Jim Connell-Moylan, Denis Dennehy, Michael DeVito, Elias Diamond, Fengar Gael, Joanna Garner, Josepha Gutelius, Steven Haworth, Karen Howes, Matthew Kelly, Meghan Kennedy, Dagney Kerr, James McLindon, Aleks Merilo, Jessica Moss, Fergal O’Byrne, Jennifer O’Grady, Dan O’Neil, Kristen Palmer, Peter Papadopoulos, Jacob Perkins, Craig Pospisil, Shannon Reed, Fiona Rose Stout, Jan Rosenberg, Jennifer Skura, Caitlin Saylor Stephens, Seamus Scanlon, Neil Sharpson, Ryan Sprague, Aaron Weissman, Rachel White.

NEWvember 2019 Is Now Closed for Submissions


Click below for more information on previous NEWVember festivals.

Past NEWvembers

2018

November 8-10

The New Theatre
Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Plays & Playwrights

Deanna and Paul Dagney Kerr
Holy and Unruly David Beardsley
Split Fiona Rose Stout
The Caspian Sea Neil Sharpson
The Gods of the Ozarks Matthew Kelly

Company

Actor Michelle Audrey
Actor Ian Blackmore
Actor Carla Burke
Actor Shane Connolly
Actor Megan Day
Actor Patrick William de Montfort
Actor Andy Gallagher
Actor Steve Hartland
Actor, Company Member, Director Charlie Kranz
Actor Laurence Lowry
Actor Megan McDonnell
Actor Ciarán McGlynn
Actor, Company Member Tara McKeever
Actor Tad Morari
Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Anna Nugent
Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Paul Nugent
Actor Maureen O’Connell
Actor Aaron O’Neill
Actor Brian Robinson
Actor David Ryan
Actor Laoisa Sexton
Actor, Company Member Noni Stapleton
NEWvember Dramaturg Krystal Sweedman
Actor Mark Tankersley
Actor Fiana Toibin
Actor Yvonne Ussher
Actor Tana Walsh
Actor, Director Kathleen Warner Yeates
Actor Helena White
Actor Joe Wright

2017

November 16-19

Belvedere House
Dublin, Ireland

Plays & Playwrights

The Barber of Moville Ronan Carr
The Bull: Death of a Ladiez Man Jim Connell-Moylan
Charlotte’s Letters Jennifer O’Grady
Extremophiles Fergal O’Byrne
Festival Denis Dennehy
The Late Rosie Callaghan Jeanne Beckwith

Company

Actor Michelle Audrey
Actor Jonathan Byrne
Actor Lynette Callaghan
Actor Hilary Cotter
Actor Megan Day
Front of House Cillian Flood
Actor Tana French
Actor Maria Guiver
Actor, Director Liam Hallahan
Actor John Hogan
Actor Barry Kelleghan
Actor, Company Member, Director Charlie Kranz
Actor Laurence Lowry
Actor Ciarán McGlynn
Actor, Company Member Tara McKeever
Actor Tad Morari
Actor Lizzy Morrissey
Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Anna Nugent
Guest Liaison Hugh Nugent
Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Paul Nugent
Actor Gerry O’Brien
Actor Maureen O’Connell
Actor Brian Robinson
Actor David Ryan
Actor Laoisa Sexton
Actor, Company Member Noni Stapleton
Actor Mark Tankersley
Front of House Niamh Tennyson
Actor Fiana Toibin
Actor Kathleen Warner Yeates

2015

November 5-8

Carpenter Shop Theater
Tivoli, NY

Plays & Playwrights

The Mongoose Will Arbery
The Orange Garden Joanna Garner
The Other Genius Steven Haworth
Last Flight of the Mercenary Karen Howes
LOVE, LOVE: Last Stand at Helm’s Deep Peter Papadopoulos
The Third Rail Jacob Perkins

Company

Director Melisa Annis
Actor Brendan Burke
Actor Tom Byrn
House Manager Tracy Carney
Actor Summer Corrie
Actor Ben Fundis
Actor Meghann Garmany
Actor Sam Hoeksema
Actor Jacob Horstmeier
House Manager Erica Kane
Assistant Stage Manager Jesse Lessner
Actor, Director Amy Lemon Olson
House Manager Suzy Morris
Actor, Producer Paul Nugent
Actor, Director, Producer Anna Nugent
Actor Brenny Rabine
Actor Audrey Rapoport
Producer, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company Andrea Rhodes
Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company Michael Rhodes
Assistant Stage Manager Lyndsay Robbins
Actor Amie Tedesco
House Manager Toby Teiger
Stage Manager Andrea VanSwearingen
Actor Steven Austin Young

2014

November 6-9

Carpenter Shop Theater
Tivoli, NY

Plays & Playwrights

Strong Force Shawna Casey
Futurama Samantha Charlip
Next to Him Jessica Moss
Do Not Leave Unattended Jan Rosenberg
The Soldier’s Daughter Ryan Sprague
Two Men Missing in the Hudson River Caitlin Saylor Stephens

Company

Actor Rosalind Ashford
House Manager Tracy Carney
House Manager Angela Cole
Actor Summer Corrie
Actor Ben Fundis
Actor Sam Hoeksema
Actor Jacob Horstmeier
Actor Kelsey Landon
Director Amy Lemon Olson
Actor John Charles McLaughlin
Actor Teresa Meza
Actor, Director, Producer Anna Nugent
Actor, Director, Producer Paul Nugent
Actor Brenny Rabine
Actor Jared Reinmuth
Producer, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company Andrea Rhodes
Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company Michael Rhodes
Actor Amie Tedesco
Stage Manager Andrea VanSwearingen
Actor Steven Austin Young

2013

November 7-10

Carpenter Shop Theater
Tivoli, NY

Plays & Playwrights

Keep Calm & Carry On Melisa Annis
Reveille Jessica Bedford
A Position of Relative Importance Hal Borden
The Park Bench Hero Elias Diamond
Westward Mutations Kristen Palmer
Drag the Past Shannon Reed
The Long Wet Grass Seamus Scanlon
Brutal Selfish Rattlesnake Aaron Weissman

Company

Actor Rosalind Ashford
Actor Brendan Burke
Actor Summer Corrie
Stage Manager Emily Crescitelli
Actor Ben Fundis
Actor Jacob Horstmeier
Actor Conor McIntyre
Actor Teresa Meza
Actor, Director, Producer Paul Nugent
Actor, Director, Producer Anna Nugent
Director Amy Olson
Actor Ann Osmond
Actor Brenny Rabine
Actor Audrey Rapoport
Producer, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company Andrea Rhodes
Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company Michael Rhodes
Technical Director Vin Roca
Actor Tim Ruddy
Actor Amie Tedesco
Actor Steven Austin Young

2012

November 8-11

Carpenter Shop Theater
Tivoli, NY

Plays & Playwrights

Love/Sick John Cariani
The Prediction Michael DeVito
Comes a Faery James McLindon
The Widow of Tom’s Hill Aleks Merilo
How the Dog Runs Dan O’Neil
Green River Rachel White

Company

Actor, Director Brendan Burke
Actor Jacob Horstmeier
Actor Laurence Lowry
Actor, Director, Producer Paul Nugent
Actor, Director, Producer Anna Nugent
Actor Amy Olson
Producer, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company Andrea Rhodes
Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company Michael Rhodes
Technical Director Vin Roca
Actor Cara Search
Actor Jennifer Skura
Actor Amie Tedesco
Actor Jill Van Note
Actor Steven Austin Young

2011

November 10-13

Carpenter Shop Theater
Tivoli, NY

Plays & Playwrights

The Cat Vandal Fengar Gael
One Hand Josepha Gutelius
A Bright Wind Over a Bent World Meghan Kennedy
Dissonance Craig Pospisil
Pirate Jennifer Skura
Broken Wing Rachel White

Company

Actor Stefanie E. Frame
Actor Gabe McKinley
Actor, Director, Producer Anna Nugent
Actor, Director, Producer Paul Nugent
Actor Ann Osmond
Actor Audrey Rapoport
Actor Jared Reinmuth
Producer, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company Andrea Rhodes
Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company Michael Rhodes
Technical Director Vin Roca
Actor, Director Greg Skura
Actor Jennifer Skura
Actor, Director Steven Austin Young

For more information on previous festivals visit our website NEWvemberFestival.com.