“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. We are delighted that NEWvember 2018 was supported by Dublin City Arts Office, FRINGE LAB at Dublin Fringe Festival and by The New Theatre. We are also pleased to announce a new transatlantic connection with the Off-Broadway theatre The Cell, and are excited to announce that one of this year’s final plays will be given a further reading at the Cell in New York.

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.


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

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